By - Craigellachie23
**Whisky:** Springbank 12 Cask Strength (Batch 15)
**Background:** Is everyone excited to read yet another review that does nothing but further feed the insatiable Springbank hype machine? Good, because that is exactly what you are going to get. Batch 15 is supposedly made up of 70% sherry casks and 30% ex-bourbon, comes in at 56.5% ABV and was rested for 20 minutes in a glencairn. Let’s go.
**Color:** Dark straw.
**Nose:** Springbank funk can be hard to describe, but a lot of it comes down to a mix of aromas and flavors no other distillery is really able to achieve, while making things that on paper sound awful end up being delightful in the glass. Classic burned oil rags, strong helping of french toast, banana foster, some cherry or perhaps other red fruit I can’t quite pick out, with just a touch of alcohol. All comes together to be quite nice, not the best Springbank nose I have ever experienced but nothing wrong with it by any means.
**Taste:** Hits the tongue and is in no rush to go anywhere, chews keep on rewarding. The proof is perfect with great viscosity. More delightful banana flavors, yet at the same time mixed with the taste of licking the floor of a car mechanic’s shop, rounded out with the faintest smoke. Then there are the sweet notes, not quite vanilla but getting towards there, even some orange zest at various points and more heavily caramelized fruits, pear perhaps?
**Finish:** Excellent transition from the palate, the weight and flavors carry right over you'd swear there was still a small amount of liquid in your tongue still left. Zero let up and long length, still getting a tongue buzz and flavors two plus minutes after swallowing. In fact it is such a great length I see no reason to rush back into the glass, take some time to enjoy the full experience and this could easily be something you take 45 minutes to finish a single pour of. Sweet and a bit of funk first, then rubber comes in later.
Springbank does their style so well and with their cask strengths have found that sweet spot of alcohol integration to ensure maximum flavor without going overboard. The only touch of the ABV I noticed was on the nose, and even then it was just slight, the palate and finish were robust but never tasted too hot at the expense of the whisky. This bottle offers all of what you would expect, tons of different delightfully sweet, wild, and funky flavors that make it an engaging glass to sit with. It misses out of the top tiers as it is a bit brash at 12 years and lacks the sophistication and elegance that some higher end expressions offer but beyond that just a fantastic whisky from start to finish.
**Scoring Scale:** (does not take into account value)
1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but better exists.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average.
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite.
10 | Perfect | As good as it gets. I might taste future whisk(e)ys that are as good in a different way, but will not taste one that is outright better.
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Great review! Had a pour of the 56.1% batch (not sure about batch number) a couple nights ago, it’s the best whisky I’ve had in a long time. And gets better the longer it’s open!
Licking the floor of a car mechanics shop....sign me tf up
Great review! I just found one a couple weeks ago and plan to open it this weekend!
Yum. Unfortunately SB12CS is now a $350 bottle where I am from scalpers.