This Springbank 1969 was distilled on the 12th February 1969 and left to mature in refill butt #266. It was bottled on the 18th April 2003.
Springbank 34 yo 1969 (56,7%, Signatory Vintage Rare Reserve 2003, refill butt #266, 494 btl.)
Nose: all kinds of oil and wax: linseed oil, engine oil, brylcream… Rather dusty with hints of old libraries. Hints of vegetables, moss, wet fern forest. A little mint. Not bad but slightly uninspiring.
Mouth: a watered down oak infusion, or so it seems. Quite tired I’m afraid. Cloves. Wax. Tobacco. Faint eucalyptus, but all of this is rather soft and quiet. Then developing some farmy notes and something bitter.
Finish: bitter, dry, tannic and even a bit medicinal.
I expected a lot from a 1960’s Springbank but unfortunately this is not a highflyer. At first I thought the sample could be tainted, but then it turned out other reviewers mentioned the same disappointment. Oh well… Around € 300 if you happen to find a bottle.