Tasting notes worldofwhisky.com, Thijs Klaverstijn
Nose: Plenty of blackcurrants, creme de cassis and aceto di balsamico, but that’s the Pedro Ximénez influence. There’s raisins, plums and dates as well. A sliver of smoke, embers and charred oak. But what happened to the Springbank character?
Palate: Sweet and dry with a tinge of earthy smoke and some cracked black peppercorns. More of the sweet, sometimes acidic influence from the Pedro Ximénez cask, similar to the aromas described above. It’s not unbalanced, but not exactly well integrated either.
Finish: More of the same with a hint of dark chocolate. Long too.