Springbank 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Local Barley
Stated Age
10 years old
77% Bourbon, 20% Sherry, 3% Port
Number of bottles
56.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Optic Barley from High Cattadale Farm (Peninsula, Kintyre)
Bottle code
19/396 & 19/400
Added on
25 Apr 2020 1:21 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 416.32

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 10-year-old

72 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.66 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. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted side by side with a dram from a 2/3 emptied bottle of 2018 9 yo LB. Much more grainy than the 9, also sweeter, heavier on tropical fruits and a less agressive and peppery mouth feel. Great stuff.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Barleysugar, grainy, breadcrums, sugared biscuits, fruitcake, vanilla, chalk, limestone, dried apricots, orchard fruit preserve, orange and lemon zest, green tea and finally a mild note of sawdust.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, sweet and fruity: acacia honey, tropical fruits, peach, pear, some pineapple, mango, sweet citrus, a candy shop, mild wood spice (subtle cinnamon, pepper and mint).
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium: syrupy tropical fruits, honey, lemon, green tea leaves, ending with some well integrated and drying wood spice.

  4. 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.

  5. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  6. TsiAI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smell: minerals, soda with milk and salt, white flowers, green apples, some grease, dust, orange peel 86/100
    Taste: mineral salt, salty cheese, sawdust, smoked, sweet and sour lemon tart, coconut, bitterness of potion, petals, coke, and peat are particularly powerful. 87.5/100
    Body: Obviously oily and full. Ending rhyme: long, milk salt, citrus sugar, oak, tongue root with obvious astringency
    Overall: 86.5/100, the salty taste is slightly prominent, the alcohol feel is not well concealed, and the same score is given after re-drinking after a year.

  7. Socrates 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.

  8. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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.

  9. 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!

  10. Syleo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Balanced yet distinctive, the character of the distillery and the influence of the barrel appear well balanced
    • Nose
      89 89
      Spicy with clear grain and malt, cake batter, gooseberries and creamy honey, apple, peach and mango
    • Taste
      92 92
      slightly perfumed, oily and strong, brown sugar, mineral, sand cake batter
    • Finish
      91 91
      slight burning, sweetness and spiciness linger


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