This will be my first Campbeltown scotch! I am acting as a mule for this bottle and it belongs to @thewalkingdad as it is hard to come by in his neck of the woods. He allowed me to try it as a "logistics fee." The bottling date is July 20, 2018. There is also something written as 18/332. Not sure what that means.
Fresh bottle, so I have allowed the glass to sit for 30min. Sample is neat first then with water added in a Glencairn.
Nose: The smell fills the room sitting in the glass! Upon further examination...very maritime. Soy sauce, fish, wet wooden docks. Salty and tangy. Some citrus. Then sauteed mushroom and green onion served with baked oysters. Similar to Talisker in ways but more "deep."
Nose w/water: The same maritime notes but less salt and more sweetness. I prefer the nose neat.
Palate: The ocean is on fire. Salty, briney, and fishy up front then transitions to salty fruit and vanilla. Hot too.
Palate w/water: Mmmmm...water settles the heat down and really opens up the palate. Same notes but easier to pinpoint and enjoy. Perhaps a tad sweeter and less salty with water. Nice. The palate is better with water.
Finish: Tangy, citrus and brine. Lingers well. Water changes nothing here.
Overall: I think this benefits from just a few drops of water to open up the palate. If Talisker distills the top of the sea, then Springbank distills the ocean floor. At $94USD+tax, I would pick up Talisker 10 or Laphroig 10CS at $70USD instead of this. But it is enjoyable and I'm glad to have finally tried a Campbeltown.
Neat: 85 Water added: 86
@OdysseusUnbound Tight and closed would be a good descriptor. I'm sure the owner will allow me to try it again once it's had some air time.
Air time is mandatory with this expression,, and anything SB really. I find it truly comes into it's own when around halfway through and about 6 months out from opening. Nice review of a HoF malt. Cheers!