Nose is rich sherry, chocolate, raisins, prunes -- very complex. Palate is sweet and salty, a little mint. Finish is malt vinegar. A little water helps cut some of the bitter notes. Long finish is very tasty. Might be an A-, but I like some other Springbanks better.
N: Orange infused sherry, dried fruit extract of apricots and figs. P: A fine example of the old sherry style that seems to be unique to Springbank, neither dry chocolate or sweet fruity, but something in between, like dry fruity. F: Very long, nice. On a comparative note, I sample this side-by-side with Springbank 21 and I'd say the 21 beats it by a notch.
Red hots on the nose and a bit of caramel. The taste has Bazooka bubblegum and molassas. I rated this a B- during the tasting, but later when tasted more independently its subtleties were found and I notched it up just a bit.
Nose is deep, rich, and enticing, with plums, raisins, sherry, caramel. The palate is a great meshing of all of the above, though some rough spots keep this from making a full A grade. Along with the previous are a tasty blend of spices -- cloves, cinnamon, curry, cumin -- and hints of ale. This whisky is a fully-functioning and multi-layered spice cake.
Bubblegum sweetness and a very warming and concentrated nose and palate. I was excited to learn what this was as I had heard so much about this bottle. The palate had classic sherry notes of raisins and cherries and some malty/barley tones that usually are gone at this age. The finish was long and tingling. I agree - this is just under the 21 year (21=89/this=88) but that is the difference between a B+ and an A-