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Springbank 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.28/100
votes
76
Whiskybase ID
WB139372
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
21.08.2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
88% Bourbon, 12% Port
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
19/328
Barcode
610854187002
Added on
25 Sep 2019 1:31 pm by Malzbrenner
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 145.91

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 18-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.28 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The 2019 vintage: 88% ex-bourbon barrels, 12% port barrels.
    For me, the port barrel participation was in no way imposable, which in my opinion speaks for the barrel selection. It would be interesting if you had a dram from this production line for direct comparison, which comes 100% from the ex-bourbon barrel.
    The whisky itself: very round, very tasty, as a friend of the distillery you don't go wrong.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Greet the nose with a freshly prepared fruit salad made from peach, banana, papaya, mango and red apple. Not too overbearingly sweet, thanks to the mineral note in addition to a handful of wood shavings. A little lavender and rosemary, but the fruits definitely set the tone.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy, pleasantly strong start. Viscose and mouth filling. The fruit salad from the nose continues unchanged on the tongue. A pinch of pepper, a little sea salt, damp pebbles, a hint of chain fat - pretty much what you can expect from a spring bench. The 18 years in the barrel ensure that it lingers on the palate for a long time. Otherwise, age does not necessarily impose itself, neither with a particular dryness, nor with a pronounced wood note. Caramel, honey, custard dusted with cinnamon, coffee grounds.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish with only traces of fruit, but with nougat, almond slivers, milk coffee, honey, rounded off by the "Springbank minerality", which is very pleasant and well integrated in this bottling.

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Think Springbank 12 Batch 15 aged another six years and watered down to 46 percent. That's pretty much how this one smells and tastes. Love that leather note on the nose and the palate complies. I wouldn't call this one "dirty" as another reviewer had said before deleting his review, ha! I wonder why. Maybe he wanted more bottles and less competition. More likely, he had tasted another bottling at a festival and got mixed up with this release. He's a favorite reviewer of mine, BTW. Very keen sense and experience tasting fine whiskies.

    Anyway, this one isn't particularly "dunnage-heavy" and it doesn't have a huge amount of Ye Olde Springbank funk. But listen, man, you're reading the impressions of a guy who drank the Springbank 100's for years with particulates in the bottom and a ton of Blackadders with the same thing. So one man's "dirt" might be another man's clean dinner plate.

    I do savor a lovely dirty whisky with hints of leather, just like a lovely dirty woman dressed in leather. Or better yet, both at once, ha!

    In all seriousness, however, this run is an Old Skool style of whisky. It reminds me of the late 1980's and early 1990's style of whiskies that had been distilled int he late 60's and early 70's. When it comes to Scotch and me, I see very few improvements.

    Computers are anathema to making great Scotch and many of the longstanding traditions and knowledge is going to its grave thanks to the multinationals bankrupting Scottish distilleries by having Hollywood emphasize other liquors in the late 1990's. Then those hurting distilleries were bought up for pence on the pound. That wasn't good for whisky making, but it's a time honored practice of billionaires to soften up a potential investment for the kill like veal in a pen.

    Springbank has some of the old magic and it's flowing through this bottle like a trip down Drammery Lane to Brigapoon: "I'm highly attracted to you, Springbank. Why, when I smell and taste the whisky in some of your better bottles, I feel wee tadpoles jumping in my spine."

  3. Whiskyhuette scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    In the nose, the typical mineral Springbank notes, with citrus fruits with peach, vanilla, subtle smoke and some mint. Later comes leather and tobacco.
    On the palate again citrus, creamy, coconut, salted caramel
    Long finish with licorice and again a little mint

  4. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    may 2021
    i got this sample from one of my local dealers here in vienna. when pouring this the room fills with a dessert smell. the nose blows me away completely, whereas the taste is just over average - complaining on a very high level of course. a few more % abv would give it a bit more grip it could use on the palate but which non-cs-dram wouldnt? :)
    • Nose
      91 91
      sweet and delicate, the peat is almost non existent (althought i must say that the bottle have been open for a long time now). maritime sweetness which reminds me of arran 14. blueberries, orange marmelade, creme brúlee, vanilla frosting. beautiful.
    • Taste
      88 88
      much more complexity and dryness that the nose presents. cardboard springbank peat mixed with ripe citrus fruit. after the nose i would have expected more roundness. it starts off powerfull while lossing the grip after a few seconds.
    • Finish
      87 87
      rather long woody cardboard finish. complaining on a very high level it could be a little less watery. some wood comes through which shows the age.

  5. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very good springbank as well as the usual single cask
    Bottling at cask strength, of course, remains a little behind.
    But that's complaining at a high level.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. mackie_gm scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Even at 46% is lacks both intensity (which is not a problem of strength, I love great, delicate 40% drams) and it also lacks the typical Springbank character. Disappointing, and from the 10, 12, 15 and 21, this is the weakest of the standard line.

  7. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. dramspotter scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    fine but no great show; my disappointment with the 18-year-old continues

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