For the price, a must buy for anyone into these idiosyncratic, un-modern whisky styles.
Wet leather and wet wood, and some greasy smoke. Faint nutty oiliness, and a notion of a musty old wine cask. Ripe fruit and sparks. With water: Even more leather, and tar. With more water some circuit boards after a short circuit.
Dirty in a good way. Mouth-coating greasiness meets leathery wine notes, with a very solid, almost heavy body sealing the deal. Dry wood on exit. Full and not an inch flabby either neat or with water. With water it becomes smokier and rougher, but otherwise doesn't change much. Wonderful both neat and decanted.
Lasting tarry fruitiness with some dry liquorice on exit, and at the end some aspirin which thankfully is rounded out by the cask influence (the aspirin/sand notes are not my favourite part of SB).
Just great, great whisky. As always, the CS-series from Springbank offers great quality for a great price.
Sweet dried fruits, burlap and touches of lemon. Somewhat briny and plenty of minerality. After about ten minutes it becomes darker and earthier. Very farmy too. Just really great!
The peat now a bit more noticeable. Lovely oily mouthfeel, with a sugary sweetness, but also charred lemon peel, cigar ash and peaches. Oh, don't forget cloves and cracked black pepper. Don't forget the bitter oranges.
Soft peat and lingering spices, with a hint of oranges.