...and this is great stuff from the past. There are very few vintage 1962 bottlings out there at all and among them this certainly is one of the best.
The colour is very dark at brown sherry and the nose offers this adorable old-style sherry profile of the fifties/sixties with the Springbank malt still alive and perfectly integrated into a sherry-malt-wooden trinity. No flaw or off-note or imbalance, this is both very enjoyable and interesting to explore. There are these rare chocolatey-mocha aromas in this nose which are hardly found in any more modern sherry maturation (on the palate these flavours are quite common but not so in the nose). I strongly advice to use a big spherical blender's glass and let this dram breath for at least 30 minutes to catch its full beauty.
The taste is very intense and impressive with an onrush of flavours which is almost too much for my taste buds. After they adopted to this massive attack a whole universe of different impressions enfold with all the delicious sherry and trademark Springbank malt flavours presents, among them fruits of all kinds (both fresh and dried), mechanical and vegetable oils, cocoa powder, dark coffee beans, spices, furniture polish, dark chocolate and many more. This dram is a real chewer with a thick and creamy texture, and it offers more impressions the longer I chew it. Again, no flaw or imbalance and the wood is about perfect in this setting.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating with a some bitter-astringent moments which often come along with long sherry maturations (tannins). The finish is long and strengthens both the chocolatey and polished wooden notes with a minor bitter-drying ending which is not distracting. Some drops of water smooth both nose and taste, actually I like this dram best when a little reduced to about 43% abv.