Man, it’s hard not to love Springbank, right? This is one of the less exciting Springbank bottlings I’ve had, and it’s still great. I love the mix of flavours in here. It’s mellower than your typical Oloroso bomb, but has this great spice and unexpected smoky character. The triple-distillation is really apparent, as the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than comparable Springbanks, and the finish is a bit on the short side. All in all, I don’t think I like it much as the 2018 version, but it’s still very tasty and worth a pickup at the right price.
Nose: Fruity, with an earthy weight. Cherries, melon, pineapple, guava, and toasted coconut. Honey, nougat, lots of malted barley. Spiced with lemon and orange peel, clove, star anise, and cocoa powder. There’s definitely a Springbank-y edge, with some salt, wet rocks, dunnage warehouse, and pond water. Maybe some butter-braised carrots.
Palate: Medium texture. Fairly hot for the proof. Cherries, plums, and cinnamon-spiced apple turnover up front. Nutty and fragrant in the middle, with roasted walnuts, salted peanuts, and smoking cedar wood. There’s a real smoky note on the back end here, which quickly gives way to more malted barley, wet earth, fresh flowers, and light tropical fruit.
Finish: Medium-light. Cherries, guava, and lemon zest. Smoked paprika, tobacco, Earl Grey, pastries, and nutmeg.