This is a 12 year Sprinkbank that was distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2002 at 54.6% ABV. I couldn’t find info on the maturation other than that this was finished in rum casks (not sure for how long).
Nose: Rum comes through very cleanly full of cane sugar and molasses – oak has a very green quality to it. Malty, but the rum has peeled most of the funk from the typical Springbank malt profile – some candied apples after a bit.
Palate: Very peppery with melon, candied nuts, apple peels, golden raisins, and a very woody malt.
Finish: Pepper and molasses with brown sugar.
Rating: 86/100 – This is my first rum cask finished malt, and it worked pretty well. The rum notes come through well without fully overpowering the malt. Although that could be that this is due to Springbank’s distinctive malt – a weaker dram could succomb fully to the rum influence perhaps.
Value for the money: This one retails for a lot more than the other 12 year finished Springbanks – typically around $220+. It’s a pass for me at that price, but I’d buy it around the price of the others ($80 or so).