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
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- 
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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