Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Baron (TWBa)
Calculated age
23 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Jun 2020 5:50 pm by Whisky_Addicted

Average value

€ 1032.56

31 × in wishlist

45 × member ratings

69 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1997 TWBa

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.21 points

  1. cfosterk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Lovely sherried whisky - not sure PX suits springbank tbh but its very well done and very easy drinker. Shows some distilate properties on the finish with mineral notes, smoke peat and a little farminess :)

  2. cfosterk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    100 bottles at pre-sale price of £350

    Another 20 added : https://www.thewhiskybaron.co.uk/presale/springbank

    not issued yet so ratings are intriguing

    Over 400 more bottles will be released at £400 so dont pay more!!!!!

  3. jamier87 scored this whisky 65 points Member Junior

    Springbank 23 year. Ex sherry cask. 54.6%
    Nose: quite a hit of coffee fudge. Bitter.
    Mouth: Quite earthy, umami mushroomy notes. Quite woody and bitter with a long finish.
    Conclusions: RRP distillate, this ones been buggered by the cask. Certainly in sherry bomb territory but not in a good way - very tannic and woody. Oh dear, at £400 you’re not getting more than an age statement and the distillery name with this one. Plenty better sherry bombs out there full stop for fraction of the cost and you wouldn’t know this was a Springbank

  4. sealgair scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Gum, sulfur, sour sherry. How can you award points of 90+ for this! ?? Expensive = good? No, no never!
    The nose was still okay, but the taste - brrrr.

  5. Sassicaia123 scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    Tasted from a 50ml sample, gracefully added by the Whisky Baron because of the belated delivery of the bottle.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Spectacular and explosive nose, sweet bee wax / shoe polish, leather notes, salted & sweet licorice and PX notes. Love it & could nose this one for hours.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Beautiful oily & creamy mouthfeel, entrance with a lot of dried fruits (dried dates/figs, orange peel & apricot jam), orange-chocolate. Alcohol rather subdued.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium to long finish, rather sweet with treacle/molasses notes, a bit of peat and typical Springbank minerality & Dunnage warehouse notes, although a bit overwhelmed by the first-fill oloroso casks maturation. I love it anyway -)

  6. tectic scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    I have seen some say this has lost its Springbank DNA with the lengthy time in sherry
    Not for me
    The nose is eternal and sublime you can nose this all evening.
    It is rich luxurious intriguing and most definitely springbank with the mineral and mustiness that takes me back to childhood days
    Fruity and just the right amount of smoke
    Definitely heavily sherry driven and im glad it was bottled before it had been overpowerd by the wood.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The initial nose is wonderfully busy and reminds me of going into a sweet shop your nose is filled with so many wonderful aromas you have to concentrate to pick all the deliciousness out.

      Since i had just come back from walking the dog the initial aroma was easily picked out
      Newly waxed Barbour jacket, then the soaked sultanas and rich honey then waves of gooseberry and strawberry and delicate hints of smoked vegetable like flame grilled asparagus.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The palate is thick and viscose a hit of spicey white pepper to the roof of the mouth
      Then Bam! Dark Chocolate orange in waves
      Bringing with it pecan nuts, Figs hints of cinnamon and cloves.
      Further waves of smoked BBQ ribs then the memories of when i was a child and my dad came home from work and i could smell the metallicness and griminess of working all day
      A strange mustiness but loving memory
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium to long
      Hints of sea spray and fresh fruit compote
      Sticky toffee and ash
      Warm caramel lingering on the back of the tongue

  7. DramFan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful nose as the Sherry seems to be in perfect balance with the spirit. It does cover the unique Springbank funkiness though.

    Palate is not able to sustain the nose’s promise, with too much Sherry/PX notes upfront, lacking the typical mineral Springbank ‘backbone’ and its playfulness. The finish is surprisingly short and drying.

    Wouldn’t have picked it as a Springbank if tasted blindly.

    Overall a pleasant experience, but simply not what one would hope for in a well-aged Springbank. The cask has clearly won here over the spirit and the sudden finish came as a bit of a surprise.

  8. addyhd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    What a belter ! Not so typical springbankish but absolute brilliant , complex and stays verry potent . The nose promisses beauty wich comes and comes and keeps delivering what it promises later on. intruiging it keeps inviting the next sip excitingly. Give it time , your patience will be rewarded with more and more revealing layers of this beauty .

  9. petermiddleton scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Beautiful, long lasting.

  10. adriank scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    A nice dram, but I have to agree, the price tag is steep.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rich and sweet. Sultana, whiff of smoke in the backround. High quality dark chocolate, muscovado syrup. Coffee. Sweet raspberries, cherry. Tropical fruit note: passion fruit but something more sweet and sour...tamarind. (I could not define it, thank you WB)
      Wonderful rich walnut in syrup, banana peel, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fruity, fruit juices: strawberry, apricot, passion fruit, red fruits. Thena bit of pepper heat, peat smoke.
      Industrial notes: rubber, (for me there is no leather) engine oil. Wet soil towards the finish.
    • Finish
      90 90
      I know it is sad in a way but I have never experienced this finish. Fruitiness, and juices return. Tropical (tamarind lingers) Brown sugar syrup, raisin, red berries, cherry. Wonderful and complex. Long-ish.


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