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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.54/100
votes
107
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

€ 67,00

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Average 4 x 25 rates

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

Tastingtags

15 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 88 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

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.

ARDBERG
Connoisseur ARDBERG Review note
02 Jul 2018 8:23 pm
ARDBERG gave this whisky 88 points
In early March I was wondering what would happen with 6 months of air - well, half my 10cl sample got 4 months with muh better results.

Fred Flinstone is only present for a very short time, then gives way to smoke and overripe yellow fruits, i.e. quince, with a slight dry touch appearing then overwhelmed by smoked quinces. The fruit is really concentrated and mouth watering with a touch of iodine. The smoke subsides quickly, though.

The dram leaves a pleasant warming finish on the tongue, where the lucious quince remains watering with some yellow plums ...

Wow, a big change from 4 months ago, so a separate note for this encounter.
Weighted Rate
87.8
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
88
asmazda
Expert Junior asmazda Tasting note
23 May 2018 7:11 am
asmazda gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Deep gold
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.

Comments

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.

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
Connoisseur 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

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