Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
WhiskyNerds (WN)
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
58.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Dec 2017 9:41 pm by Whisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 610.44

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115 × member ratings

103 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1996 WN

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.66 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] All the most recent editions of 21-years old Springbank were excellent so I look forward to this special (and highly scored) release by The Whisky Nerds...

    ...and I am very satisfied with the quality of this dram. This is the typical high-class traditional Springbank profile - exactly that why this little distillery is loved by so many connoisseurs! Hard to describe but easy to quaff and always entertaining - I love you for that, both Springbank staff and Whisky Nerds!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers another adorable Traditional Scotch profile with clean distillate-driven Springbank aromas in a firm wooden framework. It is very chalky-mineral-waxy with citric fruits, autumn floral notes (haystacks) and many more interesting but hard to name aromas. It is somewhat dirty but in a tasty, delicious way.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is layered on fine oils in a herbal dressing (camphor, peppers, mint) with citiric fruits and beeswax, chalk, caramel, vanilla, shy peaty flavours and and and... Simply excellent and very quaffable! Water unlocks many additional aromas in the nose (now it smells like an old craftman's workshop room, wow!) and flavours on the palate (standing in the reception hall of a Scottish castle) - I like this dram both neat and reduced at different levels.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a nice creamy toffee-alike feeling. The finish is long and turns more earthy-grassy with stronger hints of peaty flavours on a lemon tart (sounds strange? Yes, it is - but it is tasty!). There are no distracting bitter or drying moments here, this was bottled exactly at the right time.

  2. tuntime scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Fruity Springbank nose that turns soft and beautifully scented. The sherry is so well integrated. 

    Massively soft on the palate. Wowee. This might be the most easeful high proof whisky I've ever had. 

    After all the anticipation I'm very happy with this. So damn easy to drink.

    The Whiskynerds found a real beauty. Just have the feeling this harkens back to old school whisky. 

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Springbank between fruit and peat, honey and spices.
    Very variable, evolving.
    Each aroma takes over at a time and then gives way to others.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very nice nose so as not to change with The Springbanks of the 1990s.
      A nice dose of acacia honey.
      Lemon, orange, clementine. A little green apple and fresh mango.
      Essential oil, vanilla.
      A little rain and minerality.
      A little peat and hay just turned over. It's dirty without really being dirty.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth it evolves on the solvent, the melted glue.
      The peat is oily, sweet.
      We always have fruit, this time candied. Mainly lemon and orange. Always a lot of honey.
      A little engine oil, old workbench.
      It is heavy, fatty, slightly metallic.

      We also have wood and the accompanying spices. Ginger, pepper, nutmeg.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish on the lemon and herb candy. Oily peat, earth, liquorice, plum and green apple.

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tried this side by side with the other Whiskynerds 23 yo sherried Springbank at 48%. This hogshead, presumably, bourbon cask, wins the night, barely. 90.5 points for sherry, and 91 points for bourbon.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Vanilla and buttercream initially mix with a bit of citrus. Quite rounded.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Drinks great for 58.1%. There are the slightest hints of the usual Springbank funkiness, but from mid-palate onwards, there are waves of fruitiness that are reminiscent of older Bushmills. Peach schnapps and cantaloupes.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Moderate length.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I didn`t bother with water for this one , the interplay of flavours is really good, a little rough but very entertaining and the fruit orange note is really nice.
    • Nose
      This smells like a heavy full bodied spirit, honey, orange and mango mixed with peat and it is a little farmy with it.

      Some sherry is evident and also a little spice with the orange notes growing.
    • Taste
      Nice mouthfeel, fat and chewy on the palate with the orange notes there from the start and sweet but it is also quite dry and on the whole almost cloying (almost).

      The sweetness goes a little after a while and some roughness creeps in followed by a little bitterness but it is ok.

      There is a battle between the sweet fruit and the oak all the way but the sweetness wins out in the end and more stewed fruit emerges.
    • Finish
      Long chewy and the peat is in the background.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Compared it to cask 491 from Whiskybroker. Considerably less peaty than that one, with a sweeter but not overpowering sherry influence. It's even a bit better than that one, but definitely not double-price-better.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Red wine gum, apricot, caramel, pineapple, banana and a little pastry. Later a bit floral. Water adds blood orange and waxiness, but removes the typical sherry notes.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Red wine gum, toffee, beeswax, peat, honey, peach and cranberry. More waxy with water, as well as some coconut.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Chocolate, toffee, honey, plum, cherry, peach, coconut, mocha and rhubarb.

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Geez, this is better than I could've hoped for. Whatever these guys bottle, I think it is now safe to say I can buy it blind. Even if it is Loch Dhu.
    • Nose
      Lovely stuff! The sherry influence is subtle and very well-integrated. Plum juice, raspberries and sweet oranges. It has a lovely minerality to it, as well as a slight sootiness, a whisper of polished leather and soft notes of cigar tobacco. Finally some brown sugar, icing and after a little while even a hint of soy. Top notch...
    • Taste
      Oh yes! Is this really almost 60 percent? Lovely, juicy fruits. Apricot jam, strawberries, and oranges. Somewhat waxy, a touch of brine and gentle notes of peat. Also some furniture polish, as well as menthol and a touch of licorice. Very classy.
    • Finish
      Basically all of the above, with the fruits lingering. Medium in length.

  8. OJK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    On the nose there's so much going on - orange syrup and herbs, a little ash and eucalyptus smoke, sawdust and wood polish, as well as apple strudel with thick cream. On the palate it's unctuous and buttery, with lemon peat and passion fruit, as well as wax, chalk and sugared mints. Quite peppery on the finish, but always smooth and balanced with candied eucalyptus and lemon oil. A real gem.

  9. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Mineral citrusy creamy toffee, orange peel, excellent sherry, a superb bottling from the whisky nerds!


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