Springbank 1968 IM

Overall rating
92.76/100
votes
40
Whiskybase ID
WB11864
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Dun Bheagan
Vintage
10.1968
Bottled
2006
Stated Age
37 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood
Casknumber
1541
Number of bottles
84
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
22 nov 2009 5:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3840.00

41 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Springbank 1968 IM

7 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.76 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Springbank Head to Head 22 samples, some tasted before.
    The line up in age order Nas -40 years old, some official bottles some independent bottles.
    Contenders for the best Sprinbank as follows.

    Pure West Highland Malt (NAS)+/- 1960 70 proof peated WB 72988
    10 year Tappo Sughero black label big S 59% OB WB 41678
    11 year Society bottling 57.9% OB WB 21853
    12 year black label big S 80 proof OB dark sherry WB 75805
    12 year green thistle gold cap 46% OB WB 14533
    12 year 100 proof 57.1% sherry wood Samaroli WB 9260
    21 year 2012 46% OB WB 30350
    21 year 2018 46% OB WD 111815
    23 year 1970 23 year Local Barley tall bottle 46% OB WB 11138
    24 year 1966 sherry cask 443 Local Barley dumpy bottle 58.1% OB WB 14391
    25 year pear shape bottle 43% OB WB 38084
    25 year 2006 46% OB WB 656
    29 year 1962 white label big S 46% WB 14430
    29 year 1974 Chieftain’s Choice cask 1778 51.2% WB 27756
    30 year Millennium bottle 1999 46% OB WB 11045
    30 year parchment label dumpy 46% WB 11117
    32 year 1966 bourbon cask 493 Local Barley dumpy bottle 56.8% OB WB 14414
    35 year 1968 Berry Bros 46% WB 530
    35 year Millennium bottle 1999 46% OB WB 11056
    37 year 1970 Secret Treasures 43% WB 12967
    37 year 1968 cask 1541 Dun Bheaghan Pedro Ximenez 56.5% WB 11864
    40 year 1969 cask 263 Signatory Vintage 54.4% WB 15778

    Result 1-22
    1st -30 year dumpy OB - 97/96/96
    2nd 1968 Dun Bheaghan - 94/96/96
    3rd 10 year 59% Tappo Sughero OB - 94/95/96
    4th 12 year Samaroli 100 proof OB - 94/95/95
    5th 1970 Local Barley tall bottle OB - 93/95/95
    6th 32 year cask 493 Local Barley OB - 93/95/94
    7th 1962 29 year OB - 96/93/94
    8th 30 year Millenium OB - 94/94/94
    9th 24 year cask 443 Local Barley OB - 94/93/94
    10th 12 year black label OB - 92/94/93
    11th Nas Springbank Pure West Highland - 91/93/93
    12th 1999 11 year OB Society bottling - 90/94/93
    13th 1974 Ian Macleod 51.2% - 90/94/92
    14th 40 year 1969 cask 263 Signator - y 92/93/92
    15th 35 year Millenium OB 95/92/92
    16th 1967 Berry Bros 35 year - 91/91/91
    17th 12 year OB green thistle gold cap - 90/91/91
    18th 1970 ST 12967 88/91/92 -
    19h 21 year OB 2012 - 91/91/90
    20th 21 year OB 2018 - 88/92/90
    21st year 2006 OB - 92/88/88
    22nd year OB Pear shape - 80/87/87

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Amazing freshness of sherry, I can find not even the tiniest fault with this, perfect whisky.
    I need to sit down, this has completely blown me away, one of the best whiskies I have ever tasted.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Clean crisp sherry with a slight orange marmalade note at first then mild ginger cake mixed with faint mocha.
      The sherry seems to grow in intensity, all on dark fruits, blackberry, blackcurrant, damson plum.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Jesus, that is really powerful and very peaty the sherry is of the thick heavy kind. There is some blackberry and blueberry coming out and then the peat grows in intensity mixing with the rich sherry.
      Lets see what a little water does to it?
      Still peaty but the sherry is even sweeter and the balance is verging on outstanding,
    • Finish
      96 96
      As long as the MI motorway in the UK but much sweeter to ne on ????

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Sherry, creamy peat, leather, chocolate, dark fruits, very complex, excellent

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    What a great sherry bomb - really no flaws, rich and complex - very drinkable and enjoyable - excellent!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Lots of dried fruits, figs, dates, plums, also some raisins, dark chocolate, cloves, little nutmeg, hints of molasses, fine whiffs of leather, toasted bread, heavy sherry wood - superb!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Punchy, oily, creamy, liquorice, more dried fruits, very spicy, dark fruits, espresso, more brown sugar, menthol, eucalyptus, intense sherry wood, more dark chocolate - fantastic!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warm, spicy, probably little tannic but rich, more chocolate and sherry wood - great!

  5. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The matured slightly bitter oak and the sweet PX sherry fight are very nice for the Springbank character.
    • Nose
      93 93
      PX sherry, creamy peat, ripe fruits, honey, citruses, eucalyptus and herbals. Spicy oak, earth, raisin, antique leather, lacquered wood and After Eight Chocolate. Sumptuous!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Big matured tannic oak. Pepper and creamy peat. Salted caramel. PX sherry and ripe fruits. Candied orange peel, mint and chli chocolate.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, bittersweet, spicy and fruity.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. ARDBERG scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    From a semi-blind tasting sample labeled -SB- 11864.
    Well, Springbank, quite obvious from the nose, though could have been synonymous for sherry butt or so beautiful...

    The sherry nose is quite sweet but not nutty, so I guess it to be PX. The PX-sweetness is not smothering at all, which is great news. Some Toffifee at first, then furniture polish, leather and old newspapers, then dark chocolate with raisins and (yellow and purple) ripe plums . So fantastically old school, like sitting in one of these victorian british clubs... Some peat appears, very subtly smoky after some airing...Sweetness, then dryness and wood grab the mouth immediately, then peat, chocolate, PX, raisins, plums, dried figs maybe even a date. There is so much happening, it is like exploding mutlicoloured and multilayered fireworks (hey, nothing flinty or sulphury, don't get me wrong). And everything is so concentrated - I am not surprised that only 84 bottles came out of this stunner,

    Lots of spices in the finish, reminds me of a mild indian masala paired with a PX sherry and fruits. Maybe an interesting cooking option, soon?There is slight smoke on the tongue after dram is gone for some time. A very enchanting au revoir. Merci beaucoup!

    No water added.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  Some of my bottles are strictly earmarked for special occasions only like this one that I bought for 226 Euro in April, 2007.  Luckily, there is a special occasion today and I look forward to this tasting experience. 

    This PX sherry cask yielded just 84 bottles after 37 years of maturation and there are two possible causes for such a very low yield:  Either the cask was leaking for some time and the angels took more than their fair share or (more probably) this whisky matured that extraordinary well that the managers and warehouse staff had to check its quality more often than usual...  What would you do if you were in their shoes and you know where the best cask is stored in the warehouse?  That is why the best matured casks often yield much less bottles compared to other (average) casks of the same vintage and age.  So I hope for the latter!

    Yes, I am pretty sure now.  The angels just took their usual share from this cask and the rest fell prey to regular quality checks of the staff (and visitors).  A great dram, indeed and a very worthy selection for today's special occasion...
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is brown sherry and the texture shows a fat sticky ring at the top of the glass and very slow moving legs. The nose offers a bold and flawless sherry profile with creamy toffee and honey aromas. Lots of different spices, herbs and shy fruits join in and sort themselves into a firm wooden framework. All greatly balanced and complex.
    • Taste
      95 95
      The taste is very creamy and charming and multi-layered, of course. All these adorable sherry-induced flavours march side by side with the great aromas of long matured sixties Springbank malt as if they celebrate a victory parade. Most notably are the honey and toffee malty notes within a fruity sherry stew (raisins, plums, orange peels and many more) that is all stirred in a spicy wooden bowl. Simply delicious and adorable, I could chew this for minutes. Some water releases even more aromas (e.g., lots of different chocolates) both in the nose and on the palate and it smoothes the dram - turning it even more quaffable. Surprisingly even the diluted dram shows no bitterness or astringent moments what usually happens when adding water to heavily sherried whiskies. I like both the power of the neat dram at 56.5% and the dangerously quaffable reduced version at about 46% abv.
    • Finish
      95 95
      The dram arrives warming on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth without any distracting feeling besides some minor peppery moments (that are rather enjoyable in this mix). An unusual excellent mouthfeel for such a long sherry maturation as there are neither bitter nor astringent moments at all - this was bottled exactly at the right time. The finish is (as expected from the oiliness) very long and vanishes slowly in different waves. Not a single drying or bitter moment here, again. It offers more spices that nicely pep up the whole dram towards the end, just like a farewell greeting.

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