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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.71/100
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182
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 16
Bottled
04.01.2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Sherry / 30% Bourbon Casks
Strength
56.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
04/01/18 18/001
Barcode
610854547004
Added on
26 Dec 2017 3:49 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 70,75

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.71 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    In the last batch gabs still a hint of Kuhstall, here it is marzipan in the nose. Always a small feature, but always with the same basic character and the same high level.
    • Nose
      Same same but different. The lick salt is there, the dried fruits (apricots, dates), salt, vanilla ... But there is also something I have not had in any 12 CS since the 7th batch: a clear marzipan note. And she's gone again. Now damp hay (without Kuhstallgeruch), pepper, cloves, juniper berries, bay leaves, a little tree resin.
    • Taste
      Sherrysüß at the start, no trace of sulfur to make out. Quick turn into the spice, without losing the contact with the sweetness (now wildflower honey). Salt and pepper, again a lot of spices (see nose), orange peel, slightly roasted. From the marzipan note from the nose there is nothing to find on the tongue, but nougat chocolate. Becomes a bit over time.
    • Finish
      Long and dry, salt liquorice, orange peel, mild herbs.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  So far I really enjoyed most of the cask strength releases by Springbank and this new release is bottled at exactly the same abv of 56.3% as the 2016 one that I liked best so far.  This new release was the first batch of Springbank in the new year bottled on January 4th, 2018.  I bought this bottle for 54 Euro today.

    The colour is amber and the texture shows many small tears that slowly consolidate.  The nose offers a rather unusual profile of marzipan, cheesy and meaty aromas that do not really chime together.  To be frank, I do not like this.  The dram arrives a little hot in the mouth with almost no coating effect at all but a minor adstringent feeling (ashes).  The taste again shows this strange marzipan-cheese-meat combo that is not to my liking - but where do these flavours come from (I never had this in a Springbank CS before)?  The finish is of medium length and sweeter than the taste but with a drying end (tobacco ashes).  Water does not help either.

    While the 2016 CS edition was excellent (I scored it 90 points) this 2018 bottling is not to the liking of my taste buds.  As both bottlings have the same abv of 56.3% one should be cautious to check the small imprint from the bottling hall at the bottom of the bottle.  But maybe you like this 2018 profile better than I do...

    PS:  There is a minor sulphury note in this batch, too.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Slightly flinty nose, sweet, alcohol, sherried, smoky developing towards ashy, buttric.

    The big sweetness (marzipan) and Fred Flintstone are accompanying from start to finish. Not really balanced and no complexity.  Actually, quite dirty.

    Not my favourite Springbank profile and a dissapointment as I found the new 10 quite exceptional in price/quality relation and taste. But bourbon casked Springers tend to please to please me much more in these modern times.

    Maybe let the bottle air for about 6 months?
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Springbank 12 cask strength 56.3%

    N: tinned pears, strawberry, ash, liquid honey, oak, cherry pop, black liquorice.

    P: Soft arrival, medium mouthfeel, ashy, strawberries and cream, herbaceous, cream soda

    F: Now the minerals kick in. Strawberry chewable vitamins, spicy oak, long, chewy, sweet, salty, cherry cough syrup.

    Thoughts. Very good, a springbank style sherry bomb. I like it, but also still prefer the plain jane old 10 year.. comes down to preference

    87/100

  5. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A quite lively and light expression. Fresh sherry notes on the forefront accompanied by an intense sulfur-reek. Spent matches are a primary tasting note throughout. Spirit is on the sweeter, simpler side of the springbank spectrum.
    H2H with batch 5 & 15.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. asmazda scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Is this batch a fluke?  The cynical side in me suspects Springbank is now reserving good casks to age longer or driving down the 12 CS quality to prevent it from cannibalizing sales of their expensive bottlings.
    • Nose
      The nose (neat) is closed, but after some time it opens up.  Cherries, marzipan, peat and ash, brie.  I concur there is cheese, and while not offensive it detracts from the potential of this nose.
    • Taste
      A tad dry, somewhat astringent, and quite sharp.  The sharpness was really surprising!  It basically tastes as it noses except more ash, so no real development here.
    • Finish
      Medium, drying, some pepper, some chocolate, and fairly salty.

  7. goliat314 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Classic meaty springbank, very aromatic nose and confectionary palate. Highly recomended!

    90/100

    A&A
    • Nose
      Sweet and sour nose. Rasins and pineapple, orange marmelade. Baked apples and pears, coconut, lavender, perfume. Light "cheesy" note, not unplesantly so. Roasted coffeebeans and freshly made tea. Creamy milk chocolate, and raw honey, along with potpuri. The nose is where this whisky is focused.
    • Taste
      Somewhat spicy, white pepper and nutmeg. Very creamy and full. Rich chewy cola and melted butterscotch. Cream and butter. Fruity pastries and wild strabwerries. An intense fresh and later roasted marzipan and marzipan pastries.
    • Finish
      Lingering sweetness, but still creamy. More nutmeg and wild strawberries along with grapes.

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Seems a bit less mature than the previous batch, but they're clearly in the same style. Both are not as sulphuric as some earlier batches.
    • Nose
      Mango, peat, caramel and vanilla. Water adds apple.
    • Taste
      Ashy peat, papaya, mango, caramel and coconut.
    • Finish
      Peat, cocoa, mango and caramel.

  9. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. matts scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Character: In the nose exotic-light-fruited and dirty, in the taste spicy-herbaceous and dirty and in the finish stony-metallic and dirty.
    Rating: Sure well done, but overall a taste profile that I can do extremely little with. Also the mouth and drinking feeling leaves much to be desired. The finish is very emphatically characterful, but does not really suit me. I will not forget the stony metallurgy for a long time. For this kind of extravagance I still have a good 84 points. But I definitely do not need it again in the glass.
    • Nose
      Basic flavors: fruits, citrus fruits, spices, dirty, sulfur, cereals, malt, straw, marzipan, meaty-fermented
      Description: First, orange peel, malt and a dirty note. Then there are a surprising number of exotic fruits and spices: mango, carambola, peach, ginger, coriander and cinnamon. The dirty note runs through this spicy fruit basket. I really do not like it. It looks a bit fermented and meaty and superimposed on the quite beautiful grain and malt notes with their tendency to straw. In time, some marzipan comes through. However, from the rather sweet way. The overall picture is exotic light-fruited, sour, spicy and dirty. Like burned matches. The alcohol could be better integrated. He stings something in the nose. All together a bit confused and inharmonious.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: cereals, smoke, dirt, sulfur, oranges, spices, oak, nut
      Description: Clear and rough, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Pretty much the opposite of elegant and soft. Immediately rinses a smoky-dirty cereal taste in the mouth. Surprisingly, fruit is virtually non-flavorful. With imagination a few orange peels. Instead, it is very spicy and herbal. White pepper and oregano try to beat the matches a bit. A dry oak flavor resonates profoundly and almonds pass through in the transition to the finish.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: filth, smoke, metal, leather, oak
      Description: The finish is medium to long and neat intense. That's what I imagine when you lick a granite seam in an iron mine. The aftertaste is remarkably stony-dirty and metallic. In addition, smoke, dry oak and harsh suede on the tongue. Slightly furry and increasingly dry. A slightly dull coating lasts a long time on the teeth.

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