Nose: a nice mix of hob nobs, garden fruit sweetness, lemon zest, leafy notes and broken branches. Then also wildflowers, sheep wool and wet gravel. A whiff of vanilla ice cream and custard. Light touches of new plastics. Graphite. A bit simple, to be honest. It’s the most classic Springbank nose, there’s less of the typical greasy smoke and minerality.
Mouth: that’s more like it. More coastal, with a slightly muddy / farmy side, chalky notes, linseed oil and gentle mineral peat, as well as sweet grapefruit, lime and plum cake. Some resinous and medicinal notes. Seawater. Ink. Subtle vanilla sweetness in the background.
Finish: quite long, chalky and mineral, with plenty of salty notes.
A good 10 year old Springbank, definitely, even though I find the nose a little disappointing. The release price was £ 90. Since the whisky is decent but not really exceptional, I think it’s well worth the original price, but not the secondary market excesses. Unfortunately even retailers are practicing secondary market tactics these days…