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Springbank 12yr Cask Strength
Light Straw, Easter yellow
Snifter, splash of water
Peat throughout from nose to finish. However, the peat is distinctly different... It tastes potent? Maybe dry? As this scotch sits and opens up the peat becomes less pronounced and the whisky becomes more complex. It's like the peat broke apart into other flavors...
Nose-23: Very complex, flowers, leather, peat, vanilla, grenadine, pine, toffee, blackberries
Body-: thin, oily, unctuous, warm tingly mouthfeel, evenly and closely spaced legs all around
Palate-23: peat, salt, toffee, floral, blackberries
Finish-23: peat, smokey-oak, ash, raspberries, lasts and lasts...
Balance-24: almost perfect.
I suppose this is my new favorite whisky. After adding up my totals of the various categories, I have not rated any whisky on connosr.com higher.
I purchased this bottle while on vacation in Boston from Federal Wine & Spirits in downtown. The store sits on the historic corner, where the Boston Massacre occurred.
I was in town to cheer on a former roommate of mine who was running in the marathon. I do not remember how I learned about this store, but I did make a concerted effort to visit the shop (and ask for Joe).
Joe happened to greet me from behind the counter of the empty store as I explained to him that I was on the hunt for a bottle of Talisker 18yr and something from Springbank. I had read a great review of 10yr 100 proof, so I asked if he had any. They did not, but he poured a taster of a Benriach spirit for the two of us while he seemed to ponder my request. This bottle of Springbank12 yr Cask Strength was his recommendation. I also picked up a bottle of Talisker 18yr during the same visit. Quite a score, I will definitely pop back in and say hi to Joe anytime I find myself back in town.