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Campbeltown Region Scotland Springbank Distillery Whisky from 100 to 200 euros

Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 22

Review of the first 2021 version of this cask strength

Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 56.1%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry
Chillifiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: J& A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 120.00
Official website: springbank.scot
Vote: 87/100

First release of 2021 for this series much loved (and sought after) by fans of the Campbeltown distillery, which at its debut was offered at a more than affordable prices except to be sold out in a short time, touching often absurd prices aftewards.
There is a lot to say about speculation in the world of whisky, of which distilleries are sometimes victims and sometimes silent accomplices, but in the end the consumer’s autonomous decision counts: if you want a bottle so much to the point of paying for it much more than its initial value, who can really raise any criticism? Everyone chooses according to their possibilities and whisky is anything but a primary good: if a bottle becomes unreachable for our pockets … so be it!
With this batch we return to the traditional split in equal parts between Bourbon and Sherry casks.

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

Alcohol content just hinted at the nose, expressing a vinous ambition that dissolves in a short time leaving room for softer tones of apple strudel, peach, berries (blueberries, strawberries), vanilla, caramel, lychees, all with a soft vein of smoke that creeps between the scents. Slight earthy and mineral tones in the background. Linear.
In the mouth it’s full and lively, ginger and pepper sizzle on a fruity body of peach, ripe banana, cooked apple and candied pineapple on which are grafted almonds, pine nuts, caramel, a hint of vanilla and salted butter. The smoke emerges above all in length, an extinguished chimney that cloaks the palate with citrus touches.
The finish is quite long with sweet and savory contrasts of candied fruit, ginger, marzipan, candy canes.

Perhaps less compelling than the previous batch, however a full and rich, balanced dram, in which the casks find the point of balance without overdoing it. Great dram, even if it is legitimate to expect something more from Springbank.

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 21
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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