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A staggeringly good cask strength edition of the 12 year old Springbank. 60% matured in first fill and the remainder in refill sherry hogsheads. A favourite amongst Campbeltown whisky fans already.
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The Nine is a bit sulfuric for my taste, but the 11 is quite nice. The nose is superior on the 9. And, yes, the 9 was more complex, if you can stand a bit of sulfur that does not go away as the bottle level goes down. A dash of water and time in the glass works wonders with this whisky, regardless of the batch.
17th May 2016
A fan of standard Springbank 12 yo, this is a class above! Smokey, complex nose with citrusy, fruity dark chocolate notes. On the palate, quite smooth and sweet to start, then bursts into life with hot peppery spices, burnt fruit cake, roasted nuts. Burning finish due to higher alcohol content, but lingering dark burnt mollasses at the end.
3rd March 2015
Strong, flavors, complex development, long finish, slightly smoky, fantastic quality, excellent value, very dependable consistently high quality.
26th June 2014
This is a stellar dram. The Springbank spirit has got what it takes for long term aging; I can only imagine how this will be after another decade in barrel. If only it were more affordable for us here in the USA!
12th September 2013
The aromas are excellent: chocolate, wild flowers, drift wood and marshmallows. It's very soft, full, and sweet, but with intense vapors due to the high proof.This whisky starts off like black powder with a slow burn followed by a bang. The first second is smooth and pleasant, then without warning your tongue bursts into flames. All the flavors you'd expect from a mid range Campbeltown are present and distinct. Caramel, burnt marshmallows, salt, and dried fruit with a hint of peat. Then, as soon as it came, it's gone, leaving only a stale sulphur and mild tingle.But lets be honest, if you want a truly excellent scotch, $100 is the entry level. For $60 you get a fantastic nose and explosive start. If you follow each drink with a dried apricot or roasted pecan, you can bypass the mediocre finish and have an exceptional drink for a reasonable price.
21st April 2013
I know, I know...my words are strong...Strong, Young, Wild, Phenolic, Intrusive, Reminds of cheap low-end american booze...Skip This & try the 14YO Cask Strength (Oloroso Sherry)(Look for the Word Oloroso on the bottle)
28th June 2012
More peaty than I thought it would be. Great with a couple drops of water.
10th March 2012
Wonderful stuff. Add a bit of water (maybe two) and let it rest. It is strong, 120 proof, so a quick sip right out of the bottle can be pretty sharp. Give it time and it opens up to the most lovely fragrance of sweet and smoky. Just 8 hours over the peat gives it great balance. I think of caramel apples roasting on an open fire. Perfect for a cold winter's eve.
4th January 2012