Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
40 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
08 May 2010 10:04 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 7700.00

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88 × member ratings

56 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1969 SV

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.44 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 95 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. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Falstaff scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Best Springbank ever, red fruit, minimality, balanced

  9. blueghost scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  10. Robert09 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    complex, balanced whisky, very calm, feel the shutter speed. The finish is very long, something in the style of not peat colilla 18, but less intense.
    • Nose
      open, wet, calm. Slightly dusty shades and liquids for kindling, furniture lacquer, freshly sawed board, association with some old Soviet premises, quince, cherry plum, a spectrum of yellow fruits prevails here, as well as red orange, some currant leaves.
    • Taste
      fireworks from wax, with some kind of herbal spectrum, vanilla, dust, smoked food, some flavors of spicy herbs mixed with fresh, old furniture are also actively connected there.
    • Finish
      the wood-smoked spectrum is melting for a long time and oil derivatives with celery are also present.


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