Nose: The nose is light and crisp, but rather closed initially. Big vanilla, red apple skin, apple cider, coconut, honey, cream éclairs, oak, woodspice, wood chips, toffee, aloe.
Palate: What an incredible mouthfeel. They don’t come any silkier and creamier than this. Sweet coconut, vanilla frosting, whipped cream, mango, kiwi, icing sugar.
Finish: Between medium and short, which suits the style. Cream, sweet coconut, vanilla frosting, icing sugar, whipped cream, faint peat, faint earth, roasted malt, anise. and lingering red apple.
Thoughts: I like this one a lot. Very light sipping, easily one of Springbank’s most “accessible” whiskies. Rarely does a whisky’s texture strike me as much as this one does; it’s got a really velvety mouthfeel. I’d say this belongs in that rare category of whiskies wherein my use of the word “smooth” is meant very much as a compliment. Beyond that, there’s also a unique set of flavours. Quality barley, coconut, icing sugar, vanilla, whipped cream, and fruits give us a pretty distinctive profile. I like how the individually sweet flavours don’t culminate into anything cloying or syrupy. They come together nicely and reach a good balance. Cool stuff, and quite different. Probably not the Springbank you know. Less rugged, more posh.