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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.65/100
votes
115
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 17
Bottled
20.07.2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Sherry Casks - 30% Bourbon Casks
Strength
56.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
18/332
Added on
14 Aug 2018 8:56 am by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 77,84

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.65 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    At a similar high level as the previous batches of the last years. While Batch # 17 is missing a bit of an exciting and surprising accent, as was the case with the previous batches. However, one can not hide the fact that when you fill in batches, it is not easy to stay at the same level. This is a great 12 CS, original Springbank DNA.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet and fruity with apricots, peaches, pears, some banana and a hint of smoke. The initially still dominant sweetness is accompanied by a salty, mineral, almost maritime note. Pepper, cloves and a mild mixture of herbs are added after some time. No repression of the fruits, but spicy addition.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In a strong and dry onset with well-integrated alcohol first coffee powder, chocolate, toffee, honey and vanilla. In the background with a sweetness that can not be defined, but then peels out as pears and peaches. Pepper, salt, bitter orange marmalade with pieces. Hazelnut brittle, almonds.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long, dry, with orange peel, nuts and almonds, with a dash of honey.

  2. Fred Labosch scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    When freshly opened, I really struggled a little with this bottle.
    At first, this seemed to be too much into one direction, and lacking complexity, and being a little too heavy on the sulphur (usually I am not a sulphur sensitive person). But after some time in an open bottle, this turned gradually into a winner.
    This particular batch does not have a cunning little twist or quirk like a lot of it's predecessors, and this is not an overly complex Springbank, but still, to me it is the heart of Springbank's character in the very limelight. No off notes, big body, bold flavours/aromas, excellent balance.
    Not much out there right now that beats this simplistic, dry but sweet, briny, fruity, carbolic character.
    If only the finish were longer...

    P.S.: Swims like a a champ!
    • Nose
      '90s Gatorade 'Orange', quite some brine, orange, some coal smoke, gunpowder, mineral, some licorice, becomes fruitier, canteloupe melon, a little star fruit and guava, a dry european oak note, some resin, it's tangy and zesty and fruity as well as carbolic and flinty.
    • Taste
      briney sweet fruity flinty arrival, orange primarily, zesty as well, some licorice, becomes more tropical after a moment, canteloupe melon again as well as a little guava and star fruit, maybe even some passion fruit, then it's carbolic side joins the choir at just the right volume with some gunpowder and some soot, a tiny little bit of coconut rounds everything off very nicely, excellent balance as well, but still maintains it's edge even when quite diluted.
    • Finish
      brine, some licorice, coal smoke, some gunpowder, some blood/bitter orange, short to medium length.

  3. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Cheng Chee Kaan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A lovely Springbank, more like an upgraded version of the standard 10YO, with that light peat and full on coastal notes and mineral.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    iodized smoke,
    cooked citrus, macerated, some even grilled cherry
    vanilla and malt and dry wood
    the mouth leaves on a fine peat, lemon, spices a little peppered and fruits cooked again, in compote; we feel the mold of wood too; some milk caramel too
    long enough on the same scents, quite subtle.

  8. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 22, finish 22, balance 21

  9. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Somehow this 70/30 sherry/bourbon ratio tastes better.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Waxy fruits, pepper, unripe banana, herbals and musty basement.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful. Red apple, blood orange, pepper, salted minerals, honey and vanilla.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, dry, spicy.

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