Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 19
Stated Age
12 years old
65% Bourbon, 35% Sherry Casks
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
15 Sep 2019 7:05 am by Archer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 79.67

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.55 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like this malt a lot. It has a great finish. The longest finish on a 12 year old CS that I've tasted yet. Beautiful vanilla note with lots of complexity and deliciousness. About a 30 second finish


    I wish that those who are new to whisky here would take a look at normal ratings. 17 people from the same part of the world giving this whisky a 93 or a 94 is not really a matter of taste or perspective. Ratings like that demonstrate a basic lack of understanding. They are throwing off the curve and confusing readers.

    This comment is an appeal to those reviewers who are new to the site and are dramtically overrating whiskies without writing anything: please take some care and read other reviews to learn how to score a whisky. This site is filled with knowledgeable reviewers. Please educate yourself by reading their reviews and the way they score a whisky.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    So they got it back ... As already mentioned in the nose: More bourbon than sherry, but with nice sherry notes in the nose. Good thing that they decided to increase the share of bourbon barrels.

    After the solo tasting I did a parallel tasting with the previous batch # 18 54.8 vol .-%.
    Interestingly, # 19 comes across as a lot more sherry than Batch # 18, although Batch # 18 contains 50% / 50% more sherry casks. Batch # 19 looks more aroma-rich in comparison, while Batch # 18 looks "livelier" and fresher.
    The same picture on the tongue: Batch # 19 "darker" and earthy, Batch # 18 airier and fresher. Batch # 19 must have had some very active sherry casks at work. The spice concentration is much higher in Batch # 19, while Batch # 18 can score with a refreshing note of apricot compote. Although you shouldn't actually see it as a competition, everyone has their own qualities in their own way.
    In the finish they are similar, so there is no denying the kinship.
    • Nose
      It takes a while to open, so give it a few minutes in the jar before you start smelling it. I do not know this phenomenon from its predecessors, it may be that it is due to the relatively high alcohol strength with 57.1% by volume - only Batch # 2 with 58.5% by volume had more Wuppdich.
      But when he has rested a bit, he releases - as usual - all of his classic 12 CS flavors (and even a few more here): dried apricots, roasted orange slices, very mild peat note, earthy, mineral. But also, and this is rather unusual, leather notes and pickled raisins, which make me think of a sherrydominated whisky - although it actually has a different weighting with 65% Bourbon. At least according to the paper. The springbankers will already know why they shut down the sherry in this batch ...
      A pinch of fresh sea air, a little machine oil, spices and a little crumbled milk chocolate, there is one - the - beautiful spring bench nose.
    • Taste
      Oh yes ... - he presses the tongue with force, creamy, viscous, apricot-fruity. The mineral note stands directly, spreads, occupies the entire mouth. After this small demonstration of power, its minerality generously makes way for marzipan bread, sweet dried fruit, honey, raspberry jam. An accompaniment of pepper and marjoram ensures that it does not become too sweet. The mineral note, these pebbles wetted with salt water, flash through again and again - don't forget me. Marzipan, coffee beans.
    • Finish
      Long aftertaste, with essentially weakened tongue aromas. It only dries slightly, retains its fruitiness and mineral note. Here and there you think: Mhh, that could be a little smoke note ... or rather wood? Feels creamy for a long time.

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A more prominent sherry influence than batch 16 & 18, even though the percentage of sherry casks used is supposedly lower.
    • Nose
      Peat, caramel, orange, butter, peach and chocolate. Water adds hazelnut paste.
    • Taste
      Peat, peach, orange, caramel, Knopper's, butter and a whiff of sulphur.
    • Finish
      Peat, caramel and chocolate.

  4. GarryS scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Ridiculously low score for a Springer 12 CS I know, but really don't like this one at all! I have a fair few 12 CSs in my collection & wasn't at all sure about the 'Spring' 2019 #18 either, but I think it was better than this: the 50:50 bourbon to sherry cask ratio on the last one I thought would bring out more of the distiller character, but I felt a lot was lost from the expression in the process. I therefore jumped on this one at 65:35 as a return to former times but it's frankly odd......it's already morphed considerably since opening so I'm hoping it improves with oxidation, but so far no good:

    Very disappointed - bought 2x bottles & the other is going into auction I'm afraid....as bad or worse than the heavily sulphured #17, but in a different hot-chilli-pepper spicy way!!

    Revised score - I was bit premature perhaps as it's settled down now & hot spice/,pepper is just starting tail end of finish: so up to 86.
    • Nose
      N: restrained & without the usual Springbank maritime flair - it has the almost Taliskeresque spice that's so evident in the taste
    • Taste
      T: strange: it started off really very sherry - almost to the point of a Longrow 14 sherry - with a hint of sulphur about it but not too noticeable. After being open about a week it's changed totally: the sherry influence has gone, there's none of the Springer maritime/dunnage 'funk' but it's become really, really spicy....& not in a good way
    • Finish
      F: goes on and on with the spice to the point it burns off your taste buds - like a Talisker on heat (literally) but it dominates the entire taste rather than just at the end of the finish.

  5. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Balance (22)
    A little twitchy but good. An empty glass smells of an extinct match (88)
    • Nose
      Citruses, unleavened dough, vanilla and salt ... sunflower husk, butter on white bread. Recognizable profile, but where is the farm? ... here it is) about 10 minutes and a couple of drops of water (22)
    • Taste
      Spicy, Citrus, Woody (22)
    • Finish
      Spicy finish, oranges, cream, vanilla, wood, mineral freshness (22)

  6. MrWestCoast scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    I really enjoyed this release. Completely different to the much subtler 15yo rum wood, but equally great. The 35% sherry casks must have been pretty active, making for a very good blend. For me this year's release most classically showcases what the Springbank distillate is all about.

  7. hfc scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    I would’ve scored this at least 10 points lower when it was freshly opened. Very boring and seemed too sweet with even less sherry casks used.

    Now about 40 days after. The signature funk and florals are found finally to make me want to drink. However this batch 19 compared to the earlier batch(say before batch 10), which was my first experiences in this dram, is quite different mainly in 2 respects :

    1. The older ones I had exhibited less sweetness and a dryer mouthfeel.

    2. The older ones are more woody and funky in a way I like.

    I prefer the older ones over this because of the style back then and complexity that is missing.

  8. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The best batch of the last. For my pig’s taste.
    The aroma is salt, smoldering charcoal, lime, vanilla, white pepper and praline.
    The taste is beautiful, the strength is not felt, full, salt, yellow fruits, ashes and vanilla.
    The finish is long, pleasant, with a slight bitterness.
    22/22/22 / 22-88

  9. Syleo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Try it in a direct cross-comparison to Batch 14. Batch 14 dates from 2017 and thus still falls into the “wedding” of the 12-CS, which is mainly sherry barrel-matured. Batch 19 is the first edition after the 50:50 of Batch 18 with a focus on ex-bourbon casks. The color difference is not extreme, but clear, while # 19 is presented in pure gold, # 14 has a clear caramel brown tinge.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Batch 19 is significantly lighter than older batches - and not just in color. Vanilla biscuits with hazelnut ice cream are the decisive note; Fruits from light raisins and mealy apples to currants and coconut with a hint of citrus have to be satisfied with a second place, albeit a short one. Something almost dusty, like a dirt road in summer, dried herbs and white pepper accompany a vanilla smoke, almost vanilla incense sticks.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste emphasizes full-bodied honey and hazelnut. Apple peels, light raisins, citrus and currants reflect the impressions of the nose. Again, the fruit is accompanied by a sharp note of pepper and pastries with powdered sugar and nuts, which leads into the vanilla smoke.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The more sweet than distinctive smoke of a match that has gone out in the distance gradually fades away with a memory of blood orange.

  10. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Two points off taste for sulphur. I know the distillery will say "there's no sulphur in the cask," but I taste rubber bands and match sticks, whatever the reason. Without this setback, I would have given this whisky a 90. It's better in some ways than Batch 20, more complex, but Batch 20 has no sulphur, so one point higher for Batch 19. Batch 15 is my favorite in a long while. It needs time to oxygenate but once it does . . . heaven. A few too many double (and triple?) refill sherry casks though. Not enough fresh sherry wood. But for the price beggars can't be choosers. It's very very good for the price.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88


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