Springbank 1968 Chieftain's (Cask 1542)
Added on Saturday, Aug 14, 2010 at 10:57 PM
  Bottler: Ian Macleod & Co Ltd
  Age: 39 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1968 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Campbeltown
  Price: $470 Availability: Specialty Stores
Cask no. 1542       132 bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
Just too much oak here.  It's not a bad oak -- not rotten or anything -- just way too dominating, like licking a plank. Underneath that there's a vague vanilla honey-spice thing going on. Not bad whisky, but there's no vitality or contrasting "elegance" to speak of, and any magical Springbank qualities have been lost to the years. 
Very woody and hot.  The woodiness could be expected with a whiskey this old, but it's just too woody.   And the noticeable heat at only 43% results from the fact there is no sweetness or flavor to mask it.   This cask must have been refilled many times to result in such a thin whisky after 39 years.    
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