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Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength batch 13 review

Springbank 12YO Cask Strength Whisky

Springbank 12YO Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky Review

I had previously tasted batch 10 of Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength single malt. I fell in love with it. Now it was time for batch 13 in a local Finnish whisky tasting. And what another wonderful release of Springbank’s 12YO CS it was. This Campbeltown based distillery malt, bottled with a whopping 56,3% ABV felt even slightly better than batch 10.

Springbank 12YO Cask Strength Batch 13 has been bottled in 2016, matured in 70% Ex-Sherry and 30% Ex-Bourbon casks. It comes from a fairly small distillery and it’s been lightly peated. Springbank also makes heavily peated (Longrow) and non-peated (Hazelburn) whiskies.

Another piece of The Bourne Legacy

There’s been lots of hype with the previous versions, and like batch 10, batch 13 delivers lots of character and great taste. It’s a shame I’ve only sampled Springbank 12YO CS – this whisky really is worth owning an own bottle. It’s fair to say that Springbank has started a legacy with its whiskies that are named after the distillery – with Longrow and Hazelburn brands complementing their portfolio nicely.

Matured in:
70% Ex-Sherry and 30% Ex-Bourbon casks
Colour: Deep amber
ABV: 56.3%
Non-chill filtered, no added colour
Nose: Surprisingly smooth. Saffron and grassy notes. Little peaty and with hints of grapefruits. Toffee notes come with time and water.
Taste: Nicely dry with big but smooth peppery feel. Warming spices and malty notes, big cereals. Strong cinnamon buns. Sherry raisins.
Finish: Very peppery, nicely hot. Dry and long. Dark fruits and dry sherry. Great notes of Fisherman’s Friend come in the very end!
Balance: Great character, not the easiest but give it some time. Amazing dram.

Springbank 12YO CS batch 13 scoring

Distillery: Springbank Region: Campbeltown
Check out this review
Springbank 12YO CS batch 10 review, in that article you can find video embeds of Ralfy’s batch 8 & 9 reviews

Springbank 12 year old CS, Batch 13 56.3% ABV - single malt whisky review

Springbank 12YO CS logo on the package

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.


  1. Joe says:

    Batch 13 is absolutely delicious,I am on my 3rd bottle and can’t locate a fourth.

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