Springbank Door Gods
A very interesting lot for our latest auction, this is a combination of the first and second edition Springbank 'Door Gods' released exclusively for the Single Malt Club China, Taiwanese market.
These four single cask, cask strength whiskies were named according to a Chinese custom, where each household is decorated with paintings to bring luck and happiness. Paintings of these 'Door Gods' are placed on external doors and can be in many forms such as, military, civilian, animal or child gods. The paintings are usually brightly coloured and exaggerated, this lot has two scrolls depicting the most commonly used Door Gods, of 'Chin Chiong and Yu Chi Gong'.
The First Edition
These whiskies are released with a wealth of information, relating to their luxiourious nature and rarity. The first edition is two single casks selected by Charles Maclean, world reknowned whisky critic and author. The Door God scrolls artwork was provided by New Year art collector 'Yin Qi' and replicated for this limited release of 246 editions.
Both whiskies were drawn from a single fresh port hogshead, with cask numbers #150 and 449. Cask #150 was distilled on 2nd December 1994 and bottled on 18th June 2013 at 18 years old with a strength of 52.5%. Cask #449 was distilled on 1st December 1994 and bottled on 18th June 2013 at 17 years old at a strength of 50.9%
Limited to only 246 bottles.
The Second Edition
The second release of the Door God series was released early 2015, following the success of the first release. This release depicts the civil gods 'Jia Guan' and 'Jin Jue', the word 'Jue' has a double meaning of a drinking vessel while also refering to ranks of nobility. The civil gods in modern times are focused on advancement of careers and positions.
This time around the whiskies were drawn from two sherry casks both filled in 1996 and bottled at 18 years old, with cask numbers #590 and #12/405-14. Cask #590 was released at a strength of 55.6% while cask #12/405-14, a sherry hogshead was released at a strength of 52.7%.
Limited to only 228 bottles.
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Please note: Due to the various ages of bottles and their seals, condition of liquid is at the buyer's discretion and no claim can be lodged against failure/leakage in transit.