Springbank 1997

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
U. & T.Brass
Added on
28 may 2019 8:16 pm by KMR
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 517.00

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29 × member ratings

67 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1997

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.15 points

  1. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Gold - bronze

    At first some lovage (Maggi herb). The dry sherry nose comes through very quickly. Very fine and ripe but also strong because of the cask strength.
    After warming the hand, add some sulfur and smoke. But only in the background and everything is slightly dirty. In addition, fine lemony notes and a touch of peppermint.

    After adding water, the salty - maritime profile and tart red fruits emerge more clearly. The sherry character takes a back seat.

    Strong start without water. Slightly sweet and delicate sour fruit flavors that disappear quickly. A slightly salty, maritime edge. Then there is clearly dry sherry again.

    After adding water, it becomes fruity, sweeter and salty. It also somehow makes it more viscous. Does him very well.

    Long finish. Clearly dry sherry and wood aromas again. Hardly bitter.

    After adding water, there is also a significant increase in fruit and sweetness.

    Water is definitely very good for him. Without water, very sherry-driven, but hardly any bitterness. With water, the sherry moves into the 2nd row and lets sweetness, fruit and salt through better. Really good jumper. I look forward to the development of the substance over time in the opened bottle.
    I get 90 points for now.

    As expected, the whisky improves a bit in the opened bottle. Now
    everything a little rounder and softer. The beast shows fewer claws and purrs. Now 92 points: o)
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: Immediately great, but also closed and unfortunately with a subtle hint of sulfur, strong alcohol. Power up after a while, then shows very nice nutty smoke, fine, cowshed, sweet vanilla and caramel. Among them, but then shows the age, because the previous impressions can be seen even at much younger Springbanks from the sherry barrel. Now also show very complex fruit tones, oranges, apple rings, bananas, peaches, maybe some ripe pineapple ... can anyone remember the yellow Wrigleys chewing gum ...? Then roasted nuts, again fine smoke, very complex!

    Mouth: Extremely intense, tastes like 70% vol! Stunning and volcanic! Surely this is the most intense whisky I've ever tasted in this volume percent! So put some water in! And yet it remains super powerful, pleasant sweetness, from the taste profile in principle, as in the nose, maybe a little more towards caramel. With even more water, the smoke shows more clearly, phenolic, present sherry, nuts, hardly any fruity notes available.

    Finish: Hardly ending, everything is still stunned, "warming" would be the understatement of the century!

    Conclusion: an absolute experience, a volcano, which necessarily requires a lot of water and time. A serious and challenging malt that requires a lot of experience. Much fun, but not necessarily for every day!


  3. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. art-bett scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    That's how I imagine a sherry whisky from Springbank. Nice part, just wegschlabbern ......

  5. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Astrid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    No coherent overall package. It does have the delicious aromas typical of Springbank, also in high quality, but it lacks that certain something. In addition, the intense barrel and the high alcohol strength do not really get along. The finish is not convincing and does not make you want more.
    • Nose
      90 90
      fresh and lively, earthy caramel and sherry, oily and salty with spicy oak, vanilla, clove, blossom honey, chocolatey cocoa, maggi, oranges, hazelnut and nougat, banana and mango, rosemary, blueberry, cherry and prune, sandalwood, apricot, maritime and mineral, pear and apple
    • Taste
      88 88
      strong, dry with caramel and chocolatey cocoa, bitter oak wood, persistently spicy with clove and cedar wood, banana, sherry, apple, prune and cherry, tart orange, hazelnut and marzipan, vanilla, salt and the characteristic dirty accents, clear ash notes, mango and Apricot, barley malt
    • Finish
      84 84
      Warming seasoning with dry oak and cedar wood, a touch too bitter and overall uninspired, sherry and vanilla à la Crème Brûlée, ash, earthy and salty with an oily touch, hazelnuts and walnuts, banana, chocolatey cocoa, a little clove

  7. art-bett scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior


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