This was the 2003 release of the Springbank 12 OB – it’s bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Slightly smoky oak with a doughy malt coming through – subtle vegetal notes, root vegetables, coriander, and ground ginger.
Palate: Very oak forward – quite dry & young with a bit of sawdust, tart fruits, honey, pepper, turning malty towards the end.
Finish: Lemon curd, cloves, waxy malt, funky oak, and fresh pepper.
Rating: 85/100 – A pretty standard Springbank in terms of the profile/quality. Like most Springbanks, you get some funky notes to keep things interesting.
Value for the money: These originally retailed around $80 which is a fair price, but now, expect to pay $200+ for one, which is an easy pass.