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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.56/100
votes
125
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

€ 83,46

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125 × member ratings

405 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.56 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. penumbra scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It ’s better to miss each other. In the past few years, the first branch of Genting immediately noticed that a certain trade-off occurred in the flavor. It is more and more able to enter and leave the hall, and the fruitiness is outstanding and handsome, but the kind rich in oil The filth was gone. Except for the green 15yo, which has a different path, others are not as good as crabs. It is not a question whether Springbank's surname is high or high.
    • Nose
      The smell is pleasant citrus fudge accompanied by a little bit of coal ash. When you get closer, the strong and straight body is tangy, and the fruit flavor becomes thick and sticky. The jams made of apricots, citrus, plantains and starfruit are tangled with the floral aroma of honey. Under the fruity taste, the cold side of the winery began to reflect, salty salt, sea salt, metal and other flavors faintly cold. After the minerals, the flavor tends to be bland, with iodine, licorice, cow cheese, roasted nuts and some oak spice commonly found in low-year whiskies.

      Fruit 7, milk (honey) 5, gold minerals 4, nuts 3, peat 2.
    • Taste
      The marine flavor began to exert its strength, regaining a little initiative from the fruits, salt water, soda crackers, salted cheese, pepper, fierce and enthusiastic, it should be 30% of the bourbon barrel's credit. Citrus fruits retreated to the second line and were soon obscured by the accompanying black chocolate, hazelnuts and wooden barrels.
      Fullness, good oiliness, medium sweetness, no tannins, almost no sourness, no bitterness.
    • Finish
      Medium length, soy fat, cocoa powder, thin fruits.

  3. 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.

  4. A0525 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This batch doesn’t have as many of those dirty Springbank funky notes as I recall the small 1oz pour of SB 12 CS Batch 9 had. In fact, I’d argue that it is definitely almost different in style but I’d like to revisit another pour of that batch.⁣ Regardless, the balance of sweet, fruit, smoke, and salt is awesome on this batch.⁣

    92/100, 8/10, or simply Excellent
    • Nose
      Initially, a musty cellar with tons of malty vanilla sweetness and lots of fruity notes... apples, oranges, lemons. In the background there is a strong maritime influence as I pick up a sea salt/sea breeze note. Such an enjoyable nose. Really damn yummy!⁣
    • Taste
      Medium to thick mouthfeel. Sweet, smoky, peppery and salty. Nice balance. Lots of fruits, raisins, dried apricots. Sweet bread. Pepper. Light smoke on the palate with lots of saltiness.
    • Finish
      Medium length. It finishes with this really excellent light smoke that transitions into a sweet, lemony note. Minimal alcohol burn and dangerously easy to sip. Big fan of the finish on this.⁣

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

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

  7. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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