Springbank Week – Part II: Springbank 12 Cask Strength Whisky Tasting Notes

I love going to tastings I don’t host. Seriously. It’s fun to hear other people talking about whisky, and especially when the lineup includes whiskys not available here. One of the whisky shops that regularly brings bottles not imported into the local market is Wines and Flavors, and they held a Springbank tasting the other week with the 1997 which I have not yet had (and the Longrow 18). Along the way I revisited some of the Springbank greats, and this is how Springbank week sprang forth.

The Springbank 15 is noticeably absent from the tasting, but I made sure to get hold of a sample to re-taste for this series , to be reviewed tomorrow.

Springbank Tasting, June 2014 at wnf.co.il

Springbank Tasting, June 2014 at wnf.co.il

The 12 Year Old Cask Strength is one of Springbank’s strongest expressions, if not the strongest of them. This expression is Matured in 70% sherry casks and 30% bourbon casks, and that is a ratio that works quite well.


Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength, Batch 6 (50.3% ABV, NCF, NC)

Photo Credit: http://www.thewhiskybarrel.com/

Photo Credit: http://www.thewhiskybarrel.com/

Color: Copper, thick almost worm-like legs.

Nose: Sherry, bit of sulfur, honey, leather, some peat, dried cherries, old tobacco, cinnamon and orange (the fruit itself, not the peel).

Palate: Dried fruit, sherry sweetness, pepper and chili.

Linger: Long and peppery with long sweet notes


If you could only have one Springbank bottle in your cupboard, It would be either this expression or the 15. Preferably, you’d make room for both  🙂

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