From a refill sherry hogshead, original fill 248 liter.
From a private seller who kept a portion of the bottles. 203 of 258 were available to the public. Sold out in 6 hours.
Reviewed by Serge on whiskyfun.com (21/2/2018)
Springbank 18 yo 1996/2014 (56.3%, The Whisky Barrel, Burns Malt, sherry hogshead, cask #491) Five stars
One that I had saved for later days, and indeed those days have come. Colour: dark gold. Nose: believe me or not, this is more or less a blend of the two previous ones. That is to say a rather more mineral and waxy Springbank, coated with some rounder, more raisiny aromas. Leather, mud, tobacco, saltpetre, roasted chestnuts and toasted walnuts, ink, carbon paper, new magazines… You see. With water: rather a pile of old magazines in an old attic. You know, Kennedy shot down, Man on the moon, Vietnam, Jimi Hendrix… Mouth (neat): great rubber and brake fluid and new tyres and struck matches and paraffin and… salty oranges. In short, the Springbankest of them all. With water: there’s a quality limoncello quality to it once you’ve reduced it. A dirtiness as well, but Springbank ought to be a little dirty, in my opinion. Finish: long, with this wonderful wee salty sourness that’s so… idiosyncratic. Comments: whisky for great adventurers, whisky that doesn’t belong in all hands (and palates).
SGP:462 - 90 points.