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This Springbank (2001-2012) is called Rundlets & Kilderkins like the used small barrels. Like we know from the quarter casks which are used by Laphroaig, the surface to volume ration increases with smaller barrels hence the faster maturation. The Rundlets & Kilderkins comes unchillfiltered and uncoloured at 49.4% ABV.
The colour is golden.
The nose begins sweet with honey, orange zest and cherries. It continues with grape-nut like chocolate, spices and a whiff of smoke.
On the palate it delivers very strong and intense. This full bodied Springbank has the taste of caramel and intense wood. It is very spicy with white pepper and brine. But there is also this sweet dark fruit (raspberry?) on the palate. I also find peaty/earthy elements.
The finish is oaky with chocolate and brine. Looong aftertaste.
Only 10 years matured but this really seems older. It is a nice intense dram, I would suggest to grab one if you can.