An acutely salty bouquet with additional scents of hemp, bean curd, sulfur, burning matches and palm oil. The appealing entry is aggressively malty, moderately spirity and smoky sweet; the midpalate’s smoky sweetness is underpinned by flavors of toffee, toasted marshmallow, leaf tobacco and sweetened breakfast cereal. Ends on a delicious smoky/sweet note.
90-95 points, Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2008)
Very powerful and quite different from the 10 year old, 46% bottling reviewed below; this tastes as if it is taken entirely from bourbon oak-aged Springbank. There’s fresh brine, creamy vanilla, honey, and coconut throughout, and it lacks the waxed fruit nature of its sibling. Mouthcoating in texture, with a long appetizing briny finish. Very clean -- and quite polished too, for such a powerful whisky. My choice of the three.
88 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 16, #3)