Springbank Local Barley 1999 14 year old
Bottle: Springbank Society 10th anniversary bottling. A special release to Springbank Society members with an out turn of 546 bottles only.
Nose: Turkish delight, milk chocolate, creme brulee and faint smoke.
Body: Syrupy and viscous.
Palate: Molasses, balsamic vinegar and menthol cigarettes. A little popping candy (like 16 barley barley). Glorious this is…
Finish: Long and large. Petrochemical heat, rhubarb, burnt toast and a hint of tomato paste.
Neat/Ice/Water: 57.8%. With a few drops the palate develops some gingerbread, raisins and cranberries while the finish gets creamier.
Verdict: STUNNING! This is one of the best whiskies I have ever had. Top 5 without a doubt. A hugely rewarding dram with massive, rich, complexity and many layers that keep delivering wave after wave of deep satisfaction. Just when you think it’s going to settle down it brings out another twist. You have to be patient with this one. It’s incredibly dense, they’ve packed an awful lot into it so let it breathe for a good while. If it’s a fresh bottle I’d say at least 20 minutes, at a lower fill adjust accordingly. Take it very slow and savour it. It’s utterly amazing. My first bottle was circa £90 which was astonishing value (still unopened). I found this second bottle at auction which is the only place you’ll get it now, if you are willing to part with serious money (I can’t disclose what I paid for it – my wife may read this). based on the limited number of bottles to begin with and the eye watering price, it’s not an easy catch. @CuanBrown gave me a couple of pours a few years ago and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. Bloomin’ Marvelous.