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My first Springbank, and I was mightily impressed. Needs water, though. And I rarely add water to whisky.
Nose: light smoke, creamy peat, dark honey, brine, and a hint of vanilla.
Palate: soft and creamy for such high ABV. Sweet, creamy peat; honey; brine; and spices. Without water I find it the same but with heightened salinity and more tightly integrated flavours.
Finish: a billow of smoke in the finale (it finally comes forward), then soft briny peat. The finish is very long and warming, with a lingering briny smoke.
These notes were compiled over 10 months and reflect my preference for this dram (a bit of water added).