The springbank from batch 11 is amber in glass with a wonderful 53.8% alcohol content and 12 years maturation in 70% sherry and 30% bourbon barrels.
In the nose it is initially much more subdued than expected and not a flavor bomb. Gradually, fruit notes and a pleasant sweetness come from the glass. The fruity notes are difficult to grasp ... a few sprinkles of lemon juice and orange zest for fresh and sour flavors, the sherry barrel is noticeable, but more in the direction of apples and peaches and not with boiled dark fruits. Since I expected more, the bourbon barrel comes into its own only with hints of peach and papaya and the sherry barrel seems to have been less active and brings spiciness but no dark, heavy fruit notes. There is some vanilla sugar, a few drops of honey and cinnamon over the fruit. Dark chocolate with whole hazelnuts gradually becomes more and more present, in the background a slightly earthy note resonates and combines with a little salt. So far I am rather disappointed, the power of the aromas reminds me more of whiskys with 10% less alcohol.
In the mouth at first a little weaker than I would have expected for the high alcohol content ... but then it starts. The whisky pushes vigorously through the mouth, spices with pepper, nutmeg, a little rubber, a hint of ash, salt and chewed coffee beans dominate and are accompanied by a subtle fruitiness with bright fruits and citrus flavors. The salt creates a slightly maritime character, the peat is much stronger than in the nose. Slight dryness is noticeable, but everything in the pleasant area. After the first sip, a little sweet shortbread is added when smelling, very tasty! With a second sip, the pepper becomes even more intense, ginger sharpness sizzles on the tongue, the dryness in the mouth increases significantly ... The oak becomes more noticeable, a pleasant earthiness leads to the finish.
The finish is characterized by pepper, ash, some rubber, damp forest floor and a dry mouthfeel. The fruitiness and sweetness resonate discreetly, but are only the fifth wheel on the car. The finish is medium long and a little too dry for me.
Well, what can I say? A little too astringent and on the nose the whisky was too weak on the chest. Nevertheless, he has a lot of what he likes. The aromas gain significantly after the first sip, the whisky becomes sweeter when smelling and notes of caramel and sweet pastries are added. And while the whisky in the nose is getting better and better, it gets more peppery and drier with every sip. Difficult for me to leave a review.
He gets 86/100 points from me.