Springbank 16 Local Barley Review

This is a 16 year Springbank OB that was released recently. It’s made up of 80/20 bourbon/sherry casks and bottled at 54.3% ABV.

Nose: Very grassy (mostly wet grass), brine oaked oak with honey, vanilla, and chamomile.

Palate: Quite briny here again with a nice thick mouthfeel. Salted oak with prominent barley touched with a bit of cardamom.

Finish: Mostly dry oak with heavy salt notes lingering.

Rating: 85/100 – Missing some complexity for me and a bit too heavy on the brine notes all around.

Value for the money: These are retailing for around $170 or so, and I’d pass at that price. Springbank can historically be fairly overpriced, but sometimes they can be worth it – not the case here for me.

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