Springbank 12 Fresh Port Hogshead

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Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

I’m always happy to get my grubby paws on a Springbank Society bottling. Particularly this one because it’s been matured in a port cask, a fresh one no less, and I’m a sucker for that peat/port combination, and because port matured Springbanks are not something I come across often. Let’s see what this does.

Aged 12 years. 53.5% ABV. Matured in a fresh port hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.

Nose: Much funkier than the usual Springbank profile, almost on par with Ledaig. Wet leaves. Earthy peat. Radish. Salty toffee. Plums. Ozone. Dried red fruits. Goji berries.

Palate: Gasoline. Bitter wood. Salty, earthy funk. Peanut oil. Sultanas. Dried berries.

Finish: Long. Caramel toffee. Gasoline. Menthol. Red fruits. Grape juice. Slight wiffs of chemical smoke and unlit tobacco.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: N/A

This was a really odd whisky, in a good way. Tasted blind I’d probably say it was a Ledaig due to the incredibly potent funk this has to it. Not as complex or intense as some society bottlings I’ve tried, but very unique and super enjoyable.

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