Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.48/100
votes
184
Whiskybase ID
WB14387
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
03.2010
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
60% Fresh Sherry Hogsheads & 40% Refill Sherry Butts
Casknumber
Batch 1
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
54.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
10/140
Added on
10 mar 2010 9:03 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 129.90

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

18 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.48 points.

  1. cfosterk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Batch 1 has some nice earthy dunnage notes along with the obvious un-iced Christmas cake from the cask make up. Unripe banana skins and green mangoes, some dry cleaning fluid and flowery fabric conditioner, icing sugar, dry pebbles, kiwi brand clear polish and wet oak. Smokey rather than peaty.
    On the palate honey, aromatic woods - cedar and sandal, Smokey dry peat, citrus zests, meadow hay lofts some grass too. Malty and barley rich. Water makes it more syrupy and coal dust emerges with less peat. Also becomes fruitier, softer, but more luscious

  2. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Scent: Reminds me more of the Local Barley series (not the old one, the new one) than other 12's. I'm getting wet vintage leather, cowboy boots (my old ones that were well oiled for wet weather), curdled cream, paraffin. Some tropical fruits, as well.

    Taste: Not too unlike the nose, but there are more dairy-like elements in the mouth. I don't always like water in the 12's, but this one needs a bit. Opens up into more tropical and some orchard fruits, steak sauce, talc, Greek yogurt, white pepper, a nice amount of peat for a 12, and a Marathon chocolate bar, complete with caramel.

    Finish: medium in length with notes of saltwater taffy, dark chocolate, and more of that nice funky springbank peat. There's an industrial note that is very faint. Reminds me of "penta" wood preservative.

    You might find this bottle at auction. I wouldn't pay over 140 pounds for it. If you're wealthy then you might as well go younger than a 12 CS and get yourself a really old label from earlier than the 12 CS series. That would be more interesting, in my book, even though it won't be CS. I got my 12 CS Batch One for $75 back in the day. I still have one unopened bottle left. I think I must have bought four or five of them. At the time, I didn't realize that it would become a regular limited production series. I thought it was just a one-off.

    Yes, I've been a huge springbank fan for longer than some of you have been old enough to drink in the USA (21 yrs). I drank my first glass at a pub in Edinburgh when I was 20 years old.

    After that, I moved to New York City and always had a bottle in my apartment even though I was earning about $27,000 per year most of the time. I enjoyed the 1980's bottlings more than the 90's bottlings and even back in the early 90's I tried to buy the older bottlings, which weren't very expensive, and sometimes were cheaper!

    I'm 52 now. Cheers. This Batch One drinks a bit more like an early 2000's bottling than most of the 12's do these days. Like most whisky, Springbank tends to get better the farther back you go. I've had some 1970's bottlings. Honestly, I think a fairly young Springer from the 1980's drinks better today than back then (today, I'm thinking of the 10 and 12 year olds). I do believe that bottle aging happens. it's not a fantasy and it can certainly improve what was already a good thing. This said, bottle aging can also bring out some nasty notes if the whisky is merely passable at the time it was bottled. Bottle aging tends to make a good thing better and a bad thing worse, IMO. And that's assuming the bottle was stored in favorable conditions, like a cool basement or cellar. Storing a bottle in a garage or a store room that gets above 100 degrees for part of the year and near freezing in winter is never a good thing.

    As one closing comment, I would say this Springer has more dairy than any other batch of the 12. I tend to notice dairy notes more than most reviewers. I've been given a very sensitive nose and palate. It wasn't always so. After I was beaten up badly by a biker gang in Middle Village Queens, NY, my nose grew back different. Even though I have a slightly deviated septum, I can smell things that I never was able to smell before. The nerve bundles overcompensated somehow for being open palmed to the point of nearly dying. I guess it was my body's way of fighting to stay alive. I happened to be exiting a bar and was beaten up by one gang initiate who was trying to prove himself and become a full fledged member. I have nothing to do with biker gangs. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I was big and strong enough (and slightly drunk, let's be honest) to look like a worthy opponent who would go down fast, which I did. In fact, I was waiting for a cab that I had called. As it turned out, I ended up going home with a friend who looked after me. I almost died that night. Life is strange. I guess the old saying is sometimes true: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger . . . or, in my case, more sensitive. I could probably sort out friends in a room and pick them out blindfolded by scent alone with my eyes closed. Believe me, that is not always a good thing. In fact, it's usually not.

  4. Falnor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    elegant and beautiful. and since
    it’s a springbank,
    full flavored and wonderfully balanced as well
    • Nose
      light to dark fruits, light citrus,
      elegant sherry, grass, butter/cream
    • Taste
      sweet, heavy fruits, spicy,
      oranges, burst of wood spices, hint of cream, orange peel bitter
    • Finish
      medium-long, spicy, spices, black
      pepper, heavy fruits, butter, spicy grass at the back followed by light malt,
      sugared citrus tang and black pepper

  7. antheo did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    how does one tell the difference between the normal version and this limited edition 6000bott version ? 

  8. RL_whisky scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  9. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    oh boy this 12 year old tastes and smells much much older and offers great depth of flavours and complexity. This is a highly satisfying whisky and I can recommend it wholeheartedly

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-315-springbank-12-year-cs/
    • Nose
      A lush, deep, rich, pungent (in a good way) and complex whisky with aroma’s of soft smoke, earthy peat, barley, soft licorice, marzipan, wax, salted caramel, toffee, sultanas, dark forest honey, fudge, old books, rich (old) sherry, spicy oak, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, a hint of black pepper, hay, a subtle tone of sulfur (in a nice way), chocolate, grass, herbal tea, stewed apple, pear, candy store, dried fruits (prunes, figs, apricots), leather, coffee beans, orange zest and a soft hint of fresh bay leaves.
    • Taste
      A powerful, full, lush, layered, balanced, and complex whisky with aroma’s of white pepper, soft smoke, earthy peat, heather honey, licorice, sea salt, bitter orange marmalade, orange zest, hay, grass, soft tones of dried flowers, slightly bitter tannins, old tea, nutmeg, spicy ginger, sawdust, caramel, coriander, cedar wood, sweet tobacco, hint of coconut, vanilla, dried stone fruits (mainly prunes with some macerated cherries), green tea, mocha, dried herbs (bouquet garni), leather, spicy oak, hint of banana and various roasted nuts.
    • Finish
      A long and slightly drying finish with aroma’s of soft bitter tannins, old sherry, wood spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, orange zest, hint of smoke and sweet vanilla.

  10. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  11. From2Barrel scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A very good powerful and balanced whisky. Rating: 88
    • Nose
      The nose is rich, deep and subtle. Flavors of malt, oak and leather. We are also clearly on exotic fruits. Then comes honey, salted butter caramel and a discreet smoke.
    • Taste
      The mouth is thick, peppery on red fruits and exotic fruits (mango) Chocolate, caramel, dried apricots and vanilla and a little smoke. With a little water, one feels a frank opening on the grapefruit and the dried herbs.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish on honey, caramel and peat.

  12. cfosterk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    wonderful cask strength gem. easily one of the best entry level whiskies with great complexity and presented with no caramel or chill filtration. Quality wood used. Will become iconic and partly responsible for the renaissance of Springbank. I think at retail price this is amazing value.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. basje scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nose: Very interesting, very rich. Leather, sherry, polish, soft smoke, etc.

    Palate: Smoky and mineral, pepper, red fruits. Great thick mouthfeel, you can chew it!

    Finish: Smoky, dry and dissapointingly short.

    Conclusion: A great honest malt that displays the beautiful and rich Springbank character. It has a great mouthfeel and bursts with flavour. It's only flaw is its short finish and high price tag.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  14. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Can use a drop of water.
    • Nose
      A lot of polish, even for a Springbank. Papaya, apricot, toffee, peat, mango, green banana, glue and a little grapefruit.
    • Taste
      Apricot, toffee, peat, papaya, chocolate, pepper and glue.
    • Finish
      Mango, chocolate, peat and toffee.

  15. MB28 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. Furtia scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  17. Malt Hans scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Malty and fruity aroma, mango, cloves, ripe

    banana, cinnamon, apple, burnt almonds, heather honey, ripe orange and

    vanilla. Marzipan sweet taste, pepper, eucalyptus, nutmeg, cinnamon,

    orange marmelade, peat, vanilla and malt. Long, sweet, malty, and peaty

    end.

  18. hsmithjr scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Vanilla.  English toffee.  Brine, then chocolate covered oranges. Smoke.  
    • Taste
      Oily on the palate.  More toffee and some salted caramel.  Burnt pastry. Marmalade, then hints of chocolate.
    • Finish
      Sweet, long and dry.  Smoky.  Salty at the end.

  19. I_SPEY scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A very enjoyable and easy drinking whisky, imho.
    • Nose
      neat: wood, leather and peat(moderate);ww: slightly greasy, peatyish and liquorice!
    • Taste
      neat: liquorice, much liquorice! some orangezest and spices;ww: same, but nicer, softer and an enjoyable lemon taste!!
    • Finish
      Is rather long with spices and wood; lightly peated(now!).

  20. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    this one seems to like being left alone half empty at the back of the shelf and improves quite a bit for me - less flinty/gunpowdery, when freshly opened has some stronger vanilla generally, & some slight cardboard notes in the finish, seems more complex & pleasant left in an open bottle for a few months
    • Nose
      sweet & savoury malt, mirabelles, gravel, butter-y, wet leather, chalk, some gunpowder/flints,  (87)
      Later: butterscotch & honey, maybe even some slight beeswax, some smoky notes turn up & the sherry influence creeps through, slight chocolate now, but also with a few rubber notes & feels a bit less balanced. (85)
      W Water: much sweeter & brighter, more diverse fruits (still some mirabelles, but also grapefruit, pineapple  & peach... and cucumber...?) & vanilla, wet hair (not dog...), rapeseed flower & honey, some rubber. feels a tad flat-er as it lost some of the nice savoury notes. (84)
    • Taste
      more flint-y than the nose suggested first of, then some honey plus some salt/sea spray. (85)
      W Water: quite smokey now, flint-y & slightly dry-er than without water. Feeling 'cool' despite being room temperature (84)
    • Finish
      nice malty notes with some grey bread, meal-y mirabelles, chocolate & grape seeds, some salt, again honey (rapeseed), quite a bit of woody dryness occasionally with a cardboard-y touch (moreso when the bottle is fresh it seems), (85/87)
      W Water: gravel, some vanilla & honey, slight mirabelles, turning fruitier in the very end but still with a sour/dry edge. (85)

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