I've had a challenging time with this whisky.
I decided quite early on I would review it for the site. But then every time I thought I had the flavour profile nailed down I would go back to it a few days later to confirm my flavour landmarks and the damned thing would taste different.
When people say this isn't for beginners they are not joking. I have more than 10 years drinking whisky under my belt and this challenged me. The whisky seems to be wound very tight. You know immediately upon your first sip it's a quality dram but there is lot going on and picking it apart is tough. I tried it with varying amounts of water before finally settling on 1 1/2 teaspoons in a 50ml measure as being the optimal for me (which is a lot. I never normally add more than 1/2 a teaspoon even to cask strength whiskies).
Before I knew it I was halfway down the bottle and was still trying to work it out so I thought 'stop trying to analyse it Dan and just enjoy it'
And that's when it clicked for me.
Sherry. Baked apples and fresh green apples. White wine. And something that I believe is specific to the Midlands of the UK 'Grays herbal tablets' (sort of a gingery cough sweet).
Apple strudel. Sherry. Gingerbread men. Stewed gooseberries. Flapjack.
Is quite salty and has peat.
So overall. Excellent stuff. Just challenging. But I like a challenge!
I've ordered another bottle of a different batch I found on-line.
I know lots of people don't but I like the new Springbank labels. Very 70s retro.