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Springbank 10-year-old

Overall rating
88.64/100
votes
240
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Local Barley
Vintage
07.2009
Bottled
17/19/22.10.2019
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
77% Bourbon, 20% Sherry, 3% Port
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
56.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
19/396 & 19/400
Barcode
610854004453
Added on
25 Apr 2020 1:21 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 200.29

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240 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 10-year-old

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.64 points

  1. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Same quality, same profile as the Local Barley 9yo of last time.
    Same score as well: really good but earlier releases were even better.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    If you look at the reviews here in the base, the current LB 10 seems to be particularly popular in Taiwan and Hungary. Oh well.
    Springbank usually works very well young, the current Local Barley is no exception. In general, much has already been said about the cheeky prices that are being called up shortly after publication. If you can keep in mind, you do not have to re-themerate every time. The issue price for the Cadenheads Campbeltown Shop (86 GBP) is in any case (by today's standards) still in order. Too bad he has a little alcoholic sting in his nose.
    • Nose
      89 89
      In the first contact very intense and with a small touch to the alcoholic - you should treat your time in the glass.
      But now, about 10 minutes later: A delicious-refreshing nose with exotic fruits, as you can find in slightly modified form in one or the other batch of 10yo from the standard range, hot melon, papaya, mango, oranges. In addition, spice of nutmeg, rosemary and basil, clearly mineral. The proportion of Sherryfass- or Portfassreifung is not much to make out, but in my opinion would not really fit - the nose is good as it is. Rapeseed, sugar beet syrup, soft fudge, Cafe au Lait.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Starts pleasantly with a fruit cocktail of papaya, tangerine, orange, mango, passion fruit. Slightly dry and spicy from the start.
      Once taken a sip, the nose is a bit more attractive than it already is. Caramelized sugar, honey, cereals, yeast dough. The seasoning gets tainted over time. Maritime notes, salt water, damp stone beach, machine oil.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long and dry with old wood shavings from the joinery (or is that a little bit of smoke? Difficult to differentiate). An echo of the exotic fruits from the nose and the palate, still the (love it or hate it) delicious and for Springbank so typical mineral note ...

  3. ARDBERG did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Official Springbank Notes:

    This Springbank Local Barley was bottled at 56.2% abv and is the 5th in our series of annual releases distilled from barley grown locally in the areas surrounding Campbeltown. This year it is Optic barley that has been used and it was grown especially for us, 11 years ago at High Cattadale farm. The whisky was matured in 77% Bourbon casks, 20% Sherry casks and 3% Port casks and there are approximately 9000 bottles available worldwide.

    Tasting notes

    Nose: Sweet and slightly spicy with hints of honey, Demerara sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Light peat smoke and a dusty characteristic reminiscent of freshly milled barley

    Palate: Tropical and soft fruit sweetness. Ripe pineapple, mango and juicy peaches are complimented by a building peat smoke. Green tea and a coppery tone follow.

    Finish: Creamy, buttery mouthfeel with light integrated peat smoke and a coastal salty influence.

  4. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    NOSE: Brackish salt water, sweet barley juice, some farmyard funkiness, surprisingly dominant sherry/wine dried fruit notes given the high share of bourbon casks (77%). Rich and quite intense. With time more farmyard notes; earthy rather than funky/dirty. Water doesn’t change much, save for perhaps opening up the nose, which becomes less intense. (89-92p)
    TASTE: The arrival is sweet, rich and a oily. On the mid palate there’s barley juice, quite a bit of Springbank minerality, sweet farmhouse taste (does such a thing exist?) and more oiliness. With water it becomes sweeter and mint arrives on the palate. (90p)
    FINISH: Minerality and black pepper. Long lasting aftertaste. With water; the pepper recedes a bit. (89p)
    OVERALL: Total score 90 points.

  5. MrWestCoast scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    This is incredibly good. It showcases the classical Springbank mixture of 'farmy'/'funky' and coastal notes with a lot of (young) fruit on top. It also has some notes that one might not immediately pick up on in the (already pretty excellent) core range bottlings.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Without water a little constrained. But opens up substantially after adding some (and would suggest giving it time to open up fully). But then: your local farm right at your doorstep. Lemon and some chalky notes. Vanilla, with increasing strength as more water is added. Fresh oysters. Distinctly 'Campbeltown' barley, or so I like to tell myself.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Super pleasant and fruity arrival. Lemons at the start, then getting increasingly herbal and funky, before it returns fully to 'salty and chalky' lemon. Also getting a lot of Springbank's typical coastal influence.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Quite sustained for a 10-year-old. Salt and lemon once again, also picking up the farm-like notes from the nose.

  6. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasty, drinkable, bright. A slight dip in flavor, considering the overall level of whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Strawberry jam, a little burnt, caramel candy, hay, cowpea background, stewed vegetables, croutons, figs, seafood salinity.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Kaleidoscope of tropical fruits, caramel, bacon, pepper, candied fruit, berries, explosive.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Pepper, meat, again a bunch of tropical fruits and caramel, some ash, tobacco leaves, berry, warm, long.

  7. Rosencrantz scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    In this whisky, sweet and salt are harmonious and supported by the peat, herbaceous and smoky, with the spices acting as a musical counterpoint, a strange, funny, lively and passionate drink.
    And it's only 10 years old...
    • Nose
      The nose is very fragrant, without the slightest presence of alcohol. Strong presence of sweet malt, like McVitie's biscuits, with a vein of aniseed candies, caramelised cane sugar, lemon zest, peach and freshly cut grass. Above all, there is a gust of peaty smoke coming from the sea. Particular and inviting.
    • Taste
      And the spices are very present on the palate, driven by the more accentuated smokiness, with the right alcohol content that warms the spirits. Anise and black pepper accompany the peach in syrup spread on the malt biscuit, with a mixture of seaweed and smoked sardines. The evolution and the stratification in the mouth are irrepressible, the aromas intersect and pass the hand continuously, following a well orchestrated score.
    • Finish
      Very long finish, of peach, peat, salt, malt, wood... it never ends!

  8. the_muskox scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Really nice. Loads of gorgeous tropical fruit notes, some nice salty and savoury notes on the palate, and more yeast than you can shake a stick at. Comparing it to the other Local Barley I’ve tried, this one seems a bit simpler and somehow younger, but it doesn’t lag far behind in being delicious. This one’s certainly worth a try, and maybe a buy if you can find it at or near MSRP.

    Nose: Funky-fresh. Plenty of fruity yeast funk and malted barley. Melon, lime, peach, banana, papaya, coconut water, and fresh flowers. A bit of a fruit candy flavour. Black pepper, seaweed, salt, nutmeg, and a hint of old soot. Some lightly salted nuts. Like a tiki cocktail with a sea breeze in your face.

    Palate: Thick texture. Sweet and floral. Salt and tropical fruit up front, turning more savoury, malty, and slightly leathery. Earth, dried mango, yeast, sushi rice, and more yeast on the development, then black pepper, sunflower seeds, flowers, and a small amount of fragrant peat smoke. Fresh herbs: parsley, mint, and a hint of rosemary and licorice. Just a whisper of pine forest on the back end.

    Finish: Short and sweet. Mostly an extension of the palate. Apples, lemon drops, ginger, plum, and sweet mint. Some lingering peppery smoke and yeast.

  9. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      soft, delicate and flowery after the initial alcoholic hit mellowed away.. malty and just a tad heavy&dirty to keep it grounded.. strong sherry notes
    • Taste
      88 88
      very fruity and tasty.. a pleasure to drink, really.. sometimes sweetness may seem too much..
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, but not too strong.. the sweetness is replaced by lemons and smoke which is a very nice surprise

  10. syx98319 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Smell: apple fruity flavors, less feel of starwberry or sour fruits comparing with the 12 year but it’s still there significantly, slight smoky feeling, feel of ginger spice. 87
    • Taste
      89 89
      Taste:starwberry sour, but more honey sweet then you feel some lemon sour and a lot of spices on the same time. Like Chipotle. 89
    • Finish
      87 87
      More refresher aftertaste coming after the spices like mint chocolate, refreshing 87

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