Rating from Whiskyfun by Serge
Springbank 12 yo 'Glens Extra' (70° proof, Robert Watson Aberdeen, black screw cap, 1960s) A very, very pale semi-official expression of Springbank. Colour: almost white. Nose: very interesting for it’s a very old Springbank displaying almost no cask influence. It’s all on paraffin, linseed oil and soot, getting then even waxier, with big notes of shoe polish and wet newspaper of the day (on a rainy Sunday morning ;-)). Goes on with hints of stone fruit spirit (plums and apricotine like the Swiss make – it’s forbidden in France because of the prussic acid that’s contained in the stones but it’s truly excellent). Gets also smokier over time (coal). Fresh almonds. Mouth: alas, this is a little weaker and more ‘simply’ fruity (pears, apples) than on the nose, but it’s no tired whisky at all. Again this slight waxiness and hints of violet sweets, the whole getting then maybe a tad cardboardy and mouldy. A lot of body, though. Finish: rather long and rather grassy now, with some peat and a little cumin. Comments: very good, and rather brilliant nose. Too bad the palate was a tad mundane (but little OBE)… SGP:352 - 84 points.