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Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength

Family Day Weekend

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

21st Feb 2012

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  • Nose
    24
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
    91

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My daughter and I had a fantastic Family Day weekend with my parents (and my brother and his family came by as well), we all went skating, had some great meals and, of course, drank like hell; always an Alexander tradition. I brought along this bottle, having never tried it. I was very impressed.

It's a lovely dark honey colour, with thick legs in the glass. On the nose, you are first hit by very sharp sea salt, and interestingly, it is peaty without being smoky. There is dark citrus (like a blood orange) and buttered burnt toast. Water tames the peat and brings out the malt, and adds a dark Christmas pudding scent.

The palate is a wonderful explosion in your mouth - white pepper and cumin, also minty. It has such a creamy mouthfeel, and water makes that more so, adding honey, vanilla and more orange.

The finish is long and lingering, and very briny. Balance is a wee bit off - there is a lot going on here, it is very complex, but the sweet and the salty don't quite gel together. But I still love this Scotch. It is like all of the great qualities of the Springbank 10 but increased exponentially, as you would hope from a cask strength (and an extra two years maturation). My dad (who is more of a Speyside fan) didn't like it much, but my mom (who is NOT a whisky drinker) tried it and loved it, and she now wants to try more varied whiskies (I've made another convert!)

I'm becoming a big fan of Campbeltown whiskies, though I've only had 2 (and both Springbank) - they don't seem that far removed from Islays. But I am a sucker for that combination of spice, malt, and the spray of sea salt - it's as if I can picture the geography immediately upon tasting. I also have a bottle of Hazelburn CV (same distillery, as I believe there is only the one in Campbeltown now), which I am now even more eager to try.

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8 comments

@thecyclingyogi
thecyclingyogi commented

great review... i've been meaning to pick up a bottle of this, along with the claret wood. you've motivated me, @talexander. it will be the next one i buy....

7 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

It's not easy to find, my friend - I had to get my ass up to Bayview Village for it!

7 years ago 0

@thecyclingyogi
thecyclingyogi commented

hahah, i've made my fair share of missions for bottles, especially discontinued ones. if you're willing to wait a few days for a bottle, however, your local lcbo store should be able to transfer stuff in. there are a couple close to my work that been glad to help.

7 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Sounds great. Nothing says Family Day like Cask Strength whisky.

7 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Especially in my family.

7 years ago 0

drammer commented

i am slowly making my way through batch 3,just wondering which batch do you have? also great review.

7 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

That was a great dram. Unfortunately there is none available at LCBO.

I picked up a bottle of a different batch (58.5% or something like that). I'm not sure where the batch numbers are listed. It's a bit rough. A challenging dram, but very similar to the way my last bottle started out. I may need to leave it for a few months now like last time. I think the quality is in there, and it will try yo get a spare through my brother in law.

I hear they are discontinuing the 12YO CS in favour of a 10.... Shame

5 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@Nozinan, if that is true that they are discontinuing the 12YO CS, that is a terrible shame but so common in malt distilleries now. Whisky consumption is higher than they projected 12, 15, 20 or so years ago, and now stocks are depleting - which is why so many are going NAS (and more will in the next few years).

5 years ago 0

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