Springbank 12-year-old

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
70% Sherry Casks - 30% Bourbon Casks
Batch 17
56.2 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 Aug 2018 8:56 am by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 88.92

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.53 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 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.

  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. 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

  5. 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 ...

  6. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  8. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  9. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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.


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