Firstly, this whisky needs to open up. If you've reviewed from a sample, I don't think you've truly experienced this whisky for what it is.
Initially, my score was sitting at around 88. After the bottle being opened for 3 weeks, safely say this get bumped up to a 91. Dont judge a book by its cover.
Nose: The sulfur people mention, dissipates, rest assured. Hints of a matchstick (in a good way), raspberry liquorice, stewed fruits & crystalised tropical fruits. Candied strawberries & cream, peaches & over-ripe passionfruit.
Palate: Oily, raspberry liquorice, hints of aniseed, crystalised fruits, confectionary candies.
Finish: Oak & over-ripe passion fruit, with a slight funk - what is that, sulfur? Whatever it is, it's brilliant!
Time, this bottle requires time and oxidisation. A few more months and this may get even better. Good job Springbank, this one is a keeper, keep this a regular release, please!
Upon trying the new 2020 batch and doing a side by side with the 2019; I would today bring this review back to an 89. Seeing as I wont change my original score, 91 it will remain. 30/11/2020