Review: Chieftain’s Springbank 40 year oldNovember 4th, 2010
It looks like those old Springers from the 1960s (and 1970s) continue to escalate in price.
Chieftain’s (distilled at Springbank), 40 year old, 54%, $1,400
Aged in a first-fill sherry butt. Soft sherry notes, gentle toffee, golden raisin, green tea with honey, a peppering of spice (cinnamon, red and black licorice, candied ginger, hint of coconut macaroon and brine) and undertones of juicy oak (especially on the finish). Tame, somewhat seductive, and well-rounded. Not overly oaked, and I’m not finding any off notes. A lovely whisky, but not quite as dynamic as the “classic” Springbanks I’ve tasted from the 60s.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 92