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Springbank 1997 12 Year Old Claret Wood

Very Very Nice

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@JerichoReview by @Jericho

2nd Dec 2012


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I saw this the other day in the store, and was intrigued because I had not tried anything from Springbank before, even though all of their standard bottlings from the 10 to the 15 and 12 cask strength etc are always there for a good price. This bottling look interesting and a few reviews online said it was relatively uncommon to see it and that it was quite scrumptious, so I went for it!

Nose: really powerfully sweet, and slightly smoky nose. There is caramel and toffee and other rich flavours. I don't know how else to describe it except incredibly balanced and very very good.

Palate: It gets really interesting here; the nose promises more smoke than is actually present! There is smoke and ash but only as an additive to the wide range of sweet and spicy flavours that were present in the nose. Nothing dominates and it all comes together for a powerful crescendo.

Finish: The finish lingers, with a surpirsing nuttiness! The smoke dissipates and leaves you with a sweet nutty flavour that lasts, like pecan pie almost but more bitter... So good!

Over all this is a superb whisky, and if you see it you need to buy it! The label says they bottled about 9300 bottles.

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Nozinan commented

I must agree with you. Though, when I first opened the bottle and drank it next to the regular cask strength version I was less impressed. Although I removed the oxygen from the bottle, a few months later I tried it and it is fabulous. If I ever see another bottle I will definitely snap it up

11 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

Yeah, this release was great. I hope they do another sometime.

It was sweet from the claret maturation, but in a way totally unlike a sherry bomb. Much more of an edge to it, which I love.

6 years ago 0

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