...but a great one! These old Springbank are always excellent, I never a sub-standard one (at least I cannot remember it).
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a delicate and balanced old-style profile with the trademark Springbank oils and earthy aromas beside fruits, honeys, spices and waxes. It grows upon oxidation so let it breath for some minutes (the more the better). No off-note or flaw that I can detect, the wood is firm but not dominant.
The taste is multi-layered on fruits, woods, barley sugars, oils (both vegetable and machine oils), spices, waxes and mineral-chalky notes. After some chewing tasty chocolatey impressions pop up (both milk and dark) as do nutty flavours and liquorice. This is truly complex and it stays balanced all the time, without any flaws. Really delicious to sip, and very interesting to explore.
The initial mouthfeel is excellent, what else? A creamy, thick texture covers all of my mouth within seconds and the finish is accordingly long, both with out distracting moments. There are more smoky-ashy impressions towards the end together with hints of almonds which is an interesting combination. I did not try water on this small sample.