After pouring, a very pleasant citric freshness leaves the glass, with a puff of smoke. Although nice, it's best to give it some air in order to reveal more than just this. The lemon makes way for orange, red apple and prune. Further there is the signature robustness that both Springbank and Longrow share: a slight burnt and note (pleasant), a bit on the nutty and musty side towards almond and earth/moss. There is peat, a soft, slightly rubbery variant. What remains is sweet, oily barley.
All in all, a complex, yet mild nose.
Quite a full body given the 46%, with a nice oily texture, some acidity, sweetness and no harshness from the wood. It's rather earthy and leafy now, with tobacco, dunnage, moss, peat from moorland. The fruity side tastes like dried fruit and orange now. A gentle and warming spice comes into play, giving extra depth.
Quite long, the oily spirit lingers in the mouth. It gives a medium sweet association, with warming but by no means bitter or drying spice. There is liquorice root, moorland peat, heather honey, tutti frutti and tobacco. A great sensation.