Springbank 12-year-old

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
50% Bourbon, 50% Sherry
Batch 18
54.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
04 Feb 2019 9:12 am by Gummikuh
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 76.18

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

71 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.36 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] A new batch of the 12-years cask strength is a must try, for sure...

    ...and it is another fine Traditional Scotch Springbank with an interesting and complex profile that is dangerously quaffable. Springbank truly delivers a consistent quality with its cask strength bottlings - so far just one release was sub-standard according to my taste buds. Best bang for your bucks these days...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is amber and the nose offers a delicious Springbanky-profile with notes of machine oils, maritime peat and a wet leather jacket. Beside this there are the usual herbal-spicy, waxy, chalky and very shy fruity aromas - the sherry casks somewhat hide in the background but this is fine as it provides more room for the Springbank malt to enfold.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is layered on both vanilla-toffee and sherry-induced flavours with some delicious (minor) peaty impressions. All nicely balanced and without any flaw. The toffee-notes grow stronger upon chewing while additional nutty-marzipan and hot-spicy flavours are released. The wooden notes are perfect to provide a backbone but they never dominate - just the way I like it.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives warming but not much coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (ashes) that is not distracting. The finish is medium to long and adds some fine chocolatey flavours and more spices. No distracting bitter or drying moment. Water releases more aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste - actually I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced.

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Some really nice malty pastry notes along with a bit of fruit. I prefer this blend over the typical 12 year old cask strength with more sherry. I miss the old Springbank 100's that were all bourbon casks.

    A nice fresh bourbon cask is vastly underrated when it comes to the interplay of springbank with a nice bit of smoke to it. The sherry craze is really unfortunate, although with the 15 year old it works quite well. Then again, the 15 has more smoke than the 10 this time around in the latest batches.

    All told, I really do like this latest batch of the 12, along with batch 15, both of which downplay the sherry. 15 has some nice leathery notes that 18 doesn't have, but 18 is worth buying. It's a nice change of pace and I applaud the distillery for releasing it.

    If the casks had more fresh bourbon in the percentage, then I would have raised my score to 90. But alas I detect quite a few refills in here. The nose is not as strong as the palate this time around, but that's okay. I have a very keen nose, but sometimes it's nice to focus on taste and not obsessively sniff one's whisky.

    As a former critic with some big websites, I'm enjoying less inhaling of scents these days, at least in the evenings, and a nice tumbler instead of my rather anal retentive glencairns and sherry glasses. I've also retired my dropper in favor of a good ole fashioned teaspoon for adding a bit of l'aqua, as needed.

    God gave me an incredibly sensitive nose attached to a big Nordic head, but sometimes I just like to give it a break and revel in the FLAVOR of a whisky, and this one has it!

    Little baby sips that roll across the tongue like heaven, and then drip down the hatch: black pepper, clotted cream, croissant, honey comb and wax (in the direction of the old Clynelishes), honey dew melon, dried grass, rain collecting in a BBQ along with the ash, a bit of dried lemon peel, and some minerality along with some sea salt that is subtle yet uniting (perhaps from the water used?).

    I would encourage MGMT at Springbank distillery to include a few char barrels in its 12 year old one of these years in the near future. A 12 year-old cask strength with some rechar sherry and fresh bourbon would just frickin KILL. It would be so so good and very satisfying.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Despite a modified formula: classic 12 CS DNA. Again something different than its predecessors, again very good and not to miss.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Salty, maritime and mineral, with dried apricots and raisins at the beginning. The recipe is slightly different than in the previous batches, 50% sherry / 50% bourbon barrels instead of 70/30. This could be felt in the nose in that the scent that escapes from the glass is "lighter" and more airy than with the larger amount of sherry casks in the ripening process. Applesauce, crushed bananas and vanilla pods. Curry powder, thyme, pepper over time. Marzipan bread and the almonds it contains are pushing forward over time. A fresh, but not smooth nose, because the licking stone, the classic mineral provides a pleasant balance and forms corners and edges.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Banana purée and red apple, garnished with coarse sea salt, pepper and a peppermint leaf. Cold coffee, toffee sweets and vanilla ice cream. Clearly mineral and salty, marzipan and nougat. No spices except pepper & salt, not later.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long, now with salt liquorice, red apples, dried orange peel, marzipan and dark chocolate.

  4. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    This gets better with oxidization. Now six weeks opened and half full (I like to stay positive) this is excellent! Amazing something this good can still be purchased for under $100cnd.

    Glad I stocked up on these. Better than most $300+ bottles out there on shelves today.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. jay83 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Rock-solid old school spirit of continuously surpassing quality. The whole Springbank range always delivers! Still a distillery with exemplary character for the whole industry. Few distilleries with such a high-quality standard range. Best value for money...

  6. dandyman scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Tasted two times, in company, on two different occasions, two drams each time, with a gap of two weeks in between. The outcome was identical on both occasions.

    Plankish charcoal oak notes with confectionary on the nose, really shy on the fruit notes. With a thin arrival and a little hot body, the taste very much confirms the impressions of the nose, apart from some red chili pepperish notes. It lacks body, depth, sweetness and complexity. The regular Springbank DNA is subdued.
    The short finish offers pepper and plankish charcoal oak and is absolutely no joy.

    Drinking this actually kind of upset me everytime.
    This is by far the worst batch of the 12yo CS ever, probably the worst Springbank I've had yet.
    I remember having had a bottle of the 1991 Bourbon Wood Expression years ago which was a disappointment, but at least it had some drinkability factor due to the absence of off-notes and it's sweetness.
    I'm glad I got the opportunity to taste this extensively before considering a buy.
    THIS one here is completely unworthy for Springbank, almost a disgrace.

  7. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sequential whisky, with a good balance. The fragrance reveals slowly, but gains momentum with time and does not disappoint.
    Great, as usual, CS release.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Pleasant sweet and sweet aroma, citrus, farmyard theme (classic for Springbank), mineral, not spittoos, marmalade, apples, chalk, rough / skin, orange, sherry notes, smoked malt, light touch of peat, apricot pepper, honey mixture of oriental spices, black currant. The nuances are even more fragile, it's hard to put them together and describe them.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, honey, pepper, citrus, fruity, mineral, with light bitterness, salty caramel, spices. The degree is felt. More stringent, unlike the aroma.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Pepper, sweet-citrus, long, warm, oak mustard, with an increasing effect.

  8. penumbra scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    If even Genting 12 is only 85, then the boutique rum is really the next home for spirits lovers.
    • Nose
      Sweet, high-alcohol, fatty flavor, similar to rum cocktails. The peat is cold and thin, salty, citrus, yellow fruit, sweet ginger, shells, slightly tar and leather, and there is no longer the complex flavor wheel of the early pure sherry barrels.
    • Taste
      Grape, grapefruit and other peels, sea water, bitter shellfish, black chocolate, alcohol is more important than flavor, no peat can be drunk, only a touch of smoke, some of the fat is destroyed by acidity, dust, and nuts.
      Good, the fat is fair, slightly sweet, slightly sour, maybe tannins, no astringency, slightly bitter, no spicy, very slightly alcoholic.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, bitter, oak, coconut milk, vanilla, pepper.

  9. erwinnlim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I find this a very well balanced dram with the extra kick that gives it an edge over the 15. Value (£55) : 9/10
    • Nose
      Quite bourbon cask forward with sweet vanilla and burnt caramel along with fresh apples and lemon fizz. A quite salty and mineral quality to it. Some sweet iodine-like peat smoke. A touch of sherry with some plum notes and dark chocolate. Wood shavings. Black pepper heat to it along with some thyme and cloves.
    • Taste
      Pastry-like quality to this. Baked apples and pears. Honeyed vanilla and green malt. A touch of salt and iodine. Not as peaty on the palate. Some more of the plum with some lemon peels give it an acidity. Loads of spices here with cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and ginger.
    • Finish
      More ginger warmth. Dark cocoa and roasted coffee beans. Still some bitter lemon peels. Loads of oak influence. The peat is more ashy here as well and much more pronounced than on the palate.

  10. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The 12y Cask Strength bottlings of Springbank distillery have always been a bang-for-your-buck standard espression for me with a solid rating of 88-89 points. Unfortunately, this recent batch doesn’t completely live up to my expectations anymore. I like my Springbank 12y CS with more sherry influence. Don’t change a winning formula...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87


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