Scotch By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / November 25, 2014 As I mentioned last week the popular Scottish distillery Springbank, besides unveiling a 12-year-old whisky made from organic barley, also had another even older bottling up its sleeve. Its new 25-year-old release for 2014 is now making its way to global markets, but only 1,200 bottles of it are being released this time around. It also joins a 21-year-old bottling as one of the oldest released from Springbank this year. The new version of this whisky, according to Springbank, was “matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks before being married in port casks for the final few months of maturation.” It was bottled at 46% ABV and while I’ve been seeing it pop up on the websites of overseas whisky retailers for at least $550 a bottle, it has been disappearing from their inventory almost as fast as it gets posted. In other words, you’ll have to be fast if you want a bottle of this coveted Scotch. Tasting notes from this whisky are below via the distillery. Nose: The nose is rich with a peated port influence. It’s redolent of the dunnage warehouse in which it was matured. Fruity too, but this time berries to the fore: blackberries, cranberries and strawberries. Palate: The port wine influence is perfectly balanced with flavours of sherry, plum jam, blood oranges and pink grapefruit. Finish: The finish is long, soft and elegant, with earthy, peaty and woody qualities. Shop the Johnnie Walker Blue Label at ReserveBar!