...and I am very satisfied with the quality of this dram. This is the typical high-class traditional Springbank profile - exactly that why this little distillery is loved by so many connoisseurs! Hard to describe but easy to quaff and always entertaining - I love you for that, both Springbank staff and Whisky Nerds!
The colour is deep copper and the nose offers another adorable Traditional Scotch profile with clean distillate-driven Springbank aromas in a firm wooden framework. It is very chalky-mineral-waxy with citric fruits, autumn floral notes (haystacks) and many more interesting but hard to name aromas. It is somewhat dirty but in a tasty, delicious way.
The taste is layered on fine oils in a herbal dressing (camphor, peppers, mint) with citiric fruits and beeswax, chalk, caramel, vanilla, shy peaty flavours and and and... Simply excellent and very quaffable! Water unlocks many additional aromas in the nose (now it smells like an old craftman's workshop room, wow!) and flavours on the palate (standing in the reception hall of a Scottish castle) - I like this dram both neat and reduced at different levels.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a nice creamy toffee-alike feeling. The finish is long and turns more earthy-grassy with stronger hints of peaty flavours on a lemon tart (sounds strange? Yes, it is - but it is tasty!). There are no distracting bitter or drying moments here, this was bottled exactly at the right time.