Color: Unoaked Chardonnay with a very faint green hue.
Very slow moving legs around the glass.
Nose: The smell of the field the morning after a stubble burning. Latex gloves and gauze pads. Olive brine, fresh rosemary leaves and spoiled milk. Canned peaches and canned pears. Fruity, briny and a little tart... Adding water freshens it up: Spearmint leaves, sea breeze and fresh pineapple rings. I really liked the nose with a few drops of water.
Palate: Straws, roasted pine nuts and strawberries. Sea salt, freshly squeezed lemon juice and chalk. Reminds me very much cask strength Kilkerrans actually... Gets floral in time: Honeysuckles and hyacinth flowers. Water amplifies the floral notes and also adds the stone fruits to the palate which I had at the nose before. Apricot and peach compote, lightly brewed jasmine tea and white pepper.
Finish: Long with white pepper, green wood and apricot pit notes.
Overall: It is not your usual Springbank but also not exactly what you would expect from a whisky matured for 15 years in a rum cask. In a blind tasting I would bet on this whisky being an ex-bourbon matured below ten years old cask strength whisky. Maybe that's why it reminded me so much a cask strength Kilkerran... It is incredibly vibrant, fresh and raw. Glad to have a bottle but I know it won't last long...
Campbeltown Malts Festival // June 2017