Springbank Local Barley 1966/2000
Added on Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 08:02 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 34 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1966 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 55.00 % Region: Campbeltown
  Price: $900 Availability: Collectors Only
Distilled February 1966       Bottled February 2000       Cask no. 511
Cost listed is approximate auction value summer 2009.
Member Ratings and Notes
Mike
 
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.    
Chris
 
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. 
Andy
 
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. 
Adam
 
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. 
Dave
 
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- 
DW
 
Great nose - sweet and raisiny. Very smooth, with caramel, sherry and other fruit flavors, with a wonderful finish that manages to be both crisp and then linger. Excellent. 
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