This is a 12 year Springbank that was distilled in 2000, matured in ex-bourbon casks for 6 years, and then finished in calvados casks for an additional 6 years. It was bottled in 2012 at 52.7% ABV.
Nose: Spiced apples and pears up front with some funky malt, earthy oak, and some subtle butyric notes. I wouldn’t have guessed half its aging took place in calvados casks as the apple notes are quite minimal.
Palate: Calvados comes through more cleanly here but same too does the butyric acid. Musty oak, orange peel, and some almond extract.
Finish: Candied oranges and sour malt.
Rating: 80/100 – I was pretty excited for this one as I really enjoy Calvados aging/finishing on malt, but it has a hard time blending nicely with the Springbank malt qualities.
Value for the money: Assuming this retailed around $80 like the rest of these 12 year wood finishes, and I’d probably pass at that price (or above).