The Springbank Rum Cask 12 years old is available in the States. Its a v. strange bird.
The nose is aggressive, astringent. Hints of bad rum. Hardly any whisky odors at all. The best you can say for it is that it is distinctive. Never got MJ's "fruit behind" --whatever that might mean.
The palate is full and surprisingly smooth for such an astringent nose. Likewise the finish: rounded, long and...pleasent!
Overall, a pretty unerving experience though. If I had to grade it, I'd give it a 6 and 3/4, maybe a 7 for the finish.
So they've limited the release to 5700 bottles. So what? Something is really rotten in the world of single malts if this turns out to be a much sought-after "collectible." Lets not forget that the most collectile malts are -- or should be -- the most drinkable ones too. Hence the rarity.
By the way, if anyone wants to trade an unopened bottle of this stuff for a bottle of Elegancia, Please e-mail me. (Fat chance after this description!). Cheers anyway,