I find this expression to be the least successful of the Springbank 10's I have tried so far.
There is very little sweetness on the tongue here, astringent, sour/bitter and quite peppery, the addition of water calms down the sour/bitter notes, but just a little.
The farm 'funk' is there, as well as one of the most peated noses I have smelled in the 10 year old standard Springbank.
There is some fruit, like oranges and sweetness too, but, it is mostly on the nose.
The nose also stings quite a bit until quite a lot of water has been added and the whisky starts to fog up.
The drink never gets to a tempered, calm and easy sippable state over time or with water, so this was actually a bit disappointing.
Judged by neck pour and another couple of pours, after about a week after opening.
I will set this one aside and see if it improves over time (several weeks or months), I doubt it though.
Below average release. I like Springbank, but not to a religious level, weak batch is weak batch, no matter the brand.
Maybe tired casks or something strange, compared to the 2019 edition I also have, which is a sweet, fruity and full experience. The 2019 blows this one out of the water, as the 2020 is lacking so much.
Too bad, I was really looking forward to this, as it rarely pops up in my neck of the woods.