This is a 22 year Springbank from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. It was matured in a first fill ex-sherry hogshead and bottled at 52.6% ABV.
Nose: Strong sherry combined with Springbank funk makes for a weird combo full of fruity bubblegum, grassy malt, wormwood, and a strong barley note.
Palate: Christmas spices, dark sherry, banana toffee, creme brulee, yeasty – fairly closed off, but opens up a bit over time.
Finish: Sherry dries out with antique oak and leather coming to forefront along with some heather.
Rating: 87/100 – The heavy sherry influence blends with the Springbank’s funky qualites in an interesting way, but I wish it was a bit brighter/more open.
Value for the money: Guessing this retailed around $220+ at SMWS when it was released, and I’m honestly not sure if I’d buy a bottle at that price or not. Springbank always runs a premium in terms of pricing, but I’d be curious to see how this one changes over time. Given the increased price of the Springbank 21 OB these days, I’d say this makes a good buy for a Springbank of this age.