palate: pepper, vanilla, more herbal than the nose. Whereas water did wonders for the nose, with the taste... hmm, not much different, if anything it's more muted than it was.
finish: I went into this not knowing the strength. Until this point it didn't feel that strong, but on the finish, yep now she feels like cask strength.
Final thoughts: Not sure I would've guessed this was 21yrs. Seems younger. At first it almost feels more like a lowlander than Campbeltown, but some time in the glass and... ah yes, Springbank, without question. Earthy but not soil earthy, more floating-a-few-feet-above-the-ground earthy.