1. Springbank 10-year-old ("Tappo Sughero", 59%)
2. Springbank 1972 (Cask 206, 57%)
3. Springbank 1969 SV (40yo, Cask 263, 54.4%)
This one is at the time of writing at the top of the whole Whiskybase!
1. Very, very close - in a blind tasting session you could probably not find out which one it is. The 10yo is probably even a bit more thick and creamy and really just a tick less fruity but it could also be because I have just opened the 12yo.
2. This one is clearly a bit less fruity than the 12yo and the 10yo above but absolutely playing in the same league.
3. This is thrilling - one of the most legendary whiskies against the No. 1 in Whiskybase. First of all they are pretty different. The 40yo has a very different mix of fruits - more tropical such as mango, pineapples and peppery whereas the 12yo is more about citrus fruits and honey. The 40yo is obviously smoother but is really not overinfused from the oak and the 12yo was obviously in one of the finest sherry butts but it also stays in the background.
It's really hard to decide and because the scale ends with 100 points I would say it's a remis - both deserve the max rating.