A really rather exciting release from Springbank here! This Cmapbeltown single malt was initially matured in a intriguing combo of rum and bourbon barrels, before being moved over to fresh Madeira hogsheads for a three-year-long finishing. It's not going to be every day you see a whisky having that kind of maturation! Just 9,200 bottles were produced.
Nose: Big rich flavours with ginger cake, toffee, grapefruit rind and strawberry jam coming through strongly with underlying saline and smoky notes.
Palate: Spicy black pepper and briny peat leads with sweet notes of caramelised ginger, salted caramel and fennel coming through, and a thick oily feel in the mouth.
Finish: Long, peat character mingles with walnuts.
Overall: Beautifully-balanced dram combining all those classic oily briny Springbank notes with sweet jam, toffee and nuts from the Madeira cask.