Color: Oaked Chardonnay, yellow gold color with a ring of small teardrops around the glass refusing to turn into legs until the time is right.
Nose: Dry cellar, chalk dust and clay soil. Sea spray, lemongrass and fresh spearmint leaves. Lemon powder, choco-bananas and pebbles. Just a couple drops of water and voila..! Old school confectionery shop, fresh jonquils and chewable vitamins. Irish Spring soap bars and kumquats. It's floral and sweeter now.
Palate: Orange peel, kumquats and white raspberries. Caraway seeds, ground coriander and salt. After adding touch of water: Meyer lemons, lemon curd and mineral water. Cellar dust, oyster brine and canned pears. Lightly toasted oak and pencil shavings.
Finish: Medium to long with lemon powder, white pepper and peppermint.
Overall: Marvelous whisky... This is the very Springbank profile I fell in love with years ago. It's briny, mineral and chalky. Amazingly well balanced... Starts with citrusy and herbal notes first and then shifts gently to a more floral and spicy place. I believe that you cannot go wrong with Springbank distillate in refill bourbon casks. You simply cannot... All that distillate needs is time and patience. Yep, hell of a whisky but definitely way out of my league. I am glad that I have been given the chance to taste it though. Thanks Ian..!