- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Stated Age
- 17 years old
- Fresh Port Hogshead
- Number of bottles
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- Straight Whisky Austria
- Added on
- 07 nov 2018 6:56 pm by art-bett
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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 2000
10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.89 points
- First, please do not let the 40% distract you (which is cask strength, by the way), this malt is lonely and complex. Furthermore, it is one of the few, if not the only Springbank (for me), which experienced a full maturation in the Portfass. Good thing I got another bottle after 2 Drams, this one is worth its issue price of 230 € and believe me, I say that and I'm not a fan of Springbank!
- The nose immediately triggers a buying reflex which is suppressed immediately after the first sip. The sweet and sour interplay of the nose whets the appetite for the first sip, but when you first touch it in the mouth, the almost watery and thin nature "destroys" all illusions of an extraordinary taste experience. My comment is admittedly whining at a high level, all in all a very successful jumping bench which has a great and idiosyncratic character with its sweet / sour and dirty base note.
The malt has a creamy, soft orange color in the Premium Snifter, on the wall of the glass, after swiveling, oily legs pull their endless paths back into the glass. Slightly mineral smoke and a subtle peat note are pervaded by sour citrus fruits and sweet berries, the alcohol shows its voluminous side despite only 40%. Hints of caramel and dried vanilla end in a mix of sweet, dried and sour grapes and berries. There is minimal abrasion of grapefruit and lemon peel, a hint of mentholic freshness passes, nuances of burnt wood and soft smoky peat slowly stimulate the flow of saliva. Little by little the nose opens and velvety vineyard peaches come into their own with apricots and a touch of dried orange wedges.
Sour fruit notes flow gently over the tongue, a minimal smoky note dissolves from lemon juice, subtle spiciness gently envelops the tongue while sea salt and green peppercorns trickle down onto the tongue. The second sip flows watery through the mouth, again immediately sour fruit notes in the form of lemon juice and sour berries. Slightly charred wood elements follow with a minimal hint of fly ash, cedar wood and roasted hazelnuts end in liquorice and dried earthy peat.
Tart earth tones and peel of squeezed lemons stick to the palate, minimally smoky peat and burnt wood tones with roasted hazelnuts pass through the palate and, in addition to abrasion from grapefruit peel, leave caramelized apples and a dried berry mix on the tongue.
- Although he has this certain filth on his tongue, I doubt that I could have blindly identified him as a springbank, the Port Cask has already done a great job for that. You shouldn't be put off by the only 40%, it does its job very well.
Fatty and sweet raisins, rocked dates and figs, grapes, black cherries, blackberries - if you think your nose is clearly in the corner with the ripe and dried fruits: you're right.
Sweet, already looks thick in the nose. Nevertheless, a touch of dirt comes through, a little sea salt and chain fat. Chocolate, toffee, caramel.
As in the nose, it immediately delivers the raisins (slightly sulphurized), the dried dates and figs. Neither are black cherries missing, blackberry jelly and blueberry jam. Dry and woody, here and there a torn match flashes through. dark chocolate, espresso powder. Menthol.
Medium-long and dry, sweet berries, some sulfur, sea salt, moist pebble.
- Hit by Jammy notes of plums wintry fruits sweet and complex, sweet port, though Jammy but not overwhelming maybe that’s coz its a 17yrs, very nice!
Palate: yes like the nose, jammy and all the fruits from harvest, blackberries, warm honey, maple syrup, warmth of go, molasses mushy grapes? with bit of smoke just lightly ...
Finish: warming, complex and elegant, happily drink this all night! surprised it’s only a 40%, definitely one worth to have!
Springbank private casks are not easy to get so if you are lucky enough to find this, don’t hesitate!
- Plums, mirabelle plums, grapes closely interwoven with mild smoke, a slight mineral touch, no alcoholic notes or freshness to be discerned. In the background, sulphurous notes appear discreetly, which in this case don't really bother me, blackberry comes along after a while.
The taste almost follows the nose, slightly dry, spicy and occasionally slightly sour notes round off the taste profile.
The finish is not quite as long, dry, again slightly mineral, light fruity sweetness alternates with sour notes, subtle sulfur.
I don't find the "only" 40% cask strength disturbing, the malt gives me a coherent overall picture. Repurchase probably excluded due to the lack of availability.
- From a blind tasting
dark amber, oily
delicious whisky that is easy to underestimate :)
Anise, fresh fruits (mandarin), refreshing maritime, salty seaweed
Mandarin fruit compote, marzipan,
quite mild and drinkable like juice; no alcohol noticeable
quite mild and almost unspectacular, a little smoke perceptible
- Yes, this whisky has exactly 40% and is cask strength ... the angels were allowed to snack a lot here. In addition, this Springbank has been fully matured for 17 years in port wine casks. These are basic data that definitely arouse my interest (although this is usually the case with a Springbank anyway). The nose is very fruity, mirabelle plums some plums. I don't find the fruit notes so easy to identify as port wine. Menthol freshness. Dusty medicine balls. Light smoke. Minerality, a pronounced herbal note and a certain dirtiness reflect the jumping bench character well. In the mouth it is creamy and surprisingly voluminous, but the 40% gives it a little "thump". In return, it maintains an excellent balance of sweetness, fruitiness and bitterness. At first I notice a lot of sweetness, vanilla, but later on, oak spice and slightly bitter wood notes dominate. There is always a dirty, earthy note. A malt that is pleasing on the tongue and still demands. The tart, dry and slightly dirty touch also dominates the finish. For me a beautiful spring bank, which only really shows its port origins in the nose - but it was able to maintain its distillery character. Oh, if only all 40% malts were knitted like this ... 89 points
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