Springbank Local Barley 1999 16 year old
Bottle: Springbank local barley bottling 2016 release (9000 bottles out turn).
Nose: Sugared almonds, wood glue and caramelized sugar.
Palate: Fizzy like popping candy? Tea, green peppercorns, honeycomb and sugar cane.
Finish: Medium length and quite subtle with an underlying cayenne heat. Leather, old bookcases, gun oil and butter.
Neat/Ice/Water: 54.3%. Some real red chili heat when you add a few drops of water!
Verdict: Superior. This is a lovely dram. Smooth in parts and punchy in others. Very interesting to drink and quintessentially Springbank. Sweet, salt and smoke all doing what they should and pulling in the same direction. Would I pay the original release price of £90 again for it? In a flash. These days it’s a little pricier. This is my second bottle and cost me £140 at auction which is pushing things a little. If I average them down (still have the first bottle unopened) they come in at £115 each so reasonable based on the quality of this release.