This is a 14 year Springbank that was released as part of a series of sherry cask OB expressions that were distilled in 1996. This one was matured in a Fino cask and bottled at 55.3% ABV.
Nose: Freshly mown grass with tart cherries and cranberries up front. Musty cardboard, subtle anise, sawdust, and a bit of charcoal.
Palate: Cranberry juice and grassy malt with a funky oak touched with a tinge of sulphur. Dark chocolate and twizzlers develop after a bit.
Finish: Turns quite tart here with underripe berries and oak lingering on tip of tongue.
Value for the money: These retailed for around $120 or so I believe, but I don’t see them around too often. I’d be a buyer closer to $80 or so if I saw one.