Springbank 1974/2000 (44.9%, OB, Private bottling, cask #153, 234 bottles) Colour: gold. Nose: a lot of wood influence in this one that starts on cooked butter, cream sauce and a blend of herbs such as chives and parsley. Very unusual but pretty interesting. The sourness grows bolder and comes now along some faint metallic notes as well as a little porridge, lemon juice and big notes of white wine (sauvignon, I’d say). There’s also quite some smoke (garden bonfire) in this very, very unusually dry Springbank. Grass. Little fruits, no coconuts, no honey. Really improves after a good fifteen minutes, getting more honeyed and raisiny, with also some beautiful whiffs of crushed tropical fruits (mangos, passion fruits) and marzipan. Incredible development, this two-step malt should not be rushed. Mouth: excellent attack, much more focused, on honey, raisins and other dried fruits. Figs, dates, pineapples and all that jazz. The problem – well, is it really a problem? – is that it stays on these beautiful flavours and just wouldn’t develop any further. Maybe a little vanilla crème. Finish: long but guess what? Yet again on honey and dried fruits. Comments: a funny old Springbank, a true maverick that wouldn’t keep quiet on the nose whilst it’s very monolithic on the palate. Monolithic but excellent, a very entertaining whisky globally. SGP:542 - 91 points.