Springbank 12 Claret Wood, 54.4% ABV
Aged 9 years in refill bourbon casks, then another 3 years in claret casks
Sweet and juicy. Ripe berries and vanilla cream. Burnt brown sugar and chocolate milkshake. Candle wax/smoke. Peppery, flinty and metallic.
Rich, smooth and oily. Cranberry juice, dark chocolate, liquorice and sultanas. Coffee bitterness and oaky spiciness. The faintest hint of earthy peat and brine.
Tart apples, grape seeds, roses and pine. Oak and tannins. Medium, bitter and dry.
The nose is awesome and the taste is fantastic, but the finish could be better. This is a very juicy and winey dram, with some dry tannic bitterness in the finish – it sort of reminded of the Black Art 3 but nowhere near as complex or enchanting. Still a very enjoyable and interesting whisky.
Side note: I had a dram of the Calvados after this and I would rate them about the same. If any of the mods are reading this, please change the Springbank 12 Calvados to 88 in the archive. Thanks.