This is a 9 year Springbank that was matured in a refill bourbon cask for 7 years and finished in a Marsala cask for an additional 2 years. It was bottled at 58% ABV.
Nose: Marsala comes through as subtle plums and black cherry up front. Funky barley with subtle burning leaves follows. Overall, a fairly closed off nose.
Palate: Marsala influence much more noticeable here as it really opens up with stewed fruits, raisins, and brown sugar. Some of that typical funky barley note from Springbank is washed away by the Marsala influence.
Finish: Slightly papery with funky oak and minimal fruits – fades rather rapidly.
Rating: 88/100 – Springbank takes finishes very well in my opinion, and I think the young age of this one made it even more susceptible to the Marsala influence.
Value for the money: Don’t see these often anymore, but guessing it would’ve retailed for around $85-$100, and I’d be happy with a bottle at that price.