Springbank 12 Year Old 2003 Port Pipe Matured ~ 58.3% (J & A Mitchell)

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 [sold out]


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.


Raisins, nuts, sultanas and liquorice.


Raisins, figs, linseed oil and a touch of papaya.


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.


Copper amber (11/20), medium tears, long medium legs


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


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


Medium length, sweeter and fruitier and also less smoky & dirty than the society cask


Rich, fruity, tannic and malty – perfect!

Score: 84/100

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