This is from the 2013 release.
from a purchased sample
Nose: Hmm. Not quite what I expected, which was more sherry notes like some of the older Springbanks. It's obviously very good and well made. Sweet barley, a dollop of cream and sugar, a touch of salt. You know how this goes. Slight smoke and wax, lemon, and apple skin. Hints of crumbling goat cheese. With time, mango, peach, apricot, and that sort of thing. Very nice.
Palate: Really delightful and easy. More on the same yellow-peach-apricot-mango fruits with a little sugary honey. Salt, wax, and more of that cheesy note. It's very mellow, and the wood has a few points where it's relatively prominent.
Finish: Sugar crystallized barley, salt, mango, wax, and subtle oil. The fruit is a bit light, but it's very pleasant and tasty. It's just not as complex and impressive as some of the older versions, and with far less sherry.
Yeah, that bottle was ridiculous and apparently came up. You're right that its not bad by any stretch, but for the cost and compared to expectations from previous bottles of the 21, it came up short. When it was released, I was soooo close to getting a bottle, but am pleased as heck that I didn't!
what about that hilarious visual of the old bottle. gads, I haven't seen a bottle like that in years. . . .