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Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
88.50/100
votes
30
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Open Day 2018
Vintage
11.1996
Bottled
05.2018
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead & Madeira Hogshead
Number of bottles
534
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
18/241
Added on
25 May 2018 6:22 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 418,33

5 × in wishlist

30 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.50 points

  1. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I was a bit worried by the madeira part even if I tasted a few very good madeira matured whiskies but the marriage worked nicely here. Not really sweet and with an old school touch. A very good release. I would just have preferred a higher ABV (and a lower price).
    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoky and jammy. Dark fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants and more). Dark chocolate. Earthy and leathery. Tobacco.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoke, dark chocolate, oranges, jammy notes from the nose, a bit of charred oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium, drying, dark chocolate.

  2. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/09/27/springbank-masterclass-thats-how-its-made/

    After a brief snifter in the festival queue [Blog82], I get another bite of this cherry.

    N: Promising coconut/tobacco/dusty-umami.

    T: Sherry speaks again, and with that age we are into wine/Armagnac/Cognac territory.

    F: There may have been suggestions of deeper umami but the underlying issue remains - the sherry is too dominant. Despite this, some of the barley spirit emerges at the end with an Armagnac & Merlot-like finish.

    C: Issues, yes. Issues potentially outweighed/overlooked by the moorishness, probably yes.

    Scores a B-

  3. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/09/26/springbank-open-day-2018/

    Recipe: Take one sherry & one Madeira hogshead [both 1996 vintages], and marry them together in a first-fill Madeira butt from 2008 until 2018.

    C: This really did divide opinion. Many loved it whilst others despised it. I fell into the latter group, finding it like a sherry & whisky mixed cocktail. Regardless of the price [£250!], and the second hand market opportunity, I found little to shout about.

    Provisionally scores a C

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