Review: Springbank 12 Year Old 2003 Port Pipe Matured
- Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Springbank Distillery
- Bottling: J & A Mitchell & Company
- ABV: 58.3%
- Cost: £59.74 from Master of Malt
What they say
Distilled in 2003, a UK-exclusive single cask Springbank.
The whisky has been bottled at a cask strength of 58.3%, aged in a port pipe for 12 years, a rich single malt whisky with notes of dark chocolate, orange and coffee and is extremely limited with only 696 bottles available.
Distilled in 2003, this is a UK-exclusive single cask Springbank.
Official tasting notes:
- Nose: Raisins, nuts, sultanas and liquorice.
- Palate: Raisins, figs, linseed oil and a touch of papaya.
- Finish: Peaty, with hints of marzipan, wood notes and spices developing through the long finish.
What I say
Another Port-matured Springbank and also 12 years old but unlike the previously sampled Society Cask, this expression was matured in the much bigger & more traditional Port Pipe rather than a port-seasoned hogshead.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Copper amber (11/20), medium tears, long medium legs
- Nose: Fruity and warmer (than the society cask), stewed plums in red wine or wine-poached pears, hints of nutmeg spice, dusty warehouse, toasted brown bread with strawberry and raspberry jam, orange & ginger marmalade, oaty and golden syrup flapjack, malt loaf
- Taste: Smooth and sweet, tannic oak wood, malty cereal barley, mixed red berry jam with wine and mulling spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, sherry trifle, quite Christmas-y, brown bread toast, cherry lips sweety, fresh ginger and star anise
- Finish: Medium length, sweeter and fruitier and also less smoky & dirty than the society cask
Rich, fruity, tannic and malty – perfect!
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