Overall rating
Single Malt
Whiskybroker.co.uk (WhB)
Bottling serie
IAAS Group Bottle
Stated Age
27 years old
Refill Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 Jun 2020 5:40 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 320.00

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28 × member ratings

74 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1993 WhB

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.96 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Far more than most, this squat little bottle tells a story. It was selected with the utmost care for people who are obsessed with All Things Springbank, and rightly so. Because the audience for said bottle was so discriminating, it's only fitting that the cask from which the bottles hail would be complex, unusual, and with pleasant surprises in store for eager noses and mouths to decipher and decode as metaphors.

    Here is my favorite scene about metaphors. Let's not forget that tasting notes are precisely this: metaphors (and similes). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SMs8iC7khw Il Postino was filmed when Massimo was very ill with a heart ailment. (In fact, he died shortly after the film was released.) Because of this fact-- his pain, which can be seen and felt--the film has extra gravitas. This scene (see link) is just splendid, "must see" watching for all whisky reviewers who employ metaphors within every review they type (in the form of "notes").

    Gone are the days in which the masses pondered meaningful poetry, and treasured phrases, lines, and whole poems, committing them to memory. People were once better for it, and those of today are worse for filling their self-congratulatory brains with media, film, and music industry propaganda while laboring under the false impression that they are becoming wiser.

    Nose: wet cement (not a dunnage dirt floor), flint, Asian fruit compote with persimmons and Asian pear, some citrus notes that vacillate between blood orange and lemon, calcium, limestone, a slight industrial note (soft paraffin) that reminds me of Local Barley 16, a surprising lowland note with dry hay and grasses, antique car seat leather that has been freshly restored with conditioner, kind of a vintage Clynelish note that reminds me of the old days of waxy apples and wet sand. A scent like spider's silk can be detected faintly, or rather long-deserted cobwebs. Oak esters pervade the above notes, but they are not overpowering in the least.

    Palate: Here comes the calcium again, along with wet sand, refined power of the distillate, more citrus that echoes the nose, Mr. Bubble (from the 1970's, a different recipe then that was more mineral-like and less synthesized), rosemary, thyme, cracked pepper, Cuban cigar wrapper, negative ozone (like after a lightning strike), Crosshill Loch algae, sweet battered plantain fried in almond oil, and finally the oak bringing all of these disparate notes together into a potpourri of flavors on the tongue.

    Finish: It is medium long, as the oak tannins gain the fore. This helps us not to forget that the word "tannin" comes from Old German "tanna" meaning "oak tree." Ah, and here's that blessed Cuban cigar wrapper again, along with the omnipresent calcium note that seems vaguely oceanic. I'm reminded of the eastern Oregon desert where I have dug many times for fossils in prehistoric seabeds and limestone cliffs. There is a note of Himalayan pink rock salt, and post thundershower ozone again.

    If you can lay your hands upon this bottle, then do. All of them have been sold now, of course, but . . . if some desperately foolish person puts one up for sale at auction, then carpe diem, my friend, if you possess not this gematria of alchemical magick: carpe diem longam tristitiam. Not all gems can be worn on the outside, for some are donned on the inside, such as this IAAS.

  2. cfosterk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted from initial sample on IAAS webinar. Very complex and elegant, Tropical fruits chalk and wet rocks, lovely mineral quality.

  3. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    reasonable price for a springbank of this age in today's market at £320. I think the quality is on par with the 24yo CA AC bottle from last year which was an eyewatering £420. can only afford 100ml, but glad to have the opportunity, while the remainder of my bottle has been split. a success in my view, well done! originally I had this on 8/10, but coming back to it, I think it merits 9/10.
    • Nose
      the oak is there, going towards walnut skins and bung cloth, with a drop of pickle juice. with time, it all comes into focus a bit more, with linseed oil, paraffin, coal dust, hay, sémillon grapes, white peaches, honeysuckle, fabric softener, pebbles and old hessian sacks at a distillery. yes, I have read AMcR's notes, but they're pretty accurate OK? with a few drops of water, gets a little sweeter and now here are the citronella candles.

      plainly springbankian, having a lot in common with more recent vintages (the nose is quite reminiscent of the recent 15 yo rum wood, in a way).
    • Taste
      oh yes. immediately you know it's a good one. arrives with great dignity: chalk, pebbles, lemon water, soot, grist. now there are some great peach rings, a little waxiness and oily toolbox. goes on pretty long, on these great lightly fruity and mineral notes that springbank does so well and rather uniquely.

  4. GlenPiWi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasted by Angus on whiskyfun.com (28/7/2020):
    Springbank 27 yo 1993/2020 (51.3%, Whiskybroker for It’s All About Springbank, cask #26, refill bourbon hogshead, 200 bottles)
    How very funny that bottlings are now being done for themed Facebook groups. What a time to be alive! Colour: bright straw. Nose: extremely pure and at the same time with this typical ‘unusualness’ of 93 Springbanks. Lots of canvass, bailed hay, cooking oils, funny old medicines, herbal liqueurs, chalk, putty, waxes, hot clay, aged mead and yellow flowers. Highly characterful whisky, in the best sense. With water: really doubles down on chalk, fabrics, pebbles, flints, lanolin, paraffin and white coastal flowers. Gorse, pollens and olive oil too. Mouth: pow! Superbly lean and medicinal. Herbal medicines, beach pebbles, waxes, citronella candles, oily cereals, mineral oils, camphor and a nicely salty peatiness. Wonderfully flinty, oily, lightly vegetal and showing many wee medical embrocations and things like fermenting lemons and brine. With water: lemon cough drops, linseed oil, horseradish, camphor, tar, bandages, seawater, preserved lemons… terrific! Finish: long, briny, lemony, oily, medicinal and waxy. Also wee notes of salty honey and dried herbs like thyme. Comments: I’ve just checked and I am indeed a member of the IAAS group on Facebook. Guys, please send 6 bottles to Whiskyfun HQ, Flipper Street, Leith… Anyway, terrific selection. I just loved the purity and the freshness of this one. There’s much been said about these slightly more usual 93s but perhaps all they needed was time? This one was close to being 93 points, but we don’t do partial scores here at WF (my eyes are not yet orange and my hat not yet Panamanian) so 92 it remains!
    SGP: 462 - 92 points.

    I was going to give this one 90-91points, until I tried it with a few drops of water!

  5. Sachin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    N: Lemons, light ash, hint of tropical fruits (original juicy fruits gum!).
    P: Starts on lemons & white pepper heat with a nod toward those tropical fruits, then a chalky mineral side shows.
    F: More of the same with a creamy oily mouthfeel.

    Tasted from a sample and it was still developing after 40 minutes in my glass. Really elegant dram which might be a point or two higher when I get stuck into the bottle.

  6. blackjacob scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89


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