Springbank 12yr Cask Strength Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Springbank 12yr Cask Strength

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  • Distiller:

    Springbank

  • Bottler:

    Springbank

  • ABV:

    56.5%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is dry with lingering hints of smoke and brininess.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • 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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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A warming embrace, with lots of spices, but also oranges. Not for the faint-hearted, but very rewarding for those who dare.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: it’s not utterly complex whisky, and it hasn’t got the 10’s unquestionable immediacy.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: 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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  • Intro:

    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.

  • Nose:

    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.

  • Taste:

    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.

  • Finish:

    Medium length. No real heat here. Sweet and smoky. Good deal of faint sherry, rich toffee and nice peppery smoke.

  • Overall:

    This is an expression that is still managing to bring great quality to the table - and a delicious blend of sweet and smoky.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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