After a few weeks off, it’s time for another whisky showdown. This time around, a couple of whiskies at cask strength and for which no standard 12 year version exists below 90 proof as far as I know. The Glengoyne 12 Cask Strength is bottled at 57.2% abv whereas the Springbank 12 Cask Strength comes in at 58.5% abv. The alcohol content is similar in both as is the colour. The two whiskies exhibit the exact same shade of gold and are impossible to tell apart just by looking at them. The nose may help distinguish them.
The Springbank 12 comes with peat and seaweed with a hint of smoke. The citrus rushes through the peat as a pleasant epilogue. The Glengoyne is all about fruits, pear especially. It throws in honey and overripe fig. Two extremely different introductions to what I expect to be two very different whiskies.
On the palate, the Springbank continues to respect its reputation for having a peaty profile, throws in the citrus, and comes out smooth and silky in doing so. I get a bit of Orange Crush at the end. The Glengoyne contrasts once again with dried fruit, pepper, hints of honey, and a chewy texture. Both continue to offer completely different experiences.
The finish on the Sprinbank produces soft notes of wood, peat, smoke, and nuts. The Glengoyne’s long and peppery offering is once again in stark contrast to the Sprinbank, though some pepper is present on the Springbank. I note an oily texture remains long after the Springbank is gone.
Overall, a couple of very good whiskies and both ranking high on my list of recommendations. I will give the Springbank the win on this one due to its more complex nature. I am amazed as to how smooth the Springbank is, especially given the peaty profile of this drink. The Glengoyne is good, but lacks a certain degree of complexity. It’s also quite a bit more rough, making it more of a sipping whisky and an occasional indulgence. You can see my individual reviews of the Springbank 12 and the Glengoyne 12 by clicking on the links.