Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.26/100
votes
324
Whiskybase ID
WB138854
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
20.08.2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
65% Bourbon, 35% Sherry Casks
Casknumber
Batch 19
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
19/326
Barcode
610854547004
Added on
15 sep 2019 7:05 am by Archer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 347.97

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

86 users have left 90 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.26 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Extravaganza: 2022.11.12.

    Now that it’s been more than a year since the last release of the last CS12yo I saw it fit to go into my sample cabinet and dig up all the batches I could find. Here is what it resulted in: a gargantuan tasting of 13 different batches. I had to turn to decimal scores to do justice to this session (this is something I haven’t done before, mind you). In Order of my preference:

    Batch #21 (45% Sherry, 25% Bourbon, 25% Burgundy 5% Port) 56.1%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/168596
    87.2 / 86.4 / 85.6
    This one is a bit of a confused batch for me, too much is going on at the same time. It has some nice pine resin notes and lots of wet wine cask character. The cask influence takes over distillery character too much for my taste.
    86.4

    Batch #12 (65% Sherry, 35% Bourbon) 54.1%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/77708
    87.4 / 87.2 / 87.3
    This batch drinks quite a bit younger than its age. There is a sulphury quality on the nose and a particular earthy smokiness.
    87.3

    Batch #22 (50% Sherry, 50% Bourbon) 55.4%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/183244
    87.4 / 87.8 / 87.2
    Most definitely, a modern style of SB distillate, the funkiness is elevated, and I even find some of the HB bitterness on the finish, I like this style. The spicy, resinous European oak is rather present on the palate.
    87.4

    Batch #16 (70% Sherry, 30% Bourbon) 56.3%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/105550
    87.8 / 88.2 / 87.4
    This one has a good balance of sherry and bourbon, some roastiness, dried fruits, wood smoke, some nuttiness even. The malt comes through cleanly with lots of vanilla and floral notes, there is just a hint of menthol as well.
    87.8

    Batch #13 (70% Sherry, 30% Bourbon) 56.3%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/85595
    88.2 / 88.4 / 87.2
    A more sherry forward batch with intense spiciness and complex boiled or candied fruit notes. Camphor, dirty distillate - farmyard, drying woodiness on the finish.
    87.9

    Batch #18 (50% Bourbon, 50% Sherry) 54.8%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/125395
    88.2 / 88.4 / 87.6
    This has some very nice honied sweetness as well as floral freshness accompanying the rich maltiness and spiciness of the spirit. Fresh and white-oak-forward.
    88.1

    Batch #17 (70% Sherry, 30% Bourbon) 56.2%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/116449
    88.4 / 88.6 / 87.6
    Intense, rich maltiness, vibrant spices and honey. Minerally distillate, earthy smoke in beautiful balance with the fruity, syrupy cask influence.
    88.2

    Batch#23 (100% Bourbon) 55.9%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/192086
    88.6 / 89.0 / 88.2
    Very modern green type of American oak influence. A bit sappy, almost too sweet… but the creamy texture and the floral barley character comes through from the spirit, making it a very clean, juicy expression from the distillery. Most definitely dominated by the first-fill white oak.
    88.6

    Batch #19 (65% Bourbon, 35% Sherry Casks) 57.1%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/138854
    88.6 / 89.4 / 88.4
    Smoky, dirty, resinous. Roasted malt and a bit of waxiness from the distillate. Strong honey note, vanilla, ripe fruits, and a touch of sulphur alongside the SB funk.
    88.8

    Batch #20 (35% Sherry, 65% Bourbon) 55.3%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/148336
    89.6 / 89.4 / 88.4
    Heavy body, creamy, malty, spirit driven. Nice depth and sweetness from the reserved sherry influence. The barley comes through clearly, heavy oily texture, farmy, funky aromas. Almost reminiscent of the recent local barleys.
    89.2

    Blues Edition (100% Bourbon) 57.3%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/21544
    88.6 / 90.2 / 89.4
    A masterpiece in floral bourbon maturation. Leathery, waxy and dirty, exploding with floral complexity and mineral hay notes. Almost no smoke, but a tiny bit of farminess. Drinks considerably older than 12 years.
    89.4

    Batch #15 (70% Sherry, 30% Bourbon) 56.5%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/99298
    89.2 / 89.6 / 89.4
    Strong, spicy sherry influence, concentrated smoky fruitiness. Earthy vanilla, oily barley and pronounced farmy funk. This is one of the most intense batches and one of the dirtiest. The style of ‘dirty’ sherry casks is reminiscent of the old-school SB-sherry-funk.
    89.4

    Batch #9 (100% Sherry) 54.3%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/57458
    90.2 / 90.2 / 89.4
    Elegant and fruity style of sherry comint through. Classic oloroso aromas, in perfect harmony with the dry and farmyard-y spirit. Spices from the resinous European oak, white pepper nutmeg, vegetal freshness and honied floral notes. Dry maltiness, some plaster, earthy smoke; all enveloped in thick juicy sherry.
    89.9

    And the baseline: Springbank 10yo (20/151) 46%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/180670
    87.6 / 87.4 / 87.2
    Fresh woody and yeasty. Bitter funkiness not unlike HB, and some plaster. Fresh floral honey, some damp hay, dried apples and pears, waxy texture, barley-sweetness. Camphor and sharp spices give more depth.
    87.4
    • Nose
      89 89
      88.6
    • Taste
      89 89
      89.4
    • Finish
      88 88
      88.4

  4. Tony_drink_not_drunk scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Springbank 12 years old cask strength 2019 batch 19
    Alcohol ABV: 57.1% Cask:65% Bourbon + 35% Sherry

    =>Nose: Still the classic Springbank socks smelly.It dose smell a lot of alcohol since its cask strength.

    =>Taste: blend of sherry, bourbon, light peat harmoniously.Sweet roasted wheat.

    =>Score: 83 [Recommend to try]

  5. mr_braun scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. remono scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  9. TimkoT scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. bankimate scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  11. hzs275 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. elipszis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      sherry
      woody
      vanilla
      salty
      boiled corn
      sulfur
      peach
      chocolate
    • Taste
      88 88
      boiled corn
      sweet-bitter
      oily
      cinnamon
      sulfur
      saturates
    • Finish
      88 88
      bitter
      boiled corn with salt
      earthy
      sulfur
      medium long

  13. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  14. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Springbank 12 Cask Strength (57.1%). Consumed Jan 2020. Aroma is faint sherry faint wine. Raspberry notes. Oak and some harsh spirit. A touch harsh. Syrupy body. Taste is mild sherry, more chocolatey than fruity. It's a decent spirit and nice sherry character. Pretty alcoholic and rough around the edges. It's quite nice. Mostly salty sherry character. Smallest punch of peat. Quite chocolatey throughout. Tastes nice at this ABV actually. 3.5/84

  15. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful expression of the 12 CS. Dominant ex-bourbon casks help keeping potential sulphur away. Clean, powerful, characterful, to-the-point Springer. Highly recommended!

  16. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful, solid, not too complex
    • Nose
      89 89
      Quite citrusy and citric, hints of vanilla, whiffs of leather and smoke, yellow fruits, quince, hints of tea, dry hay, little farmy, hints of honey, little kippery - not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, fruity, honey, more leathery notes, more teaish notes, little iodine, brine, seaweed, some fruit juicy, apple juice, spices, little oak wood
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, warm, spicy, little more woody, little herbal, more tea notes

  17. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Peanut Butter
    The 12 years old Cask Strength releases from Springbank are very popular and rightfully so. They are great, each and every one of them. The first batch appeared in 2010, in 2020 the 21st batch was launched (which I was able to try before it was released). But today I have batch 19 from 2019 in my glass. It’s a vatting of 65% bourbon casks and 35% sherry casks. I’m ready!
    Relatively alcoholic nose on oranges, peanut butter (!), peach, hazelnuts and peat. Pebbles in the sun. Sweet and sour peat, milk chocolate, sun dried tomatoes, herb butter, cooked ham. Not necessarily in that order. And not easy either, but very good.
    The alcohol is do-able on the palate. Fine integration. A dirty trace of sulfur appears first and threatens to ruin the day, but it recuperates quickly. Turns nicely fruity on apricots and peach, sweet caramel, blood oranges, baked apples with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Yes, surprisingly sweet, especially after this challenging nose.
    The finish is wonderfully long, clear and smoky.
    Not the best batch I’ve, in all honesty, but it remains one helluva dram, of course.

  18. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  19. DP93 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Beautiful on the palate, creamy in the mouth feel. All Springbank are smooth but the value for money on this is excellent. What a special 12 year old!

  20. Apikalov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  21. JoachimV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  22. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  23. DannyDram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Klater smoke, peat, vanilla biscuits, citrusy, spicy, ginger, pepper, honey, vanilla, powdered sugar, peppery. Medium complexity, full-bodied, nice texture, warming, delicate, creamy, vanilla sweetness, balanced, good intensity. With a little water, the liveliness disappears.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. Cartes86 scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

  25. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice dram with typical "dirty" Springbank notes. Many others allready wrote specific notes so I can hardly add anything extra to it. I like the finish best.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. InbhirNis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I found this difficult to access at first, but by the end of the bottle I was enjoying it enormously.

    More than any other distillery, I really feel I learn something new from every Springbank I drink.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dirty, oily, greasy and funky. Pecan and dried apricot, heavy and elemental. New tyres and something rummy - rum & raisin ice cream? Glace cherries. Water sweetens it and brings wax jackets, lanolin, burning wet leaves and smoked muscles. Rather fermentary.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful and concentrated, I often found I needed to add water unusually early. Dense, savoury, good sulphur. Takes lots of water, becoming more herbal (rosemary) and nutty. Lacks the full complexity of the nose, but it is only 12 years old.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, quite tarry and rubbery, tongue-tingling with more than a hint of smoke. Becomes slightly bitter.

  27. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, intense whisky. Fruity, salty.very pleasant.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Strong alcohol, fruity, orange, citrus, ripe fruits, banana. Vegetal. Later on spicy and salty, with a slight peaty touch, a whiff of ash.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong, powerful, fruity and some chocolate and caramel. Citrus, vegetal. Some prunes. Licorice and pepper.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still powerful, ashy and salty, licorice. Pretty long. Sweetness, caramel. Pepper.

  28. JBKwb scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  29. thebonewolf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I enjoyed this so much less than I thought I would. The 10 is pretty much a masterpiece of standard level whisky, so 2 extra years and no dilution should be moreso, but this just wasn’t my cup of tea. It was just kind of overwhelming at first, which was surprising since I’ve had easier times with similarly and more highly proofed expressions. I did grow to appreciate it more over time, and it’s far from bad (not even close), but I don’t think it’s worth the premium over the 10.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Campbeltown smoke (muted), orange, apricot.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Smoky malt, caramel, butter, pepper.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long. Smoky, wood, pepper, gum after a bit.

  30. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  31. jkswift scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  32. K C Wong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  34. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Rich. Dark honey, sea spray, spice, red fruit.
    • Taste
      Rich, again. Dark honey, spice, saline, red fruit.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, mildly peaty, spicy.

  35. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    with water. No, definitely not, it is so perfectly balanced

    Conclusion: As always a board, the 12 yo CS never disappoints, especially the finish is really great here.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla cream, caramel, toffee, peat smoke, sea salt, subtle iodine, tarred wood plank, plum, dried figs, red berries (strawberry)
    • Taste
      88 88
      creamy, voluminous, nice combination of vanilla, smoke and red fruits, figs and some wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, the same, pleasant combination of the taste, wood smoke, tar, berries, wood, light wax

  36. Макс scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  37. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  38. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    DAMN! I wanted to like this one so much more!

    I mean, it's not bad. It's just that I had read so many nice reviews about it, and the fact it was supposed to be "for me" with its majority of ex-bourbon cask maturation, I thought I would join the army of Springbank 12 CS afficionados....I guess I won't.

    Their price is great, the presentation is great (age statement, good bottle strength, no chill filtration and no color added) but this is not for me. I tried with or without water and I never thought "wow" after a sip of this.

    I still think Springbank is up there when it comes to scotch quality, I just seem to understand that this is not for my palate. And I'm a bit sad about it. Well, all bad news come with some positive aspects. I won't have to hunt these down to be able to grab a bottle while they're still available at the "right price". I'll leave that to the people who truly appreciate it.

    I might try it some other time and fall in love with it. I kinda doubt it.

  39. Mark-E scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  40. Wolf68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  41. toklian scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F21 B21

  42. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  43. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Yarema scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Eventually something went bad in the finish. Rather, the cask that was saved with another cask ...
    Nose - 21
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 85

  45. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 21 85

    delicious lemonade for strong-minded men!

    After standing, breathing became weaker, faded, Simple and strong, but without obvious jambs: 20 22 20 21 83+

  46. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  47. Captain Teague scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    So another Springer - most times they are good... Nose: Sweeet Sherry - Raisins, Vanilla, Sweet Oranges, marcipane, toffee, milk choc, nelken, a bit cinnamon - after you get used to sweetness the typical Spring notes pop in: a walk over a farm with all the different flavors(hey, earth, old wood, Silo, dung, leather) sourness (currant) and saltiness...Mouth: Sweet start, oranges, vanilla, marcipane again, nuts mix more bitter choclate, then sourness pops in lemon, sweeter balsamic vinegar, then eucalyptus/menthol ...Finish long: Mentol, gingeri and peppery notes with some bitterorange and slight ash/cold bonfire in the finish ---

    Note: Another great Spring CS Nose is neat is as good as it gets for 12 yrs imo.... and as i find quite everything i like at low/non smoked whiskies i'm gonna rate it high! - and all those guys crying that it was all better back in the days go to hell...

    ...these bottles shall be judged in 10 years (closed) my bottle now is so much better after having it open for 6 Month(5/12 of the bottle gone)..SO reminder to the low scores here: never judge a springer freshly bottled and opened..had some sulfur in the nose and taste the last time now it seems almost gone!

  48. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla honey sweet spices orange toffee, very enjoyable

  49. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  50. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Young, bright dessert whisky, Springbank's profile is quite recognizable, whisky is very well balanced and consistent
    • Nose
      89 89
      fish on fire, smoked dried fruits, sherry, citrus fruits, dough, a little varnish and farm and musty vegetables from the cellar
    • Taste
      88 88
      smoked spices, sherry, citrus fruits, sprats in oil
    • Finish
      88 88
      citrus, wood, dark chocolate and nuts, salt and some spices

  51. penumbra scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Simple like a single bucket.
    • Nose
      It looks like a 10-year advanced version. The dust, the smell of peat under the ore, the oily soda biscuits, the faint smell of ebony sherry buckets, a bit like a Dona Oloroso bucket.
      I finally woke up and stopped engaging in the sweet fruit style of the previous editions. The catch is that I can't find the marine flavor anymore. It is not very Genting.
    • Taste
      Medical alcohol, hawthorn cake, wild dates, ebony, plum, fat but not greasy, almonds, salt and pepper, ore, licorice, leather and nuts bitterness.
      The best flavor of sesame oil is 12cs, but the others are lackluster.

      It is full and strong, with very good oiliness, medium sweetness, no tannins, medium acidity, less astringency and bitterness.
    • Finish
      Long-term, tofu, sour plum, beeswax, sweet fruit.

  52. dhillworth scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  53. Thermidor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I had just one glass from a freshly opened bottle at a bar, so I dearly hope it develops over time. Some earlier batches, like 9, were much more to my liking when just opened.
    • Nose
      A bit yeasty for a SB? I don't immediately recognize the distillery. Some sherry comes next, but by the amount some other cask type must be involved too. A leather couch. With water the peat is finally as I expect, some pipe tobacco comes in, and there is more depth and richness.
    • Taste
      If it didn't nose exactly like a SB, it sure tastes like one, with extra leatheriness from the sherry. Liquorice, that oily peat, and some distant fruit.
    • Finish
      Greasy peaty liquorice and gentle sherry, with a fairly simple body. Again, some earlier batches, or the younger Local Barleys were more of a hit for me. One good thing is the usual bitter chalk isn't here.

  54. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 24℃

    Viewing Eyes: bright golden smell Nose: high sweetness, glucose syrup, range hood. There is not much sense of ore, oily feeling is not strong, gray texture is more obvious. Ume sugar, hawthorn sticks are the main line, sour taste is very prominent, bacon dipped in plum sauce, a little pound cake. It doesn't smell so fresh, with flying dust and a little muddy.
    Taste Palate: The peat at the beginning is slightly rough, and the suppression of grass and ash is slightly strong. Outstanding sourness, nine-made bayberry, expired preserved fruit, turbid gas and motor oil. In the middle, honeydew melons, minerals, and gray ores appear. The sense of clearness is fleeting and a little irritating. After the melon and minerals can't stretch directly, the sour taste continues to strike, and the bitter taste remains at the base of the tongue, and the two stubble out at the end.
    Finishing Finish: Chalk ash, Gan Gan, dried apricots, ebony lollipops, rock sugar gourd + glutinous rice cloth outside,
    Body of the wine: medium, full of oil and fat, obvious bitterness

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 85/100
    Body: 86/100
    Overall: 85/100

    Overall: Although I really want to come back with pd, but this new version has a lot of problems, anyway, it is not right.

  55. hfc scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    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.

  56. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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

  57. Igitor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  58. 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.

  59. 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

  60. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This is my first time tasting Springbank, having had some of the Longrow reds and the 21 year, and some Kilkerran 12 and 8 (2019) This was good but not as impressive as I thought it would be. Perhaps it needs a bit more time to breathe. Will revisit.

    EDIT: second time thought more highly of it. Bumping by a point. I also think I get some paprika on the end of the palate? Yum
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nose: toffee and raisins, some flint, figs and dates, pretty strong alcohol, cambeltown funk is more flint and figs here than farm and engine oil. With water: some mint rises up
    • Taste
      87 87
      Palate: hot. Coffee liqueur and fig pudding, rock dust. Some paprika at the end? Sweet smoky and like roasted capsicum. With water: more licorice and mint and walnuts
    • Finish
      86 86
      Finish: half bitter chocolate, concentrated blood orange marmalade. Maybe some tired old rosemary in olive oil - just a touch of herbalness. Slightly more bitter with water, less marmalade less chocolate more herbal minty

  61. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  62. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sweet and rich. One of the best in the CS12 line
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  63. Nordberg scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Another hit from Springbank, I just loved the memories this dram floods to my brain. It doesn’t taste amazing from a pure flavor profile but somehow still touches the right spots and is really enjoyable. Kind of like a funky beer that is really unique and flavorful but something that you wouldn’t call classically tasty.

  64. rubenmarra scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    I am starting to fall in love with springbank. I believe this is a exemplary distillery and here, for me they prove it again. The CS 12 yo is by far the best whisky I have tasted at this age. A beefy delivery of taste, a deep and complex barley aroma and yes after a while the famous coconut flavors. The aromas are carried by a delicate nutty campbeltown peat. Lovely

  65. DistiLesha scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice bottle for drinking in the evening. I’m more pleased to pour in a drum from Springbank than with another somehow ordinary mediocre regular.
    • Nose
      Fresh: cherry, yeast very bright, peat
      Breathing: grassy (valerian)
    • Taste
      Fresh: cherry with pit, peat smoke
      Breathing: sweet, peach seed bitterness, sourness, marzipan, cranberry berry
      With water: flower sweetness
    • Finish
      Fresh: very bitter, smoky, peat
      Breathing: knits, dry wood
      With water: astringency

  66. erwinnlim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  67. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  68. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  69. borniebg scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    N: sulfur, tobacco, pear, sherry
    P: peat, caramel, sherry
    F: long, spicy

  70. Apikalov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    19 batches were perfectly balanced. Chery barrels are so fresh and powerful that their presence in small quantities gave excellent results. Compared to 16/17 batches, this is all the more powerful, balanced, which does not stick out and develops in layers. The profile of the distillery is well recognized, and the quality is maintained from year to year at a high level. Springbank is definitely one of my favorite distilleries????????
    • Nose
      Aroma: weak peat with the first note. Next come baked apples, minerality, wet stone, salt. After aeration, the spectrum of Olorosso barrels comes: dried fruits, dark dried apricots, dark berries, definitely raspberries. Later added chocolate motifs, burnt jam. The nose is very developing, multi-layered.
    • Taste
      salted with acidity, mineral. A powerful olorosso barrel comes to the fore: chocolate, jam, tobacco leaves. Bourbon picks up vanilla, apples. Some wax notes. In the middle is a signature mineral / industrial note. Haze and pleasant bitterness comes at the very end. All this is very powerful, medium dry and a bit sweet. The taste is the same multi-layered, with each sip new tastes are revealed. Excellent.
    • Finish
      long, slowly flowing, mineral. Clear chocolate and tobacco with smoke.

  71. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  72. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  73. Squinugie scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  74. palmtop2 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Strong spring bench, very sweet, pleasant medium length finish,

  75. Springpool scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The Essence of Springbank

  76. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Moderate and simple batch, the more sherried ones was better.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruits, salted caramel, sherry, spicy oak, citruses and a musty cellar.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Dry wood, fruits, citruses, salted minerals, pepper and marzipan.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, spicy, peaty.

  77. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  78. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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)

  79. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  80. 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

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    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.

  81. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A good springbank. Ithis distillery is able to offer good quality products at affordable prices with a great quality / price ratio.
    Nose: citrus, cherry, cedar, ripe red fruit, a herbaceous side more accentuated by the addition of water.
    Taste: oily, so much oily .. the sherried side is predominant, then the fruity side comes out, as for the sense of smell the citrusy side emerge, peaches in syrup, candied orange, candied fruit, orange honey .. the end is still on these flavors, with the addition of water as the sweet side and the cherry fades, bourbon barrels emerge and a light, acrid, bitter peat. with hints of musk, camphor and a herbaceous side.just a problem, maybe a little bit too sulphourus and alcolic
    Good value for money, very pimp and endearing one , but good bottle

  82. EJS scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  83. dramidaris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  84. Furr scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

  85. Furr scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

  86. 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.

  87. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  88. 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.

  89. Socrates 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.

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