Luscious and opulent.
Unadulterated molten fudge and toffee with notes of fortified wine.
Huge sherry hit straight away with quite a viscous, chewable mouth-feel.
The toffee from the nose is still there but in a much smaller, more refined quantity that allows the stewed fruit flavours to burst through.
Raisin and christmas cake flavours take centre stage while being underpinned by some very light woody notes.
Not quite as long as I would like but all of the flavours from the palate carry through; predominantly the fruity notes.
Some heat is present but not enough to hint at the above 55% ABV.
An absolutely stunning bottle of whisky.
Not having ever really understood the hype Springbank recieve I have to admit that this bottle has completely blown me away.
Rich sherried fruits are the focal point and thankfully there is enough ABV to really allow them room to shine in full force.
I can think of little to improve such a dram except perhaps a slightly longer, richer finish with a little more complexity to it, but otherwise, all I could ask for is more of the same.
TOTAL SCORE: 82