- 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
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83 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1966
10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.84 points
- 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!
- 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.
- I'm speechless - this is for sure one of the best Springbanks I ever had. Absolutely perfect!
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!
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!
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.
- 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
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
- 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.
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.
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.
Massive with the peat fighting with the rich sherry to the end
- 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..
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!!
What a sweet sour bitter salty strike!
Perfect woody flavours, burned dark fruits, all spices in a world. King springbank arrives...
Endless, powerful, coffee, chocolate, intense even after long minutes... what an experience..
Is there any better sherrybomb profiled whisky out there?
- A bit darker than Cask 441, also terrific
- The best local barley I have had so far, really brilliant everything is there and the finish is endless
- 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?
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