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).
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.
Ralfy really likes Springbank 12yo Cask Strength batch 8:
And batch 9 isn’t bad in his book either: