Springbank 1966

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Local Barley - West Highland
Stated Age
24 years old
Oak Sherry Cask
1966 443
58.1 % Vol.
50 ml 750 ml
Added on
12 Mar 2010 12:02 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 10492.00

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83 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1966

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.84 points

  1. jay83 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    Surely one of the greatest bottlings in Whisky History and one of the most brilliant sensorial experiences in your life... The absolute summit of sherry matured spirit!

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 99 points Moderator

    After the miniature I was lucky to get the big bottle - I think the aromas are even more intensive. Thus my rating got even higher.
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      99 99

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 99 points Moderator

    I'm speechless - this is for sure one of the best Springbanks I ever had. Absolutely perfect!
    • Nose
      Fresh, intensive, rich oak wood with plenty of fruits including oranges, apricots, plums, pineapples, bananas. Notes of raisins, toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, sweet vanilla, honey, marzipan and so on. Really very complex - absolutely brilliant!
    • Taste
      Wow, the initial punch blows me away. Just quickly after there are coming up lots of different aromas that are well balanced. Oily, liquorice, thick sweet sherry wood, toffee, a bit citrusy and lemony, meaty and ham, coffee and dark chocolate. Dried fruits, plums, prunes - you name it!
    • Finish
      Long burning but smooth with this great balance between sweetness and oaky notes lingering. With water even more sweetness and oaky notes come up and make it even more enjoyable.

  4. 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

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    I found this one really difficult to score, the sherry is top class and the balance is pretty decent but the peat is just a little too dominant over the sherry so for me the balance could be better.
    Hey I am nit-picking here, this is a world class distillate but in this H2H it does note make the top echelons, which has surprised me a little.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Full on nose, very expressive for sure, sherry, peat, dark fruits, cedar wood , blackcurrant, faint raspberry.
      Redcurrant notes emerge or cranberry that sort of thing, and then a meaty note comes in.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Yes, this is really powerful and with some of the richest sherry you can imagine but it is also drying with some oaky bitterness in the background, not too much but you can notice it.
      There is quite a big blast of crisp peat mixing with the sherry but the fruit is held back. Mixed fruit jams are the fruit but the peat dominates with some wood creeping in.
      Good balance but the fruit is held back because of the peat which in my view upsets the fragile balance of this one.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Massive with the peat fighting with the rich sherry to the end

  6. prz22 scored this whisky 100 points Expert Junior

    Springbank legendary bottlings dont disappoint.
    What an intense, deep, Rich and multilayered sherry profile. Unbelievable experience. Is this already a perfection??
    There are no words..
    • Nose
      100 100
      Best sherrybomb my mind could believe in. Dark fruits, salt, coffies, spices, all so balanced and so intense. Whisky may smell differently but cannot smell better..

      Apples in Garlic smoke, old books, cakes, pure awesomeness!!
    • Taste
      99 99
      What a sweet sour bitter salty strike!
      Perfect woody flavours, burned dark fruits, all spices in a world. King springbank arrives...
    • Finish
      100 100
      Endless, powerful, coffee, chocolate, intense even after long minutes... what an experience..
      Is there any better sherrybomb profiled whisky out there?

  7. Jazzhawk scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    A bit darker than Cask 441, also terrific
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      96 96

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    The best local barley I have had so far, really brilliant everything is there and the finish is endless

  9. Gusto scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    Happy that I was allowed to try a sample.
    Intensity in all respects. No shy aroma - full effect.
    The Christmas cake of grandmother is almost physically there, the bottles were taken only from the edge of the barrel?

  10. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    24 yo 1966/1990 (58.1%, OB, Local Barley, cask #443) Colour: mahogany. Nose:
    wahhwahhwahh! It’s hard to find as much ‘old wax’,
    beeswax, old orange liqueur, leather polish, coal smoke, milk chocolate
    and roasted chestnut gathered in the same whisky. Also hints of
    metal polish, car engine (pick your favourite model), beef bouillon,
    parsley, old books, toffee… It’s really powerful but
    in no way aggressive. Becomes truly exceptional after ten minutes.
    With water: morels! Truffles! Old style pipe tobacco! Please call
    the anti-maltoporn brigade! Mouth (neat): now you yodel. As Rich
    as the Sultan of Brunei, as thick as honey and as ‘wide’
    as… well, the world (sorry, never been too good at analogies
    and metaphors in English). ‘Spoonable’. With water:
    this will remain between this whisky and me, if you don’t
    mind ;-). Finish: ditto. Comments: no need to add even more to the
    legend, I guess. Simply, it’s no whisky, it’s a work
    of art. It was still a bit rough and overly sherried when I first
    tried it - the bottle had just been opened - but after two months
    of breathing, yes, wahhwahhwahh! SGP:662 - 96 points.  Whiskyfun.com
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      98 98


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