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2 October 2019

Springbank 12yo Cask Strength 2019

I was never much of a Springbank fan. My first one was the 10yo and a while later in 2015 I bought the 15yo because people said it was one of the best. Although Springbank was critically acclaimed, it never did too much for me. Tasty drams? Yes. Noteworthy: Not so much?

I had more luck with Longrow and Hazelburn. But in the meantime we hardly ever leave a brand because of one or two lesser enjoyed bottles. Also back then our taste was less developed, so revisiting is always a good idea. But the earlier experience combined with the price point often prevented me from doing it.

However we keep sampling, buying, exploring. And so I finally added the 12yo Cask Strength to my cabinet this spring (as you can see from the apple blossom on this photo).

Here are our tasting notes:

Tasting notes


Nose

Dried fruits, a salty whiff, slightly smoky even. Caramelized pear, cane sugar, slightly tropical and red fruits.

Palate

Slightly drying and fruity, toasted oak, peanuts and sea salt.

Finish

Maritime en warming, dried fruits, a hint of peat/smokey barley, raisins. It’s quite long and complex.

Now we’re talking! This ticks the boxes of my personal favorites: a fruity and slightly toasted foundation with some dried fruits and just a hint of peated barley. Plus it’s cask strength and pure.

How do you like your Springbank, any suggestions for us to try?