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Springbank 35-year-old

Overall rating
94.26/100
votes
106
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Millennium Bottling Limited Edition
Bottled
09.1999
Stated Age
35 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 Oct 2009 10:36 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 6172.54

55 × in wishlist

106 × member ratings

79 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 35-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.26 points

  1. jay83 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Bottled 1999 this is 1964 and earlier distillate!!! By far the best of the 6 bottlings of the Millennium Range.... Outstanding old school (sherry) Springbank out of the best period in distillery and Whisky history!

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Wow!
    • Nose
      Plum, raisin, melon, cherry, apple syrup, mocha, leather and liquorice. 
    • Taste
      Raisin, apple syrup, mocha, plum, toffee, anise and leather.
    • Finish
      Apple syrup, raisin, toffee, leather, mocha and liquorice.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This one has had some massive scores on here and I have to agree the nose is awesome but what do you want from your Springbank, especially one as expensive as this?

    What I want is to be able to clearly identify the Springbank character and profile not one that is marred by too much oak and too much sherry, for me this could have been any generic quality sherried Speysider.

    The nose is fantastic, one of the best sherried noses if not the best, but the palate is way behind for me.

    I can appreciate why Springbank fans love this but I think the high score average flatters this one.

    Still a great score around 90-91 from me, just I was expecting better palate wise.

    I will re try in a few weeks time, just to make sure my palate was ok
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 99 points Moderator

    No wonder that this is probably the best bottle of the millenium series because it is extremely smooth and well balanced. Excellent!
    • Nose
      Fresh, rich, intensive, complex, fruity, plums, ripe bananas, mango, pineapples, passion fruit, sweet and smooth oak wood, little pipe tobacco, touch of vanilla and much more - I can't list everything
    • Taste
      Oh yes, smooth, warm, sweet oak wood, little vanilla, oily, liquorice, mellow, dried fruits, dark fruits again, prunes, milk chocolate, little toffee - just superb!
    • Finish
      Long, warm, very smooth oak lingering - neverending. Does not need water - with water the finish becomes even more honeyish.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Springbank Head to Head 22 samples, some tasted before.
    The line up in age order Nas -40 years old, some official bottles some independent bottles.
    Contenders for the best Sprinbank as follows.

    Pure West Highland Malt (NAS)+/- 1960 70 proof peated WB 72988
    10 year Tappo Sughero black label big S 59% OB WB 41678
    11 year Society bottling 57.9% OB WB 21853
    12 year black label big S 80 proof OB dark sherry WB 75805
    12 year green thistle gold cap 46% OB WB 14533
    12 year 100 proof 57.1% sherry wood Samaroli WB 9260
    21 year 2012 46% OB WB 30350
    21 year 2018 46% OB WD 111815
    23 year 1970 23 year Local Barley tall bottle 46% OB WB 11138
    24 year 1966 sherry cask 443 Local Barley dumpy bottle 58.1% OB WB 14391
    25 year pear shape bottle 43% OB WB 38084
    25 year 2006 46% OB WB 656
    29 year 1962 white label big S 46% WB 14430
    29 year 1974 Chieftain’s Choice cask 1778 51.2% WB 27756
    30 year Millennium bottle 1999 46% OB WB 11045
    30 year parchment label dumpy 46% WB 11117
    32 year 1966 bourbon cask 493 Local Barley dumpy bottle 56.8% OB WB 14414
    35 year 1968 Berry Bros 46% WB 530
    35 year Millennium bottle 1999 46% OB WB 11056
    37 year 1970 Secret Treasures 43% WB 12967
    37 year 1968 cask 1541 Dun Bheaghan Pedro Ximenez 56.5% WB 11864
    40 year 1969 cask 263 Signatory Vintage 54.4% WB 15778

    Result 1-22
    1st -30 year dumpy OB - 97/96/96
    2nd 1968 Dun Bheaghan - 94/96/96
    3rd 10 year 59% Tappo Sughero OB - 94/95/96
    4th 12 year Samaroli 100 proof OB - 94/95/95
    5th 1970 Local Barley tall bottle OB - 93/95/95
    6th 32 year cask 493 Local Barley OB - 93/95/94
    7th 1962 29 year OB - 96/93/94
    8th 30 year Millenium OB - 94/94/94
    9th 24 year cask 443 Local Barley OB - 94/93/94
    10th 12 year black label OB - 92/94/93
    11th Nas Springbank Pure West Highland - 91/93/93
    12th 1999 11 year OB Society bottling - 90/94/93
    13th 1974 Ian Macleod 51.2% - 90/94/92
    14th 40 year 1969 cask 263 Signator - y 92/93/92
    15th 35 year Millenium OB 95/92/92
    16th 1967 Berry Bros 35 year - 91/91/91
    17th 12 year OB green thistle gold cap - 90/91/91
    18th 1970 ST 12967 88/91/92 -
    19h 21 year OB 2012 - 91/91/90
    20th 21 year OB 2018 - 88/92/90
    21st year 2006 OB - 92/88/88
    22nd year OB Pear shape - 80/87/87

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Re taste -, a much better score this time arouns in the H2H.

    The nose on this is one of the best ever, but the palate lags the nose by some margin, still good but a little too long in the cask, they should have made this one the 30 year of the Millenium series and bottled it earlier, still a really nice springer but the whole point of this tasting is to be critical and honest
    • Nose
      95 95
      Very elegant, nothing out of place, dark jams, dark fruits, a little peat, all in harmony, one of the best noses out there
    • Taste
      92 92
      The oak is singing from the start, the dark fruits mixed with peat are there but they are fighting to be heard.
      Some spice kicks in but it is also quite bitter, on plum skins, blackcurrant and raisins with the spice coming round again.
      If you put a few drops of water in it really does open up releasing more sweetness
    • Finish
      92 92
      Apologies, note deleted by mistake.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Out of 9 high scoring bottles on the base this Springbank came in 6th, still a very good dram bearing in mind the competition.   

    The highest rated whisky on WB (Springbank 1969) was 3rd.   

    Result    1 - Glenfiddich  1956 Intertrade   

    2nd -  Glenlochy 1965 SV     

    3rd - Springbank 1969 SV     

    4th -  Black Bowmore 1st edition    

    5th - Blair Athol MI     

    6TH - Springbank 35 year Millenium    

    7th - Brora 2004     

    8th - Glenglassaugh     

    9th - Glendronach   

    Full details on `The head to head whisky thread for tastings (H2H)`. dated 20th August 2017  https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16768/the-head-to-head-whisky-thread-for-tastings-h2h

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    when I finished this dram i kept the glass lid on and periodically smelt it to take in the vapours, it was still brilliant

    but too much sherry and far too much oak for me to make it a winner.
    • Nose
      Massive sherry and its very powerful for 46%, you can smell the oak, its big on plum, juicy raisins, dark jams, its all there.

      Huge sherry influence

      Lovely nose
    • Taste
      The obvious sherry is mixed with a serious amount of oak mixed in with black currant, lots of fruit. juicy raisin and red plum skins

      The oak sings loud here
    • Finish
      Its long and lip smacking, you need to give this one a lot of time.

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 99 points Moderator

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      98 98

  10. markkerr02 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%20102%20Springbank%20Millenium%20Collection%20med%20Peter%20Currie.html Test 102: Springbank Millenium Collection with Peter Currie 100828
    The whisky tested: Glass 1 Springbank 25yo, 46% 24 points
    Glass 2 Springbank 30yo, 46% 74 points
    Glass 3 Springbank 35yo, 46% 112 points
    Glass 4 Springbank 40yo, 40.1% 22 points
    Glass 5 Springbank 45yo, 40.1% 25 points
    Glass 6 Springbank 50yo, 40.5% 41 points Testimonials Per Eriksson Spring Bank 35yo, 46%; barrel from 1965
    Scent: I, berries, fruits, vanilla, citrus, coke, leather, sugary sweet
    Taste: Vanilla, Sweetie, Oak, Chocolate, Figs, Dates, Berries
    Aftertaste: I, chocolate, vanilla, spices, tall
    Score: 93 Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Spring Bank 35yo, 46%; barrel from 1965
    Color: (Dark) amber
    Scent: Large, raisins, very dried fruit, slightly fatty
    Taste: Sweet Matte, Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Aning Barrel, Large
    Aftertaste: Long with a lot of raisins, a bowl of fat, chocolate, a little smoke tin (or is it fatigue?)
    Score: 97

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