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Springbank 12-year-old

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

Average value

€ 81,60

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.62 points

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  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. Lakerfield scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    This is a dram someone can't possibly hate. It has combined all the basic elements without losing any intensity. Distillery character, peat, fruit, winy notes, confectionery sweetness and funk. Nothing is crazy overpowering nor balanced to death. That's quite an achievement. A little pricy for a 12 year old at cask strength (that's the market nowadays), but so worth it.
    • Nose
      First impression is a breeze of sea air with some funky and dry sherry notes. The peat is soft and on the earthy side of the spectrum, kept fresh by a mineral/limestony note. The funk is there too, with French cheese, sweaty socks, moldy fruit and exhaust fumes/soot. Not something I would prefer in my whisky beforehand but it works! Citrus, apple pie, cherry, dried apricot, raisin, and cranberry take up the fruity part which is nicely interwoven and never dominant. A bittersweet edge is made up of milk chocolate, stroopkoek (try it whenever visiting the Netherlands), cinnamon, marzipan, coconut milk, brown sugar, Seville orange marmalade, vanilla, pastry, roasted coffee beans and walnuts. Salt, spent match, rubber, smoked pork and bbq/soy sauce round things off. Lots of layers to discover here, very interesting. Once you pick up that cheesy note there's no way of unsmelling it, but it doesn't distract you from the other notes.
    • Taste
      A little thin but certainly mouth coating with much more sweetness this time. Sweet malt upfront, as if you're eating muesli in the morning infused with good bourbon. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate/PX sherry sauce springs to mind too. See what I did there with 'springs'.. :) The earthy peat is at a good level without getting too much in your face. The cheese note is gone but it keeps that exhaust/sooty thing which is actually complementary to the spirit. Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, cherry, prune juice, cranberry and frozen strawberry deliver the basket of fruit. Milk chocolate, cream sherry, butterscotch, sultana, salted peanut, pepper, new oak, smoked bacon, balsamic vinegar and just a little sulphur. A little dry and spicy at times, but I blame it on the alcohol heat. A few drops of water doesn't hurt this one.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and creamy malt with cinnamon.

  5. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    N: Slightly sulfured, tart raspberries, dirty ash, rubber, dry gravel, minerals.

    P: Creamy, sour and salty, good mouthfeel, ashy raspberry

    F: Still that sour salty combo. Chlorine, Red berries. A little ashy.

    Thoughts: Some good elements, but it’s not one I would buy again (this batch) due to the sulfur. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer the regular old 10 year.

  6. 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

  7. asmazda scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.

  8. goliat314 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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


    • 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.

  9. 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 fudge and vanilla. Water adds apple.
    • Taste
      Ashy peat, papaya, mango, caramel and coconut.
    • Finish
      Peat, cocoa, mango and caramel.

  10. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasted this along side batch 15 (99298). This one is fruitier and less peaty. The finish makes the greatest difference. This bottling makes the 12CS standard easily where Batch 15 only barely touched it IMHO.
    Obviously, I like this better than Batch 15.
    I did a quick comparison with Batch 9 (my favorite so far) and I think that's still better in every aspect.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Hay and honey, salty caramel, ginger, earth and over ripe red fruit. Some yellow fruit and crushed seashells, too. Just as in Batch 15.
      This has less salt, and less crushed seashells though. And less peat.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Strong, oily. Salty caramel, hay, honey, yellow and ripe red fruit, ginger, earth tones fill the mouth. Then some peat clings to the mouth.
      Sweeter, fruitier and less peaty than Batch 15.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, only slightly bitter and slightly drying. The yellow and red fruit stick and die rather slowly and pleasantly. All covered in some subtly peat. Salty caramel swirls the mouth and the earth tones come slowly forward while bonding with the peat. Then those two die off slowly. Brilliant.


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