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Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength


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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

18th Apr 2014


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
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Those of you who know me know that I have an irrational attachment to anything that comes of Campbeltown. Not because I'm an expert on Campbeltown expressions; far from it. It simply has some sort of mystical allure that I can't define.

So be it.

The spirit is a blend of 60% first fill sherry hogsheads and 40% re-fill sherry butts and served up at a lip smacking 55.3%.

Nose: My initial impression was of strong rubber flip flops which made me suspect the influence of sulphur. However, a bit of air and patience takes care of that quite well. The nose is quite thick with treacle marmalade and black peppercorns. The sherry is quite dry with a touch of cinnamon smoke.

Palate: Gorgeous delivery! An intense dark spice and cocoa powder rub on a basket of oranges. The chocolate treacle is back and gives it a lovely bitter sweet edge.

Finish: Spectacular! Long and intense with oily chocolate, wood and black peppers.

This is pretty much one of my favorite malts to come out of Campbeltown. What a class act this distillery is.

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Nozinan commented

I've tried 2 different batches and been impressed with the quality. I find this does well a few months after opening.

9 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

What's the bottling date? It's located on the inside of the front label. You will see the year and the day with a backslash in between. Thanks for the great review!

9 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

@rigmorole just checked and this is a Dec 2011 bottling - specifically Dec 21, 2011.

Seems like a good batch!

9 years ago 0

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