Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
Re-fill Sherry
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
11/01/18 18/11
Added on
13 Feb 2018 10:06 am by rdavek

Average value

€ 494.94

26 × in wishlist

64 × member ratings

102 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 25-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. jjkmlss scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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. 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.

  3. 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.

  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. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Had the chance to taste this 25 right after the 21. I found the 21 a bit flat compared to this one but it was in a line-up of single casks cask strenght too so maybe the 21 took the hit from previous younger Springbanks and Longrows cask strenght.

    Back to the 25, it was memorable. Light sweetness with lots of dusty wood in taste and texture. The price for a full bottle though... No thank you!

  6. LordIslay scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

  7. gregy3 scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Purchased this last year around May. I have to say, like the others who have reviewed this SB 2018, I was a bit Underwhelmed.

    Nose is fantastic; the best part! extremely ripe fruits with the noticeable Springbank character.....

    The palate? The sweetness comes in the front, but it’s faint, and ends abruptly (never experienced this in a SB before), but the ripe fruits don’t come along for the ride, and instead, I get a strong mineral, saltine aspect, with the small hint of the Springbank ‘funk’ that comes through. Finish is not too long, but medium.

    Hmmm..... I guess I expected more, as I had very high expectations. Huge Springbank fan, but I actually preferred the 2017 21 year over this 25 year...... Don’t get me wrong, despite the review, it’s still a great whisky, but I wouldn’t call it outstanding, or excellent, especially for being a Springbank.

  8. penumbra scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In recent years, OB 25 is the most worthy of collecting bottles.
    • Nose
      The first smell is Genting traditional salt + dirty oil, iodized salt, beany gas, lard oil.
      Around the smoke, the peat has a poor sense of existence.
      The whole is relatively dry, showing some pastries with very low water content, white, granite, cloud cake, dumpling skin, peach crisp.
      Finally, some sweetness with piggy fruit flavor and milky flavor, sugar orange, preserved apricots, sweet noodle sauce, five-spice powder, egg white, coconut milk, milk tofu.
    • Taste
      The sea breeze blows, the saltiness is high, and the kelp is cold soup.
      The whole is relatively fresh and refreshing. The honey, ugly orange peel oil and stalks with leaves, faint strawberries, mushrooms and other fruits are slightly sour.
      Compared with the smell, the woody smell is slightly reflected. The brine tofu, hazelnuts and birch are later transformed into a light almond bitter and lily juice.
    • Finish
      Medium length, slightly charcoal burning, pepper, salt, a little bit of butter tea and strawberry memories.

  9. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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