This Springbank was distilled in November 2002, matured in a mix of first-fill and refill ex-bourbon barrels, and bottled in August 2017. The total outturn was 9,000 bottles.
The nose is rich and lush and starts with loads and loads of vanilla flavours, wow! Then notes of caramel slowly develop, followed by apricots and a hint of honey.
The palate is medium-bodied, creamy and spicy. The vanilla flavours are back, accompanied by notes of lemon zest, banana and liquorice.
The finish is long and warming. There is more vanilla, followed by a salty note and a whiff of smoke.
If you like whiskies matured in ex-bourbon casks, this must be your thing: This is a lush and extremely easy-to-drink Springbank, fruity to the point of being very sweet but not without a spicy note. Certainly not your typical Springbank but then this is the 'Bourbon Wood' edition, right?!