Wonderful. Incredibly complex. Fresh, yet mature—the casks used to age this whisky were clearly of high quality (which is such an important part of making a great whisky). This dram has a little bit of everything—here you can find elements of every style/region of Scottish single malts, so long as you take your time enjoying it.
The only real criticism I can find is that the finish is not as long as I would like, and the parts that do stick around are not the best parts of the palate. But it’s not like the finish is bad or short—it’s just not as great as the nose and palate. It can also be a bit tricky to add the right amount of water. In my opinion this does require at least a little water to fully enjoy—even a little more water than I would normally add to most cask strength malts. But if you go overboard with the water, you can easily drown the wonderful assortment of flavors, so it’s best to add only a drop at a time.
If the Springbank 10 year old is a wonderful introduction to single malt whisky for a newcomer (as I believe it is), this is truly a next level malt for whisky veterans. It takes a little more effort than some more straightforward single malts, but it’s time well spent. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle of this one, take your time and savor it.
Buy again? Absolutely, whenever I can find it.
Read my full review at http://meademule.com/2017/04/22/whisky-review-springbank-12-cask-strength/
Wow, this has a big, fresh sherry nose. Nuts. Dried fruits. Oak. Apricot. Earthy, vegetal peat smoke. Citrus. Fresh ginger. Asparagus. Spicy chocolate. So much complexity. So many flavors. It has the nose of a much older whisky. It’s also quite powerful (due to the ABV) and really needs a few drops of water to open up.
Chocolate. Nuts—macadamia in particular, but walnuts too. Dried fruit. Raisins. Malted milk balls. Coconut. Banana. Peat smoke. Cinnamon. Baking spices. Rose. Turkish delight. Crystallized ginger. Anise. Yeah, there’s a lot going on here. Much like the nose, the palate has tons of complexity. I find new notes with every sip. Like the nose, water is needed to really bring out all of the depth and complexity.
Dried tropical fruits. Cinnamon candy. Salt water taffy… or maybe Laffy Taffy. Some kind of taffy. Nougat. More nuts. Dried cherries. Raisins. Sweet Tarts. Anise. A touch of herbal tea. Really nice, but kind of medium in length. Wish it was longer.