This is a 17 year Springbank that was matured in sherry oak casks and bottled at 52.3% ABV.
Nose: Brighty, funky malt with some putty and dry oak – orange marmalade emerging after a minute with some yeast notes in the background. Not a very fruity sherry influence on the nose at least.
Palate: Musty oak, quite malty full of dough and yeast with bright citrus notes. Turns slightly grassy with the oak taking on more of a sawdust profile – sherry is minimal but slightly sulphury.
Finish: Funky/bitter oak with slightly sulphury sherry lingering as it turns quite dry.
Rating: 82/100 – The sherry notes are very weak, and to be honest, if I tried this blind, I wouldn’t be 100% sure it was sherried (except the sulphur note might be the only giveaway).
Value for the money: I think I paid around $160 for this, and it’s an easy pass for me anywhere near that price.