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I like my whisky at cask strength and I'm also appreciating younger whisky, some of the drams I've tried over 18yrs are for me too rich. The 18yo Springbank is excellent as is the 15yo (probably my favorite allrounder now)
This 12yo CS is another great offering: I've added two teaspoons of water to open the dram up. The nose is a mix of flint, sea air, minerals, amber and liquorice pears. The arrival is quite soft and silky almost a candyfloss sweetness, then there's a very dry but fresh and salty second stage, where the youth of the whisky is apparent, the finish though is long and delayed, wow and what a finish, chili, raw ginger, fresh peat, sherbet fizz and a lip tingling mineral blast.
This really makes me feel like I'm drinking something uniquely Scottish, developed from the ancient soil and fresh water of the British Isles. Very good stuff indeed.