I was psyched that we were opening up a bottle of this at our Dusty Springbanks meeting. But it's not as stellar as I once thought. I'll never know if it's a change in my tastes, lineup bias, or differences in the bottles (this was a fresh bottle and Springbank tends to fare better after being open for a month or so), or whatever. But that's part of what makes whisky an adventure.
Weird actually, mild sherry with a little evergreen-minty-eucalyptus. A little too bitter. Much better as it opens up. Still great. (I suspect when Chris sees this he will vehemently disagree, we both tasted and re-tasted this on the same occasions) B+
No notes, and I don't love posting ratings without notes. But I gotta remember how much I loved this. If you find some, you tell me where it is! A
N: Distinctive springbank weird plastic notes, quite resinous and tea-like.
P: Heavily sherried but very unique, more on oranges and other citrus than typical sherry notes. Has that old springer rubber that I really dig. F: Pops at the end with grape punch.
Incredibly flavorful at 46%, overpowered the Balvenie Tun when tastes side-by-side and that's a terrific malt. Still an A.
Well, my notes ain't much better than Adam's, all I had jotted down was "Classic Plastic Springer. Wonderful." That tells you, however, that it's in the profile of the Local Barley or Double Dark bottling, which is all you need to know.
p: I've had a lot of old Springbanks, and this simply lands where you'd expect without much deviation. But that's a good thing, because that's great whisky and so is this. It tastes old and Springbanky. B+/A-