Forgot a picture this time. This one is from whiskybase.com
Will this is a pleasant surprise, my first direct hit of the BTC. This is a special release from Springbank from a few months back which I missed, and didn’t really get to try, but I recognised a certain funkiness which immediately rang some Springbank bells. Later on I picked up some sweet lactic notes though which kind of led me to thinking it was a weird Port Charlotte bottling, luckily after consulting with my friend Yoav from whiskygospel.com, whos’s also participating, I changed my guess back to this at the last minute.
Initial impressions: No bubbles but quite oily looking. Light gold colour. Smells funky, like Springbank funk, quite dirty with something else to it, possibly cask influence of some kind.
Guess: Springbank 14 Bourbon wood
Aged 14 years. 55.8% ABV. Aged in fresh and refill bourbon barrels. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength.
Nose: Very nice dirty funk. Leather. Vegetal peat. Camphor. Cream of Wheat. Lemon meringue. Slight green herbal note and some yellow fruits. Vanilla pudding. Toffee. Sandalwood.
Palate: Bitter wood. Sandalwood. Dates. Macadamias.Toffee. Slight saltiness. Chemical smoke. Menthol.
Finish: Long. Wood oils. Smoke. Woodspice. Apples.Vanilla.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
My only post-tasting note for this was “Delicious”. Not your run-of-the-mill Springbank, but it’s still a very good dram.