Springbank 12, Burgundy Cask, 53.5%

We’re venturing into dangerous territory. Y’all know I absolutely worship Springbank for more or less everything they do. However, every now and the a wine cask release pops up and it’s getting sketchy.

Mostly, because in general wine cask usage is a bit sketchy (some exceptions exist), and it’s not always that it works with Springbank’s spirit. Let’s see how this one turned out.


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Funky with lots of wine cask. The funkiness is typical for Springbank, with hessian, attic mold and old grain. Fruity and woody, spices and a small whiff of smoke.

Strong and pretty sharp, before fruitiness and some sweetness kick in. Chili heat, lots of rancio and oak.

A warming finish that is suddenly a bit meaty, with lots of oak, and moldy fruit. That weird sweetness…

That weird sweetness that’s not normally there in Springbank whiskies tells me that this is a bottling I’m glad I didn’t buy. I would have probably finished it at some point but with everything else the distillery releases, I guess I’d rather have any other Springbank.

Having said that, though, it’s not exactly a bad whisky. It’s just not overly interesting and has some weird flavors that don’t work well for me.


Springbank 12, 1st Fill Burgundy Casks, 2003-2016, 53.5%


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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