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

€ 673.61

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 09-year-old

90 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.44 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 always works very well young - and the Local Barley 9yo is no exception.
    With the prices called up, you can't avoid losing a few words about them, although I find price considerations rather tedious.
    The fact that the fourth edition of the current Local Barley series is still available in numerous shops weeks after it came on the market shows that the flagpole of what the inclined Springbank fan is ready has slowly been reached to pay for a young, not so badly limited whisky from this distillery. Will this lead to a rethink? Probably not. Sometimes it went over the counter here in Germany for 85.00. That's OK.

    Edit November 2021: What was I naive in 2018. (Only) three years later, and the part is offered here in the base for a price starting at € 400. This is really a totally crazy development.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity and fresh with mandarin juice and mango. The sweetness of honey and vanilla penetrates the nose - but not for long, because then the wet pebbles come, that mineral note that is so typical for Springbank and that is particularly striking in bottlings that are mainly matured in bourbon barrels. In addition to the fruit, it has a very maritime effect. Fresh yeast dough. Spicy herb mixture, parsley, pepper and rosemary over time. Very versatile nose, which after a while of smelling moves from fruity to spicy and back to the fruits.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Soft and creamy start with lots of vanilla and honey. Even if strong, the force is only warming, nothing bites or burns. A pebble wetted with salt water, sucked. A bit bitter oak from the start - or is that a bit of a smoky note? Difficult to say, although a maturation of only nine years suggests smoke. Mandarins and lemons, pepper, chocolate and fresh yeast cookies make a tasty overall impression 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 Connoisseur

    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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Skywalka scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    This is one of those bottles that epitomises the best Scotch whisky has to offer and shows why Scotch is the best damn spirit out there hands down. Give it enough time and ullage to peak and then... Awesome stuff! Paltry nose, but that's ok, this is all palate. Loads of character with diesel smoke, wet wool, coastal minerality (a chalky, limestone feeling). Then you've got the most beautiful sweet and sour citrus peels I've ever tasted in a Scotch. Also some heavier sour, juicy purple plums. Forget the dogma about older whiskies being better, man I've tried some legendary older bottles and this stuff tops some of them hands down - and at least matches the others. Whisky as young as 9 years can be as good as it gets if enough care is taken to produce the highest quality material. I'll challenge anyone on that, don't care who you are man. This is sadly a rarity. Really young whisky that beats the crap out of many much older and much more expensive stuff out there. Seriously, this is bloody brilliant stuff from Springbank. Damn, they know what they're doing!!!

  8. 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.

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. waal scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I had 5cl of this single Malts from Campbeltown. I wanted to enjoy the first 2cl without notes and was startled. I did not like him. Much too spritig the malt appeared to me in the first impression.
    The remaining 3cl I went on another day more concentrated and read the time for a long time in the glass. I also took water to help the Malt not to be wronged.

    First impression / color / viscosity:
    Mustard glaring malt in my 5cl sample bottle back and forth. When pouring into my glass well-meaning impressions flow into my nose. Narrow windows develop on the glass wall. The whisky collects and the last drops slowly run down the glass.

    Aroma / Nose feeling:
    Strong mineral impressions. A bag full of cereal in which you put your nose. A slightly distant sea breeze mingles with lovely vanilla. Unfortunately I feel the alcohol as very young and metallic. So I'm not happy to be reminded of New Make at a malt - but unfortunately this is the case here. Over time, I discover fresh lemon zest, clearly sweet honey and a pleasant Pfeffrigkeit.
    Slightly musty flower beds and an oily impression line up. The young alcohol is now much less disturbing and fruits are more visible. I think blueberry and elderberry, but also some sweet / bitter orange.
    The aroma described in a few words: Sparkling, fruity, sweet with a hint of sea air.

    Taste / mouthfeel:
    Approximately 57% Vol. Can not smile away. You do not need water to make the malt drinkable, but it does have a decent start. Enormous sweetness, followed by some saltiness and the seasoning on tap. The first impressions I like - but not overwhelming.
    Above all, it is the grain that stays in my memory. Besides some vanilla and pebbles and a bitter transition to the finish.

    Finish / aftertaste / Length:
    Lots of spices, salt and minerals. The medium-long finish is a bit bitter and again shows a slight tendency to youth, which I really had not noticed in the taste. The scotch is a bit bitter and slightly sour.
    Sourdough and above all yeast, as well as some green vegetables, parsley and subtle smoke form the conclusion for me.

    I have not been so torn between positive and more negative impressions for a long time. The aroma is complex - no question. However, I do not like the flavors that seem too young to me. After my tasting, I read Notes, which described just this as an advantage. I can not agree with that. I am also nobody who would describe New Make as good or as pleasure. I taste it to learn, to experience, but that's about it. In my Single Malt (at least nine years old), I do not want to be reminded of Obstler, Korn or whatever.
    Apart from these flavors, which I dislike, I like the nose quite well.
    The taste, as well as the finish are not highlights for me, but certainly pleasant to drink. Something simple, but good.

    I once had a 7yo Caol Ila of a UA, which I was reminded by this jumper the whole time. He was very nice at that time, but also a bit too young, too little stock. This got from me at that time 83/100. The Local Barley 9yo gets today ...



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