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Springbank 1969 SV

Overall rating
95.86/100
votes
67
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 10:13 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 13.131,35

67 × member ratings

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100
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100
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100
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100
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100
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100
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99
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82
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Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1
Category Rating
Nose
25
Taste
25
Finish
24
Balance
25

Tastingtags

14 Notes

KayMeertens
Specialist KayMeertens Tasting note
02 Sep 2017 11:12 pm
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Apricot, honey, crême brûlée, apple, tangerine, melon and coconut. Then banana.

Taste

Apricot jam, honey, vanilla, apple, orange zest and marzipan.

Finish

Vanilla pudding, apricot, honey, coconut, almond and oak.

Comments

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.

Got to give it another try next to the majestic 21YO from the 1990s to find out how great it truly is.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
09 May 2018 8:15 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 94 points

Viclin, if you are going to score it at 100 points can you provide the rest of us with a tasting note, it would be appreciated. :)

VicLin
Expert Junior VicLin Note
09 May 2018 8:13 pm
VicLin gave this whisky 100 points

The best whisky (and the best Springbank) ever bottled? That's a bold statement. But after sipping it you wouldn't want to argue about that.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
20 Aug 2017 12:07 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 94 points

Edit

Just wondered why my bottle picture was removed, it is provenance that I have actually tasted this whisky?

(bottle 284) I have also tasted this from another bottle.

******

This Glenfiddich 1956 It was so good that the Mother of all head to head tastings I was planning for a few months time will have to be brought forward to this evening, so I can compare the other contenders to this one.

I have not got enough left to start off from scratch so while it is fresh in my memory I need to do it now.

I have been planning to do a H2H of some top rated whiskies just to see if my palate is in a agreement with some of those whiskies that people score a 100 , certainly 96+.

S

ome whiskies on here have massive scores from people, I just want to know from a personal level if I agree.

List of contenders to follow, and to think I was supposed to go for a run tonight, never mind research comes first

1

- https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/15778/springbank-1969-sv 96.93 points, 59 votes, no1 rated whisky on WB

 This sample from different bottle to the first time I tried it, which was from bottle 284.

Wild card entries that I think will compare well, the next 3 are not in the top 100 on WB

2 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/7843/glenlochy-1965-sv 92.84 points, 21 votes

3 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/38818/1956-it 95 points, 3 votes

4 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/8677/blair-athol-21-year-old-mi 91.55, 23 votes

The following are in the top 100 on WB

5 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/53760/glenglassaugh-1972 95.26 points 245 votes, no 20 rated

6 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/8342/bowmore-1964-black 95.18 points 85 votes, no 25 rated

7 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/72279/glendronach-1972 95.01 points 74 votes, no 35 rated

8 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11046/springbank-35-year-old 94.25 points,87 votes no 89 rated

I am not even sure I can do 8, might have to limit it to 6, I have others here, another springbank, glenglassaugh, Ardbeg provenance 1974

Springbank to be tried first.

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/427/brora-3rd-release 93.98 points , 208 votes, I decided it would be worthwhile including this one, which due to the peat I will try last.

Result

1 - Glenfiddich

2nd - Glenlochy 1965 SV

3rd - Springbank 1969 SV

4th - Black Bowmore 1st edition

5th - Blair Athol MI

6TH - Springbank 35 year Millenium

7th - Brora 2004

8th - Glenglassaugh

9th - Glendronach

Full notes on this thread https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16768/the-head-to-head-whisky-thread-for-tastings-h2h

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
03 Aug 2017 10:50 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 94 points

This Springbank I intend to try H2H with this Glenlochy, which for me was outstanding.

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/7843/glenlochy-1965-sv

Really looking forward to that head to head, I think the Glenlochy will be stiff competition, we will see :)

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
02 Aug 2017 9:58 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 94 points

From bottle no 284.

This is the highest scoring whisky on WB, does it deserve that score, well possibly it does.

Is there better whisky out there, yes but they are few in number in all honesty.

Is it the best whisky I have tasted, no, but its right up there,  possibly top 5, certainly top 10.

 Got a little extra from the nice barman , rather than just 2.5cl so had a decent amount to try with & without water.

I have a sample of this at home and I intend to try this H2H with 5 or 6 other whiskies in the top 100 soon.

This is why trying whisky in isolation and scoring sometimes is not representative for true comparison purposes,if going by scores alone.

Trying a bunch of whiskies together is in my view.

It is a great dram, superb is not a word I really use but I might make an exception for this one.

Price point is what a bottle cost on release, this dram was expensive but worth it in my view.


Weighted Rate
94
Nose
93
Initial taste
94
Body
96
Finish
95
Price
92
Presentation
92
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
02 Aug 2017 9:22 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Honey, coconut, a little rum & raisin. vanilla ice cream, peach, whiffs of sweet smoke.

Taste

1st taste :-

Mouth coating, full on the palate, slight bitterness/

2nd taste :-

Orange, lemon, fruit sweets (mainly orange), the bitterness has gone now, traces of peat.

This is a fruit salad with custard.

By this point I was salivating, lovely stuff

Finish

long, creamy , sweet

Comments

With Water :-

Nose - Very restrained now, elegant . still fruity but also some floral notes.

Palate - Very, very sweet on pineapple, yellow plum & peach.

Finish - Good length, some oak coming through now but the fruit is always there and right at the end some whiffs of cheese.

Great.

Eilean a' Cheo
Expert Senior Eilean a' Cheo Note
20 Mar 2017 7:15 pm
Eilean a' Cheo gave this whisky 97 points

Εξαιρετικά πολύπλοκο και δεμένο, αλλάζει διαρκώς προσφέροντας ένα ατελείωτο ταξίδι πίσω στο χρόνο μεταφέροντας σε σε μεσαιωνικά κάστρα
old books , old leather, ink , weed, camphor, chilli, whiffs of peat, wax, stewed exotic fruits, sea breeze,old first class polished furniture,μαόνια ,sappy,papyrus, old books
more fruits,a bit of lemon and quince jelly και μετά πάλι αυτές οι αστραπές και οι βροντές και οι εκρήξεις στους γευστικούς σου κάλυκες και αλλάζει
διαρκώς χαρακτήρα και γίνεται όλο και πιο γλυκό και ξαναχάνεσαι σε ένα βρεγμένο δάσος μέσα στους αιώνες και καραβόσκοινα και λίγο αλάτι ίσως η θάλασσα να είναι κοντά αλλά εσύ δεν μπορείς να τη δεις και απροσδιόριστα αρώματα σε ξαναπλημμυρίζουν... ουπς η τελευταία γουλιά ήταν πριν 10 λεπτά και όμως το άδειο ποτήρι συνεχίζει να αναδύει αρώματα και να λέει ιστορίες.....

Prof.Schoof
Expert Senior Prof.Schoof Note
11 Jun 2016 4:31 pm

This Whisky was sold for 1.219 € at Whiskyauction in Oct 2015

dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Review note
29 Feb 2016 10:55 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 100 points
Weighted Rate
100
Nose
100
Initial taste
100
Body
100
Finish
100
Price
100
Presentation
100

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