Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.04/100
votes
429
Whiskybase ID
WB148336
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
08.01.2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
35% Sherry & 65% Bourbon Casks
Casknumber
Batch 20
Strength
55.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
20/03
Barcode
610854547004
Added on
05 feb 2020 3:12 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 293.92

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

91 users have left 95 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.04 points.

  1. Drum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tart and sweet, interesting for me because I already knew Batch 18. I had this batch as a blind tasting, so short notes.
    • Nose
      Marginal smoke or spiciness, tobacco, sweet leather.
    • Taste
      Smoke, sweet sherry, some pepper, dark fruit and grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Oak, dry, gum, grapefruit, smoke and pepper.

  2. VEF206 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    in profile it looks quite soft and rather restrained.
    Still a nice malt with a pleasing profile.
    • Nose
      89 89
      maritime smoke, vanilla, citrus fruits, light fruits, herbs, light floral notes
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet and fruity, subtle herbal smoke, vanilla, caramel, later pepper
    • Finish
      87 87
      sweet fruity, vanilla, some fruit, nuts, slightly smoky

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Today the second part of the sample came into the glass. Despite only 35% sherry, it dominates the 65% bourbon casks. Nevertheless, a harmonious malt that once again shows the high quality of the Springbank Spirit and the barrels.

    Thanks for the great rehearsal Michael!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Falnor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Another great example of great whisky, affordable, not that old, but complex nonetheless.
    Great in line-ups. Try it out between soft bourbon casks/ heavy sherry or powerfull peated. This will bring very different aspects to light.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. man2392 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: bandages, iodine, preserved lemons, digestive biscuits, eggshells, paprika, kleftiko, cinnamon and caramelised fennel
    Palate: saltwater taffy, artisanal marshmallows, candied citron peel and trdelník
    Finish: pickled cherries, cranberries, hazelnut milk and streusel, lime zest and preserved ginger

    With water:
    Nose: musk, white pepper, jasmine, oud, sandalwood and manchego, white chocolate smores, orange blossom and soup mandels, honeydew melon and worn leather
    Palate: sugarplums, lychee and rosepetals, lemon flavour rock and rice pudding
    Finish: icing sugar and vanilla sponge, Fry's Turkish Delight and damson jam, gentle lingering heat- sansho pepper with pumice stones

  9. TimkoT scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. HunterRomario scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 55.3%
    Aroma: More closed, malty, pungently spicy. Cloves, cinnamon, rotten fruitiness. (83 b)
    Taste: The smell was disappointing, but the taste is better. Spicy, spicy, nice wood, light sherry smerry. (85 b)
    Points: 84
    Summary: The third tasted batch of twelve-year-old Springbank in barrel strength and the weakest for me so far.

  12. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Another one of these... don't understand why I hold on to them rather than open and enjoy every batch I have managed to get hold of.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Peat, sherry, dunnage, farm, copper, dirt...
      As complex as a 12 year old can get, this has the full range of the distillate and the cask combination.
      Maybe not as good as some previous patches I have tried, I kind of miss the burnt electronics note, but somehow it seems that the sherry/bourbon ratio doesn't matter to this brew. It just works. The peat-sherry notes are about perfectly balanced, and then you can just pile on the other stuff.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The nose sucks you into this one and I really don't feel like diluting it. I want the kick, I want the thrill of the full on experience. And at 55% it goes down remarkably easy.
      It's thick and creamy, the peat-sherry balance from the nose is carried on perfectly.
      Salty peat, sweet sherry fruits, spicy licorice root.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long.... sweet, spicy, lightly dry.
      It plays beautifully, no matter what tune you prefer.

  14. elipszis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      salty buttered popcorn
      corn on the cob
      mint
      vanilla
      peaches
      leathery
      buttery
    • Taste
      88 88
      corn on the cob
      salty
      earthy
      smoky
    • Finish
      88 88
      earthy
      vegetable bitter (radish)
      maize
      medium long

  15. boozegeeksouth scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  16. JoachimV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peach, apricots, coconuts, oranges, farm air, apples, wet pebbles and honey.
    • Taste
      Orange, apricots, pepper and salt.
    • Finish
      Medium. Sweet, slightly salty and oranges.

  17. Syleo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I was really looking forward to this 12CS, in which the ex-bourbon part predominates for the first time. I have to say: it works - less fruity than some other batches, but no less exciting.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Furry and oily, overripe apples, pickled dates and caramel
    • Taste
      87 87
      oily and strong, lines the mouth dominantly, blackberries, molasses, some oak and minimal smoke with a very slight bitter note
    • Finish
      91 91
      Honey and malt, spreads on the palate for a long time, no more hint of bitterness, very harmonious

  18. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    Cask strength peat sherry is hard to pull off and the last great one I had was the Kilkerran.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Straight away you get that nice peat, sherry balance.
      It's like a Sunday roast with fruit summer pudding for afters.
      A bit of ginger and spice.
      Nice old leather wallet with plenty of copper as my Fatha used to say.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Just what I was hoping for and expect from this great distillery, the balance is also spot on.
      At 55% it is chewy and exciting because it has that wow factor. (Can't believe i used that cliche)
      Nice amount of spice too.
      Can't see me adding water to this, if I had a full bottle I probably would just to see the difference.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is long and peat shows it's hand but those sherry notes just roll off it to the very death.

  19. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 21 85 +

    Not a bad batch, Yes, good, but the modern dryness in the aftertaste prevented me from putting it higher ...

  20. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. MrDvorak scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is typical of this distillery sweet rich malt with perfume and wet stones. The taste is buttery, with nuances of biscuit pie with citrus zest and mineral water. Medium-length finish, scent-cream.

    Excellent Springbank, the fortress gives a serious deep profile, which is already much easier to decompose into derivatives than in diluted versions.

    RATING: 89pts - | 87 - 89 (B +) → Great | - Always nice to have a bottle of this.

  22. IWE_Sheva scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      sweet smoke (sherry influence)
    • Taste
      nutty, a pinch of cinnamon
    • Finish
      medium, dry

  23. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. SimondeVette scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A nice rounded Campbeltown whisky with a bit of everything you want.
    • Nose
      Grain, some hazelnut, vanilla, brine, banana, spicy, alcohol
    • Taste
      Banana, light toasted nuts, vanilla, salt liquorice, white pepper
    • Finish
      Spicy, but not too sharp, brine

  25. Daan2 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Delicious intense Springbank taste. Pretty soft for this 55%

  26. Apikalov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    You can't go wrong with Springbank 12, it is as simple as that. Lovely, sherry-driven nose. Dried fruits, earthy peat smoke and citrus zest, then tobacco, ginger and cloves. The mouth-watering arrival, sweet and spicy, is followed by mineral peatiness. It doesn't lack the funky notes, while juicy oranges, herbs and brine add to the complexity. Gentle oak spices, sage and re-emerging fruits sparkle in the prolonged finish. A wonderful malt!

    RATING: 4.4/5.0 stars ≙ 90 pts → SUPERB [-]

  28. Svjatogor scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    n: fruits, honey, fresh, fruit candy, raisins, watermelon, warm & chili, hint of white wine
    t: fresh fruits, apples, spicy
    a: fruits, spicy, candy, bubble gum, watermelon

  29. Collegiate scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    One of my favourite batches of the 12yo so far. I feel like the extra bourbon cask ratio enhances the overall performance and allows that SB distillate to bludgeon you even more with its punch and muscularity. Oily and a slight feeling of almond extract. A little water softens the blow and brings out added sweetness, but you still get plenty of bite and funk on the finish. The 12CS is always a great buy and this one is exceptionally so.

  30. Patrick93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I like this dram, a gift from a friend. After lots of Springbank I tasted no surprises but no dissapointment also, just a very nice dram at the fire place tonight. The price of about 100 euro is little high to my opinion.
    • Nose
      Quite closed but after adding a drop of water it opened more.
    • Taste
      I think this one is more sweet than the former batch 19.
    • Finish
      The typical peppery Springbank finish on my palate.

  34. BlueFire scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Hot nose, spice, cinnamon, industrial funk. Drinks well - needs a lot of water.

  35. LittlePeat scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sugar molasses, hot tray, herbs, charred berry bushes in the background. Mothballs.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oh, it's watery. Sugar molasses, wild berries, baking paper, metal. Slight indefinable smoke.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Quite weak with molasses, baking paper, very light smoke.

      Conclusion: That was nothing. No comparison to batches 16 and 18. (I also found batch 17 bad.)

  36. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    When diluted with water, tasted to approx. 48%. Then beautifully in tune notes unfold in the nose. Very wild and restless in the mouth. Very complex and very diverse. The slightly bitter note bothers me in the taste and finish. Otherwise a pleasure for the senses!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Caramel, vanilla, very fruity, herbs, slightly sweet, fresh meadow, slightly smoky, light oak influence, earthy
    • Taste
      87 87
      strong spicy start, slightly sweet, very fruity, oak, minimal cinnamon, nutty, strong salivation, tart, oily
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium length, slightly smoky, oak, fruity, slightly sharp on the tongue

  37. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 02-10-2020.

  38. Tordeaux scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  39. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  40. L_Gillian scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Classic. Mineral and wet leaves, forest floor. Fragrant perfume and sweet resin and apricot jam. Boozy raisins, sweet fruits and marzipan.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily and lukewarm. Oats and honey, fizzy oak spice, herbal, leather, earthy, Pastis herbal liquor?
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long. Sultana grapes, nuttiness and some ash covers the whole.

  41. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice spicy and fruity with sime subtle hints of smoke/peat. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Full scent, fruity, strong alcohol. Salty notes, mineral. Fruity, peach, orange. A slight whiff of peat now.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Initially pretty smooth, then more powerful, pepper. Again some saltiness, and fruits, oranges. Honey. A little fruity, licorice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Now pretty smooth, yet full bodied. Again some slight smoke, a bit salty. Far away some orange, pretty long finish.

  42. dapoinbua scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    springbank 12y cs is always a nice thing, especially for the 60€ i could get this one. one of my favorites in 2020
    • Nose
      balanced smoke, nothing overwhelming. chipboard, molasses, heavy sherrysweetness, dried plums, ornages, maritime sweetness, troical fruits. some light rum notes. moncheri. very complex.
    • Taste
      typical springbank start, then the maritime sweetness gives you a slap in your face. strong sweetness. wow. fizzy and mouth numbing.
    • Finish
      long and sweet. after the peaty start the sweetness takes over the finish. beatiful dram.

  43. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  45. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  46. -sAxo- scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  47. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  48. dapoinbua scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Nose: light smoke, chipboard, molasses, heavy sherrynotes, dried plums, oranges, maritime sweetness, tropical fruits, reminds of a lightweight rum, very complex, moncheri

    Mouth: opens like a typical springbank, then a maritime sweetness, a lot of sweetness, nice, fizzy and numbs the tongue a bit, stars with some heavy smoke which is followed by this incredible sweetness

    nice dram, highly recommended!

  49. Simo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. elidiot scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    So tasty ! Clean sherry influence, malt, fresh yeast, menthol, just so nice.

  51. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Relatively complex nose, subtle smokiness and quite well integrated alcohol. A little weak finish, less exciting on the palate overall
    • Nose
      86 86
      Honey, very light smoke, vanilla, ham, roasted aromas. Later dark fruits, sweet liquorice
    • Taste
      85 85
      Light smoke, sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol acceptable, becoming a bit bitter
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-long finish with oak and a bit of bitterness

  52. wildhairyhaggis scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Very fruity and powerful whisky. Unfortunately not as complete as the 15 year old we tasted for comparison.

  53. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  54. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Peat, sherry, barrel, a little sulfur, intense, yet balanced. Still one of the tastiest standards.

  55. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Blind keys 2020 No.4
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  56. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Bright, dirty and energetic Springbank, it's not so easy to immediately figure out what's what, but it plays interesting and tasty
    • Nose
      90 90
      Assertive and dirty, it’s hard to tell right away what’s there. Lacquer with oranges, dried fruits covered with salt, salted caramel, sweet smoke, perfumery, mint with menthol, a little later, butter cream, a cow farm, when it calms down in a glass, bright citruses with salt and iodine remain
    • Taste
      89 89
      slightly tanned orange, spices, wet wood, iodine, sweet smoke, dark chocolate, singed wool and damp earth
    • Finish
      88 88
      spices, lemon zest sprinkled with salt, wood, grapefruit

  57. olegborgol scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    sweet and salty caramel in the forest grass, barely crushed by the dirty leather boots of a boatswain with a tube in yellow teeth ... the aroma is a little better in taste, the aftertaste is average 22.5-22-21.5-22

  58. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    dirty for me is not merely sulfur. there are other lovely aspects to a "dirty" springer. this one does have the sulfur thing going on somewhat. the distillery will say, no, no sulfur, impossible, but there can be sensory impressions that conjure up sulfur, from time to time. i would say this release had a bad cask in there somewhere, a bit grotty in a not so good way. otherwise, the other casks are just stellar and spot-on majestic.

  59. Maltimizer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Subtle smoke, caramel, citrus fruits, yellow apple, quince
    • Taste
      77 77
      Quite bitter, herbs, hardly any sweetness, smoke, leather, minerals, pepper
    • Finish
      80 80
      Dry, medium length, wood

  60. chlinatele scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Simple to say. I've you like Springbank. This one is for you.
    Not to collect. It's for drinking and enjoy with friends.......

  61. Kaleva scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very nice whisky, perfectly balanced and dangerously quaffable. Fresh fruitines is beautifully interlaced with minerality and tender smokiness. Being reasonably priced, this expression is one of the best whiskies available on the market in its class.
    • Nose
      Fresh, tad sweet, citruses, salty caramel, mineral chalky notes, very light smoke, a hint of farmyard, green apples, nutmeg, leathery notes. Water releases more fruits: apples and pomelos
    • Taste
      Oily, peppery, waxy, mineral and earthy, prominent wood, fruity side comes with sultanas and apple mash, unripe red currants, a bit of vanilla together with caramelized lemon zest
    • Finish
      Quite long, slightly sooty, salty notes, some leathery motives, a touch of oak

  62. Youngone scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  63. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  64. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is very good ! Well-balanced, quite complex, tasty and moreish. Loved the minerality, earthiness and peat.
    Add the affordable price. Good job.
    • Nose
      First, notes of damp wood, wet soil and a veil of peat smoke. Then mineral (chalk, pencil shavings) and coastal notes, leather, tobacco, ashes. Yellow fruits arrive just after with apricots, peaches and dried ones too with figs, raisins.
    • Taste
      Oily and rich. Mineral, earthy and fruity. Chocolate, coffee, salt and pepper. A veil of smoke. Spices. Liquorice. And slightly syrupy red berries.
      With water, not different.
    • Finish
      Long, drying, mineral and earthy.

  65. Nklto scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This is the first Springbank bottle I have ever tasted in my life. I should have listen to all my friends who liked whisky and have evolved and matured gradually to recognise the quality and uniqueness over the years. Not that I have avoided whiskies with this kind of profile but we all have different palates and it’s all down to what mood we are into. Tonight this is a winner!

  66. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Smell: smoky, and charming flavors of stawberry, green apple, like fruity candles. 87
    • Taste
      86 86
      Taste: sour smoky taste, also with some taste of spices, but not as strong spiced as 10y on palate.86
    • Finish
      87 87
      Finish: The spices progresses, and come with the coffee chocolate aftertaste for a long time 87

  67. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  68. sakis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  69. valasios scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  70. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  71. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  72. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  73. Wolf68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  74. sascuas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  75. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  76. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Good, but unfortunately not the Springbank that was ... (88)
    • Nose
      Citrus, salt, wax, a little smoke (not correct, tablet) .... paper, lacquered board, leather (22)
    • Taste
      Fruits, ash, salt and peel (22)
    • Finish
      Finish spicy, spicy, citrus, smoke, salt, dry ... chocolate, dried fruits (22)

  77. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  78. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  79. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  80. chlinatele scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tried quickly ... Must say I like it very much. Especially the bourbon / sherry portion is great. At 12 you can hardly go wrong anyway. Great price performance ..... just ordered one .....

  81. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A nice dram, of which the nose is the winner, a lot is happening there what makes it quite interesting. When it comes to the rest, it’s pretty straight forward. The finish is the least, the fruitiness has disappeared here, it is mainly that typical Springbank dirtiness, which I love, but I miss a bit of that fruitiness here. But all in all another great batch, as it is quite enjoyable!
    • Nose
      A whiff of smoke. Red apples, apricots. Honey. Caramel fudge. A farmyard note and hay. Chalk and it is somewhat salty. Later it becomes less sweet, but fresher. Hay is still there but also lemons and oranges now. And I even get a faint floral note. A soapy note, but not in a bad way.
    • Taste
      Quite sweet, but less fruity than the nose suggests. Honey and plenty of it. Then apricots. Salted caramel and milk chocolate. Toffee. Minerals and chalk here too. Some smoke, but not much.
    • Finish
      Mid-long and dry. Caramel fudge again and toffee. Salty. A hint of peat. Minerals. And a fair share of that typical Springbank dirtiness.

  82. Yarema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose - 22
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 88

  83. WillemvdK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This whisky just never ceases to amaze me. If there is one whisky I would always recommend to any enthousiast whisky drinker who is looking for something else, I'd recommend the Springbank 12 CS. There's so much to discover. Balance
    and complexity is amazing, every single batch. And I've never failed to pick this distillery out at blind tastings. I think it's amazing how Springbank is able to always bring forward their distinct character. This one has caramel/toffee, black pepper, smoked fish, leather, dirty/oily car garage, lavender, cloves and cinnamon. This is so complex you'l discover something new in your glass every few minutes. Savour it for at least an hour.

  84. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A continuation of the style from the previous batch. A bit cleaner perhaps and even more buttery.
    • Nose
      Papaya, passion fruit, peat, butter and cocoa.
    • Taste
      Mango, vanilla, butter, caramel and peat.
    • Finish
      Cocoa, mango, caramel and peat.

  85. praisethepasta scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Again Springbank excels where it has excelled so many times before before: to bring together a lot of complexity, a lot of flavors in one bold and busy package. And while this can be described as a bold whisky, it’s never loud or overly in your face. There is, in fact, a subtle, almost fragile but spot on balance in this whisky that holds everything exactly in place.
    • Nose
      88 88
      the peat is obvious yet not dominant, as it leaves room for honey, vanilla, barley sugar, and a bit of orchard fruit. The signature earthy/grassy/hay funk is there as well, and I also picked up some (over brewed) black tea. A drop of water brings out sweet red fruity notes (raspberries and strawberries), more peat and the funk turns into something of an understated antiseptic/minerally note, but all remains pleasant and intriguing.
    • Taste
      89 89
      rich and sweet arrival, followed by the peat, something between fruit and a sugary-malty note. I also picked up honey and vanilla and even a faint hint of chocolate, with a grassy/herbal touch and again the black tea. Again, the added water livens things up even more, with a more prominent fruity-honey note, barley sugar and an earthy peat note.
    • Finish
      86 86
      quite long, and remarkably different from the nose and palate: dry, more woody, some faint peat and a bit of a bitter note, but once again, with a drop of water the fruit comes out more, along with a bit of nuttiness I couldn’t pick up before.

  86. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great smother spring bench that doesn't need water.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
      IT: 87
      B: 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  87. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    not as immediate as last year's. neck pour was disappointing but I think this will improve with a bit of breathing in the bottle, or like, 20+ years of bottle aging. update: it has not improved significantly. just a bit of a 'roughness' to it, even with water, some tired wood? really benefits from time and water, which bump it to a 6+/10 (judging springbank by high standards).
    • Nose
      at first quite aggressive, a lot of black liquorice which is great, then after time it's more obviously springbank with apricot jam, nectarines, vanilla ice cream, jam doughnuts, slight manure (I think they call this "wood chippings" in the official notes), coal dust.
    • Taste
      quite a sharp delivery, then a flash of jamminess (strawberry, apricot, pineapple - is pineapple jam a thing?), marshmallow, herbal liqueur (chartreuse?), a slightly umami side with schezwan pepper, more black liquorice, five spice, quickly becomes very earthy and liquoricy in the finish (i'm all for liquorice but this is unbalanced) and a touch metallic

  88. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    No matter in which barrel combination it comes in the bottle, whether with a higher sherry barrel content, 50/50 sherry and bourbon or, like this batch, with 65% bourbon barrel and 35% sherry barrel - the first smell, the first contact of the nose with the " Fluidum “from the glass is a coming home: subliminally, the 12CS character is always there, always fresh and mineral with a unique, non-copyable mixture of fruit, salt, minerality and spice.
    Batch 20 is now more spicy and dirty. Panta rhei, never the same river - that's how it has to be.

    Brief comparison with batch 19:
    Two batches of the 12 CS each year - and at the start of the new batch I usually have one last dram in the bottle of the previous batch, so that I can make a quick comparison.
    Batch 19 was one of the best batches of the past years in my opinion. Batch 19 is softer and smoother on the nose, Batch 20 again has more mineral notes, is more spicy and dirty.
    Batch 19 looks creamier and fuller, more fruity on the tongue. Batch 20, on the other hand, scores with more "dirtiness" and spice, is angular and angular.
    Batch 19 has something longer in the finish than there is in Batch 20. While Batch 20 dries quickly, Batch 19 keeps the aromas longer and stores them on the tongue.
    As always, there are nuances that distinguish the batches. Neither is like the other. But Batch 19 still stands out a little ...
    • Nose
      90 90
      Absolutely classic nose with direct mineral and salty notes, mixed with apricot jam, peach slices, pieces of orange. Looks fresh like its predecessors in the first impression, but also transports this subtle heaviness, this loamy, moist forest floor, the “dirty” from the start. Pleasantly rough and angular. Marzipan, butterscotch, toffee. Despite the lower proportion of sherry barrels in the batch again with some notes from the sherry barrels such as dried figs, leather, pipe tobacco.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pleasantly strong, oily taste with chocolate, espresso beans and raisins. Mineral, loamy, earthy. Salt and pepper, marjoram, savory. Warmed up, chugging ship aggregate. The sherry barrel aromas are less prominent on the tongue than on the nose, here dried apricots and peaches predominate on the fruit side. In addition dry wood wort, a trace of smoke, spices that burn again and again. Soft liquorice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium. Becomes increasingly dry, but keeps its mineral notes, gets even a bit dirtier over time. Chocolate, toffee, warm caramel. Would have liked to stay longer.

  89. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    ... well. For me, for the first time in years, it's not a hit. I had tried it first. Rarely, but I also tasted the official tasting notes.

    Conclusion: A lot of sea salt, licorice or pretzel, quite dry, fruitiness was almost nothing to be found. Slight smokiness, ham, coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Salty liquorice was too dominant for me and that clouded the overall picture. A pity

  90. DerDennis! scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    The smell is reminiscent of a fresh sea breeze with hints of bright, sweet fruit. Very pleasant, the alcohol is noticeable but not annoying, but hides the aromas, so I have difficulty defining them.
    Not very complex in taste, but interesting. The alcohol burns a little, but is bearable.
    The finish is long and fits into the overall picture.

    Overall, a very balanced whisky. You might get more out of it with water, but I was too lazy to do that now.
    • Nose
      87 87
      sweet, hairspray, sliced fresh green branches, nutmeg, clove, gooseberries, chocolate cake, slightly salty, a sour note, some iodine
    • Taste
      86 86
      Licorice, light burning, tannins, becoming creamy, honey, peppermint, milk chocolate, malt, candied fruit, some ash
    • Finish
      86 86
      long, becoming dry, clear barrel, light fruit sweetness

  91. Stef89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Very nice spring bench. In my view, always worth a dram. Barrel strength, age and around 65 €. Actually you don't do anything wrong.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Great nose. Freshly glazed wooden board. A slight touch of solvent comes through. Strangely, this doesn't bother at all. It makes the whole thing rather interesting. A slight grain note lies in the background. I noticed smoke quite strongly at the beginning, but is gone within 10 minutes. The sherry casks beat through most of all with just about 1/3 il batch with all the flavors that are typical for it. Nutty and dried fruit. Delicious!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Smoke is there. In addition to the tingling and spicy note, a strong sweetness appears. Here now the bourbon barrels dominate but deposited by the fruitiness from the nose, which probably comes from the sherry barrels.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is a bit weak and one-dimensional. The nutty and the sweet remains. The smoke leaves an "ash layer" on the palate.

  92. Shining_Bright scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    SB12 is very differant to SB10 which has much more active bourbon barrel influence. Surprisingly the 12 actually seems younger than the 10 and untamed / quite aggressive even with water. Definitely complex, it changes as the level goes down in the glass.

    No smoke, no lemon sherbet, no fresh ground coffee finish (I do wish reviewers would actually review instead of copy & paste the distiller's marketing guff).

    82 seems fair. I will update as the bottle goes down - but in all honesty this bottle is over-rated
    and wont be buying another soon.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Malty, good bourbon cask influence, menthol. Promising.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Oats + golden syrup (porridge?) . Strong taste of bonfire toffee. Can take a lot of water but still it catches in your throat. Somehow feral and untamed.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Gunpowder / fireworks - definitely somethig burnt or sulphur. But no smoke.

  93. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  94. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by SPRINGBANK:

    Nose: Fresh floral notes, white and green wine gums, wood chippings, candied ginger and black liquorice.

    Palate: Initially rich & malty; spiced biscuit and salted caramel shortcake with a beautiful oily and chewy mouthfeel. Salted pretzels, Iberico ham and classic Springbank smoke follow.

    Finish: The smoke continues alongside sea salt dark chocolate, freshly ground coffee and lemon sherbet

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