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Overall rating
90.19/100
votes
119
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Whiskybroker.co.uk (WhB)
Vintage
14.03.1997
Bottled
05.09.2017
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
108
Number of bottles
268
Strength
48.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 Sep 2017 1:48 pm by Sendilkelm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 147,00

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119 × member ratings

135 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1997 WhB

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.19 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Yep, it is that good. Consider yourself lucky if you have an open bottle of this at home.
    • Nose
      It has menthol, aniseed and furniture polish, but it also has this dunnage quality. Clay, damp wood, yeast. There's a whiff of sulphur, but also plenty of good sherry influences. Some kirsch gateau, orange peel, brown sugar. Wonderfully complex.
    • Taste
      Thank god, the palate can keep up. Subtle peat smoke, overshadowed by sweeter sherry notes. Molasses, cherry syrup, but also tobacco leaves and dark chocolate. Soft spices too. Balanced and complex.
    • Finish
      More of the same, medium to long.

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mango, cherry, prune, toffee and minerals.
    • Taste
      Toffee, peat, mango, blueberry, dark chocolate and spice.
    • Finish
      Mango, coffee, toffee and dark chocolate.

  3. Dirk scored this whisky 85 points Super Administrator

    Hide and seek, sherry or springbank / sherried Springbank. Not sure but it is a very, very interesting dram and I changed my score from 82 to 90. I have kind of a hate / love it feeling with this.

    It's good, very good. It has Springbank and sherry in the nose, taste and finish. Set it aside for a few hours and I get stewed apples. All sherry is gone and it's Springbank.

    Very interesting dram! Lots to discover and something you should take your time with. Let's say I need to drink a bit more to come with better tasting notes. I have to say it's not my go to whisky. But it's good, very good.

    Update: 23-05-2018 I adjusted my rating again back to 88. I just don't know, this is a weird whisky to me and it changes all the time. Interesting but also annoying. 

    Update: 24-06-2018 I keep coming back to this one but it just doesn't do it for me. It has a small off note that I seem to be quite sensitive for. I think another 6 months in the cask and it would have gone bad. If you like somewhat sulfur or are not sensitive for it: this is most likely stellar.

  4. Holbech scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    I bought this bottle at release for £135 at release. It was opened with friends some 8 month ago.

    .. A good, well aged, sherried Springbank that brings what you would expect without blowing your mind. Was it worth its original price? yes. Is it worth todays mid90's Springbank pris? Well..
    The Springbank character is way more present now than 8 month ago.. a plus indeed.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First thing that hits is the Springbank funk and then a soft sherry. The sherry is somewhat dark with dried figs and pecans. After he dark sherry hit there is some red berries and strawberry-juice. A hit of orange-chocolate and brown sugar.
    • Taste
      90 90
      I agree with thijs100 with the palate following the nose. First thing again is that lovely funk with dried figs, orange, toffee and a bit nutty.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Lingering brown sugar, orange peel (this time) with some sherry notes. In the end a very light smoke note.

  5. hans1971 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great Sherry Springbank, the comparison to the, also very successful, current Tasttoe bottling (W.ID 97320) and some other highly acclaimed Sherry Springer of the past for my taste does not have to shy.
    • Nose
      Sherry rules in the nose, no springbank, no old sherry! If he could keep that balance on the palate, he would be excellent, it will inevitably shoot me through the head. The magnificent aroma profile of the distillery with the slightly dirty, damp hay, leather wax and the mashed clay soil of a traditional Dunnage Warehouse is preserved. In addition, in a remarkable harmony of sherry influence. A strong but never overflowing sherry aroma that is no longer commonplace today. Rather balanced than sweet. Oloroso ... the inside of an old, dusty oak chest, black cherries, freshly grated orange zest.
    • Taste
      Strong but not unpleasant alcoholic. Sure, he has come back to 48.9% and thus has returned to the area of ​​"natural" drinking strength. Very full-bodied, as one would probably say with red wine. A little vanilla. Spicy herbal aromas that make me think of a creamy gravy. Slightly bitter roasted aromas round off the impression rustic. Just as if you had roasted almond slivers and missed the perfect moment to settle the pan for an idea, or as if you have added a little too much heat when caramelizing. The well-balanced ratio of the distillate character to the sherry makes me ponder a bit about the barrel. A Hogshead ... I would almost guess 2nd Fill based on the profile and re-charred, so that the barrel could pass on a lot of color, but the style of the Springbank New Make with its flavors has not completely crushed.
    • Finish
      Long warm finish with leather, coffee and oak flavors, with mineral notes. Again a very balanced ratio of the different components. The delicate bitterness is more reminiscent of 85% chocolate than wood. Towards the end then the typical vinous dryness of the sherry barrel.

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very tasteful, powerful, clear sherry notes.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Clearly sherrycask influence, coffee, raisins, basterd (brown) sugar, orange zest, some earthy notes, leather.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very full taste, coffee, oranges, leather, brown sugar, some peppers.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Still strong, some bitterness now, bitter coffee, tobacco. Some pepper, long finish.

  9. Malinois scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Needs very very very much time to open up!
    Give it at least 45min before trying. The nose needs te open up. After 75 min in, the nose really becomes Springbank with sherry (the 60 minutes before it was sherry with Springbank).
    The pallet is more on the sherry style. Have it long enough in the mouth, and it will give Springbank markers away.
    The finish gets better with more tasted, the orange peat style Springbank is more pronounced.
    Can't give a 91 (the nose and finish is there), but the taste doesn't have enough balance between spirit/cask to make it.
    Nevertheless, good performance price/quality wise, when initially sold and in these times

  10. theograph scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Not necessarily nice and easy drinking but very cool!
    My tribute goes to my friend Lafrog!
    • Nose
      Earthy, oak, marzipan, red fruits, leather, sherry, salt, varnish, sulfur and smoke, balanced, nothing is imposing;
    • Taste
      Oily, pepper, sulfur, charred meat, burned wood, red fruits, salt, spices, soup, root vegetables, smoke, earth;
    • Finish
      Dry, coast, flesh, earth, sulfur;

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