Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
90.42/100
votes
181
Whiskybase ID
WB111815
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
27.03.2018
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
70% Rum, 30% 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
3700
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
18/144
Barcode
610854000202
Added on
06 may 2018 9:03 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1821.01

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

45 users have left 50 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.42 points.

  1. michik81 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Petitcham scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Cucumber, watermelon, melon fruit, rich in flavor, soft, high in perfection, moderate aftertaste tannin and spicy taste

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. Tomek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: red fruit, ripe peaches and cherries, intense sea breeze, molasses, smoke in the background,
    Taste: citrus, slightly smoky, gooseberry, black currants, wet stones, Christmas compote,
    Finish: smoky, sea, fruity
    Grade: 6

  5. Goethe scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very good Springbank 21. The mouth feeling in the end is quite dry.
    Concerning price/performance ratio (2018): 7/10
    • Nose
      Apples, vanilla, Shortbread, yellow fruits covered with honey, lemon with sugar, some wax.
    • Taste
      Apples, vanilla, Shortbread, hints of pepper, some wax and tropical fruits, very nice texture.
    • Finish
      Long. Citrus, some peaches, wax, getting dry.

  6. DannyDram scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Quite good, but unspectacular.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Mandarin peel, mint, red berry candy, spicy, ginger, white pepper. Balanced, pronounced intensity, very good depth.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Spicy, ginger, white pepper, paraffin, herbs, red berries candy. Harmonious, very good texture, vanilla sweetness, medium-bodied, pronounced intensity.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Spicy, gentle pepper, oak wood. Long finish, good finish.

  7. Emsmalt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. whisky_garage scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The aroma is intense, bright, sweet. Herbiness, honey theme, spicy spices.
    We stood and breathed ... Tropical fruits, sea breeze, nutty notes, sweet tangerine, new leather goods.
    Honey in fumigated comb, vanilla, Borodino bread, cloves, a little pepper.
    The taste is bright, velvety, sweet with a pleasant bitterness. Spices, custard, vanilla, light minerality, tropical fruits, pepper, ginger, noble wood.
    The finish is long. Honey, vanilla, phantom smoke, creamy notes, some dried fruit, spicy spices, pleasant woody notes.
    Conclusion: Harmonious malt, with a wonderful palette of spring aromas and flavors.

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    very fruity and zesty, whiffs of smoke, very good

  10. Squinugie scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. whisky_garage scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The aroma is intense, bright, sweet. Herbiness, honey theme, spicy spices.
    We stood and breathed ... Tropical fruits, sea breeze, nutty notes, sweet tangerine, new leather goods.
    Honey in fumigated comb, vanilla, Borodino bread, cloves, a little pepper.

    The taste is bright, velvety, sweet with a pleasant bitterness. Spices, custard, vanilla, light minerality, tropical fruits, pepper, ginger, noble wood.

    The finish is long. Honey, vanilla, phantom smoke, creamy notes, some dried fruit, spicy spices, pleasant woody notes.

    Conclusion: Harmonious malt, with a wonderful palette of spring aromas and flavors.
    ⚡91⚡

  12. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The whisky needs to sit in the glass for a while to really do it justice, if you're too quick you might miss it. The nose is restrained at first but then evolves layer by layer. Soft smoke and wet clay, peach and light cream, honey and breads, yellow peppers and salted tangerine. The palate is likewise restrained at first, then a silky wave of soft smoke and vanillas, cotton t-shirt dipped in orange marmelade, salt and coconut. The finish is long and pronounced, with vanilla smoke and a crescendo of tropical fruits and cream, and a hint of some kind of sweet plastic nougat. Classic austere Springbank counterbalanced with tropical eccentricity that makes it particularly entertaining and rewarding, as long as you give it time.

  13. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. NRGCLICK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    I don't need to write up a full review for this dram, there are plenty of great reviews already.
    Classic modern springbank!
    Minerality, yellow fruits, hints of peat, chalk, olive oil.
    Simply put it, AMAZING!!!

  15. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 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

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    While I struggled a little bit here to find the right descriptors, I do know this is a good whisky, a lively middleweight springer.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A light fresh, zesty nose is my first thought.
      Grapefruit, apple, biscuit, green apple skins, honeycomb, frsh cut pine.
    • Taste
      92 92
      This is all on white fruits with some poeat mixed in. This is zesty & zingy, it is the only way to describe it as it dances across your tongue.
      There is also plebty of spice which adds to the experience
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish, remaining spicy.

  17. DrunkDude scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Smell: very little or even no smoke in it. Apple Candles, the obvious feel of aromatherapy,a lot of ripe apples, dark fruits. Lemon and slight herbal. 88
    • Taste
      89 89
      Taste: woody sourness of riped sour strawberries or elegant wine, the flavor of tannin is notable. Indian or Thai spices but not as spicy as younger Springbank. 89
    • Finish
      88 88
      Finish: Mint spiced chocolate aftertaste more refreshing compare with local 10year. Woody Tannin progresses like a good wine 88

  18. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty exciting what Springbank is exploring with their 21yo bottling series and every year they come up with a new vatting of different casks, so 2017 is Bourbon-Sherry-Port-Rum, 2018 is Rum-bourbon, 2019 is Port-Rum and of course with different weights.
    All 3 head-2-head the 2018 is the most fruity and I like it probably even a bit more than the 2017 and 2019. Great!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Lots of yellow fruits, quince, plum, banana, apple, little honey, hints of rum soaked raisins, spices, pepper, fine oak wood - great!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Little punchy, very oily, creamy, sirupy, subtle sweetness, more on tropical fruits, banana, mango, little vanilla, more oak wood, spices, peppery, little ginger - excellent!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, more spicy, more punchy, more peppery

  19. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Nose: maritime, some smoke, sweet fruit, berries, vanilla, chocolate, some leather in rum

    Taste: the typical maritime note can also be found in the taste, exotic fruits, orange, rum chocolate, malt, a little oak, spices (clove, cinnamon), slightly nutty

    Finish: creamy, long finish, fruity sweet, salty, some tobacco
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  21. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Just give this exceptional whisky time to breathe
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  22. lovernanako scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    the only reason I’m giving this a 95 is that I don’t understand how could people give this a sub 85. easily a 90+ to anyone’s palate

  23. McMoulis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  24. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very good. Nice sweetness of citrus.
    • Nose
      Superb nose on citrus fruits and smoke.
      Lemon, orange, tangerine. White flower.
      Orange peel, light peat, smoke, ash.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is sweet and good. Yellow, white and then round fruits. Rubber, liquorice, orange, ash, smoke.
    • Finish
      Final on smoke, peat, orange peel.

  25. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    An old school, delicate and complex nose, evolving during the tasting. A simpler palate very velvety and old school again. Everything reinforce the feeling of tasting an old scotch whisky where OBE worked perfectly.

    Well, they did it again.
    • Nose
      Old school. Dusty old books, damp earth and saw dust at first. Subtle notes of honey, flowers, yellow fruits (peaches, apricots), white fruits (pears, apples), citrus (lemons, grapefruits), pineapples develop with time. Herbal notes, a veil of smoke. Everything is perfectly mingled and balanced.
    • Taste
      Creamy, chalky, lightly peppery and fruity (peaches, apricots). Old school again.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering fruits and mineral notes.

  26. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

  27. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  28. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    21 22 22 22 87

  29. butt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A simple, yet luxurious Springbank that is just unbelievably drinkable. The rum casks make themselves known, but are never overbearing. Springbank’s distillate is still present, it’s a really great integration of cask and spirit (the way it should be). A welcome change from the usual sherry influence. Very very good but you cannot expect huge flavour spikes, it’s all about harmony here. Springbank is expensive yes, but one of the only distilleries to back it up in my opinion. I’ll buy another, I love this style.
    • Nose
      Nose: Soft, subtle - not to say that’s a bad thing. The rum asserts itself with some clove and allspice, but in moderation. Vanilla, definitely. Some almond, marshmallows, honey and ginger. Hiding behind that is a little Springbank minerality. Lovely.
    • Taste
      Palate: Creamy, velvety....luxurious. Wow what a beautiful mouthfeel. Alcohol is perfectly integrated. Peaches, butterscotch, calcium, clotted cream, sponge toffee
    • Finish
      Finish: Peaches, allspice and clove, toffee, cinnamon sugar toast, vanilla ice cream, creamy and slowly fades away leaving a pleasant mouthcoating residue.

  31. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    This is very good, but to me not $400cnd good, more like $200 good. I think I'm not a fan of rum cask maturation. I just had the Springbank 12yo CS https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/125395/springbank-12-year-old yesterday and it gave me more of what I like in a scotch.

    I didn't put any tasting notes as I found it difficult to quantify the flavours on this. I did enjoy this, but it doesn't do it for me in the way I think it should for the asking retail price of $400-$440cnd.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. Tano77 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  33. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I'm not entirely satisfied with this whisky, and considering it wasn't cheap, I feel like I didn't quite get what I paid for (200-220£ IIRC). Before buying this bottle I got a chance to try the 21yo single cask from 2016 that scored a whopping 93 at WF, and to be honest it didn't blow me away either. I could be persuaded into thinking it's just me, but then again a friend was equally unimpressed with a dram from this bottle, and I do feel the 21yo 1996 by WhiskyNerds (cask 471) was superior to these two OBs.
    It took me a while to settle on a score, but after trying it with different drams I scored between 86 and 91 points, 88 seemed on the mark.

    edit 2022: The current market price for this bottle is insane compared to the quality of the drink itself, and I get the feeling this whole whisky world has gone so mad it needs to be sectioned. Seriously, do not pay over 300€ for this bottle, let alone over 1000€.
    • Nose
      An unusual, non-sherry, non-bourbon sweetness that reminds me of some unaged rhum agricole. Then that SB funk: sour leatheriness, polished wood, and the smell of a just-driven old Märklin model train (sparks and warm copper). Coco coir and rocks. Something about it reminds me of whisky that's been in a mini for decades. Interesting and characterful to be sure, but lacking something that would push the nose to 90+ territory.
    • Taste
      Dry liquorice, fair amount of sour, sweet oak, and then juice made of green apples. Did someone make a peated calvados and bottle it as a Springbank? There is a good amount of peat left in it despite the age, so the body packs more punch than the nose suggests, and it feels solid, with no signs of flabbiness.
    • Finish
      Sweet, lingering cane sugar with a bit of sourness. Lasting, but not as full as I'd like. Some tinned pineapples, and at the very end that SB chalkiness creeps up. I do like the salted liquorice note that slowly trickles into my gums, but as a whole the finish is not as engaging as the dram is on the tongue.

  34. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/springbank-last-years-new-forthcoming/

    Released last May, its maturation is composed of 30% bourbon & 70% rum casks, and sports a similar gold label to the 21yo single cask festival bottling [blog].

    C: Not sure I always get rum & whisky though I find this highly competent.

    Scores a B

  35. Nickolaas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  36. Nickolaas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. butt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A true gentleman whisky. To relax without having to analyze it. The nose offers little. The taste round, soft, the sweetness of the rum, bright fruits such as banana and pineapple and a very long finish without disturbing background noise ...

  38. Glen Valley scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A very nice whisky for an evening by the fireplace with a book.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity, rum noticeable there, one smells the finish, fruit basket: Maoam, Chichitta banana, pineapple.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Round. Sweet. Slightly fruity. No alcoholic strength. Nice spiciness.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Beautiful long finish. Stay on the tongue for a long time. Still ... warm. The second time spicier. Caramel in the aftertaste.

  39. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    very fruity with still very clearly recognizable Brennereicharakter - very intense for "only" 46% - reminds me of old Bladnoch
    • Nose
      Pineapple - fresh, extremely ripe, sweet and fruity but not overripe, also flambéed pineapple, clarified warm butter, Wick cough sweet with pineapple and mint,
    • Taste
      lowland fruit bomb - oily soft, fruity sweet, ripe pineapple with a light fermentation note - clear wax note, fine oak, mineral lemon
    • Finish
      very long and full bodied - very fruity even here, butter, wax, pepper, very intense

  40. Ghostdog73 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    What should I say in the light of the reviews given. I prefer whiskys in cask strength, but since Springbank is one of my favorites - besides, a rather rare barrel with the Rumfass - I slammed it properly.
    The nose is very beautiful with tropical fruits, coconut and a very harmonious sweetness.
    In the mouth you can still feel all these notes, but the whisky loses quickly against the oak and becomes dull.
    The finish is relatively short and it remains a little dry oak and more disappointment.
    Not because it is not a decent and even good whisky, but because it is simply not necessary. The whisky world would not miss anything without it.

  41. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  42. Sandman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Peach, melon, white grapes, pear, lemon, fresh apple, cane sugar, honey, wax, muesli and some smoke.

  43. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The nose needs a lot of time - dates, fruits, honey, figs

    Water, smooth, soft herbs in the mouth

    Departure a bit bitter, at first little aromas in the finish later sweet wood

  44. tomjcollins85 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The end of the bottle for me, so I've given this offering plenty of time.

    I don't have much else to add, but my scores are reduced.

    If this is considered 'good' whisky, then I'm worried about what else I buy based on other peoples recommendations.
    It is 'OK', nothing more, nothing less.

    Sorry, not for me. Maybe you will get on better with it. 82/100.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Initially Disappointing, weak, non-complex nose with hints of glue (yummy!)

      Give it 20 minutes in the glass and it becomes more pleasant. The glue is replaced with candy floss and is generally sweeter. This is much better.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Yes, the initial taste is quite good, and quite sweet, but after seconds it just becomes flat, bland and sharp (this is not a smooth whisky). It coats with medium thickness. Pepper and spice begins to run the show after 15 seconds in the mouth.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Finish is very sharp, bitter, and ends with strong oak and some smoke.

  45. Pollenflug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Wow! Immediately it becomes apparent that one can dissect the malt for a very long time and will win new aromas associations little by little. The first nose fascinated me right away. My expectations as a Springbank lover were high and were easily surpassed. Countless flavors are very closely interwoven and gradually crystallize during the nosing. Patience is needed! I have tasted the Springbank on three different days and have always been able to identify new flavors. I take a brief summary of my notes: sweet blossom honey, pears, green apples, ripe citrus, apricots, pineapple, tangerines (cheesecake), beeswax, dates, vanilla pods, fine herbs, old books, sawdust, light grassy notes, mineral aromas ( a touch of salt), brown sugar, very soft smoke and elegant oak notes complete the multifaceted conglomerate. The nose reminds me with many oldschool notes to old bottlings from the 60s and 70s. So far, I've had very few bottlings from the time in the glass (Springbank, Bruichladdich, Glenburgie, etc.), but somehow I feel spontaneously transferred to another time. The alcohol (46%) is also perfectly integrated. Great!
    • Taste
      Silky soft, creamy, timelessly elegant and full-bodied, the Springbank starts on the palate. The intensity and interweaving remains at a very high level. The alcohol content of 46% is also perfect in the taste. A few peppercorns prance on the tip of the tongue for a very short time before the multi-layered aromas fully unfold. The taste is a magnificent image of the nose. In addition, I add black tea, peaches and pleasant maritime notes, which now gain more presence and free themselves more from the background. The harmony is first class.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and spicy and warm. Also on the finish line the Springbank shines with harmony and elegance. Appearances of raisins, pastries, vanilla, salty caramel sweets, green apples, apricots, almonds, light smoke, herbs, old books and pleasant oak notes let the Springbank slowly and full-bodied finish. On the palate remains a very slight dryness.

  46. tomjcollins85 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    My review, which was a slightly more negative take on this whisky, has disappeared?

    I have finished the bottle now, but I found it to not have the creamy flavours or nose that were described on several other reviews (I can't see those reviews now either :S).

    It is very clean and crisp on the palate, you can tell that you're drinking something above the quality of that found on a supermarket shelf. However, I did not find it to be very complex, flavour-wise, and the finish was quite sharp and spicy.

    So in short, elements of this Springbank are of a high quality, but it is not rounded enough for a score in the 90's. The nose was probably the most disappointing aspect, with the initial taste being it's strongest point.

    Price-wise, I think I can find the same quality for around £100.

  47. jjkmlss scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    PLEASE BE NOTED ALMOST ALL 93+ RATES OF THIS WHISKY ARE FROM NEWBIES AND MARKET-SELLERS, EVEN ON WHISKYBASE, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ABNORMAL.
    Good but mediocre whisky, nice & enjoyable peachy note but loses balance.
    Fruity & biscuit-y yet too one-dimensional. Body's chalky and lost its oil-y texture.
    I enjoy any peach yogurt so this is set to be 86-87, could be worse. Definitely not comparable to any of the local barley production line. I don't see why there are many experts backing this, this is not even the best 200 euros Springbank. Go with local barley, always do.

  48. asmazda scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A really nice evolution from nose to finish.  This is a very surprising whisky for 21yo 46%... noses old, tastes rich, and finishes with a kick.
    • Nose
      Honey, pineapple, mango, fresh cream, cheese curds, maraschino cherries, waxes, smoke in the distance.  Really creamy and noses older than it is.
    • Taste
      Butterscotch, light peat, salted cashews, apricots, peaches, black tea, pepper.  Medium-bodied, fairly rich flavors, and each well balanced.
    • Finish
      Long, drying, cream and smoke again, then turns quite salty and peppery.

  49. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    delightful bourbon style whisky
    • Nose
      heather honey, shortbread; cheesecake with apricots.
    • Taste
      bourbon vanillla, sugar cane, oaky with a hint of rum, apricots, very smooth & creamy.
    • Finish
      sweet raisins/grapes, shortbread, slightly peppercorn, subtle smoke, very very very long.

  50. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2018]  This review is about the batch bottled on March 27th, 2018.  Usually I do not pay around 200 Eurobucks for a bottle of (just) 21-years old stuff but this is a Springbank (that always was more expensive than others and mostly the quality justified its premium).  And I had a (very small) tasting sip which tasted that much of an old-style dram so I definitely had to buy a bottle to verify this...

    ...and you can beat me, but this is the best 21-years old release of Springbank for decades.  I never ever thought a modern dram can replicate the adorable old style profile many whiskies had decades ago but this Springbank did it.  If the recipe of 70% rum wood and 30% first-fill bourbon maturation is the key to such a fine profile please keep this recipe for future releases (and please bottle a comparable 25-years old or even better a 30-years old).  To me as a drinker this dram is worth its high price of around 200 Euros, no doubts...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows fat tears with slow legs. The nose is very, very old stylish with tons of adorable OBFs (Old Bottle Flavours, meaning signature flavours of old Scotch whisky styles that usually are not part of modern whisky profiles anymore (some of them are hard to name) - how come in a modern dram? Beside these there are dozens of other aromas but I am too lazy to state them here. Simply find out yourself, if you like such delicate and complex drams - but shy away all you lovers of modern "I-punch-that-in-ya-face" whisky styles, you will find this dram rather unimpressive (missing the "punch", I guess). All comes in a lovely creamy (Can a nose smell creamy? Indeed, it can!) and flawless profile that I get addicted to the longer I sniff it!
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is multi-layered and chewable with again a completely old style profile (distillate-driven) of an adorable quality. Lots of different flavours to detect with not a single flaw or off-note. It takes some time and effort to get through this jungle of flavours but it is a joyful and interesting expedition, well worth the effort. But again, if you are in for the "quickie" - whiskies that demand no endeavour of exploration, go for the modern styles (and leave such bottles for me)! Water is not needed, this dram is perfect just as it is.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The Springbank arrives warming and charming on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with no distracting moments. Wow, this is good! The finish is long and nicely fades out in waves with a minor drying feeling (old papers) that is not distracting because it is contained by the sweet and creamy flavours. The rum aromas and flavours are not too dominant and perfectly join in the overall harmony - this is dangerously quaffable (extremely dangerous!). I bought another bottle (actually, two)...

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