...and this is a good chance to explore the unmasked Springbank profile - but lovers of the more powerful sherry- or rum- or port-casks batches might be somewhat disappointed of this rather subtle and delicate taste, which is absolutely okay. Leave this stuff for the old-time folks!
The colour is old gold and the nose offers the trademark "naked" Springbank profile, meaning no sherry, port or other strange casks involved this time - this is just a straight bourbon casks maturation. So if anyone wants to explore the unmasked Springbank profile this is your chance! The somewhat "dirty" components like machine oils, medicinal bandages (unused) or dusty warehouse floors are clearly detectable beside the more traditional aromas (honeys, waxes, fruits, herbs) and an interesting impression of a high-quality dry white wine. I am not sure if modern drinkers like this strange mix, but I do.
Wow, the taste is excellent too! A complex amalgam of dozens of different flavours floats over my taste buds and many of them are rather old-stylish, so this taste truly reminds me of long-gone Springbank bottlings of the past. It is not really layered but hey: What to expect from a 12-years old in this dimension?. After some chewing more flavours pop up so I suggest to take your time with this dram. I do not detect any off-note or imbalance, this is a perfect young (12-years old) whisky taste.
The initial mouthfeel is hot (due to the high abv of 55.9%) but turns quickly into a warming and coating texture without distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and adds more of these old-style waxy and chalky-mineral impressions together with some bitter herbs what I like. Again no bitter or drying moments until the very end. Some water releases more herbs in the nose (among them aniseed and camphor) and the taste turns more punchy (alcoholic). A further reduction strengthens the waxy-oily side of the nose and smooths the taste again. This dram is an excellent swimmer and I strongly suggest to play around a little with water (if you own more than just a small sample).