Springbank 14 year old Fino Cask (#265), 55.3%

Price: $100.00 Issue: Fall 2011 Reviewer: John Hansell

A round of single cask Springers matured completely (not finished) in various wine casks for the U.S. market. All four are solid efforts — it's really a matter of personal preference. A general comment: most of the single cask releases are matured in some sort of wine or rum cask. While this is nice, I would love to see several single cask, cask strength, and fully-matured ex-bourbon barrel bottlings offered for a change.

The freshest of the bunch, chock full of Springbank character. Light and lively. Floral, with plenty of fruit (green grapes, kiwi, apple tart) on a bed of honeyed malt. Nuttiness and brine emerge toward the finish, and linger.