Springbank Marsala 9yo "Wood Expressions" 1996-2006, 58% 7 years Bourbon barrel, 2 years in the Marsala Pass Prologue: Marsalareifungen or finishes there are a few on the market. Lately, especially the bottling of Glendronach was heavily hyped. Since there were only a little over 2,000 bottles and thus only a few were available in the various shops, the selling price of the bottling rose in part sch (m) ornate. A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to taste the whisky. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed because I had promised more of it, precisely because there were many positive opinions. But it was similar to the Glendronach Mosacatel: strongly hypersized and little substance. Unfortunately, the influence of the wine was barely noticeable. Glendronach should stay with me in the Sherryreifungen, because they are unbeatable. Since I still have one or the other Marsala (Nach) maturation in the sample cabinet and coincidentally, the Springbank came just recently, I would like to start exactly with this today. More "Marsala Notes" will follow in the future. Color: amber Nose It smells like summer, a butterfly lands on the edge of my Nosingglases. The sun is shining. There are aromas of apples, peaches and warm wood in the air. I take my glass and go through the garden. In the grass here and there are a few fermented plums, on which bees now feed. It smells very sweet and at the same time slightly alcoholic. The 58% can not hide. Behind it, well hidden I take some tobacco. If you give it some time, the alcohol evaporates and the bourbon barrel has the possibility to add vanilla notes, orange marmalade and fresh ginger. And now comes what I love about Springbank. The distillery character. He brings a gossamer smoke, which also shows up after a while. He is like a dream to which one tries to remember convulsively and yet retains only fragments. In addition similar light maritime influences. Brilliant. On the tongue Very fruity and vinous start. Again the orange marmalade. The alcohol comes to it and brings the mouth briefly to tingle. Honey sweet, marzipan and pepper. Great combination. For his young years, he brings a lot on the barrel. Dark chocolate, sherry and then on the finish again a bit bitter with walnuts. He stays in the mouth for a long time, but does not dry it out. Conclusion: At 58% there is room for some water. This opens the nose and brings yellow fruits and floral notes forward. The Campbelltown character is equally present, he framed the malt very well. On the tongue, he is not so stormy now, has repelled his horns. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the malt for a longer time. Here, the PLV fits in my opinion, I like to spend € 70 for a Springbank with Marsala finish. Thanks for the sample, Dominique!