Springbank 19 (Archives 1996/2016 “Shells from the Bay of Caracas” Cask #550) Review

This is a 19 year Springbank expression from the Archives series. It was matured in a refill bourbon hogshead and bottled at 56.4% ABV.

Nose: Briny malt with bright tangerine notes alongside stale cigarette smoke, wet slate, putty, and licorice.

Palate: Twizzler candies with lemon and orange juice, musty oak, a bit of pepper, and dried seaweed.

Finish: A bit of vanilla with some tobacco.

Rating: 87/100 – A little different from the typical Springbank profile which is quite interesting – a solid dram all around.

Value for the money: These retailed around €160 which I think is an ok price if slightly high (like most Springbanks).

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