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Overall rating
95.33/100
votes
90
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
12.02.1969
Bottled
14.09.2009
Stated Age
40 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
263
Number of bottles
356
Strength
54.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
09/471
Added on
08 May 2010 10:04 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 21680.00

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1969 SV

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.33 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Apparently I've just tasted the best whisky ever. Well, I might as well quit then :-)

    Is it really the best whisky ever? I don't know, but it surely is extremely good.

    Compared it to the majestic 21YO from the 1990s and it is indeed at least as good. It is less waxy than that one and less peaty, but much more creamy.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Extremely creamy. Crême brûlée, coconut, cantaloupe melon, apricot, honey, candied orange and apple. Then banana. Water blurs all those different aromas a bit.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Coconut, apricot jam, honey, vanilla, leather, apple, orange zest, peat, caramel, granidine syrup, litchi, baked banana and marzipan.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Vanilla pudding, apricot, honey, coconut, caramel, almond and oak.

  2. ctu scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    This whisky is currently on the 3rd best whisky in whiskybase, but it was the first for a long time.
    Now I can understand why. After yesterday's Tormore 1966 Samaroli I didn't think it could come any better. I was wrong. Maybe not even better, but more harmonious. The nose, the taste, the finish, the balance. It's "just" 95/96 (4 x 24) points using old rating system and not 100 because who knows there might be better. It was a real masterpiece and a great honor to taste it, so many thanks for the sample. Today is the 8th WhiskyShow here in Budapest, this was my seperately show. With water it's more refined and creamy. More ripe fruits and peat, which is enduring on the finish.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Restrained and elegant at first. But it will slowly open. It's a surprisingly floral start. Rose and honey. A fruit bomb, especially red apple, melon peel and apricot. Banana shake and pina colada. Vanilla pudding, creamy peat, raisin, rum cherry and smoked ham.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Powerful and incredibly complex. Here is also a floral start. Honey, vanilla and candied orange peel. Fruit salad with apricot jam. Marzipan, lemon sorbet, creamy peat and spicy oak. Malt, brown sugar and milk caramel. Lightly hot mango chutney. Amazing deepness.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, fruity, waxy, sweet. No unpleasant flavor, perfect cleanliness and harmony.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I am finally settling on a 95 point score for this one, better the first time I tasted it as I had over 3cl in my glass, the 2nd time it was not as impressive but I genuinely feel it depends on how the whisky is kept in a bottle.
    I turned down the chance to buy a bottle of this for roughly £1000 even though at the time it was going for 4-5k at auction, maybe I should have slapped it on the credit card but is any whisky experience worth 4 figures in the real world, especially with how things are at the moment?
    Not sure to be honest ?
    I am sure this is a great whisky.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Springbank Head to Head 22 samples, some tasted before.
    The line up in age order Nas -40 years old, some official bottles some independent bottles.
    Contenders for the best Sprinbank as follows.

    Pure West Highland Malt (NAS)+/- 1960 70 proof peated WB 72988
    10 year Tappo Sughero black label big S 59% OB WB 41678
    11 year Society bottling 57.9% OB WB 21853
    12 year black label big S 80 proof OB dark sherry WB 75805
    12 year green thistle gold cap 46% OB WB 14533
    12 year 100 proof 57.1% sherry wood Samaroli WB 9260
    21 year 2012 46% OB WB 30350
    21 year 2018 46% OB WD 111815
    23 year 1970 23 year Local Barley tall bottle 46% OB WB 11138
    24 year 1966 sherry cask 443 Local Barley dumpy bottle 58.1% OB WB 14391
    25 year pear shape bottle 43% OB WB 38084
    25 year 2006 46% OB WB 656
    29 year 1962 white label big S 46% WB 14430
    29 year 1974 Chieftain’s Choice cask 1778 51.2% WB 27756
    30 year Millennium bottle 1999 46% OB WB 11045
    30 year parchment label dumpy 46% WB 11117
    32 year 1966 bourbon cask 493 Local Barley dumpy bottle 56.8% OB WB 14414
    35 year 1968 Berry Bros 46% WB 530
    35 year Millennium bottle 1999 46% OB WB 11056
    37 year 1970 Secret Treasures 43% WB 12967
    37 year 1968 cask 1541 Dun Bheaghan Pedro Ximenez 56.5% WB 11864
    40 year 1969 cask 263 Signatory Vintage 54.4% WB 15778

    Result 1-22
    1st -30 year dumpy OB - 97/96/96
    2nd 1968 Dun Bheaghan - 94/96/96
    3rd 10 year 59% Tappo Sughero OB - 94/95/96
    4th 12 year Samaroli 100 proof OB - 94/95/95
    5th 1970 Local Barley tall bottle OB - 93/95/95
    6th 32 year cask 493 Local Barley OB - 93/95/94
    7th 1962 29 year OB - 96/93/94
    8th 30 year Millenium OB - 94/94/94
    9th 24 year cask 443 Local Barley OB - 94/93/94
    10th 12 year black label OB - 92/94/93
    11th Nas Springbank Pure West Highland - 91/93/93
    12th 1999 11 year OB Society bottling - 90/94/93
    13th 1974 Ian Macleod 51.2% - 90/94/92
    14th 40 year 1969 cask 263 Signator - y 92/93/92
    15th 35 year Millenium OB 95/92/92
    16th 1967 Berry Bros 35 year - 91/91/91
    17th 12 year OB green thistle gold cap - 90/91/91
    18th 1970 ST 12967 88/91/92 -
    19h 21 year OB 2012 - 91/91/90
    20th 21 year OB 2018 - 88/92/90
    21st year 2006 OB - 92/88/88
    22nd year OB Pear shape - 80/87/87

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Still very good but a lower score than last two times, tried with a few drops of water.
    In the stiff company of this H2H the Signatory while good, was not as good as some other Springbank.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Grapefruit & mango then a hint of vanilla, wafer, light sponge cake. After a while faint orange notes emerge
    • Taste
      93 93
      Quite spicy at first with some peat and pepper combining but then a bucket load of tropical fruits comes along, not as sweet as I remember but the balance is lovely with a little honey emerging.
      As you go on the peat note grows
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, sweet and very juicy

  6. prz22 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Junior

    King springbank delivers...

    Most fruity whisky I ever tasted. So evolving and complex. Amazing experience, one of the Best malts out there!!
    I try to compare with two other legendery springbanks but comparisons dont make sense cause each is different and best of a kind!!
    • Nose
      99 99
      One of a kind!!
      Biggest fruit salad explosion ever, bourbon based flavours, complex salty mineral waterfalls, amazing sweet smokes, corn, so many other aspects!!
    • Taste
      99 99
      Strong, big, fruity, spicy, absolute perfection in terms of alcohol integration, sweet and salt as springbank can, so many things to discover, pure beauty!!
    • Finish
      100 100
      Absolutly stunning salty-fruity explosion which lasts and lasts and lasts.. so different and unique, what a complex, perfect experience!!

  7. SFWC did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    @lincolnimp the jouney with a great bottle and sharing with friends and fellow whisky nerds will always be a greater experience than tasting samples and ticking off boxes, because whisky is not just about tasting the ‘best’, its about the people you share your experience with. Get your wallet out kid.

  8. WhiskyTor scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Very complex nose: Candid oranges, tropical fruits (mango, papaya, ripe melons, coconut), old bourbon, soft spices, flowers, creme brulee!
    Tropical on the palate as well; apricots, vanilla, toffee, sweet spices! Powerful, yet elegant and delicate! Perfectly in balance!

    Loong aftertaste, wow...
    Exceptional whisky, so happy to have tasted this now!
    The best Springbank ever tasted!

  9. DannyDram scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    That this jumper has the top position on the WB ranking is definitely understandable. I think the form of the day and personal preferences decide how many points between 95 - 100 this miracle distillate receives.
    • Nose
      100 100
      Multi-layered fruit basket with several pears, citrus, red berries, flowery, perfumed and a little Kümin. In addition, there is the typical unmistakable springbank aroma of burned-in transformer paint, old wrapping paper, candied brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Extremely well balanced, very delicate, sublime with a lot of depth. Excellent complexity, very pronounced intensity.
    • Taste
      99 99
      Citric, honey flowers, pears, beautifully stored wood nicely embedded. Everything perfectly structured and harmonious. Oily, slightly peppery (very positive) and very delicate. Mouth-filling, everything is woven very well and despite the high intensity there is no pushiness.
    • Finish
      98 98
      Citric, peppery, pear, wax, honey high quality white pepper. Everything is very soft and delicate in harmony with the aroma, which remains very long. A memory that sticks to your mind like an earwig.

  10. DannyDram scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    Extreme depth, very complex aroma spectrum. Lots of pressure, very delicate and impressively delicate. Both on the individual tasting levels as well as overall harmonious. This bottling expresses the typical spring bench character beautifully.

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