Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 20
Stated Age
12 years old
35% Sherry & 65% Bourbon Casks
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Feb 2020 3:12 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 65.43

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.75 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. DerDennis! scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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

  4. Stef89 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    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.

  5. Shining_Bright scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    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.

  6. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    ... 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

  7. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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


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