...and a true piece of history. This is a masterpiece from the time when they used (very old) Springbank to reduce younger releases to drinking strength instead of water. It was the time of the last whisky crisis and as they could not sell all the old stocks that had to be bottled they simply improved the quality of their younger editions this way - what a brilliant strategy which contributed a lot to the legendary status of the Springbank distillery.
Thanks a lot for this dram, Maltsmurf!
The colour is quite dark at burnished which indicates a rather high share of sherry casks. The nose is complex and balanced like 25+years stuff and I doubt that a lot of 10 years old is in this batch, maybe none at all (you are allowed to understate the age of whisky and it makes sense to do so if you want to sell old stuff rather cheap without offending your customers who paid much more before). Wow, what a great nose!
The taste is multi-layered and of a comparable complexity to the nose. All flavours are delicious and without any off-note or imbalance. Again, this reminds me rather of a very long matured Springbank with some parts offering the characteristics of 30+years old drams. If this truly is just ten years old than the whisky industry did something fundamentally wrong not to copy and multiply this practice...
The mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy and coating with a stickiness all through the taste to the very end of the finish. This is very long and offers more chocolatey and oily notes which are delicious. No bitter or drying moments at all. Some water releases more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate but be cautious because the dram flattens quickly.