Springbank 18 year old, 46%

Price: $190 Issue: Fall 2009 Reviewer: John Hansell

Nice to see stocks distilled after the 1980s ‘silent period' turning 18 years old. The sherry influence here is complementary, but not overpowering. Notes of toffee almond, vanilla fudge, chocolate-coated citrus, bramble, and candied ginger. Polished leather, dried spice, and a hint of brine on the finish dries it out nicely and keeps it interesting. Not quite as dynamic and complex as some of those legendary pre-1980s Springers, but it's smooth, well-rounded, and more-ish.