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Score

Springbank C.V., 46%

Price: $40.00 Issue: Winter 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

A marriage of whiskies from bourbon, sherry, and port casks, which does help give it some complexity. A bit fleshy on the nose (sooty peat, soy sauce, sherry, tannins). It calms down on the palate (and is soothed by the sherry notes), with some additional vanilla, bitter orange, and brine. More brine and warming pepper on the finish. There's a lot going on here, which I like, but I'm not sure all the flavors dovetail with each other well enough to deserve a higher rating.