This was the only PLOWED bottle I haven't had. The nose is initially very delicate with sweet undertones. Some melted popcorn butter, honey and toffee. Lighter lacquer, floral, citrus and spearmint notes emerge as it breathes. A classic bourbon cask springer that is resinous, sweet and minty. Much of that rolls over onto the palate. Light and clean. Salted caramel becomes apparent with crisp wood. There is a mouth coating lingering warm peat smoke finish. This was the first of the PLOWED bottles we drank and to tell you the truth I was expecting it to be a big "aha" moment. I knew it was highly regarded by the veterans of PLOWED. It was great (graded an A-) but I felt a bit underwhelmed. I came back to this after drinking tasting the rest of the PLOWED bottles. That was when the light bulb lit up. This is awesome stuff! Great distillery character with a lot of depth and balance. The oak influence is just beautiful and it really shines. I ended up sipping this for the evening and it was the 3rd bottle emptied of the night.
Quite possibly the best liquid I've ever imbibed. It was a highlight of a noteless marathon of whisky champions. I'd love to try it again in a different setting one day to see if it makes A+. It might, it really might.
n: Stunning. Words lost.
p: Mint + and soft leather with a hint of cinammon.
The nose on this is a fruit bomb. Springhbank usually conjures up ideas of musty old sherry casks with subtle peat and caramel. This had virtually none of those notes....until the finish on the caramel. The peat was really hard to find. This was a bourbon cask so no sherry notes.
The tropical fruits hit home the hardest with some subtlety that I wasn't really expecting. This was extremely drinkable and tasty. This was my third favorite malt of the PLOWED vertical (behind Broraggeddon and Port Ellen).
The nose is a massive fruit bomb with nice malt notes. The palate starts with vanilla and floral notes giving way to a slight peat with a lot of salt. The fruit reemerges on the finish with salt and coastal notes. It has a nice oily mouthfeel.
They don't make them like this anymore, sharp and coastal but not overly peated with some fruit mixed in. Absolutely delicious.
A faint yellow dram that is complex as anything I have ever tasted. Every sip opens up new doors into bubblegum, vanilla beans, tropical flavors, rich syrup with the slightest amounts of bitter citrus. On the nose I got everything from bubblegum to grape to cherries and oak. The finish is excellent. A/A+ [4/19/13]