Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
30% Bourbon, 30% Rum, 25% Sherry + 15% Port
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
13 Sep 2020 8:26 pm by nallacam

Average value

€ 354.77

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.37 points

  1. chrismo scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Springbank 21 from 2020. The price has hardly changed compared to previous years. Unfortunately, the (wholesale) dealers play their own game and charge absurd prices!
    UK price = £ 190!
    Price in DE = 219 €!

    Unfortunately hardly available for the price. I opened a bottle myself today and from the first impression I find it very tasty! But I would not pay the prices above 260 €!

    Edit: The more I try, the better I find it. For me it is really very, very tasty and way too tasty for the money!

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Even if the different types of casks dominate in my opinion, the typically dirty and lemony springbank character is present and wonderfully integrated for me. The selection and marriage of the different barrel types gives this bottling varied and multi-layered moments of pleasure. Tastes and I like it very much!

    23/22/23/23 (91P)
    • Nose
      Deep dark rust with an orange shimmer emanates from the Premium Snifter, tough and oily "legs" adhere to the glass wall. Dark fruit sweetness rises heavily with a hint of caramelized sugar, oily a minimal smoky note dissolves and mixes with a handful of dry, earthy peat. Dark, velvety vineyard peach plays with old apricots and candied strawberries, sugar and hard caramel end in engine oil and tire abrasion, at the same time I am put down by extremely long and thick "legs" which pull their endless paths back into the glass. A pinch of salt trickles onto juicy lemon wedges, raspberries and blackberries flash, maritime echoes emerge and disappear in the same instant. The nose is extremely changeable and aromatic, I could smell this wonderful nose forever. The saliva begins to flow slowly, I'm looking forward to the first sip!
    • Taste
      The first sip wets the tongue dirty, sour fruit aromas suddenly "contract" the mouth, a blink of an eye later sweet peach pieces and liquid caramel stick to the palate, a few grains of salt melt on the tongue, roasted hazelnut fragments end in dark and slightly smoky wood tones. Dark chocolate crumbles on leather, liquorice and a few drops of espresso finish with a load of white pepper on the tip of the tongue and on the palate. Oily, dark, greasy and earthy, plus an intense mix of citrus fruits and sweet stone fruits ... Apricots, lemons, grapefruit, raspberries and blackberries, dried orange, raisins and currants, the variety of fruit aromas is impressive. Eucalyptus and mint, leather and creamy hazelnuts swim in the saliva slowly from the citrus aromas.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste gradually announces itself slightly bitter. Oily earth and dark fruit are still sticking to the palate, nuts are increasingly appearing. Creamy walnuts, almond slivers and roasted hazelnuts, accompanied by leather and dried tobacco, just fantastic!

  3. Macallan1968 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The Springbank 21 with 30% bourbon, 30% rum, 25% sherry and 15% port is exceptional, but good!

    You need time with this dram, otherwise the many aromas that you get into the glass cannot develop.

    For me a very successful experiment by Springbank. You will be enchanted by an incredible variety of flavors that make you want more after every sip.

  4. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    From my point of view, a successful marriage of the different barrel types. Even if port and sherry dominate in my first impression, you will find - especially in the nose - an enormous number of flavors that coexist and that change over and over again.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet-fruity, sour, with blackberries and nuts, wine gum and salty liquorice. Changes again and again over time and also the distance between the nose and the glass;)
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, strong start with pepper, a bit sweet, but then leather, earthy aromas, dark chocolate, a little caramel and salt quickly dominate
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, becoming significantly more bitter with orange jam, musty cellar, pepper, salt and dark red fruits

  5. cfosterk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    tasted from a dram at the commercial in campbeltown - very viscous and quite cloying initially. felt congested with quite alot going on. Not sure the cask selections worked or perhaps all very active and fighting for attention on first contact. I remember oranges and lashings of dark chocolate along with lots of raisins and dates. The sherry exerted. After an hour and a half the nose was superb. I think spending time with a bottle (despite the cadenheads price of £176) will be fun and the initial score is likely to increase

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2020] What a "Frankenstein concoction" as a friend puts it - so the question is: Was this an intentional mix or did they have to balance out some too aggressive maturations as it happens often with port or rum casks? I am not afraid to buy a bottle because this release looks very interesting to explore, at least...

    ...and at last! Clearly, some of the casks matured way too aggressively and added a lot of bitter-astringent tannic notes - wood-heads might enjoy these but I prefer balanced malts over liquid woods. But the most fascinating encounter was a bold and impressive nose that vanished almost completely within five minutes of breathing, very strange. All in all an interesting dram to have from time to time but I do not ask for a second one in a row, usually.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is very dark at brown sherry and the nose offers a bold profile, as expected (I use a big spherical blender's glass for nosing, only). The most dominating impressions are the sherry aromas together with some substantial wooden notes while the rum is very shy and I do not get any malt- or port-induced aromas at all. This profile changes significantly upon breathing - the power of the first impressions vanishes quickly as do the sherry-induced aromas but the others do not occupy the space provided now. Instead, this nose somewhat collapses to a shy and rather unimpressive profile after about five minutes of oxidation - I had the first score at 91+points and now it is 88-points, unfortunately. Still it is fine and somewhat complex but it takes both time and trained olfactory cells to get the aromas now. This is one of the fastest "vanishing noses" I ever experienced, so hurry to enjoy the first sniffs right after serving...
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is quite complex as can be expected from such a mix but the bitter wooden notes drive it out of balance, according to my taste buds (only). Heavy wood-heads might enjoy this but lovers of balanced drams should shy away unless they deliberately want to experience such wood-driven maturations. It is interesting to explore but the drinking enjoyment is somewhat limited (to me) - sometimes it tastes great but then all of a sudden the extreme tannins kill the enjoyment (again and again). As with most of these heavy wood-driven releases forget about adding water - it flattens the nice flavours further but strengthens the anyway too aggressive wooden notes.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The dram arrives a little hot on the palate which turns quickly into a satisfying warmth but the coating effect is limited. Instead a significant drying-astringent feeling takes place from heavy tannins, obviously (as could be expected given the bold wooden notes in the nose). To me this is distracting, clearly. The finish is of medium length and keeps these drying-astringent moments until the very end. Coming back to my initial question: Yes, some of the rum and/or port casks matured too aggressively as to be released separately without some soothing sherry and bourbon casks added. So it is a "Frankenstein concoction", indeed!

  7. nallacam scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tried in the 1920s Blenders glass.

    Incredibly exciting change from nose to mouth.
    If the nose still has a lot of fruit and freshness to offer, the rather heavy and earthy aromas come into play in the mouth.
    No sharpness at any point.

    For me another fantastic 21-man springbank.
    • Nose
      92 92
      With 46% it is possible to take a full nose and smell the intense, dark fruit aromas. Sweet wood provides the framework for kisch, espresso and chocolate.
      With more oxygen, strawberries and marzipan, sour cherries, rose hips and red fruit tea are added.
      In the background there are strong oak tones, damp ship planks, leather and brine.
      Spices also slowly come to the fore, allspice, clove and star anise. There are also associations with cognac and rum.

      A nose that is wonderfully complex and in this case definitely benefits from the 46%.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fresh and intense oak at the same time. Coffee notes, dark chocolate. The fruit takes a back seat.
      Apricot and ripe peaches mix with chocolate.
      Green walnut, espresso beans, Darjeeling, dried shitake mushrooms, prunes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dry, long, dominated by the oak barrel.
      No bitterness, very dry.

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Springbank 21yo (2015) WID: 64003, Springbank 21yo (2019) WID: 127557 and Springbank 21yo (2020) WID: 165480

    Different in color.

    It's like that in the nose too. The 2015 is quite mineral, musty and somehow green. In addition, more yellow fruits, partly also citrus fruits. The Springbank notes are still there, but of course a bit more degraded than with more recent bottlings. The oak still looks relatively fresh. Also some wet leaves.

    The 2019, on the other hand, has rather red, relatively sweet berry fruits with some residual acid. Sometimes the fruits also look like caramelized. The mineral ones are rather subtle here. The Springbank notes shimmer in the background. Then add some chocolate.

    The 2020 is now even darker. More like plum jam. In addition, not yet completely dried tobacco leaves. Aromatic dark oak tones. One can only guess at the Springbank notes. But there is a certain filth.

    In the mouth of the 2015, the oak is more in command, which also brings a noticeable flavor. Such a mixture of dry and fresh wood. But at first there is only a little sweetness and the yellow fruits. Then Springbank comes through. In the end something like cold smoke and musty wood.

    With the 2019 it is a nice interplay between fruit, sweetness, spice and tart notes. After a certain time, the fruit, which is astonishingly lighter in the mouth than in the nose, and the sweetness less and the spicy and tart notes prevail. Not really bitter, but rather dry. A pleasant acidity and the slightly dirty notes are also in play.

    For me, the 2020 will not taste as balanced as the 2019. Nice sweetness and fruit at first. Then the wood effect looks a bit rough and not so elegant. For me quite blunt and uncouth. In addition, salty liquorice, dark chocolate, tobacco and wood seasoning. In the finish something of the Springbank character.

    So for me the 2015er is clearly the weakest of the three. I also just poured a small sip of 12 CS and diluted it with water. Even that looks fuller than the 2015 21er.

    Then comes the 2020. It's kind of delicious. The nose is really good. In the mouth, however, it seems a bit too clumsy and unpolished, as the oak comes across relatively quickly and leaves little space for other things.

    The 2019 is the most homogeneous whisky for me. Of course, it also got a lot of casualties, but that doesn't impose too much and leaves room for other things. So he is also the winner of this comparison.

  9. GIngi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Yeah, the color is cool! Everyone is already going crazy, chasing the whisky and the prices are skyrocketing! But the content is what counts, not the margin!
    And the content is too much. A nice attempt but simply too much of a good thing. The whisky looks a bit unbalanced and has no clear edge. Not typical for Springbank, but an attempt that is worth a maximum of 89 points for me and only after a lot of time and air!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Overall comment: scbp-5732. The fat and smoke are too heavy, the taste and flavor are slightly salty, and the defects are obvious. The wine is weak. The smoky feeling in the mouth feels a certain surprise. It would be better if there were more fruity flavors and strength to balance the oil quality in the smell and the taste of salty sauce.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smell the fragrance: The theme is the whiteness and emptiness brought by the smoke from the nose, the fatty lamb skewers, and the feeling of heavy grease. The complexity is not bad. There is a clear fruity taste of ripe pineapple against the background of fat, freshness of bonito flakes, salty aroma of minerals, and some grilled vegetables and kimchi radish in sauce. In addition to the main line, there is also a bitter western medicine cold oral liquid, wormwood. But there is no flavor that can keep up with the oiliness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Taste: strong saltiness and throughout the whole process, a lot of soy sauce roasted meat, a little pineapple, apple, barbecue sauce. The smoky sensation is moderately weak, but it is full of vitality and can be clearly perceived. In addition, there are spices such as moderate sesame pepper and mint. The wine is moderately light, which is surprising. The oily feel is medium, the flavor is salty and sauce, the overall strength is less, less sour and sweet, and the defects are quite obvious, but in terms of flavor intensity and corresponding ease of drinking, it should be a little bit away from excellent, but not too far .
    • Finish
      87 87
      Aftertaste: long and salty, salt, pepper, grease, motor oil, mint.


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