Whisky News – Springbank 12yo Cask strength

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Whisky:  Springbank 12yo Cask strength
Region: Campbeltown
Cask: First fill and refill sherry hogsheads
ABV: 55.3%

Springbank was founded in 1828 by the Reid Family who subsequently went through financial hardship and, less than a decade later, John and William Mitchell acquired the distillery. The distillery is now in the hands of their current Chairman, Hendley G. Wright, Mitchell’s great, great garandson – the fifth generation of the Mitchell family to own and manage Springbank.

The Springbank distillery produces three uniquely different Scotch single malts: Longrow, Hazelburn and Springbank.  The difference is achieved by using Springbank’s three stills in different combinations as well as adjusting the peat levels.

Longrow: The most traditional of the three; well-peated and distilled twice
Hazelburn: Non peated and triple distilled
Springbank: Lightly peated and, rather curiously, distilled two-and-a-half times…..

Single malts produced in Springbank distillery are made with passion, skills and knowledge passed down from generation to generations.  Their single malts are distilled and matured in traditional casks in traditional dungeon warehouse; ensuring the characteristics and taste of the traditional Springbank single matls.  You may have a different opinion from mine but i would say that the Springbank is one of the finest distillery in Scotland.

12 years old is always bottled at cask strength, is amazingly balanced dram with complexity.  It has everything from smooth buttery body, maritime flavour, peat, smoke and rich fruity palate.  Add a drop of water and you might find milk chocolate and vanilla notes.  I would HIGHLY recommend you to try it if you haven’t already but be warned! 55.3% ABV will hit you like a Rhonda Rousey’s slap if you stick your nose in it.