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Springbank 25-year-old

Overall rating
89.25/100
votes
46
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Re-fill Sherry
Number of bottles
1200
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
11/01/18 18/11
Added on
13 Feb 2018 10:38 am by rdavek
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 504,08

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 25-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.25 points

  1. jjkmlss scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I don't particularly prefer 25 yo than 21 yo, and sadly 2018 gives no exception. Seems like the word 'Sherry' means something else to Springbank than it does to massive other Scotch distillers.

    And this time it isn't even typical Sprinbank-made Sherry cask, it's more inclining to some 15th-filled anonimous cask. Gotta say there's a chance that Springbank makes a better 25 yo whisky by putting 10 yo into a bonbons for 15 more than Sherry Cask. There's literally nothing but oak. I've seen many biggot whisky lovers like Serge complaining bourbon having too much oak, don't know how they think about this dude.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Straw, peck of wood, stewed apples, orange gummy bears. nuteg, white pepper.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Dust, pencil shaving, nutmeg, raw almond, orange peel, soap, tobacco.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Long with cedar wood, white pepper and nutmeg.

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    It's a good dram with noticable age, but I'm not in any way ready to pay the current price.
    • Nose
      88 88
      It's a very delicate nose, everything toned down but working nicely together.
      Still some Springbank character left, but the "dirty old school" has become more posh and civilized.
      Modest but good quality wood.
      Hint of mineral and salt.
      Rich dark fruit cake.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Again very delicate and light, I don't think it would take many drops of water to ruin it.
      Fruit is not as prominent as on the nose.
      Thin underlying board of wet oak.
      Some nuts and a not too strong coffee.
    • Finish
      87 87
      On a clean pallate it is very satisfying. As a followup to something more robust it may feel timid and short.

  3. Malinois scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Masterclass Kilkerran Springbank 10/09/2018
    Hazelburn 10yo (2017)
    Kilkerran 12yo (2017)
    Kilkerran 8yo 56.2%
    Springbank 12yo CS 56.2%
    Springbank 18yo (2017)
    Springbank 21yo (2017)
    -Springbank 25yo (2018)
    Longrow 14yo 57.8%

    To start with: it's a very very delicate whisky. Or maybe because of the line up..
    The nose is the real winner, very enjoyable.

    (From my memory the 25yo from 2006 is much better. Fuller, creamier, more robust, more old school sherry (but this one does a good job at this time where almost all sherry whisky is over the top sherry))
    • Nose
      Old school sherry style (yes!), big beautiful sea-breeze, very light grassy, light sweet.
      In a way it the fruity old school sherry style reminds me of Lochside '81.
    • Taste
      More a mineral sea-breeze this time with some delicate red berry's without the sweetness from fresh fruit like in an extract but than delicate.
      It gives a light mouthfeel to it, without being thin. So delicate
    • Finish
      Much going on but I can only get the soft red berries. Again very delicate without being thin. Really can't place the other elements. The pallet is probably saturated by the end of this tasting.

  4. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Ouch. I went to the bottling extremely hyped, because I love Springbank and was always looking forward to a 25er. Overall, this has too little for me, as that the massive extra charge for the 18s would be justified. Too bad, maybe I was unlucky with the release and earlier ones would convince me more.
    • Nose
      sweet vanilla and butter cream over everything. Extremely dense, not so clear and fresh, as for example also the 18-year-old. The salty, earthy coastal smoke is only discreetly noticeable and strongly interwoven with other aromas. Sweet-sour fruits reveal the sherry influence with a slightly tart nuttiness, but here, too, everything is clearly withdrawn and no longer youthfully sparkling. Some moist hemp ropes and fresh marzipan. No bitterness, maximum toasted toast in the background
    • Taste
      first impression: where are the 46%? I am irritated, almost watery, he feels. Smooth and soft, but almost too much. Then wet tobacco and wet pebbles on the beach. Hardly any fruitiness, harsh orange peels are noticeable. A peculiar sweetness flashes briefly (reminiscent of cotton candy), before noticeable spiciness of coffee powder and walnuts breaks through
    • Finish
      Long and dry, but also somehow meaningless. At most a little salt caramel

  5. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky, but in price / value ratio, not as good as the younger ones.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Floral. Sherry, matured oak, peat, salt, citruses, marzipan, herbals and cut grass.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Fruits, orange peel, matured oak, pepper, salted caramel, gerbeaud and creamy peat.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, fruity, spicy, salty.

  7. Sandman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Raisins, chocolate, cherries, blueberries, little smoke, sea salt, nutmeg, hazelnut, tobacco and leather.

  8. Schnappsdrossel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color: Amber

    I miss continuity from nose to finish. In addition, another example that Springbank, unlike Longrow, does not age with dignity.
    • Nose
      First ripe apples and overripe pears, then spruce forest and fresh tree bark, later vegetable broth and earthy notes. Vegetable broth not as a description of sulphurous notes, but actually celery and sweet carrots, I suppose that's the Brennereicharakter after 25 years in the barrel. From time to time the mustard seeds and wet pebbles of younger Springbanks shine through. A distant memory of dill and lilac blossoms. Halfway between matured and restless.
    • Taste
      The most space take sour, freshly sawn oak chips, the unmistakable Spring Bank character has become finer and more enigmatic, after the varied nose calm and noble, if you want, with a subtle oak load. The smoke left a fine bitterness.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly meaningless and little "springbank", here are the sherry casks best to recognize, not too woody, malty, again with a dry bitterness.

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