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Springbank 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.36/100
votes
894
Whiskybase ID
WB116886
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
02.08.2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
18/336
Barcode
610854187002
Added on
31 aug 2018 3:50 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 477.70

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894 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 18-year-old

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.36 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Seamlessly connects to the OA Series 10, 12 CS and 15.
    From the 10's he has a little bit of fruitiness, from the 12 CS a bit of "dirt" and pebble taste and the depth that the 15's already has, you can find here a bit more clearly.
    The 46% are perfect, would not be more.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Spicy, fruity and mineral nose at the same time. Mashed bananas, dusted with cinnamon, orange slices peppered with cloves, lemon juice. Pebbles moistened with seawater that slowly dry in the sun. Malt, toffee, a hint of vanilla, milk chocolate, heather herbs. Juicy, refreshing, inviting.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Full and dry start with dark chocolate, malt, and mild herbs. The bananas and oranges as well as the lemon on the tongue, but spicy than in the nose. Lost pebbles from the sea. Delicate smoke, not to be confused with the spicy oak from the bourbon casks. Initially similar to "sparkling" and refreshing as the nose, then quickly come "mature" notes (oak, loamy soil) and give depth.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long and slightly dry. Now it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate the smoke from the oak, could be both. Still with nice fruit content. Sea salt, licorice and chain fat form the conclusion.

  2. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Very smooth and tasty (89)
    Go
    • Nose
      Delicate, caramel with salt and mineral water .... orange and mint gum stuck to jeans ... weak peat. Pretty simple, but cute (22)
      Go
    • Taste
      Oily, salt and fruit with cream, smoke and pineapple (22.5)
      Go
    • Finish
      Fried pineapple, salt, ash and liquorice ... spicy cream ... oranges and wax (22.5)
      Go

  3. MrDvorak scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is an incomparable cocktail of chemicals, salted caramel and delicate peat. The taste is oily, slightly salty with hints of mint gasoline and fruit. Medium finish with burnt pineapple and orange zest.

    Insane combinations that sound much worse than they feel, a very well tailored, custom whisky.

    RATING: 90pts - | 90 - 92 (A-) → Excellent | - Here the golden pantheon begins.

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Pretty remarkable, nice balance, special sour touch in the taste.
    • Nose
      Fruity, with herbal and mineral influences. Citrus, oranges, some smoke, pepper, cinnamon. Also some banana now, roasted meat, honey, and the smell of vinyl kitchen floor.
    • Taste
      A little pepper and tickering, sweet, honey, chocolate with a very surprising sour touch. Lemon and pepper.
    • Finish
      Tickering, sweet and sour, pretty long, hint of smoke, Later on some drop, sweet drop.

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. TimkoT scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Vintegeliquorimilano scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    IT DESERVES EVERYTHING

  8. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    So far, I haven't understood the hype surrounding Springbank. This bottling cannot change my image here either. Far from being a bad malt, but I am by no means willing to pay initial and even more secondary market prices for it.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Apples, chalk, citrus fruits, lemon tea, mineral, a touch of engine room, but also extremely subtle here. Herbs and a lot of freshness.
      Overall a lot of bourbon character.
      Don't do anything wrong, but neither do I love it.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Subtle peat smoke, mineral, citrus fruits, herbs of Provence, vanilla, lemon pepper. A touch of ginger.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Dry, mineral, citrus fruits. No more surprises. Stable. Not more.

  9. Will_iam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The nose is fantastic. In the taste I miss the great fruitiness of the 10 year old a little.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Fruity, orange peel, no alcoholic heat
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fruit cocktail
    • Finish
      88 88
      Deep and medium to long, again with orange peel

  10. SimondeVette scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A nice dram and well spiced. I just think the Springbank 15 is a bit better.
    • Nose
      Orange, cinnamon, banana, iodine
    • Taste
      Orange, milk chocolate, cinnamon, spicy, lemon, ginger
    • Finish
      White pepper, oak, lemon zest

  11. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. man2392 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose- chalk, grist, crushed seashells, a seabreeze, white chocolate, pear drops, cedarwood, salmon rilettes and parma violets.
    Palate: preserved lemon, haribo tangfastics, white fish, herbes de provence, parmesan and fresh mango.
    Finish: lemon posset, clotted cream, damp hay, crystallised pineapple and salted cashews.

    After 30 minutes, it became far more tropical in the glass- papaya, pineapple upside down cake and bubble tea all come to prominence.

    As much as I enjoy different cask maturations, there is something about having a pure bourbon cask to really show off a distillery's DNA and this does not disappoint. A particularly expressive Springer.

  14. elipszis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Confident. Rich and creamy with vanilla effects, ripe fruits and marzipan, traces of fruit ice cream, almonds and strawberries.

  15. Highlander65 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great malt, dense, structured, full-bodied, robust. It looks a bit like Ardbeg Uigeadail but is a little less peaty, less alcoholic and more balanced. To be savored very calmly

  16. whisky_garage scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: Intense, slightly sweet. The first wave covers citrus, a fairly wide range of citrus fruits, paired with a vanilla haze. Gradually, the citrus extravaganza ???????????? begins to fade away, it is replaced by minerality, dirty industrial notes (stale oiled rags ????), wood burned from friction in the carpentry shop, hay recently piled up in a haystack (fresh, not stale). Industrial insanity???????? is short-lived, and confectionery aromas will soon become legal. Creamy toffee, custard, light menthol undertones.

    Taste: Full bodied, dry. Citrus, mineral notes, creamy toffee, custard. Few industrial colors, light smoke, delicate barrel. Generally repeats the aroma????.

    Finish: Long lasting with a noble bitterness. Vanilla, citrus peel, wet wood, light peat shades.

    Conclusion: As it turned out, aging in bourbon casks is very good for Springbank spirits. Solid, well-tailored at all stages of the whisky, without protruding dominants and quite rich in ingredients.

  17. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mineral, coastal, waxy, lemony, such a classic modern style light Springbank! Smoky and a little bit farmy.
    • Taste
      Petrol gas, lemon, classic Springbank, waxy and lemony.
    • Finish
      Lemony, medium length.

  18. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  20. dramspotter scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    I find the delivery really extreme and actually just challenging. This is so very different from most whiskies you come across; it is a bit like those earthy milky Tobermories that just go off the chart. It is applaudable but I'm not sure I could own a bottle. Perhaps technically good, but I just cannot connect with it.
    • Nose
      peat but with a queer musty aspect, not super dirty but the sick intoxication of a petrol station forecourt. Mouldering oranges, more spicy than citrus now.
    • Taste
      I don't mind the lower ABV, but then something very peculiar (char?) comes in
    • Finish
      touch of char and bile and rubber in there; left feeling car sick

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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