...and you can beat me, but this is the best 21-years old release of Springbank for decades. I never ever thought a modern dram can replicate the adorable old style profile many whiskies had decades ago but this Springbank did it. If the recipe of 70% rum wood and 30% first-fill bourbon maturation is the key to such a fine profile please keep this recipe for future releases (and please bottle a comparable 25-years old or even better a 30-years old). To me as a drinker this dram is worth its high price of around 200 Euros, no doubts...
The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows fat tears with slow legs. The nose is very, very old stylish with tons of adorable OBFs (Old Bottle Flavours, meaning signature flavours of old Scotch whisky styles that usually are not part of modern whisky profiles anymore (some of them are hard to name) - how come in a modern dram? Beside these there are dozens of other aromas but I am too lazy to state them here. Simply find out yourself, if you like such delicate and complex drams - but shy away all you lovers of modern "I-punch-that-in-ya-face" whisky styles, you will find this dram rather unimpressive (missing the "punch", I guess). All comes in a lovely creamy (Can a nose smell creamy? Indeed, it can!) and flawless profile that I get addicted to the longer I sniff it!
The taste is multi-layered and chewable with again a completely old style profile (distillate-driven) of an adorable quality. Lots of different flavours to detect with not a single flaw or off-note. It takes some time and effort to get through this jungle of flavours but it is a joyful and interesting expedition, well worth the effort. But again, if you are in for the "quickie" - whiskies that demand no endeavour of exploration, go for the modern styles (and leave such bottles for me)! Water is not needed, this dram is perfect just as it is.
The Springbank arrives warming and charming on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with no distracting moments. Wow, this is good! The finish is long and nicely fades out in waves with a minor drying feeling (old papers) that is not distracting because it is contained by the sweet and creamy flavours. The rum aromas and flavours are not too dominant and perfectly join in the overall harmony - this is dangerously quaffable (extremely dangerous!). I bought another bottle (actually, two)...