Springbank 35 yo 1971/2007 (59%, The Whisky Fair, sherry wood, 239 bottles) Again an improbable strength considering this one’s age. Colour: gold. Nose: this is ‘of course’, very different. It starts on fantastic resinous notes (new thuja box you just bought in a souk in Marrakech – err…), cellulose varnish, bananas, camphor, coconut milk… Also whiffs of camphor, eucalyptus, acacia honey… Extremely fresh, not woody at all, complex but assertive – I like this nose a lot and the high alcohol probably kept this one very, very lively. In other words, the advantages of an old malt without its drawbacks. Will it be the same on the palate? Mouth: sweet, round, creamy, punchy but unbelievably drinkable at 59% (or is it me?) It starts more on apricots and cherry plums this time as well as orange marmalade and ginger, with a few tannins frolicking on your tongue. There’s also a faint smokiness, vanilla, mocha, praline, nougat, white pepper… In short, it’s a very sultry old Springbank. With a few drops of water (not needed but just to see what happens – and while the nose gets more on mint and eucalyptus): not much changes except for a little more oak, a little more salt and a certain grassiness. Finish: long, extremely balanced and satisfying considering its age, fruity, creamy, spicy, salty… With also a little nutmeg. Frankly, I didn’t get much sherry I must say but this is a brilliant old Springbank, elegant and full of uprightness. Impeccable selection by our German friends. 93 points.