This Springbank will start off my next 8 reviews of the whisky I was so fortunate to try at a Moscow Whisky Festival (2017). I am a big fan of the OB Springbank 10, and so I thought I'd try this special one to compare the two.
Nose: you get that original Springbank character right away, but this time with more sweetness. Very balanced, gentle oak, hazelnuts and walnuts, toffee, brown sugar, dried fruit, some spice. If I had more time to spend with it, I'm sure I would get even more specific.
Taste: much more intense in flavor than the standard, big, rounded, syrupy, a touch of salt, spice notes, hints of remote peatiness all based on that nice dried fruit sweetness, even a little walnut bitterness, licorice.
Finish: long with gentle black tea and tobacco.
Overall impression: just like Springbank 10, only better. Why don't they do it every time? Why do you get to try such gems only at whisky events.