Mrs Dramstats and I try to make it up to Scotland a couple of times a year on holiday and we’d managed to get to Glasgow for a weekend in a nice hotel.
We always do some whisky things whilst in Scotland and on this trip the main things were a trip to Glengoyne (see this post for a review of that tour). Two other things we did were trip to the Pot Still and the Bon Accord. These are whisky pubs in Glasgow city centre that do things the right way! Glencairn glasses, hundreds of single malts, good beer and a good atmosphere. Check them out if you are ever up there.
Whilst in Glasgow we checked out a specialist spirits shop called the Good Spirits Company. You can find them on Facebook and twitter, but if you are ever in Glasgow I heartily recommend a visit.
The staff in the shop know their stuff and they are interested in talking to you and helping you. We got chatting and the guys there mentioned a tasting they’d had the previous night and asked if I wanted to try a couple of the more popular drams. I said I’d be delighted and so off my host went to fetch a couple of glencairns containing tasty samples.
Now the following is very important: I didn’t want to buy anymore whisky! It had already been a pricey trip and I’d picked up a bottle at Glengoyne, so the plan was to visit and maybe pick up a couple of nice real ales.
However, my intentions had not factored in the dram now in my hand. Cask Strength 12 year old Springbank with a startling nose and a palate that had me instantly ready to part with my cash! We ended up charmed and walking out of the shop having spent over £120 on 2 bottles of gin and a bottle of this.
Before reviewing the Springbank I want to thank the owners of the good spirits company for their hospitality and recommend the shop to you. The whisky was competitively priced, the owners knowledgable and friendly. I’ll be going back.
Anyhow, Springbank cask strength 12 year old. Here are the dramstats:
- ABV 52.2%
- Non coloured
- Non chill filtered
- Price: £38 from the Good Spirits Company
Nose: Salty, dry roasted nuts, peat, dark sherry, HP fruity and spicy sauce. Complex with always something different vying for dominance with each sniff.
Palate: Salty chocolate covered roasted nuts. Roasted and smoked with peat. Dandelion and Burdock (sasparilla I think it’s called in the states).
Finish: Snickers bars, peanuts, chocolate caramel and nougat and it keeps coming. Excellent! Black liquorice, dandelion and burdock.
Verdict: This is a brilliant whisky. Absolutely fantastic. This new edition of cask strength Springbank really has ticked all the boxes for me and, at the price I found at the Good Spirits Company, I wish I’d bought 2!