NOSE: Brackish salt water, sweet barley juice, some farmyard funkiness, surprisingly dominant sherry/wine dried fruit notes given the high share of bourbon casks (77%). Rich and quite intense. With time more farmyard notes; earthy rather than funky/dirty. Water doesn’t change much, save for perhaps opening up the nose, which becomes less intense. (89-92p)
TASTE: The arrival is sweet, rich and a oily. On the mid palate there’s barley juice, quite a bit of Springbank minerality, sweet farmhouse taste (does such a thing exist?) and more oiliness. With water it becomes sweeter and mint arrives on the palate. (90p)
FINISH: Minerality and black pepper. Long lasting aftertaste. With water; the pepper recedes a bit. (89p)
OVERALL: Total score 90 points.