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Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 21

Review of the second 2020 version of this cask strength Springbank.

Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 56.1%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry, ex-Burgundy and ex-Port
Chillifiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: J& A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 120.00
Official website: springbank.scot
Vote: 90/100

Released in October 2020, here is the twenty-first version of the twelve year old cask strength, with a rather more varied maturation than its predecessors.
In addition to the usual ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks, ex-French wine and ex-Port casks have been added, in not insignificant percentages: a really interesting novelty.
It should be noted that the batch released a short while ago returned to the more classic splitting of Bourbon and Sherry.

Here’s the list of the releases so far:
Batch 1 (01/2010): 54,6% – 60% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 40% Sherry Butt Refill
Batch 2 (09/2010): 58,5% – 60% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 40% Sherry Butt Refill
Batch 3 (09/2011): 55,3% – 60% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 40% Sherry Butt Refill
Batch 4 (02/2012): 55,1% – 60% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 40% Sherry Butt Refill
Batch 5 (08/2012): 52,2% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 6 (01/2013): 53,1% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 7 (07/2013): 50,3% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 8 (01/2014): 52,3% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 9 (07/2014): 54,3% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% Sherry Butt Refill
Batch 10 (02/2015): 53,2% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 11 (08/2015): 53.8% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 12 (02/2016): 54.1% – 65% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 35% ex-Bourbon
Batch 13 (08/2016): 56.3% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 14 (01/2017): 54.2% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 15 (08/2017): 56.5% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 16 (02/2018): 56.3% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 17 (08/2018): 56.2% – 70% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 30% ex-Bourbon
Batch 18 (01/2019): 54.8% – 50% ex-Sherry Hogshead, 50% ex-Bourbon
Batch 19 (09/2019): 57.1% – 65% ex-Bourbon, 35% ex-Sherry Hogshead
Batch 20 (02/2020): 55.3% – 65% ex-Bourbon, 35% ex-Sherry Hogshead
Batch 21 (10/2020): 56.1% – 45% ex-Sherry, 25%, ex-Bourbon, 25%, ex-Burgundy and 5% ex-Port
Batch 22 (04/2021): 55.4% – 50% ex-Sherry, 50% ex-Bourbon

Tasting notes

Brass in the glass.
The nose is a symphony of vinous and sherried notes combined with a peat that is more herbaceous than toasted. Lots of ripe fruit with peach, plum, black cherry, dates and berries, combined with dried apricot, candied orange and baked cream. Acidulous tones of lemon and grapefruit embrace earthy veins of wet leaves and tobacco, in a rich and complex profile, sweet and dirty at the same time.
Warm and spicy on the palate, with a nice dose of pepper and ginger punctuating full but not exuberant smoky notes, together with wild berries and blood orange, sour cherries, tamarind, candied orange peel, sweet Haribo-type liquorice. Dark chocolate and tobacco. Again a fresh and acidulous vein of grapefruit that balances the sweet notes, with the agricultural soul that emerges in length.
The finish is long and dry, tannic, of ash, orange, baked plum, tobacco, wet leaves.

Continuing the tradition of cask strength of the highest quality, the casks create a rich, harmonious whole that delights and entertains, the gradation is integrated to perfection and you just have to sit back and enjoy the show.

Reviews of Springbank whisky in the blog:
Springbank 8yo Online Tasting Week 2021
Springbank 8yo Open Day 2019
Springbank 10yo
Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 18
Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 20
Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 22
Springbank 15yo
Springbank 15yo Rum Wood 2019
Springbank 18yo 2019
Springbank 21yo 2019
Springbank Local Barley 9yo 2018
Springbank Local Barley 10yo 2019

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