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12 years Cask strength Batch 12 54.1% NV

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Distillery Springbank
Bottler OB
Serie Cask Strength
Bottled for
Distilled date NV
Bottling date 2016
Country Scotland
Region Campbeltown
Age 12
Cask Type 65% Sherry / 35% Bourbon Casks
Cask Number Batch 12
Alcohol percentage 54.1
Volume 0,70
Condition Perfect
Stock 0
  • Serge Valentin 90
I'm glad we have this popular baby in our glass again. The last batch we've tasted was #9, and we just loved it (WF 90). As they say, probably a no-brainer. Colour: pale gold. Nose: it's maybe a little more sherried than before, tenser, with more curry, also oak shavings, and ginger... But it's also very briny, seaside-y, smoky, kelpy (what?)... there's some menthol, horseradish, leather, cinchona... And all that works in sync, mind you! With water: swims like Ian Thorpe. Fast and good. Wet dogs (we really owe you, dogs), raw wool, mud, limestone, wet plaster, bandages... All that. Mouth (neat): same feeling, there's rather more oak extracts than in others, more pepper, more curry again... It's really huge, sharp, almost pungent... Grapefruit peel, J├Ągermeister, ginger, leather, cigar tobacco (chewing your old puro when you're near its end)... With water: the citrus fruits come to the front. Much grass and even wasabi in the back. Finish: long, sharp, very zesty. Comments: totally huge, puts many an Islay to shame as far as texture and body are concerned. Same score all over again.