|Keith Wood||Nose: I find some fruit here. A fruit cocktail perhaps containing apple, pear and peach. It even reminds me of a childhood sweet. Those little 'fruit salad' chews which used to cost a penny (that's a real, old penny, not one of those later decimal thingies) for 10 sweets. They had a kind of creamy peachy flavour, quite like this nose. I also sense a very slight hint of aniseed in there.
- Palate: My initial response is that this is much creamier in texture than I expected. It is exceptionally smooth and not at all harsh. That creaminess on the nose translates into the taste - excellent.
- Three drops of water: really open the nose and make for a more spicy floral experience. Perhaps including a dash of freshness too. But unfortunately, the flavour of this whisky is really weakened by the drops. The creaminess is still there in flavour, but not so much in texture. It has also gained a little more spiciness which causes a prolonged tongue tickle, on the front of the tongue long after the whisky is gone. Some may prefer it this way, but I don't.
- Overall Impression: I once (mistakenly) said I wasn't a big Springbank fan, but this is most certainly the best Springbank I have so far tasted by a very large margin! But preferably, without the water for me. |