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Semi-blind. Points for complexity, but the type of peat or the campbeltown funk are just nog good for me.
But tonight, with this line-up at least i found it much better than a few days ago when i had a dram from the same bottle (couldn't give it more than 3).
Tasted at The Oak Barrel Springbank evening, 28 May 2022.
Tasting of the 2021 release.
Nowdays this is overhyped, overpriced and over-rated.
It's a good whisky, sure, but in comparison to Springbank 18 from just a few years ago this is insipid. The 2021 15 year old dumps all over this and is half the price. Even the current 10 year old is superior.
This was composed of 50% bourbon and 50% sherry cask matured whiskies, but what is critical is that, IMHO, very little (if any) of those sherry casks were first-fill. It was the combination of mostly first-fill, top-quality oloroso hoggies with just a little bourbon cask whisky that made the reputation of this expression, but I guess doing that these days is prohibitively expensive. What a pity.
It's good (I mean come on, it's Springbank 18 after all) but not recommended at this price point. If you want something that will blow your socks off, and at literally half the price of this, try the current Ledaig 18 year old.
"Good" : 84/100 (3.75 stars)