When freshly opened, I really struggled a little with this bottle.
At first, this seemed to be too much into one direction, and lacking complexity, and being a little too heavy on the sulphur (usually I am not a sulphur sensitive person). But after some time in an open bottle, this turned gradually into a winner.
This particular batch does not have a cunning little twist or quirk like a lot of it's predecessors, and this is not an overly complex Springbank, but still, to me it is the heart of Springbank's character in the very limelight. No off notes, big body, bold flavours/aromas, excellent balance.
Not much out there right now that beats this simplistic, dry but sweet, briny, fruity, carbolic character.
If only the finish were longer...
P.S.: Swims like a a champ!
'90s Gatorade 'Orange', quite some brine, orange, some coal smoke, gunpowder, mineral, some licorice, becomes fruitier, canteloupe melon, a little star fruit and guava, a dry european oak note, some resin, it's tangy and zesty and fruity as well as carbolic and flinty.
briney sweet fruity flinty arrival, orange primarily, zesty as well, some licorice, becomes more tropical after a moment, canteloupe melon again as well as a little guava and star fruit, maybe even some passion fruit, then it's carbolic side joins the choir at just the right volume with some gunpowder and some soot, a tiny little bit of coconut rounds everything off very nicely, excellent balance as well, but still maintains it's edge even when quite diluted.
brine, some licorice, coal smoke, some gunpowder, some blood/bitter orange, short to medium length.