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Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
90.22/100
votes
302
Whiskybase ID
WB127557
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
29.01.2019
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
45% Port and 55% Rum casks
Number of bottles
3600
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
19/033
Barcode
610854000202
Added on
13 mar 2019 5:10 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 2336.67

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302 × member ratings

594 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.22 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] This is the third evening I (re-)taste this dram and so far I had an unpleasant bitter-astringent feeling upon the first sips that I did not like at all...

    ...and again the first two sips are sub-standard and not tasty at all. But then it starts getting pretty good and both the nose and the taste enfold a complex and delicious profile that is a mixture of all port wine, rum, woods and the old Springbank malt. This dram started at about overall 83 points for the first sip and ended up with astonishing 91 points after the fourth (and more). So forget about drinking small samples, you will need at least 5cl to enjoy this dram (better more)...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers an interesting mix of sour-sweet (port) winey and fruity-spicy rum aromas with the Springbank profile staying rather shy. This changes upon breathing and fine floral, waxy, solvent (OBF) and machine oily notes pop up one after the other. This nose was a little unbalanced first but now it gained harmony and constantly releases new aromas like old leather, a cowshed in summertime and shy maritime impressions (fishing nets?). I advice to use a big spheric blender's glass to catch them all as the nose out of a standard Glencairn is somewhat restrained. This nose started at 88 points but enfolded beautiful with enough time (give it at least 20 minutes). Another ten minutes later dark chocolatey and toffee aromas take over before fine herbs dare to enter the stage. Hey, it is really fun to nose this dram over a very long time (you can sip out of a second glass in the meantime, but never drink out of the blender's glasses because they were designed just for nosing and taste dull upon drinking)!
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste during the first two sips is completely dominated by the drying mouthfeel so it enfolds its flavours after the third sip earliest. But then there is a delicious amalgam of sour winey, sweet barley and demerara sugary, fruity, waxy, salty and bitter (green tea, tobacco) flavours that are not layered - so they all pop up at the same time. The first sip tasted like 80 points max, the second at around 84 points but now it is a fine and delicious taste - I never had a dram with such a long fuse before. After some chewing I can find additional layers, finally - chocolates, spices and hints of smoke/peat.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives hot and peppery on the palate with a nice coating effect and a significant bitter-drying feeling that stays completely throughout the first sip. The second sip is better, obviously my taste buds need some time to adapt to that dryness. The finish is long and adds some tasty chocolatey, nutty and caramel flavours before the initial bitter-dryness takes over again (but this time it is not unpleasant, maybe my taste buds have accepted this mouthfeel completely now). Water releases chalky-mineral and some medicinal (bandages, fresh gauze) aromas in the nose that I really like in combination with all the other flavours. Unfortunately, the taste flattens quickly upon reduction so I like to nose this dram both neat and somewhat reduced but I clearly prefer the neat dram on the palate (using two glasses).

  2. Archer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Holla, the forest berry fairy. No comparison to many previous batches, which sometimes came along a bit boring and arbitrary. The nose is an absolute force, rather high level and does not want to end. A fuffi cheaper, and I would put me from the one "six-pack" in stock.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Oh, there is a hell of a lot - and it starts at the beginning: a compote of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and blackcurrants. Rarely had such a very berry nose. The fat and viscous, as far as the nose is able to accurately transport these nuances. In addition to the berries, juicy cherries and (in fact) raisins in rum. Almond puree, small chopped hazelnuts - if chocolate is added then the rum grape nut gives chocolate ...
      No, first a mango chutney. Wildflower honey. Vanilla. Does not that stop anymore?
      Waxer Mineral Springbank DNA. Refreshing; first. Then spices are added: lovage, savory, pepper, clove powder. Well, very nice combination of the berries and spices. And, tada, now dark chocolate and marzipan bread.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fruity and spicy on the palate, with the fruity note on the tongue no longer being a berry one but focusing on tropical fruits: papaya, guava, peach, melon, mango. Slightly dry. Quicker than in the nose, spices show at the same time sweetness. Mild pepper, thyme, savory. Middle aged wood - and one could easily think that a trace of smoke runs through. If it gets drier over time, then notes of dark chocolate, caramel and fresh yeast cake will come out. More mineral than the previous batches, much closer to the Brennereicharakter turn - and at a not so common for Springbank Fassmix port and rum.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish. If the palate is getting drier, the impression that there is smoke in the smoke intensifies. Old leather, dark chocolate, blueberries, rum raisins, pepper. It is also out the back and long after the whisky disappears in the throat, still a lot of flavors active.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A great and complex drop. This Springbank really pulls out all the stops and burns a true firework of flavors. Despite "only" 46% I feel these bottlings as very complex and voluminous, just the right drinking strength, although this is missing in some moments of the "ordinary boobs". Varied, multi-faceted and incredibly delicious!

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Intense amber with dark caramel shines in the glass, on the glass wall of my premium sniffer pulls a variety of syrupy "legs" their paths back into the glass. Sweetness rises, fruity red dark berries appear, minimal show a hint of smoke and maritime echoes. Sweet vanilla and ripe sweet cherries play with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, while creamy milk chocolate and creamy toffee dominate. The nuances of exotic and tropical fruits slowly stimulate the salivation, caramel drips in rum pot, caramelized sugar exudes its beguiling aroma. Gorgeous, I could smell forever on this great and multi-layered nose.
    • Taste
      Powerful, the first sip of maritime notes on the tongue, dark wood tones merge with a pinch of salt and a subtle smoky note. Toasted cereal and caramelised sugar end in sweet caramel and zest of tart orange. In addition to the abrasion of orange peel show at the moment echoes of citrus and sour cherries. A subtle sharpness sticks to the palate, stimulates the salivation again and envelops the tongue with chubby warmth. A few grains of crushed pepper rests briefly on the tongue before caramel and chocolate mix and leaves with spicy wood elements for a moment forget the otherwise fruity aromas on the palate. The salivation is almost unchecked, tart wood tones play with maritime echoes, a very fine salt note and smoked oak pieces. A hint of leather and sweetish tobacco are shown, followed by tropical fruits and Christmas spice notes. In the transition to the aftertaste, a touch of old walnut sticks to the palate.
    • Finish
      Smoky wood tones, minimal tobacco and leather as well as dark red berries stick to the palate. Again wonderfully smoky elements, citrus fruits and a pinch of salt show up. Likewise, I once again perceive abrasion of orange peel, dark chocolate and caramel. Walnuts and smoky wood tones draw through the palate, tart and sweet fruit flavors play more compassionately, again tobacco, smoke and salt come to light. With acidic citrus aromas the aftertaste sounds slow and stimulates the salivary flow for the last time.

  4. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Grandiose malt! Mature with power and much complexity.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Fruity complexity at its finest, here you will find plums, juicy oranges and orange peel, light mineral and maritime notes, very finely incorporated smoke, with time the rum influences are more pronounced, sweet but unobtrusive molasses, later chocolate is added
    • Taste
      95 95
      Creamy and Springbank-typical smoke, sweet, again slightly smoky, slightly sourish fruit notes, again orange peels, dry and mature woody spice, no dryness, perfect mouthfeel
    • Finish
      94 94
      Spicy sweet finish, here again a very fine smoke, creamy and warming, nice long and just as fine as the rest of the malts

  5. Othorion scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Honey, sour cherries, old balsamic vinegar, vanilla, old leather jacket, raspberry jam, orange oil, limes, dark chocolate, rum pot, a little pepper, maritime, a few herbs, cake dough. The nose is a real chameleon, always new to discover, and after a while in the air very pleasant and harmonious.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Warm, spicy, dry, creamy, dark chocolate, pepper, ginger sweets, brown sugar, a thought of salt, malt, orange marmalade, walnuts, cherries and leather, some berries and a hint of smoke. Very intense for his 46vol%.
    • Finish
      91 91
      It will stay dry and long orange peel, roasted walnuts, pepper, a hint of smoke and lots of chocolate.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    A very fresh and fruity edition - this is the optimal result if rum and port casks have been combined - in other cases it ended much worse - this one is really drinkable and enjoyable - probably I should buy another bottle - fantastic!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Fruity, apples, pears, apricots, strawberries, honeydew, sugar cane, rhubarb, also some cooked oranges, jam, hints of vanilla, wet tobacco and fine oaky - very promising, very good!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Fresh, vivid, little punchy, fruity, peppery, good sweetness, more strawberries, apricots, peaches, pears, apples, hints of toffee, little acacia honey, milk chocolate - great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, warm, fruity, now a bit more zesty, hints of grapefruits, probably also more woody notes but not drying

  7. SherryDrone scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Color: Reddish amber. Kind of golden brown.

    Nose: This was restrained on the day of opening. Few days later it was better. Marzipan, Melons, bitter cherry. Lovely flavours emanating due to the port cask influence. When I just release the glass from the nose, there is a punchy watermelon flavour. Subtle springbank characteristics. Prunes may be.

    Palate: Full. Ripened banana, ginger, orange peels (candied), Caramel, some coastal flavours, honey. Viscous. Warm. So many flavours. Improved a lot between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time in a span of 10 days. Must say the Port cask influence is not higher than the Rum cask influence but works well. Being an Indian, and using a lot of aniseed in food, I felt this has a gentle aniseed flavour and powdered fennel.

    Finish: Quite long. Saltiness and a mild mineralistic taste lingers. Mild oakiness almost like a match stick wood. Oily. Citrus notes. Nice & warm. After about 5 minutes, a sweetness appears in the tongue more like brown sugar or honey.

    This is a fantastic whisky. Initially closed a bit but once it opened up, its a dance of flavours. Very robust. Complex.

    45% Port casks and 55% Rum casks has ended in a perfect marriage. The 46% ABV works extraordinarily well. Brilliant. It’s a pleasure to drink Springbank whiskies. Especially this 21yo that’s so good. A merry.

  8. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    [Jan 2021]Tried it fresh off an opened bottle 1 week ago, didn't quite enjoy it. Re-try it today with proper tasting notes.

    [July 2021] Revisit this multiple times and found out that it improves quite a fair bit on the palate and finish. +2 to 88.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Bright and fresh fruitiness, although some may find it closer to artificial fruitiness. Pretty sweet and sticky, thanks to the port and rum casks. Malacca sugar (Gula Melaka), lots of berries, fruit spread. A subtle peatiness and earthiness which come and go, certainly making you asking for more. After a sip, dark chocolate, some dried fruits appear, together with a dusty, old and empty room smell. Complex enough to get to 90pts.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and oily, fairly fruity, lots of toffee, kind of bitter in the direction of burnt sugar and bitter oranges. Faint smokiness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Bitter aftertaste, with hints of fruitiness and saltiness, also some rum like finish. Pretty dry and medium long finish.

  9. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    That finish of many modern Springbank that aged more than 15 years - medium short.

    Will give it a second try.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First nose, dark sugary fruits but feels 'closed', may need longer rest. Spiced rum, chocolate milk drink, toffee, then at last the Springbank's sooty, mineral, lemon peel, hints of smoke.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily fruity, dark fruits, rum, chocolate, spiced rum. Not as complex as expected.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium short (again).. good amount of dark fruits that fades quickly left with hints of molasses. A good test for one's memory.

  10. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. Vince scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Somehow didn't work that well for me. Port for me actually a dubious choice for whisky finish usually.

  12. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting ...
    I thought it was cool because it was so different and unsexy. But to be honest, the nose was more than headstrong, I thought that you don't fill that up nowadays. I tend to have a harder time with the older spring bench, because I like the nice orange notes and the fresh smoke that I like. Was an exciting dram, but I would prefer the 10 or the 12 CS at any time
    • Nose
      very special nose, a sweet, dusty, earthy, musty nose that just doesn't want to rise from the glass, a few shower sticks and something slightly metallic. Over time, a light citrus fruit comes out, lemon cake, flavored, slightly musty.
    • Taste
      this special musty citrus note, a little bitterness, lemon peel, mouth filling, oily.
    • Finish
      the metallic increases, the flavors tip a little into the syrup-like, some root beer, but not too much. Malty. Citrus, oak, a slightly metallic note, old bottle flavor.

  13. Igitor scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Caribbean whisky with enough complexity. The finish is not fully charged but nicely balanced.

    Slightly overpriced
    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose starts with a lot of rum. Over time, the delicate smoke comes through more and more. There is rose perfume, rum balls, overripe fig, coffee and sandalwood.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Rum, almond, light hops, cocoa
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium-length finish that is nicely balanced

  14. IIIZIII scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Definitely the most drinkable Springbank that I have ever came across. After the first sip, I was able to get what all the people are speaking about. Not a typical Springbank, very "experimental style", but it works quiet well. Luckily, for me the good quality port dominates.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. Numwierum scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wow! What a fruit bomb, plus the gentle smoke. This is not an arbitrary drop among many!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. schengel10 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    An incredibly multi-layered, intense, aromatic top jumper;
    [Color] dark amber;
    • Nose
      sweet fruits (strawberries, raspberries, cherries), some salt, clear dry smoke, vanilla;
    • Taste
      powerful, creamy onset, cherries, oranges, caramel, chocolate, salt, again smoke, tobacco, oak, pepper, very intense aromas, complex;
    • Finish
      a long finish, smoke, spices, dry in the finish, astringent, slightly bitter oak notes;

  17. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Dark fruits, very sweet, tiny bits of smoke, berries, dark chocolate. Much more open after left oxidize for months, where you can get more of the Springbank lime stone, minerals. After a sip, dry figs, milk chocolate
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, sooty, dark fruits, spices, still not very complex.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, spiced dark fruits

  18. TimkoT scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. geriud scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  20. Jimbeau scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. zzqfyl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Odinson scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. Nikilema scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  24. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. jykoo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, orange, apricot and some sweet molasse. Petrol and subtle peatiness with little hint of sweet spice.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Surprise me with the aromatic soapy note which remind me of an old bowmore. A lot more oakiness, old books and some herbal note. I feel like the oak influence is a bit overwhelming and imbalance.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long finish

  26. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 43 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Pine nut oil, a brand new carton. In China, I prefer to describe it as "oily smell" (that is, the peanuts are broken). 2000 year Later~, pine nut oil, brand new carton, in China I would prefer to describe it as "oily" (that is, the peanuts are broken), 2000 year Later...........

    Drink: Brow said: The mouth needs a position, squeeze, squeeze.

    Overall: This bottle of wine is going to be 6,000 yuan in your wallet! I tried the 50ml sharing bottle, which probably does not represent the quality of 700ml.

  27. Astrid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very round and harmonious, rum and port complement each other. Pleasing without becoming boring or replaceable.
    • Nose
      90 90
      sweet with vanilla and raisins, caramel and strong honey, slightly salty and oily, apple, spicy oak and cinnamon, orange, mineral chalk notes, banana, dates, a touch of fish oil, mocha, mango and apricot, sandalwood and clove, molasses, hints of Prunes and cherries, green peppers, a little leather and marzipan
    • Taste
      90 90
      here the rum comes into its own, but still balanced, liquid vanilla, oily and soft, caramel, velvety oak, banana and apricot, mango, cinnamon and traces of salt, slightly waxy and earthy and peppery, honeydew melon, cherry, more chocolaty Cocoa, hazelnut and malt, mineral yeast tones, molasses, orange and apple, tobacco, marzipan, memories of smoke
    • Finish
      89 89
      warm with soft spices and blossom honey, wax, caramel and raisins, prunes and cherries, dry oak, vanilla and salt, slightly earthy, molasses, tingling barley malt, walnut, tobacco and leather, orange, a hint of smoke, chocolate, banana, the fruit lasts a long time

  28. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    1572) Springbank, 21YO (2019 Edition)
    • Nose
      N- Port #5, a rather unusual Springbank 21YO with a vat of 45% Port and 55% Rum Casks. Re-racked? Not sure. Agricole Rhum? Hoped so, but unlikely. Top layer toffee coated rum notes underlay with bright red fruits. Fish liver oil that comes with touch of grounded mints, rather unusual and peculiar but in sort of control manner. Dark fruits emerges with milky chocolate. Very subtle coastal characters and well behaved. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Lots of citrus peel and charred nuances that induce the sphere of light phenol, dry with some bitterly tart oak that well smoothed by just that bit of fruity sweets that you able to find in there. More pronounce rum than port, but well married and relatable to both in harmonious manner. (90/22)
    • Finish
      F- Long, tingly feel on the palate like the tongue just been scrub. Soft on the nose, but with plenty of power, sharpness and depth on the palate and finishing. (90/22)

      B/B- 91/22 Not so usual Springbank, but I think they can put whatever together and still be good.

      Weighted Rate - 87pt

  29. saothangbay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. JWD scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    Delicious smooth little bit of sherry and funk

  31. Malan scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Special occasion bottle, great whisky !

  32. Harry2193 scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Exceptional.

  33. OJK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Herbal liqueur, with menthol and cherry, marzipan and a touch of smoke and earth. Smoothly integrated from nose through to finish.

  34. Gery_80 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  35. Dogs2 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  36. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Springbank 21yo (2015) WID: 64003, Springbank 21yo (2019) WID: 127557 and Springbank 21yo (2020) WID: 165480

    Different in color.

    It's like that in the nose too. The 2015 is quite mineral, musty and somehow green. In addition, more yellow fruits, partly also citrus fruits. The Springbank notes are still there, but of course a bit more degraded than with more recent bottlings. The oak still looks relatively fresh. Also some wet leaves.

    The 2019, on the other hand, has rather red, relatively sweet berry fruits with some residual acid. Sometimes the fruits also look like caramelized. The mineral ones are rather subtle here. The Springbank notes shimmer in the background. Then add some chocolate.

    The 2020 is now even darker. More like plum jam. In addition, not yet completely dried tobacco leaves. Aromatic dark oak tones. One can only guess at the Springbank notes. But there is a certain filth.

    In the mouth of the 2015, the oak is more in command, which also brings a noticeable flavor. Such a mixture of dry and fresh wood. But at first there is only a little sweetness and the yellow fruits. Then Springbank comes through. In the end something like cold smoke and musty wood.

    With the 2019 it is a nice interplay between fruit, sweetness, spice and tart notes. After a certain time, the fruit, which is astonishingly lighter in the mouth than in the nose, and the sweetness less and the spicy and tart notes prevail. Not really bitter, but rather dry. A pleasant acidity and the slightly dirty notes are also in play.

    For me, the 2020 will not taste as balanced as the 2019. Nice sweetness and fruit at first. Then the wood effect looks a bit rough and not so elegant. For me quite blunt and uncouth. In addition, salty liquorice, dark chocolate, tobacco and wood seasoning. In the finish something of the Springbank character.

    So for me the 2015er is clearly the weakest of the three. I also just poured a small sip of 12 CS and diluted it with water. Even that looks fuller than the 2015 21er.

    Then comes the 2020. It's kind of delicious. The nose is really good. In the mouth, however, it seems a bit too clumsy and unpolished, as the oak comes across relatively quickly and leaves little space for other things.

    The 2019 is the most homogeneous whisky for me. Of course, it also got a lot of casualties, but that doesn't impose too much and leaves room for other things. So he is also the winner of this comparison.

  37. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great fruity nose, spicy palate, very nice

  38. Sylvia scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  39. Dominique69 scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  40. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Deep amber-orange, very viscous and oily. Thick legs. Lovely.

    Nose: Rich and mellow, old oak, raisins, vanilla, leather. Smells wonderful. Not much smoke, maybe just a touch. Bit of cherry, cinnamon, ginger. Gingerbread. Hugely spicy. Bit of orange marmalade too. The rum comes out nicely.

    Palate: Oaky, leather, well-aged, walnuts, spice, cinnamon, ginger. Still feels a bit closed. Raisins. Taking time to open up. Touch of smoke, not really peaty, sugar, slightly herbal and bitter, toffee,

    Finish: Hot and peppery, dry and tannic, bitter, spicy, light sweetness with some smoke. Nuts. Chocolate. Orange peel.

    With Water: Sweet, fruitier nose. More vanilla. Much sweeter flavor. still hugely spicy and woody.

    Overall: Absolutely lovely nose. Flavor takes time. Very woody, quite bitter, lots of complexity. Costs more than I am likely to pay, but so happy to try this.

  41. Malan scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

  42. GWMingus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  43. Balczak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nice smell, where i've got some typicall aro. As for rum maturation eq. molases, brown sugar.
    Port cask overwhelms the spirit IMHO. For sure in a blind tasting one couldn't guess it's a springbank distilate in it. It's a cheat springbank.

  44. DannyDram scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Blueberries, green beans, vanilla, cumin, thyme, anise, ground iron.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Vanilla pods, thyme, dark berries, brown sugar
    • Finish
      91 91
      Peppery, thyme, sweet, medium to long finish

  45. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  46. gaboruso scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  47. hhc1212 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Balance one !!

  48. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  49. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Everything in its right place. Very nice composition, and in a way not too far from the profile of the revered 1998 bottling of the 21yo OB (but not totally as brilliant). Inter alia, I love the Gewurztraminer-like flavours, which mingle very nice with the waxy / chalky austerity, but at the same time I had hoped for a little more "fruit & flower debauchery", which will prevent me from going to 91. Maybe next time ? 90+/91-
    • Nose
      90 90
      Starting on sweet citrus like pink grapefruit, we're soon to find the usual SB funk with a mix of leather and linoleum. There's a "pink" grapy side that reminds me of the famed 1998 bottling, with wax and raspberry yoghurt : yum ! But the austerity of the distillate offsets it a bit. There's wax and parget dust. A few cranberries maybe. Very nice composition but a bit restrained maybe.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very nice ! Good alcohol integration with a fresh, fizzy feeling. A lot of scented wax à la Yankee Candle (typical of good SB's in my experience), estery fruits with grapes, redcurrants, peonies, maybe even a rose. Bramble-flavoured green tea. Still under a rather austere guise with a lot of incense, limestone and wax.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very limestone-y indeed, the estery side remains, taking the form of Earl Grey tea, pot-pourri, ... Still rather austere but beautifully so. Incense, slightly woody in quality but not too much. Chlorine, but fits very well in this context.

  50. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  51. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

  52. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I expected a more immediate gratification here, but can see that there is greatness in this bottling. The nose is ever-changing and offer a sure-as-hell Springbankness at the same time. The port is lost in there, but Rum may be found readily.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Farmy, mild subdued smoke, and citrus – grilled limes and oranges perhaps. Really not all that sweet, but rather dry. Chili sauce, a touch of vinegar, and chalk!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet arrival, with mild smoke and After Eights. The oak is preset without overt bitterness. Cracked black pepper, caramel sauce, and touches of mango.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long. A continuation of what was offered on the palate. Mildly mentholated honey and typical Springbank-smokeiness.

  53. fradin11 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  54. HowardBalestier did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Very good 2019 Springbank 21.

  55. birkzehn scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  56. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  57. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    If you’re a fan of the “classic” Springbank 21Y OB bottlings of the past years, this one might take some time and openmindedness to get used to. It’s a daredevil and a rather experimental combination of cask finishes for Springbank but it works out wonderfully. The typical farmy notes are present but rather in the background. It’s the port and rum infuences that really come out and shine in this one. I love it! A sweet but satisfyingly complex whisky that’s perfect to celebrate the beginning of summer!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  58. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Raspberries, redcurrants, some mint. Gunpowder. Dried shrubs. Old woodshed. Behind it a hint of vanilla and sultanas.
    • Taste
      Oily, spicy. Raspberries, red apples, oranges. Black pepper. Some nectarine and apricot. Marzipan, dark chocolate. A trace of smoke.

  59. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh and nutty, a lot of rum influence, pineapple candy, artificial pineapple flavour through, compared to 25 OB 2019 edition, more active oak, a bit more frivolous.
    • Taste
      Milky, artificial pineapple flavours, roasted barley, farmy and smoky, very sweet and tropical.
    • Finish
      Long, maritime, salmon, smoky and sweet, toffee.

  60. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  61. mema82 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  62. EJS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  63. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very successful 21st of Springbank, for me missing to 90+ a little more complexity. In the present time, however, a must buy!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Complex, fruity springbank nose. Very mild and round, due to the low alcohol content. Light smoke dominated by fruity tones. Ripe apples, pears, apricots and plenty of caramel. Rum dominates in front of Port.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Slight ashes, the fruit notes are a bit reserved, sweet, raisins, quite a bit of port.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, full and very creamy. Light oak, hardly bitterness.

  64. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

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