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I appreciate the work being done at Springbank distillery. Small-time, handcrafted and traditional. It is quite unique both in style and in practice. Lets try the 10!
freshly poured there is a note of fresh paint that dissipates almost instantly. It is a bit waxy but not disturbingly so and it fades away with a bit of time in the open air.
Sweet malt and sour candies like rhubarb. Engine oil and the very faintest whiff of smoke. The smoke is there and it grows more pronounced but takes a long time to do so. It is a dirty smoke, more industrial than maritime.
It has a mature and powerful arrival. It is not sugary sweet but has a very "dark" sweetness. Dark honey, Dark baking syrup, Demerara sugar. Bitter grape seeds.
With water the arrival turns quite intensely tropical with fruits that develop into very dark sherry raisins and jarred figs in cognac. Almonds. It requires some patience to let this one open up.
Burnt Tobacco, cigar, Brown sugar, salty and a bit dry. Also the Almonds carries through to a nutty note as it dies away.