Springbank 1962

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
White Label Big Golden S
Stated Age
29 years old
Sherry Cask
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 mar 2010 5:11 pm

Average value

€ 9781.50

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34 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Springbank 1962

6 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 95.44 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    What color ! It looks like an old Cointreau, with its orange reflections.

    A "perfect" whisky, without any flaws. We are definitely on a big sherry, perfectly balanced, without any astringency. All simply magnificent.

    The empty glass remains very expressive, on tobacco, nuts, burnt caramel and prune.
    • Nose
      96 96
      What a nose! Say it's reduced to 46%!
      An impressive balance. At no time is it heavy or stuffy.
      We are definitely on the big sherry, with chocolate, cocoa, coffee, liquorice, almost chocolate fondant. It is greedy.
      We also have a nice dose of black fruits. Plums, blackberries, dates, figs mainly.
      We have precious wood, a little wax, dusty old furniture.
      Everything balances out perfectly.
    • Taste
      95 95
      In the mouth we continue in the momentum of the nose. It's a little more dense and imposing. Once again the reduction is impressive.
      Date, figs, caramel, toffee, noble wood, old furniture.
      Always a lot of dark chocolate.
      We passed each other in an old automobile warehouse, with its aromas of gasoline and macadamia.
      Absolutely no astringency.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long finish on cocoa powder, dark chocolate fondant, plum, barbecue, leather, tobacco, noble wood.

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  3. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] Unfortunately a small sample only, but hey - anyone out there who would not love to taste a sip of this dram no matter how small the size is...

    ...and this is great stuff from the past. There are very few vintage 1962 bottlings out there at all and among them this certainly is one of the best.
    • Nose
      95 95
      The colour is very dark at brown sherry and the nose offers this adorable old-style sherry profile of the fifties/sixties with the Springbank malt still alive and perfectly integrated into a sherry-malt-wooden trinity. No flaw or off-note or imbalance, this is both very enjoyable and interesting to explore. There are these rare chocolatey-mocha aromas in this nose which are hardly found in any more modern sherry maturation (on the palate these flavours are quite common but not so in the nose). I strongly advice to use a big spherical blender's glass and let this dram breath for at least 30 minutes to catch its full beauty.
    • Taste
      95 95
      The taste is very intense and impressive with an onrush of flavours which is almost too much for my taste buds. After they adopted to this massive attack a whole universe of different impressions enfold with all the delicious sherry and trademark Springbank malt flavours presents, among them fruits of all kinds (both fresh and dried), mechanical and vegetable oils, cocoa powder, dark coffee beans, spices, furniture polish, dark chocolate and many more. This dram is a real chewer with a thick and creamy texture, and it offers more impressions the longer I chew it. Again, no flaw or imbalance and the wood is about perfect in this setting.
    • Finish
      94 94
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating with a some bitter-astringent moments which often come along with long sherry maturations (tannins). The finish is long and strengthens both the chocolatey and polished wooden notes with a minor bitter-drying ending which is not distracting. Some drops of water smooth both nose and taste, actually I like this dram best when a little reduced to about 43% abv.

  4. prz22 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Another Royal Springbank, which leaves me speechless... I can taste many old sherry bottlings and most of them are so similliar to each other.. not Springer. This malt and character is there, and it Shines. Absolutely spectacular!!
    • Nose
      97 97
      You can spend weeks with this one. So intense i cannot believe its 46%. Deep, dark, full of layers, what a killer!! That being said, 100proof sa or 1966 443 local barley are still better..
    • Taste
      97 97
      What a poem! Again i'm speechless! There is so much happening here, and it is still so easy to find springbank character in each history that this whisky is telling.
    • Finish
      100 100
      Finish is perfect. It never stops. It is like a long book to read on it's own. Perfectly balanced, niuanced, hits all spots. Just perfect.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Springbank Head to Head 22 samples, some tasted before.
    The line up in age order Nas -40 years old, some official bottles some independent bottles.
    Contenders for the best Sprinbank as follows.

    Pure West Highland Malt (NAS)+/- 1960 70 proof peated WB 72988
    10 year Tappo Sughero black label big S 59% OB WB 41678
    11 year Society bottling 57.9% OB WB 21853
    12 year black label big S 80 proof OB dark sherry WB 75805
    12 year green thistle gold cap 46% OB WB 14533
    12 year 100 proof 57.1% sherry wood Samaroli WB 9260
    21 year 2012 46% OB WB 30350
    21 year 2018 46% OB WD 111815
    23 year 1970 23 year Local Barley tall bottle 46% OB WB 11138
    24 year 1966 sherry cask 443 Local Barley dumpy bottle 58.1% OB WB 14391
    25 year pear shape bottle 43% OB WB 38084
    25 year 2006 46% OB WB 656
    29 year 1962 white label big S 46% WB 14430
    29 year 1974 Chieftain’s Choice cask 1778 51.2% WB 27756
    30 year Millennium bottle 1999 46% OB WB 11045
    30 year parchment label dumpy 46% WB 11117
    32 year 1966 bourbon cask 493 Local Barley dumpy bottle 56.8% OB WB 14414
    35 year 1968 Berry Bros 46% WB 530
    35 year Millennium bottle 1999 46% OB WB 11056
    37 year 1970 Secret Treasures 43% WB 12967
    37 year 1968 cask 1541 Dun Bheaghan Pedro Ximenez 56.5% WB 11864
    40 year 1969 cask 263 Signatory Vintage 54.4% WB 15778

    Result 1-22
    1st -30 year dumpy OB - 97/96/96
    2nd 1968 Dun Bheaghan - 94/96/96
    3rd 10 year 59% Tappo Sughero OB - 94/95/96
    4th 12 year Samaroli 100 proof OB - 94/95/95
    5th 1970 Local Barley tall bottle OB - 93/95/95
    6th 32 year cask 493 Local Barley OB - 93/95/94
    7th 1962 29 year OB - 96/93/94
    8th 30 year Millenium OB - 94/94/94
    9th 24 year cask 443 Local Barley OB - 94/93/94
    10th 12 year black label OB - 92/94/93
    11th Nas Springbank Pure West Highland - 91/93/93
    12th 1999 11 year OB Society bottling - 90/94/93
    13th 1974 Ian Macleod 51.2% - 90/94/92
    14th 40 year 1969 cask 263 Signator - y 92/93/92
    15th 35 year Millenium OB 95/92/92
    16th 1967 Berry Bros 35 year - 91/91/91
    17th 12 year OB green thistle gold cap - 90/91/91
    18th 1970 ST 12967 88/91/92 -
    19h 21 year OB 2012 - 91/91/90
    20th 21 year OB 2018 - 88/92/90
    21st year 2006 OB - 92/88/88
    22nd year OB Pear shape - 80/87/87

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    You must try a few drops of water with this one, better on the nose and palate, not many old springers as rich as this but the similarities with this rare 12 year WB 75805 are clearly there and some similarities with this very old locally bottled Nas Pure West Highland.
    • Nose
      96 96
      As good as if not better than the 35 year Millennium, which is saying something?
      Very rich, dark and all on cocoa, mocha, coffee and chocolate wrapped up in a glorious sherry note.
      Like nosing a fresh out the oven cake.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The liquid is thick & syrupy but slightly bitter, this is almost too rich for me and heavy going but there is no denying the quality.
      Heavy rich flavours of date, fig, dark berry compote , the darkest or orange marmalade, the one that is the same colour as treacle.
      Oh I nearly forgot the peat aspect which is finely integrated into all the other flavours
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, spicy and rich

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    That’s a spectacular springbank, the sherry is perfectly integrated and never overpowering.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Photo Moderator

    I just compared this 29yo one head to head with the following

    1. Springbank 30yo Millenium Limited Edition


    2. Springbank 35yo Millenium Limited Edition


    The 29yo is for me between those - the 30yo is somewhat lighter than this 29yo and the 35yo is more fruity and intense and overall more balanced. Anyhow this 29yo is really special!

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      96 96

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Photo Moderator

    Very dark, heavy, rich, not drying at all - what a grand old scotch - Fantastic!
    • Nose
      Heavy sherry notes, old books, dusty, dark fruits, prunes, plums, chocolate and toffee, sweet pipe tobacco, very complex - Superb!
    • Taste
      Little punchy, oily, very smooth and creamy, hints of caffe mocha, the dried and dark fruits are back such as plums, dates, etc. nice oak wood, good sweetness - Excellent!
    • Finish
      Medium long, smooth, sweet, fruity


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