(Yes, the title was trying to be a reference to Stravinski)
I never tasted Springbank before, this is my first time. It's not my usual kind of dram (it lacks peat), but I've found it to be a very interesting one. It has been bottled at cask strength, and can be improved by a drop of water.
It has something medicinal in itself, but on the sherry, sweetet side than the Lagavulin, Laphroaig, etc. Not uninteresting.
Batch number : 17
Nose : very red, a lot of wine flavours thanks to the sherry. Porto. A hint of red berries, but also a bit of astringence (tart ?). Not a huge fan of the astringent part, which almost put me off at first.
Taste : quite amazing and evolving, to be honnest. Chewy, savoury, mouth coating. Lemon, more sherry, some fruit (dried plums ?), brown sugar, and sudddenly it's turning to leather, tobacco, liquorice and finally mint.
Finish : a spicy note of black pepper, orange marmelade lingering for a while with a tad of smoke. Quite pleasing aftertaste.
I won't buy this one for myself, but it's still an interesting combo between medicinal austerity and the sherry bombs.