Springbank 1963 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
31 years old
Sherry Wood
52.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 oct 2009 2:53 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6529.97

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39 × member ratings

21 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Springbank 1963 CA

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.03 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    Above all, what a captivating color! The concentration, the reflections, everything is there!

    And the taste follows. We are not far from perfection.
    • Nose
      97 97
      The nose is ultra concentrated. It's superb because it's also not overpowered, nor disgusting as it can sometimes be on really big Sherry Casks.

      It's fat above all, full of leather, shoe polish, molasses, dark chocolate, liquorice.

      We have a superb rancio which recalls the best Cognacs.
      And also this molasses which recalls the best Demerara.
      The best of three worlds?

      We have an intense blackberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant jam. It's stewed, in its copper cauldron, and filled with sugar.

      Really fantastic.
      We continue with herbaceous peat, smoke, gentian, Kâmpôt pepper and an assortment of old precious woods and small wild berries.

      With a lot of ventilation, we also have a delicate camphor that is revealed.
      One of the most beautiful noses I have ever seen.
    • Taste
      97 97
      In the mouth, it is the molasses that opens the ball. We really have the impression of drinking a Demerara.
      Leather, shoe polish, caramelized sugar, cocoa, 90% dark chocolate, freshly ground coffee, liquorice, herbal liqueur.
      A concentrated and explosive cocktail.

      The fruit is not to be outdone. We always have the jam on the nose, but also some tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, passion fruit, and a big dose of orange.

      The peat is oily, with charcoal, light smoke and meaty aromas.
    • Finish
      96 96
      The finish is long (not surprisingly), in the continuity of the mouth, on leather, smoke, barbecue, grilled meat, liquorice, gentian, molasses, orange zest and sugar.

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  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    I didn’t remember this one was that good, tobacco, dried fruits, burnt sugar, espresso, deep sherry wood, meat, soy sauce, dark fruits, liquorice, spices, brilliant!

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Photo Moderator

    Oh, wow, what a blast! It's a Springbank sherry bomb but not overpowered, massive dried fruits and tobacco, lots of spices with balanced sweetness - just brilliant!

    Head 2 head with the 35yo millenium bottling, I rate this one just one point below because the millenium bottling is still a bit more balanced and drinkable for me. Anyways, both are on the highest level.
    • Nose
      99 99
      Bags of dried fruits, plums, prunes, figs, dates, brown sugar, molasses, wet pipe tobacco, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, hints of menthol and eucalyptus, heavy sherry wood, beef stock, some bacon and serrano ham - super delicious!
    • Taste
      98 98
      Oily, creamy, liquorice galore, good sweetness, dried fruits galore, massive tobacco and molasses, cooked oranges, acacia honey, toffee, menthol and eucalyptus, spices, pepper, some herbs, sage and little thyme, little meaty, bacon - fantastic!
    • Finish
      96 96
      Long, warm, spicy, old sherry wood, more punchy, some herbs, methol, dark chocolate, some espresso, little tannic but not drying, probably a bit adstringent but still good - superb!

  5. SimonOHA scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Particular style, exuberant and super dirty. Not very civilized but which feels good. A gargantuan sherry that cannot leave you indifferent.
    • Nose
      Ultra concentrated nose, intense, heavy, thick, powerful, robust, stocky on a mixture of different wood resins, cedar in the head. Polish, varnish and glue. Airing opens up a lovely freshness of anise and eucalyptus without reducing the concentration. Black cherry and plum extracts, cane sugar molasses. Honey syrup and nuts. Small rancio and copper tip. Tarry peat smoke, meaty leather. It seems to soften with a long aeration or it's me who tames it.
    • Taste
      Powerful and ultra concentrated palate, dirty, thick on caramel tar, wood molasses, slightly acidic cognac liqueur. Grilled pineapple and concentrated cherry extract. Peat in the form of a light mist.
    • Finish
      Incredibly long finish. Caramel and bitter dark chocolate. Roasted oranges. Astringent nutshell and hazelnut juice. Leather and coconut syrup.

  6. DD_MadMan scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    My very first tried Campletown whisky, my oldest one aswell i guess; that i've been lucky to taste this year. What an experience! Obviously not comparable to anything from common shelves.

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [November, 1999]  I had this dram during a Springbank rarities tasting at
    Kyrburg.  In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this dram
    95.  My notes state an extremely dark colour and an intense nose with "christmas aromas".  The body is rich and very well balanced out of a highly complex flavours profile.  The finish is very long (virtually endless).  Be cautious with water:  It flattens quickly and strongly...

    By the way, in 1999 this bottle had a price tag of around 1.500 to 2.000 Deutschmark (around 750 to 1.000 Euro).

  8. jay83 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    The key to this one is time ! After a few weeks of breathing: mindblowing combination of ancient sherry wood and perfect spirit. Not one aspect to criticize about this glory. Never tasted a sherry monster with so much personality and complexity beside the intense notes you expect from a malt with such a dark colour! Unbelievable and not from this world - one of the best Malts in History !___________________________________________________________________Very high Maniacs rating !95 points by Serge Valentin - http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivejune13-1.html#060613

    96 points by Pit Krause -


  9. tebond968 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Springbank 31y 1963/1994, 52.3%, Cadenhead's Authentic Collection set. Old Springbank ... yes, that can be good. But that can also be disappointing, of course. Always a risk.
    Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm ... euh sorry, I was completely losing myself in the nose of this whisky. I fear that I will fall into repetition, but fuck man, what a nose! Again a sherry nose that is close to perfection. That perfection is also in the balance between bitter and sweet, bitter and sweet notes such as: oak, nuts, cinnamon, mint, dark chocolate, pear syrup and balasamico. But on the taste, that balance no longer applies to me. Here he is a bit too dry, the sweet keys really get stuck through the wood and the nuts. Even some propolis drops. It should be said that water helps a little, but the balance that the nose did show remains out of reach. However, the impressive nose is worth 95, 96. 92/100 http://onversneden.com/2011/12/30/en-dan-was-er-nog-die-kersttasting/


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