Springbank 09-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Local Barley
Stated Age
09 years old
80% Bourbon & 20% Sherry
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
High Cattadale Farm, Optic Barley
Bottle code
Added on
02 Nov 2018 4:53 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 366.37

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 09-year-old

81 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.32 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Eye / nose
    Bright, pale gold. Rather unspectacular. But the nose, which takes me immediately for the malt. Springer is just different. Absolutely typical scent. Here you notice primarily the aromas of Bourbon barrels. Sweet, light honey, freshly ground cereal, but also oysters and fresh crabs. Quite behave also vanilla and freshly baked brioche knots. Again and again, typical jumping notes such as beeswax or sea aromas in the nose. The LB 09 can not deny its (semi-) island origin and apparently does not want it at all. And the alcohol? Although it is anything but intrusive, if you put your nose too deep into the glass, the cask strength counters with power and aromas, which immediately make you think of Springbank's great new make. Respect and patience are undoubtedly rewarded while enjoying.

    The nose is fun, but our hero celebrates the first really big triumph when the malt slowly makes his way towards the palate. The more than voluminous mouthfeel is silky and strong alike. Clear plus. Sensational for such a young malt. The first impression is that of an elegant malt, even if he has to let the 16er predecessor in this category easily precedence. The peat influence is perceived in LB 09 tasted only very subordinate. But the honey from the nose comes back. With ripe yellow plums, or are they juicy nectarines? Class anyway. Smoke and fruit mix with some restrained, slightly oaky notes to a perfectly matched whisky experience. Young and just great, you almost want to say. With the best that I had on 2.5x burned jumpers in this age group so far in the glass.

    Finish / Conclusion
    Ah ... there comes the smoke, now much more present than on the tongue. Slightly mineral and now indeed undeniably smoky, the LB comes with plums and sweetish elements. Still strong in the finish, slightly 'strawy' it looks in the finish. The much-touted character of the distillery, often referred to as 'farmy & funky', is beautifully released.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Springbank actually works very well young, and Local Barley 9yo is no exception.
    With the prices you can probably not come around to say a few words about it, although I find price considerations rather tiring.
    The fact that the fourth issue of the current Local Barley series is still available weeks after it has been launched in numerous shops shows that the flagpole of what is now ready for the favored Springbank friend is now so slowly reached to pay for a young, not so badly distilled whisky from this distillery. Whether this will lead to a rethink? Probably not. Partly he was here in Germany for 85, - went over the counter. That's OK.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity and fresh with tangerine juice and mango. Sweetness of honey and vanilla pushes in the nose - but not for long, because then come the wet pebbles, this mineral note, which is so typical of Springbank and the particularly in Bourbon barrels matured bottlings are particularly concise. Works in addition to the fruit very maritime. Fresh yeast dough. Over time spicy herbal mixture, parsley, pepper and rosemary. Very versatile nose, which, after a while of fructification, moves from fruity to spicy and back to the fruits.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Soft and creamy start with lots of vanilla and honey. If vigorous, the power is only a warming one, there is no biting or burning. A salt water-wetted pebble, sucked. From the beginning a little bitter oak - or is that something a smoke note? Hard to say, with a maturity of just nine years more likely to indicate smoke. Tangerines and lemons, pepper, chocolate and fresh yeast cookies give a tasty overall picture on the tongue.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long and dry, with toffee, vanilla, a hint of honey and lemon juice.

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Cereals marked on the nose. Unripe fruits, lemon, then pink grapefruit. Very mineral, it reveals a fine peat, then green tea. Promise completely held in the mouth, we find all these elements with great strength. Final on grapefruit, very bitter! Very nice dram for this beautiful summer.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

    Whisky # 2100 !!!

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    In store sample.

    I’ll be honest, I did not expect to buy the 9 year local barley because the price is getting very high...but Springbank would not be denied.

    The first thing that struck me was how peated this is. The most peated Springbank I have had I think. Lots of great ashy notes. It’s very fresh with peaches, mandarin orange, very juicy. That classic Springbank minerality, wool, but a great saltiness to really drive it all home.

    I should just forward my paychecks to Campbeltown.

    Edit: I’ve had a lot of this stuff now, and I still think it’s very good, but I’m goin to bring it back a point to 88. The nose is just a little sour/lactic for my liking. The rest is great though

  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Fruit juice with Springbank smokiness. This can't come as a surprise, but they really are doing something right in Campbeltown.
    • Nose
      Very rich and full-bodied. Hints of tar and kerosene, with a whiff of bonfire smoke. It's not all hell and brimstones though, far from it. There's a honey-like sweetness, accompanied by cookie dough and sprinkles of lemon zest and grapefruit, as well as a subtle maritime influence. Becomes more minerally (is that a word?) with time.
    • Taste
      Heavy and oily, with a big initial hit of lemon zest and lime, as well as pink grapefruit. Whispers of nectarines too. Followed by some brine and soft peat smoke, as well as a hint of menthol. So, so good.
    • Finish
      More of the above. Long.

  6. zapl scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    I really like this.

    It shows well integrated ex-bourbon characteristics (vanilla, caramel, toast) & peat characteristics that are pleasant and not overwhelming.

    The alcohol is well integrated on the palate and the spirit has good complexity and length as well.

    Really good - but maybe a bit understated. Score is 89.5 - rounded up out of indulgence.

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Syleo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Possible concerns about the young age of this Local Barley bottling successfully and completely eliminated! There is more in the glass here than in many whisky twens. For me as a friend of Bourbon Cask bearings, the combination of 80% ex-bourbon and 20% ex-sherry is almost a dream. In contrast, for me personally, the 12er Springbank CS confidently pack, although the already is great. The barley is to be hoped for as the title of the series and nicely concise, but overall provide oily-maritime and fruity-sweet elements exciting duels, boredom is never from nose to throat - a connoisseur-Malt.
    • Nose
      91 91
      In the glass, the straw-golden malt when panning initially forms a sharp edge of liquid, at which then the strong alcohol strength corresponding to strong, viscous drops and legs arise.
      Grated barley grains and moist soil of a cornfield initially fog your nose, along with dried mangoes and a bit of butter biscuits with warm, spicy softwood honey. Above it all, a slightly alcoholic-fresh stitch with tulips and gherkins floats and next to it an almost tart and cheesy impression of buttermilk, old leather shoes and a discarded bicycle tube. Then take over dune grass and a few algae that dry on the wet sand of the North Sea beach and the old paved groynes. Old damp gauze bandages, cold ashes from the campfire, a few oyster shells and melon slices with Parma ham are a bit further away. The hands seem to be rubbed with camomile hand cream. Behind it, a sherry cloud with apricots, figs, mandarins, overripe pineapple and a touch of coconut bounty wafts, but leaves enough room for the oily-maritime impressions. Exceptionally good.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The mouthfeel is full and voluminous, at first pointedly fruity-sweet with fruit grape sugar from the pharmacy, mandarins, caramelized plums and heather honey, but dries the palate but also at the same time with grapefruit, lilac and some old cardboard properly. With grain and nut biscuits, resin and salt liquorice, the oily-spicy consistency of the nose continues consistently. Almost like a rum on the Feuerzangenbowle, almost 60% of the alcohol is hardly noticeable.
    • Finish
      89 89
      On the tongue but then started but a slight burning a. Caramel malt, coconut and liquorice as well as used oil and the leather shoes with a few splashes of salt water will not really get rid of in the finish, which I would describe as "long mid-length", and some damp ash clings to a wooden skewer in the throat. Impressively.

  9. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Water is mandatory here, even if the first impression is different.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Grass, mineral, chalk, sand, fishing nets, shells on the beach

      With a few drops of water the nose becomes much more pronounced and there are fruity notes, exotic fruits, candied papaya and honeydew melon ... 2 points extra (without water 87).
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very strong and full-bodied, unexpected with the subtle nose. Oily, lemon zest, tanned leather,

      The alcohol is very well integrated, you don't need water? One can be mistaken. Here, too, the facets only really expand with water. Another 1 point extra.
      The fruity notes in the nose now also come to the fore here.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and warm, smoke that lasts a long time

  10. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An open and harmonious whisky, inviting at once. Everything is harmonious in him, and for 9 years it is mature enough. Got real pleasure
    • Nose
      89 89
      Light and open, dessert, a little mash. Honey, wildflowers, vanilla, iodine and sea salt
    • Taste
      89 89
      creamy, with a drop of iodine, lemon juice and some spices, mango and smoked fish
    • Finish
      88 88
      lemons with mango, a little peat, medium duration, in harmony with the nose and body


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