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This is a bottle from March 21. I think it's been open almost a year (if not longer) and review is with a few drops of water to a 30ml pour.
Nose - where to begin ... Tyres, twiggy peat, mild antiseptic cream, damp dish-cloth, hay, something chalky and mineralic (you know what I mean :), wet soot, barley sugars and a hint of oak in the background. Yet, for all that, ultra clean and fresh - which seems to defy logic.
Taste - perfectly sweet and sour. Lots of lemons and some type of smoked, over-ripe tropical fruit. Chalky and sooty as it develops with some sushi ginger.
Finish - med - long. Chalky, again, (I love that note) with more rubber. Crisp and drying with some barley sugar residue.
Honestly, I could sit down on another evening and write very different notes, but that's the beauty of this one - it's so complex for a ten year old and every pour and every sip captivates you. And what more can one say about such a well-loved and sought after whisky? Perhaps just agree with the consensus that this is about as good as it gets these days for a standard house bottling.
Being someone who dabbles with older bottles, it's also reassuring that this stuff is made, and, so I gather, tastes much like it was back in its heyday. I'll raise a toast to Springbank.