The score on this release was inflated just a little by one person who gave it a 100. The bottle in question is nowhere near a "perfect" score. It has flaws, and these are not hard to spot. I realize that taste is subjective but surely a 100 is over the top. I noticed that the person who offered that score did not care to weigh in with comments. He also has no activity to speak of. A somewhat elusive fairy god father who made a run through the database a while back, granting 100's like pardons to hopeful sinners. Anyway for those of us who know the site well, the high scores don't throw us off the trail, :))
Here are my tasting notes:
Nose: Orchard fruits, Local Barley style peat (wet wool, paraffin, knife blade sharpening fluid on a stone), pine smoke, clotted cream. A whisp of sulfur hangs back in the wings like an unwelcome "ghost note." But it never makes a conspicuous entrance, thereby saving the production.
There's also a really complex note that reminds me of lowland whisky from the old days, yes it's a grassy/apple cider note that reminds me of a nice Rosebank in my cabinet that I am loathe to finish because it's so damned good. As a result, the half finger in the bottom of the bottle has gone flat. She Stoops To Conquer.
Mouth: peat and citrus fruits dance on the tongue, working their way outwards into sea salt, orange rind, and an herbal delight mixed with brine. I'm also picking up some of that famous Springbank "funk" that can certainly conjure up memories of my dad's farm in the rolling green hills of Oregon. Yes, there is some sulfur mixed up in that, but it could be worse. Fleeting at best, is a fairly accurate surmisal.
The front of my tongue catches a really nice note of coffee ice cream. And this then radiates to oak on the sides of my tongue. I think this 18 has a slightly more favorable viscosity than most.
Finish: The sulfur is gone now. I'm getting the oak and some lingering sweetness, along with chocolaty coffee notes. That's the tannins talking. I would call this finish medium-bordering-on-long.