Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.62/100
votes
202
Whiskybase ID
WB116449
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
20.07.2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Sherry Casks - 30% Bourbon Casks
Casknumber
Batch 17
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

€ 288.00

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

30 users have left 32 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.62 points.

  1. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. MLE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. DerDennis! scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  5. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  7. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  8. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Benjamin_Wang scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Beautifully balanced and complex. wonderful nose, but a little too creamy and light in the mouth.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smoky in the beginning. Then, the upper layer of lemon, vanilla, creamy cake. Some yellow fruits hide behind like dates and apricot. The strong smoky ham and sea salt seasoned stewed fruits covered everything from the bottom of the cup. Add a few drops of water that can release the sweetness of the spirit, reduce the saltiness.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong bonfire smoke. Mid-sweet sherry, apricot. Some bitter almond showing behind. Mid-oiliness, light body. After a few drops of water, the typical creaminess appears. And some nuts.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Light smoky, a little tar, a little short.

  10. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 24℃

    Viewing Eyes: Deep golden smelling Nose: familiar minerals, and lost diesel. Salted cheese powder, mints and smoked bacon. The sour taste is relatively heavy, and the feeling of fruit vinegar and sour berries is a bit like the dried fruit.
    Taste Palate: lemon juice, dried fruit, minerals, limestone. Extremely bitter. To be honest, if there is no such lime mineral taste, I will give 80 points.
    Finish: long, wood, crunchy bitter core, sweetness, sweet bread body: medium, oily, with a little tannin

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 85/100
    Body: 86/100
    Overall: 85/100

    Overall: A bunch of problems, too much bitterness and imbalance, and the flavor elements appearing are not fresh.

  11. penumbra scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It ’s better to miss each other. In the first few years after Genting changed the packaging, the first one clearly noticed that some flavors have been chosen. The sense of filth disappeared. Except for the green 15yo, there is another way out. Others are all better than one crab. Is Springbank a surname kan or a high surname? Is this a problem?
    • Nose
      The rumors are pleasant citrus fudge accompanied by a little bit of soot. After getting closer, a strong and straight wine came into the nose, and the fruit became rich and sticky. The jam made of various apricots, reeds, plantains, carambola and the floral fragrance of honey were intertwined. Under the fruity taste, the cold side of the winery began to manifest itself, with salty, sea salt, metal and other flavors faintly cold. After the minerals, the flavor tends to be bland, iodine, licorice, cow cheese, roasted nuts and some oak spicy common in low-year whisky.

      Fruit 7, milk (honey) 5, gold minerals 4, nuts 3, peat 2.
    • Taste
      The maritime flavor began to regain its strength, regaining a little initiative from the fruit, salt water, soda crackers, salted cheese, pepper, violent and enthusiastic, it should be 30% Bourbon barrel credit. The citrus fruit retreated to the second line, and was soon overshadowed by the accompanying black chocolate, hazelnut and barrel flavor.
      Fullness, good fat feel, medium sweetness, no tannins, little sourness, no bitter bottom.
    • Finish
      Medium length, soy fat, cocoa powder, thin fruit.

  12. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 88 points Expert 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.⁣

    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.⁣

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

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

  15. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. dandyman 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 'Orange' Gatorade, quite some brine, orange again, a little coal smoke, some 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 and good depth as well, maintains it's edge even when quite diluted.
    • Finish
      brine, some licorice, a little coal smoke, some gunpowder, some blood/bitter orange, short to medium length.

  17. 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

  18. wisekyofcourse 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.

  19. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 22, finish 22, balance 21

  20. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  21. 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.

  22. LittlePeat scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Color: apple juice
    • Nose
      88 88
      Solvent (very light), apple juice from the juicer, rosehip, plum in meat sauce, very light smoke, Campbeltown Warehouse.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet raisins, red apple, a bit of solvent, a bit of smoke.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Rosehip, solvent. Medium.

      Conclusion: Okay, but worse than Batch 16.

      PS. And the solvent note then bothers you in the long run ...

  23. Romansen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    20 20 19 20 79

    Again, the sad release - young, sometimes swearing, spirited, no words, sorry ...

  25. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Very Springbanky.
      Smoke together with sweet notes of red fruits.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Robust and compact, maybe just a bit too sweet for my palate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Balanced and long as most of drams from this unique distillery

  28. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Great batch! (88)
    Go
    • Nose
      Fruit, salt, fresh straw, mineral freshness ... citrus fruits and a farm ... raw dough ... scalded cream and vanilla (22)
      Go
    • Taste
      Smoky, dry, salty ... fruit and wax, spices (22)
      Go
    • Finish
      Dry, dried fruit and walnut ... green grass ... wax, smoke and pet, citrus .... spices (22)
      Go

  29. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    sweet vanilla, some traces of sherry, malty, even a bit grassy, some salt as well. ABV is just perfectly integrated, does not need any water. fine and feisty Springbank, just lovley. (WSZ18)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    sweet vanilla, some traces of sherry, malty, even a bit grassy, some salt as well. ABV is just perfectly integrated, does not need any water. fine and feisty Springbank, just lovley. (WSZ18)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Malinois scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Masterclass Kilkerran Springbank 10/09/2018
    Hazelburn 10yo (2017)
    Kilkerran 12yo (2017)
    Kilkerran 8yo 56.2%
    -Springbank 12yo CS 56.2%
    Springbank 18yo (2017)
    Springbank 21yo (2017)
    Springbank 25yo (2018)
    Longrow 14yo 57.8%

    My overall impression: it's new style sherry which isn't my style. To much sherry for me. Adding some water brings out some citrus fruits which are nice, but they can't balance out the sherry influences (for me personally). Water adds also a nice kiwi note and some malt.

  32. 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.

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