Springbank 1997 Claret

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Expressions
Stated Age
12 years old
Fresh Claret Casks Finish
Number of bottles
54.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
27 Mar 2010 2:59 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 235.00

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1997 Claret

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.87 points

  1. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    He surprised me very positively, I used to like jumpers the most, but over time I got more and more with small missing notes, then here also the always hop or top wine finishes, but it was a perfect combination, not the one Most complex or roundest malt, but very aromatic and full of character.
    • Nose
      Ui, quite clear smoke for Springer and fresh matches, fresh suede, nutmeg, roasted malt, liquorice, cinnamon, clove, tobacco leaves, freshly grated chocolate, oregano, spiced bitter orange
    • Taste
      Red gummy bears and berries, clove, nutmeg, rough walnut and charcoal charcoal, cinnamon, wild shrubs with cherries, liquorice, tobacco, earl gray tea, a little black pepper and a little salt
    • Finish
      Long, wild berries, roasted malt, nut mixture, some liquorice and anise, leather, warming

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I had this malt once before in the glass in 2015 and found it rather unspectacular at the time. Today, however, I feel this bottling as extremely delicious and interesting. Sweetness and fruit, wood and earth, peat and smoke, leather and tobacco, the flavors change every second, just wonderful!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Orange with a rusty shine, the Springbank shimmers in the glass, oily and greasy streaks stick to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. Discreetly, peaty smoke rises from the glass, mineral earth tones emerge, dried grapes and berries end in a hint of lemon and other citrus fruits. The alcohol is beautifully harmoniously integrated, caramelized sugar and hints of dried liquorice gradually stimulate the salivation. A soft sea breeze comes up, sweetness is slightly salty in the air, the nose is absolutely not overloaded and shows off its filigree and delicate side.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Tart grapes and berries flatter the tongue, sweetness flashes, mineral earth tones gently rest on the palate. Suddenly, wood sharpness arises, pepper and salt dance on the tongue and gently massage the lips. Gently flows the second sip through the mouth, minimal peat and smoke, sweet raisins and caramel merge before abruptly pepper and salt in the entire mouth spread. Citrus fruits play with licorice, grapes combine with cane sugar and caramel, and little by little tobacco notes and a hint of leather emerge. Dried wood tones and earthy loam on, the mouthfeel becomes oily and greasy, cedar wood sticks to the palate.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The oily and greasy film still sticks to the palate, old leather and dried tobacco leaves stick to the tongue. The aftertaste is rather unspectacular if it were not for this strange but extremely tasty mixture of leather, tobacco, dried berries and dry wood tones.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The taste in my opinion does not fit the great nose. I miss the fruitiness of the nose. After the second sip I feel the taste already pleasant and quite interesting.
    An interesting whisky that convinced me thanks to the nose.
    • Nose
      Sweet overripe fruits with a light glue note, raisins
    • Taste
      Despite the addition of a few drops of water I taste at first only slight bitterness with some sweetness and fruit. Followed by tingling and wooden bitterness, subtle smoke. An indefinable spice for me dominates the taste.
    • Finish
      Long and powerful. Again this indefinable spice. Smoke?

  4. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Without comparative candidates, it would have easily passed for me as a sherry ripening. Looks older than 13 years.
    • Nose
      Dried sweet fruits, very light dry smoke, some citrus (orange) and menthol freshness behind. Strongly noticeable alcohol is much better with a few drops of water. After a lot of time in the glass (> 1h) the nose changes more towards grapes and oranges
    • Taste
      Sweet, there are grapes here, also dried as raisins. When chewing in the mouth, a beautiful film made of old-looking oak lies on the tongue. Hot pepper. Smoke can be felt in the background.
    • Finish
      It takes a long time for the aromas to fade. The sweet fruit notes form a unit with now strong tannins on the tongue, and at the very end a hint of smoke flashes through.

  5. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A set, polished malt, which I would have estimated much older than it is. And Claret (= Bordeaux barrel) maturation? Really now ? Amazing.
    At least in the nose I find - pure and blindly enjoyed - no wine flavors, but rather sherry.

    If you give it water, there is clearly dark cherry in the nose (ah, so wine) and in the mouth the spring bench aroma becomes much clearer, the sweetness declines somewhat. Exciting.

    I don't really like wine finshes per se, but there are just a few, these bottlings, where the wine is withdrawn and understated and which I like very much. This is one of them.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dried apricot, fine old-school sherry, a little cigar smoke in the background. Deep and dense. Fudge, mango, peach, warm yellow fruit. Honey, hazelnuts, nutty espresso. A hint of menthol. Peat. Complex, but takes time and only gradually reveals more of itself. Shifts constantly. Great nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Wonderfully fruity, lush, sweet, full and with plenty of power. Plus plenty of dry cigar smoke, earthy, mineral and peaty.
      Peppery and nuts are added with warmth. Concentrated, with good volume, for chewing.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Cigar smoke, peach and toffee, peat, hazelnut, quite long. Ends dry, but no bitterness. Creme brulee.

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    22 22 21 22 87

  7. toklian scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N22 P21 F21 B22

    Extremely unexpectedly good)

  8. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This one needed a great deal of time to mature in the opened bottle. There was a strange mouse corpse note in it. The scent of a dead desicated mouse. Otherwise, it was quite good. I've never noticed this kind of note in a Springbank before or since. The cork was fine. Not cork rot. I gave this score an extra point for uniqueness. There was something uncanny about this bottling. It had a power to it that was very strange but interesting. Not entirely pleasurable but worthwhile to experience. A learning experience in my whisky tasting career/life.

  9. mr.p9 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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


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