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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
85.97/100
votes
72
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
0610854547004
Added on
26 Dec 2017 3:49 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 66,55

72 × member ratings

Level Username Rating
Member Junior Whisky Explorer
94
Member Senior Alano
91
Member Senior borninastorm
90
Member Senior PituPops
90
Member Junior goliat314
90
Expert Junior Franzman
89
Member Senior maltsabine
89
Expert Senior GlenPiWi
89
Connoisseur Archer
89
Connoisseur QuarterCentury
89
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89
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88
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88
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88
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88
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88
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88
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88
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88
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88
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87
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87
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87
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87
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87
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87
Specialist KayMeertens
87
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87
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87
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87
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87
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87
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87
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87
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87
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86
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86
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86
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86
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86
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86
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86
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86
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86
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86
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86
Expert Senior mrufka
86
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85
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85
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85
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85
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85
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85
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85
Connoisseur HasseltWhiskyhead
84
Specialist Amsterdam
84
Member Senior Whiskytom+1
84
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84
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83
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83
Connoisseur ARDBERG
83
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83
Connoisseur MadScientist
83
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82
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82
Connoisseur hs305
82
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81
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81
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81
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80
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79
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74

375 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1
Category Rating
Nose
22
Taste
22
Finish
21
Balance
21

Tastingtags

13 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
22 Feb 2018 10:43 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 82 points

[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.

Weighted Rate
82.4
Nose
81
Initial taste
84
Body
82
Finish
81
Price
83
Presentation
85
There is no accounting for taste...
ARDBERG
Connoisseur ARDBERG Review note
04 Mar 2018 8:40 pm
ARDBERG gave this whisky 83 points

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?

Weighted Rate
82.6
Nose
84
Initial taste
83
Body
84
Finish
81
Price
81
Presentation
81
Archer
Connoisseur Archer Tasting note
03 Mar 2018 9:08 pm
Archer gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Same same but different. Das Lecksteinsalz ist da, die getrockneten Früchte (Aprikosen, Datteln), Salz, Vanille... Aber da ist auch etwas, was ich bisher in keinem 12 CS seit dem 7er Batch hatte: eine deutliche Marzipannote. Und weg ist sie wieder. Nun feuchtes Heu (ohne Kuhstallgeruch), Pfeffer, Nelken, Wacholderbeeren, Lorbeerblätter, etwas Baumharz.

Taste

Sherrysüß im Antritt, keine Spur von Schwefel auszumachen. Rasch der Schwenk in die Würze, ohne dabei den Kontakt zur Süße (nun auch Wildblütenhonig) zu verlieren. Salz und Pfeffer, wieder eine Menge Gewürze (siehe Nase), Orangenschalen, leicht angeröstet.

Von der Marzipannote aus der Nase ist auf der Zunge nichts zu finden, dafür jedoch Nougatschokolade. Wird mit der Zeit etwas herber. 

Finish

Lang und trockener werdend, Salzlakritz, Orangenschalen, milde Kräuter.

Comments

Im letzten Batch gabs noch einen Anflug von Kuhstall, hier ist es Marzipan in der Nase. Immer wieder eine kleine Besonderheit, dabei aber immer mit dem selben Grundcharakter und dem selben hohen Niveau.

scuse me while I kiss the sky
goliat314
Member Junior goliat314 Tasting note
01 Apr 2018 12:26 am
goliat314 gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Russetmuscat
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.

Comments

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

90/100

A&A

DenisL
Expert Senior DenisL Tasting note
02 May 2018 7:59 am
DenisL gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Аромат винный с бражными нотами(впервые встретил такое у Спрингбенк12кс)сухой,трава и фруктовый джем...шоколад...но балом правит спирт:(....с водой появляется намёк на цитрусы. 

Через 6 дней дополнительной аэрации:бражные ноты почти исчезли...цитрусовые,сухой ячмень,соль и мармеладки...дымок...старый лак(22)

Taste

Вкус сухой,пряный...соль и цитрусовая цедра(21)

Finish

​ Финиш сухой,древесный и перечный,лимон с солью...бумага...воск(22)

Comments

Баланс(21) 

Что сказать?Печально...посмотрим на следующий батч(86)

Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
21 Apr 2018 5:32 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Liquorice, oak, and rubber bands, with flint, faint smoke, and salt as well. I quite like the oak since it's not young or sharp. With water: Milk, taffy, and shoe soles. 

Taste

Sharper than Batch 9 from 2014, and fruitier and peatier on the tongue. More on the sherry and less on the distillate than Batch 9, although 9 was 100% sherry casks. Maybe there's more first fill here, who knows? With water it gets leathery, but never loses that sharp edge. Feels a bit simple.

Finish

Sweet and sherried rather than leathery and lemony. Drying, with some rubber bands and aspirin. The empty glass smells of lightly peated dried malts.

Comments

It's good and appreciably unique, but no match for Batch 9 (88 pts.)

GIORGOS
Expert Senior GIORGOS Review note
02 Apr 2018 12:31 am
GIORGOS gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.5
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
86
Finish
85
Price
86
Presentation
87
KayMeertens
Specialist KayMeertens Tasting note
14 Mar 2018 8:25 pm
KayMeertens gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Mango, peat, caramel and vanilla. Water adds apple.

Taste

Ashy peat, papaya, mango, caramel and coconut.

Finish

Peat, cocoa, mango and caramel.

Comments

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.

P.A.O.K.you_are
Expert Senior P.A.O.K.you_are Review note
10 Mar 2018 3:49 pm
P.A.O.K.you_are gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85.2
Nose
86
Initial taste
86
Body
85
Finish
84
Price
84
Presentation
86
Archer
Connoisseur Archer Review note
27 Feb 2018 10:52 am
Archer gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89.2
Nose
89
Initial taste
89
Body
89
Finish
90
Price
90
Presentation
88
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