2000 Springbank 9 Year Old Chateau d'Yquem Cask from Murray McDavid
Just in from K&L - They write: Springbank, recently awarded 2010 Distillery of the Year from Whisky Magazine, is a whisky that rarely shows up in an independent bottling. However, Jim McEwan (master distiller for Bruichladdich) is known for finding the absolute best barrels for his Murray McDavid collection, and he somehow managed to get a hold of some aging Springbank stock. He then gave the whisky a second maturation in Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes casks to add a sweet richness to the already supple and smooth malt. The result is simply phenomenal. The nose is an intoxicating blend of honey, tropical fruits, and caramel. The palate shows guava, pineapple, brown sugar and the malted cereal notes of sweet barley, though the whisky is never cloying or overly sweet. Every flavor in the rich and round mouthfeel is in balance all the way to the finish, which lingers on for minutes.