Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength batch 10 review

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Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength batch 10 review

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Welcome to my review of Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength version. Springbank is a fairly small distillery with an annual production capacity of 750 000 litres. Owned by the Mitchell’s, which is the same family who founded the distillery in 1828. That makes Springbank the oldest distillery continually owned by the same family in Scotland.

Springbank produces three different single malts and roughly the production has been split like this: 80% Springbank (lightly peated), 10% Hazelburn (unpeated, distilled 3 times) and 10% Longrow (heavily peated).

Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength single malt whisky review

Like having THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

The one I got to sample was batch 10, the 2015 release, matured in a combo of 70% Ex-Sherry and 30% Ex-Bourbon casks. With an alcohol per volume level of 53,2%. Springbank 12yo Cask Strength’s malt is has been dried over a peat fire and then over hot air.

There’s been much hype around the previous versions of this Springbank. I don’t know if batch 10 is in the same level as its predecessors, I have no experience. But after this version, I wish I had. This one feels great, I can imagine it being like a good sequel, living up to the greatness of the trilogy. And doing it with fresh notes and some kind of new perspective, yet being true to the predecessors.

That’s why this whisky brought The Bourne Ultimatum movie into my mind.

Matured in:
70% Ex-Sherry and 30% Ex-Bourbon casks
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Fresh with citrus notes and wee peat smoke. Like a squirt of fresh juice from a grape. Toffee and licorice stay on the back.
Taste: Honey and toffee, small hints of pepper. Citrus is also present, first in the form of fresh grape or lemon, then as sour lemon peel.
Finish: Bitter, ginger and mint dominate with citrus staying in the background. Very fresh, and did I mention bitter?
Balance: Good dram, not the most balanced one but still great because it has character. Offering strong and versatile notes, changing from fresh to dark notes and back to fresh notes along with bitterness.

Springbank 12YO CS batch 10 scoring

90
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
23
23
22
22
Distillery: Springbank Region: Campbeltown ABV: 53.2% Non-chill filtered, no added colour

Ralfy really likes Springbank 12yo Cask Strength batch 8:

And batch 9 isn’t bad in his book either:

Edit 27/7/2017
Check out my review of Springbank 12YO CS batch 13, another great dram in this range
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.

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