Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Open Day 2018
Stated Age
21 years old
Sherry Hogshead & Madeira Hogshead
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
25 May 2018 6:51 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 799.95

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53 × member ratings

64 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.67 points

  1. jay83 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I was lucky to get a sample of the undiluted spirit before it was reduced to 46%. So my rate refers to the cask strength spirit which is much more impressive in my opinion! Wonderful complexity and perfect interaction between the Madeira and Oloroso components and the spirit with beautiful dark fruit sweetness!

  2. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    1228) N- 22pt / P- 22pt / F- 21pt / BB- 22pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  3. 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.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    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-

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    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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