Springbank 16 yo 1991/2007 'Rum Wood' (54.2%, OB, 6000 bottles) This one was matured for 8 years in bourbon, then 8 years in rum. Colour: white wine. Nose: completely different from the 2001, more citric and vegetal at first nosing. A lot of cut grass, lemon, green tea, rhubarb, then more lemon pie and cake but it remains rather ‘green’. The rum’s influence is rather discreet so far. Whiffs of wet chalk. With water: gets a tad more sourish and buttery but also rather smokier, just like the 2001. Mouth (neat): we’re closer to the 2001 on the palate, only with a little more roundness (candy sugar, sultanas). Quite hot I must say, but drinkable when neat. Grows more and more lemony, with also quite some notes of green apples. With water: the rums seems to come out a little more to the front, it got more polished and smooth. More raisins and a little date liqueur. Works well with Springbank. Finish: malty and raisiny but with the typical freshness lingering. Comments: we’re a little farer from the distillate than with the 2001 but it’s still a very good bottling. A case where rum works much better than wine (isn’t that always the case? ;-)). It’s also true that they probably used ex-Cadenhead rum casks, and that Cadenhead’s rums are usually excellent. SGP:452 - 86 points.