Another One from the Island

Springbank Bourbon The Long Island Whisky 1993 18y

Reviewed by victor


I reviewed the rum aged sister bottling the other day and was very pleasantly surprised. I'm not expecting the same profile from a more common ex-bourbon type, especially given how peculiar the rum finish was.

Amber (0.7), no added coloring

Nose

Quite a few things going on here, especially when given time. A typical bourbon whisky with an airy, light, toffee-soaked aroma at first. After a while, notes of tea, pears and chocolate appear.

Palate

Big, warm and sweet. Not much burn considering its cask strength.

Finish

Peaches (very similar to its rum aged sister bottling), vanilla, wine gums, a little oak spice.

Compared to the rum variant, it comes up a bit short. It's still an excellent and well executed bourbon aged whisky with everything good that entails, and it's well worth seeking out. Superb balance and warmth with a lot of the bourbon sweetness. I'll give it a score just above the threshold for subjective greatness!

Score

81 / 100
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