Excerpt: Viscous in the mouth, with cowsheds and soft peat smoke, plus spice, caramel, and a hint of sweet sherry. The no-holds-barred finish presents a big blast of smoke, root ginger, and freshly-dug peat.
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I originally reviewed this a long while ago, and want to give it some new attention since I got a sample in a trade again recently. This is a 12yr cask strength release from Springbank - you may also have experienced their distillate if you like Hazelburn or Longrow, although these are produced a bit differently.
Honey and sweet desserts - doughy barkery sweets. Toffee, fresh baked bread. Sherry fruits, though light, are present. Faint pepper. Smoke is very mild. The sherry is prominent.
Medium to thick mouthfeel with some heat, although it is fairly well restrained. Sweet with meon, sherry fruit and a good deal of vanilla + toffee. Pepper is in the mix and then it gets good. Lots of nice peppery smoke rolls in and balances the sweets nicely.
Medium length. No real heat here. Sweet and smoky. Good deal of faint sherry, rich toffee and nice peppery smoke.
This is an expression that is still managing to bring great quality to the table - and a delicious blend of sweet and smoky.
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