This is the perfect Scotch to celebrate those major events in one's life, like completing one's PhD. Springbank is to scotch as a fine cognac is to brandy. It is extremely smooth and has a beautiful bouquet. Springbank comes in a variety of ages, but there is a real increase in quality at 21 years and a further increase in quality (and price) in the jump from 21 to 25 years. My advice is to buy the oldest version that you can and find some occasion for celebration that will permit you to enjoy a wee dram without thinking about such mundane practicalities as cost.