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Springbank 1966

Overall rating
95.33/100
votes
32
Whiskybase ID
WB14414
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Local Barley
Vintage
02.1966
Bottled
04.1998
Calculated age
32 years old
Casktype
Oak Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
1966 493
Strength
56.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
12 Mar 2010 3:38 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6400.39

50 × in wishlist

32 × member ratings

17 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1966

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.33 points

  1. MaltMinute scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    This is the type of single malt that just doesn't exist anymore. Perhaps, stored away in a warehouse somewhere, lie a highly aged cask or two that still contain liquid of this calibre.

    The palate pretty much matches the diversity and quality of the nose, which is a rarity as whiskies get this old. If I were a rich man (yada didi dada didi pidi dooby dooby do), I would love to try this head-to-head with some other top notch Springbanks. I think this cask 493 would stand strong against the 35 Millennium, the dark version of the 1995 release 30 year-old, local barley cask 443, and the 12 year-old 100 proofs of the mid 1990s.

    In short: a spectacular whisky and worthy of its position in the top 25.
    • Nose
      A tropical party with some light diesel fuel and charcoal smoke! Grilled peaches, grilled pineapples, grilled passion fruits, candied orange peels, and touches of old leather or unlit cigars. With time, notes of maple syrup and blackberry jam emerge and become dominant.
    • Taste
      This has one of the best mouthfeels I've ever experienced. Legitimately in the top 10. Unbelievably oily and incredibly clinging to the throat and tongue. Not really drying, rather luscious and juicy. Makes you salivate. All the aforementioned barbecued fruits are present with clear flavours of burning tobacco and motor oil. Even cooking spices come out like cloves, tamarind, and curry. Truly exceptional complexity here, it might be a touch better than the nose!
    • Finish
      A little more sour fruits than the ripe tropical fruits of the nose and palate, but they're in abundance. The peat and smoke are stronger here but there's also hints of super dark chocolate (like 90%+ dark cocoa) and freshly cracked black pepper. A truly long finish, it goes on for over 5 minutes. Leaves you speechless.

  2. SimonOHA scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    What a pleasure to feel such intensity, to feel that you fall in love, that you can't do anything about it and that you don't want to do anything about it. Incredible depth. Pure enchantment with each sip, the ones that fascinate you.
    • Nose
      Very tropical nose on mango and melon. Fresh and at the same time dirty on a small oily earth smoke which accompanies the whole. Honey, almond and coconut cake. Airing makes the nose oscillate between roasted pineapple as well as well-concentrated cooked mangoes and a nice freshness with hints of melon and coconut water. Some floral notes of orange blossom and frangipane.
    • Taste
      Complex mouth that goes in all directions, luminous aromas burst then overlap and finally arrange themselves in orderly layers before coming politely crashing at the back of the throat. But I forget to say the main thing: it's really very good. Spicy on cinnamon and brown sugar. All the tropical fruits are there but roasted. It's dense and concentrated, what a mouthful.
    • Finish
      Long, intense and warm finish under the tropical sun, the throat cradled by a lightly smoked basket made up of the fruits that grow in these regions. The retro-olfaction lengthens the journey.

  3. prz22 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    In ultimate springbank fight this is slightly beneath cask 443, still extraordinary dram to celebrate in private, delicious, silent time...
    • Nose
      98 98
      Fantastic bourbon nose with dozens of flavours to look for ...
    • Taste
      97 97
      Very spicy, full of layers,divine complexity. Superb quality, yet still lacks sth that exists in cask no. 443...
    • Finish
      98 98
      Exceptional, fruity, peaty, dry, Endless .. what a quality!!

  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

    A quality bourbon cask springer
    • Nose
      93 93
      Smells really old, on leather, book covers with some orange notes emerging, syrup cake and a few dark berry notes.
      The sort of nose you do not get these days, very good, one to take your time over.
    • Taste
      95 95
      More peat than I was expecting and very spicy with a lovely fruit note at first. The balance is good and the massive spice note just keeps growing, you have to really concentrate on this one to get all the flavours.
      With a few small drops of water the peat takes off and starts to overpower but there is no denying the quality on show here, balance and taste are top draw.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Just keeps going, lip smacking and peppery

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Wow just after 443 this one is much more on tropical fruits and almost equally brilliant

  7. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 1.005 € at Whiskyauction in Jan.2013

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

    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      97 97

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

    Very impressive! These Local Barleys from the Bourbon Oak are much different than the ones from the Sherry Casks (441, 442, 443). It's more comparable to the Local Barley 1967 (648 bottles) or 1970 (Cask 1766). This one is much drier and cleaner than the others, means not grassy and not dirty.
    Because of the cask strength it can take much water which unleashes its full potential. This is really great stuff!
    • Nose
      So fresh, rich, complex, tropical fruits, ripe bananas, pineapples, mangos, passion fruit, vanilla, toffee, little citrusy too - Great!
    • Taste
      Punchy, punchy, punchy - wow! After the first attack it is very oily, thick and creamy. Shoe polish, furnitures, citrus fruits, nice oak wood, subtle sweetness.
      With water it gets a much nicer sweetness, with sweet fruits like pears and strawberries and there is now also a clear Bourbon vanilla note. Excellent!
    • Finish
      Long and burning, it's just little zesty and there are green bananas. With water it becomes very smooth in the end.

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