Whisky Review: Springbank 12 Years Old 2004 Port cask
- Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Springbank distillery
- Bottling: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
- ABV: 57.0%
- Cost: £60
What they say
Distilled 19th November 2004 and matured in a Refill Port Hogshead for 12 Years before a sample bottle was collected for the cage at Cadenhead’s Campbeltown store in 2017.
Bottled at Cask Strength 57.0% ABV
What I say
From a friends recent plunder of Cadenhead’s Campbeltown shop “Cage Booze”
A 2004 vintage Springbank distillate matured in a refill port hogshead and bottled in 2017 at 12 Years Old
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark amber and rose gold (14/20), slow, fine tears and fine legs
- Nose: Gently sweet and spiced, like malt loaf smothered in treacle and baking spices, strawberry and lingonberry jam, a little nippy and spirity on the nose due to the alcohol strength, a touch of fruit balsamic vinegar, dunnage warehouse mustiness reminded me of stripping damped old wallpaper, this has a sappy or resinous quality that I likened to cut fresh cherry wood, hints of burnt rubber and smouldering charcoal.
- Taste: Sweet, fruity and jammy, liquorice root, malt extract and peat fight it out over a berry jam sweetness, peat smoke, almost a little ashen, musty and earthy wine cellars, burnt marshmallows melted over coals, engine oil, burnt or well-toasted granary bread smothered with mixed berry jam.
- Finish: Long, gentle sweet fruit and malt followed by a light peat and wood smoke
A rather dirty and burnt, peaty and sweetened port-influenced Springbank. Perfect!
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