Springbank 1970

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Local Barley
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 oct 2009 3:14 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 650.00

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 1970

8 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.13 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Excellent Springbank with real personality. The distillate speaks volumes, the nose and the mouth are very different but recreate a real balance.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Very exotic nose.
      Papaya, mango, guava, passion fruit, banana. If we search well we find all the fruits we are looking for.
      It's round, creamy. Accompanied by very nice aromas of honey, cinnamon.
      A little wet grass.
    • Taste
      93 93
      In the mouth it is a little less exotic, more focused on dry pine, wood, liquorice, cloves. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate.
      We have more citrus, on the orange zest, lemon.
      It's oily, and we evolve on cold ashes.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long finish on orange zest, honey, wood, cold ash and smoke.

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  3. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2021] A small sample only...

    ...but a great one! These old Springbank are always excellent, I never a sub-standard one (at least I cannot remember it).
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a delicate and balanced old-style profile with the trademark Springbank oils and earthy aromas beside fruits, honeys, spices and waxes. It grows upon oxidation so let it breath for some minutes (the more the better). No off-note or flaw that I can detect, the wood is firm but not dominant.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is multi-layered on fruits, woods, barley sugars, oils (both vegetable and machine oils), spices, waxes and mineral-chalky notes. After some chewing tasty chocolatey impressions pop up (both milk and dark) as do nutty flavours and liquorice. This is truly complex and it stays balanced all the time, without any flaws. Really delicious to sip, and very interesting to explore.
    • Finish
      94 94
      The initial mouthfeel is excellent, what else? A creamy, thick texture covers all of my mouth within seconds and the finish is accordingly long, both with out distracting moments. There are more smoky-ashy impressions towards the end together with hints of almonds which is an interesting combination. I did not try water on this small sample.

  4. Schollus scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Guava-Mango, thick and creamy, tropical notes with typical Springbank salt, passion fruit and banana

    Palate: forest honey, a pinch of tannins, chalky, concentrated fruit salad and menthol

    Finish: long-lasting with marzipan and nuts

    Mega drink !!

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 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 94 points Connoisseur

    Re taste
    No off notes, great balance and perfect drinking strength at 46%, hard to fault a whisky this good and I can`t
    • Nose
      93 93
      Really zesty on Grapefruit, lemon and sherbet at first then some ripe pear.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Quite creamy with a real zest punch at first there is also some white pepper but it is really subtle, biscuit, more spice and it seems to grow then a little gooseberry and after that you notice the peat, balance is lovely.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warming, remaining fruity & spicy.

  7. DannyDram scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    In addition to the typical Springer character, also very delicate, smooth and with a lot of thrust.
    • Nose
      Topical fruits, especially pappaya, fresh pear, hoinig, wax, pack paper, trafolack. Very intense and complex
    • Taste
      Honey, pear, licorice, some wood, wrapping paper, a hint of medicine. Harmonious, oily, delicate, mouth-filling and intense.
    • Finish
      Salty, green fruits, wax and tropical fruits. Everything very long, beautiful, harmonious and soothing.

  8. DannyDram scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Outstanding jumper, classic aromas. Quality on the nose, on the palate and on the finish at a very high level. Great class

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Excellent old style springbank lots of tropical fruits citrus

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    My first impression of this Springer is that this is a nice juicy one full of tropical fruits that has plenty of distillery character on show.

  11. KayMeertens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fatty. Papaya, mango, honey, tangerine, caramel, avocado and a whiff of cheese. 
    • Taste
      Papaya, peat, wax, apple, peach, avocado, spice and smoke.
    • Finish
      Peat, peach, cocoa and peat smoke.

  12. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      96 96

  13. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    This is THE typical Springbank pattern that is not dark sherried. I think it couldn't be any better this way.
    • Nose
      Intense tropical fruits, pineapples, bananas, citrus fruits, passion fruit, green apples, and many more. Bees wax, sweet oak, vanilla and even a bit mineral and grassy notes.
    • Taste
      Extremely liquorice, oily, waxy and smooth. Mineral notes, pears, faint touch of oak wood, smoke, ashy and old books.
    • Finish
      Long and smooth - really just a tad bitterness - doesn't hurt at all.


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