I actually am not a huge fan of the SpringBank malts, but this one did tickle my fancy:
Nose: subtle oak, malt, traces of peat and smoke which are light for a 'heavily peated' Campbeltown. i might be accustomed to Islay peated beasts but i like this one too even though it’s doesn't feel like 55 ppm to me. rather fresh nose, with some milk chocolate... interesting. mix of the chocolate smoke and the oak, and then some melted butter. peat too. but not coastal briny stuff, it’s different. ermmmm. nice.
Palate: Big , viscous feeling to it. sweetness and those distant embers of peat burning in the distance hit the tongue and palate.wet damp soil. Lovely stuff. Peat, here we come, but it’s not Islay here. Should it strive to be Islay? No, it’s right on the spot.
Finish : Definitely peat, some briny notes remain, no medicinal notes whatsoever, but very interesting feel to the peat. smoke stays with you quite a bit! Oak comes back at you after a few seconds, and also sort of chewed cold cigar which is not burning for quite some time. cigar embers... that's it! Lovely stuff .
The bottom line:
This is indeed an interesting and lovely dram. Maybe i needed that extra peat and sherry maturation in order to enjoy those Campbeltown malts. I am now looking forward to tasting the 10-year-old Longrow. From what i heard, it’s supposed to be a bit different and not as good, but i am keeping an open mind about this.
Read more in my blog post on whiskyIsrael.co.il:
http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2010/07/05/qu ... ongrow-14/