Springbank 12-year-old

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Single Malt
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Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
45% Sherry 25% Bourbon 25% Burgundy 5% Port
56.1 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
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Added on
19 jan 2021 10:36 pm by Ancient
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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USD$ 119.90

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.55 points.

  1. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Rich, well-balanced, complex and satisfying!

    This is pretty good to enjoy straight up. However, I personally recommend pouring a second dram and slowly sipping this Springbank over the course of 3 – 5 minutes to really uncover each layer. Let the whisky breathe a little for at least 3 minutes and the alcohol burn gets down to a more manageable level. This lets you get at the more nuanced “teriyaki sauce” flavours I was talking about.

    Well-crafted, well balanced and a robustly-flavoured dram that serves as a great introduction to the unique slight motor oil-evocative flavours of Campbeltown

    Link to Review: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/springbank-12-year-old-55-4-ob-2021-batch-22
    • Nose
      In the glass, a burnished gold colour similar to pancake syrup.

      On the nose, a surprisingly intense and colourful bouquet that does not overwhelm the nose. The bouquet opens with a rich and strong maltiness reminiscent of McVitie’s digestive biscuits and vanilla spongecake. It develops into sweeter notes of honey, caramel and a tinge of orange peel. Malt and vanilla really takes the centre stage, with fresh orchard fruits playing a more secondary role. There is a minor component of sherried notes of raisins and preserved sour plum. The nose profile readily comes across even when the glass is held an inch away from the nose.

      Slight malt biscuit muskiness and a tinge of spice builds up mid-way through nosing. This is accompanied by mild smokiness (of the sort you get from parma ham) and a very light but distinctive smell of motoroil from a petrol station.

      Adding several drops of water causes the maltiness to subside, and somewhat brings the notes of raisins and plum into the foreground.
    • Taste
      On the palate, a moderately-rich texture with some oiliness coupled with substantial maltiness. Again, notes of digestive biscuits, some honey, and some banana topped with ice cream. This develops into mildly sweet raisins, figs and preserved sour plum. There is some brininess and minerality that cuts through the sweet fruits and maltiness in an even and balanced way, and the saltiness lingers on the tongue for a decent duration. Slight drying sensation on the back of the throat.

      On a second and smaller sip, I begin to somehow detect… a BBQ teriyaki sauce note? Sweetness and saltiness is combined and captured in a rich runny texture- add to that equation a component of mild smokiness and some heat - voila! Chargrilled BBQ teriyaki chicken with some burnt ends!
    • Finish
      Moving on to the finish that is long with some warming spice and some refreshing spearmint. There is also a strange but pleasant mixture of lingering umami soy-sauce – similar to Brand’s Chicken Essence, and a fading motoroil aroma.

      Intruged yet? You may wonder how notes of motor oil and saltiness can create a good whisky. Yet, for decades Springbank remains one of the most sought-after whiskies in whiskyland. Grab a dram to find out why!

  2. Kraddell scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      72 72
      Refined nose, medium powerfull, but it hides the booze unexpectingly well. Minor peat notes, mild vaniline.
    • Taste
      77 77
      full, medium intense, yet very smooth peat. fairly powerfull and relatively fullbodied. mild vaniline. oak, but not very clear on the previous fills. The peatyness here is actually quite damn nice, even for a non-peatfan. Noticable, but not overpowering.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Full on oak, vaniline, a tad sweet yet very complex and refined, not sticky. Malty, in a way. peat is nearly gone, but provides some ashyness ( think of a BBQ'ed meat) Long duration.

  3. JWD scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Tons of body, leather. For some reason I get a lot of smoke on this one. Close my eyes and could confuse it for an ardbeg.


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