Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
89.36/100
votes
305
Whiskybase ID
WB165480
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
11.08.2020
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
30% Bourbon, 30% Rum, 25% Sherry + 15% Port
Number of bottles
3300
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
20/68
Barcode
610854000202
Added on
13 sep 2020 8:26 pm by nallacam
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1813.54

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

56 users have left 57 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.36 points.

  1. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 91
    taste--------------------90
    End Rhyme--------------------89

  2. Highlander65 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: brown with orange reflections
    Great whisky, very mature and full of nuances, round and well blended with each other.
    • Nose
      Deep and very dark aroma, charred wood, sargenor, bitter cocoa powder, rhubarb, prunes, slight marine note
    • Taste
      Initially sparkling in the mouth, it recalls a licorice stick, a slight hint of lemon, slightly salty, chocolate, herb candy
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish, chocolate, moderately sweet

  3. Vallado scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Delicious whisky, which, however, has a lot of wood and thus upsets the basic aroma that tends to be very sweet. But what seems even more difficult for me: the Springbank-typical aromas are almost completely buried under it. I don't think I would have blindly bet on Springbank here.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/12/07/the-whisky-show-2021-part-8-11-springbank/

    I last tried Springbank 21 in 2018 [WLP87]. This is last year’s bottling [2020] that consists of 30% bourbon, 30% rum, 25% sherry, and 15% port casks, married together for one year.

    N: What an immaculate blend of casks that is. Beautiful nose, salty again.

    T: Desirable dryness,.. clean, complex,.. slightly rubbery though with less ‘funk’ than you might sometimes find/expect with Springbank. Again, cask blend-wise, there’s a harmony here. Take note though, I didn’t find this the greatest swimmer.

    F: More funky vibes towards the tail with a dense/packed-in spiciness which would no doubt loosen up with time in glass and bottle. Little of the smoke/phenols have survived those 21+ years.

    C: The cleaner side of Springbank,.. until the sherry kicks in at the end.

    Scores 88 points

  5. Petitcham scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very fresh flavours that are sometimes present in good young wines

    The personality of the distillery and fruity exist in perfect balance

  6. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Really great barrel combination. Despite the many different barrels, the distillery character of Springbank still comes through.

    Color: Between Parisian red and dark oak
    • Nose
      90 90
      Balanced fruity, spicy, woody and sweet: blackberries, oak, yeast, minerals, pepper, baked apple, distillery character from Springbank
    • Taste
      92 92
      Cinnamon, black berries, oak, balanced, dried apricots
    • Finish
      91 91
      very mineral, somewhat bitter, sultanas, metal

  7. aborovikov scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    22.5 22.5 22.5 22.5

  8. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very nice whisky, I realy like the old leather and dried fruit in it. I allways look at price versus quality and ask myself would I buy it? For this bottle the answer is simple, no. Upto about 250 euro ok but what I see on the right of my screen at the moment is absurd, so no it is. There are more good whiskies at reasonable prices.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Soderberg scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  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.

  11. whisky_garage scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    The aroma is rich, sweet. Dried fruits with butter cream, minerality, some spices, chokeberry.
    They stood and breathed ...
    Industrial theme, engine oil, grease, carpentry ...
    Berry sourness, black currant, fumigated honeycomb with honey, canned apricots. Medicinal herbal tincture, some rum tones, noble tobacco and woody notes.
    The taste is rich, bright, sweet. Black currant, chokeberry, candied fruit, prunes, dried apricots, custard. Industrial notes, light minerality, ginger, noble wood.
    The finish is long-lasting, sweet, a little knitting. Prunes, berry sourness, industrial theme, pepper, ginger, light smoke, barrel.
    Conclusion: Chic whisky from the regular line, yes, every year a different batch, yes, a limited number of bottles, but this is a regular release, Karl.
    Four types of exposure, the base is not hammered, there is an opportunity to enjoy the influence of each exposure, to a greater or lesser extent, this is aerobatics, which not everyone can do.

  12. thebonewolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is really quite nice. This does better as it spends more time in the glass. Definitely not something to pour if you’ll finish the dram in short order, but if you’ll be working on it for a while, it’s a great choice.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fruity, malty, nutty. Rust, orange, leather, damp wood. Custard later.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Intense fruit, chocolate (kind of like a jelly-filled chocolate when they combine). Oak, dried fruit. Dirty, earthy.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Nutty, sweet/syrupy. Coffee. Long.

  13. Apikalov scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Round and pleasing on the nose, massive and somewhat unbalanced in the mouth, the finish should be more expressive, but it makes the whole thing really tasty.
    • Nose
      90 90
      set and ripe, rich fruit aromas, some oak and hardly any signs of smoke, juicy raisins and prunes, banana, cinnamon and clove dust, pear and apple, aromatic honey, occasionally marzipan, pine resin, caramel and molasses, slightly oily and chocolatey, orange, salt and malt, hazelnut, vanilla, cherry, traces of yeast and chalk, apricot
    • Taste
      89 89
      Vanilla and fruit, spicy oak with cinnamon, banana and raisins, the age comes into its own, cherry and plum liqueur, very oily and salty, sour and bitter elements, caramel and hazelnut, sandalwood, some tobacco and earthy espresso, molasses, apricot, leather
    • Finish
      88 88
      warm and spicy, sherry and raisins, cinnamon and old oak, cherry and prune, earthy and oily with some salty hints, hazelnuts, caramel and vanilla, pine resin, apple and chocolate with a good portion of cocoa, leather and pepper, honey

  15. saothangbay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. rabbitnose scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Nose excellent

    Very complex

    Neeeds looooooots of time to open up.(a lot alot)

    Still bitter and woody.

    Sweet citrus and lots in a dram

    Half will give you none. Needs 1oz at least for its proper taste.. possibly 2.(but for its price...? Its to much money..)

    Definitely not for esay sip...

    Well made but not for everyone.

    Paid 475usd per bottle.

    Very meaningful for being first deep dark springbank 21 official line and sure its price will go up.

    Not for everyone. Only for springbank heads.. and for people who likes woody characters

  17. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    You always expect extravaganza from Springbank 21, but unfortunately it did not happen here. Either the shortage of barrels affected, or it is simply not in my taste and understanding. In body and finish, I was too strongly associated with rum. Thanks to Kegelbogen for the sample
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dirty sherry nose, juicy. Raisins and dried fruits, citruses in oil, dry wood
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fermented compote with dried fruits, smoked plums, wood. Perhaps rum barrels gave excessive ringing dryness
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dry, spices, grape skins and wine solids

  18. sarthur71 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  19. Suevia scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Just too much going on and "out of sync", the different cask types do not work well together, feels somewhat engineered and too sweet/woody.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  20. MLE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. NRGCLICK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    I read and see a lot of conflict of opinions about this bottle, and I get it.
    The sample is perhaps not the best way to enjoy this dram, especially lined up with other drams.
    Like Gun n Roses said "patience."
    I tried this at a bar for the first time on a neck pour with a regular sniffer glass.
    3 weeks later 1/3 of that same bottle left, I've taken home a sample, and now using a blenders glass.
    I've poured 10ml of glengoyne 25yr - 2018 batch for contrast.
    • Nose
      1st tasting - When first trying this - it was dominated (intense sherry.) Super tart, drunken cherries, stewed plums & mixed berries. Initially, I let it sit for an hour, and yes, whilst it did open up more, the sherry was the dominant party here, and the forefront of the dram.

      2nd tasting - Now we're talking! The rum and bourbon have really become pronounced and showing their tropical juicy fruit platter.
      This has now become super fruity, with very similar characteristics 2018 batch - which was (70% rum/30% bourbon) Hold on! Let me dig up a sample of the 2018 batch. Oh yes, oh yes! the similarities are certainly there. Wow! Incredible, this nose is simply and beautifully layered, upon layer with complexities.
      Lets whistle off some notes, Danky mould, sour cherries with pineapple and lemon shavings. Rancio, hints of leather, fruit cake with sprinkles of dirt, and topped with a dash of rum.
      Yes, simply gorgeous. Let's smell the 2018 again, yes the similarities are still there.
      What happened to this Glengoyne? ohhhhh, sickly sweet sherry - I'm just not feeling it.
    • Taste
      Wow! Smiles all around, bourbon, and rum on the forefront of the palate, tropical fruits, white pepper, oak spice. Beautiful tropical notes that I've come to love in bourbon cask springers.
    • Finish
      Yes! we end things off on a sherry note, back of the palates hints of sweet dark fruit jam, polish, oak, all whilst the tropical notes are still ever so present on the front of the palate.
      They hit this one out of the park! Honestly, probably my favourite 21 since the tall bottlings. Something nostalgic about this dram, and honestly, I think with loads more marriage time, future bottle openings of this in decades time will absolutely be a fan favourite.
      Don't forget this needs a lot of time.

  22. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Delicious, albeit reduced, but well-balanced compote
    • Nose
      tart berries, chocolate, peat, sour fruits, fresh grass, salted (?) lemon, nuts scattered at the entrance to the barn
    • Taste
      fatty, chewy, spicy, nutty, Belgian dark chocolate with additives, notes of coffee
    • Finish
      nutty-creamy, a little tobacco, barely leather and wood

  23. TsiAI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    View Color Eyes: Soy Sauce

    Smell Nose: honey, blackberry sauce, slightly sweet candied fruit, ripe dark berries, blueberry cookies, familiar coconut flakes and cream deep inside. Fruit vinegar, tamarind sauce, and lime are not only sweet, but also a honey juice made with a lot of oil, similar to sugar oil rake. The re-heard unexpectedly appeared sweet and transparent mulberries and cherries, accompanied by a choking dusty feeling and the smell of medical gauze.

    Taste Palate: too bitter, accompanied by charred wood chips. Excessive peat, smoke, lime powder, and the clear mineral surface seemed to be covered with oil. Hidden in the depths are coconut milk products, buttery desserts and dark berry cakes. The dirt, black coffee and tobacco after the rain.

    Final rhyme Finish: long, charred wood, obvious sweetness, blueberry fudge, silt

    Body: Full and soft body, with obvious oiliness, soft body but not firm enough

    Nose: 89/100

    Palate: 86/100

    Finish: 85/100

    Body: 87/100

    Overall: 87.5/100, Shirley’s part is a bit similar to Taiwan’s heavy Shirley, it feels a bit dull, not particularly comfortable.

  24. praisethepasta scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is blending of casks and styles turned into an art form, bringing everything I’d expect from a Springbank with a proud and loud age statement: complexity, character, depth, richness, intensity, versatility and a wide arrange of flavours … demanding my attention every step of the way.
    • Nose
      93 93
      rich, dark and intense (think burnt caramel) but with a wonderful subtle funky freshness to it. Heavy spices (nutmeg and clove), soft peat and (literally) an earthy, soil like note. Only then the second wave comes in, with coffee and coffee liqueur, licorice, old wood and dried fruits and some salt and brine. A drop of water highlights the caramel note which now turns into salted caramel and dark, bitter chocolate. Just… wow!
    • Taste
      93 93
      The palate starts off very dirty and earthy: again the soil-like note, making for a dry mouth feel with a chewy, oily and almost beef jerky texture, emphasized even more by dried spices and dried fruit and burnt caramel. Virtually no sign of the peat now, but a clear umami element shows up (think salted bacon and dried, salted meat). With a drop of water the salt notes increase even further.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is dry and warm. Quite long as well with a slightly bitter touch to it (again the earthy note) fading out on those spices and dried fruit, now accompanied by hints of nuts which I didn’t really pick up before.

  25. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Too much cask fiddling for me. The first 75% of Springbank enjoyment when nosing and drinking is quite spot on, then it gets unbalanced with port and sherry forming a tail that is not integrated in the whisky. That's the point when it loses me.

    Only a 5cl sample and I don't need more...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. maurisso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Here is another liquid cigar.

  27. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. ForzaSGE_FFM scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    Wow - this is a truely superb whisky. Extremely smooth, you do not taste that it even contains alcohol, because it is well integrated. The sherry flavour is very intense, but still you get to know the light peat that is in this awesome whisky!

  29. ForzaSGE_FFM scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    Wow - this is a truely superb whisky. Extremely smooth, you do not taste that it even contains alcohol, because it is well integrated. The sherry flavour is very intense, but still you get to know the light peat that is in this awesome whisky!

  30. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  31. daverdaz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. moxigeice scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    so delicious it is and the colour is beautiful

  33. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
      IT: 89
      B: 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  34. penumbra scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is a work that compromises the ordinary aesthetics, but as long as it can stabilize at this high level, it can be considered worthy of the fathers and villagers.
    • Nose
      After the resumption of labor, the first bartender to let people know that the bartender has not skipped work for 21 years. A little bay of Kanzhen, complex dark amber, tamarind, green apple and grape jelly, black currant, mulberry, fig, red dates, citrus, succulent tropical fruit jam, black chocolate, charcoal roasted coffee. The rare fragrant oils in New Genting, chestnut, toffee, black forest cake, 21yo-matched wood, baking bucket, ginger, tobacco, cinnamon, lack of minerals, ash choking, a small amount of light Sea salt and furnace ash.
    • Taste
      Elderly MMA aesthetics. The barrel and soil heavier than expected, lost the light-colored fruits and milky aromas at the scent stage, more bitter coffee, damp wood sticks, earthy spices, mugwort leaves for the Dragon Boat Festival, strong tea, dark fruits and too Confectionery, sea and peat increased slightly.

      Strong, normal fat, average sweetness, sour and astringent, bitter, no spicy, no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Long, bitter cocoa, inferior oak barrels, sweet back, black fruit.

  35. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Extremely good springbank at a high price that evaporated under the counter
    • Nose
      92 92
      Forest fruits, strong sherry and sweetness, very complex with many aromas
    • Taste
      91 91
      A lot of sherry, wonderful sweetness, very light smoke, hardly any maritime notes
    • Finish
      86 86
      Leaving maritime, remains fruity, raisins, cloves, cardamom

  36. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    Dark colour.
    NOSE: Solvent notes, sweet old wood, old leather, cocoa powder. Dried brown fruits. With air some butteriness, a little dust and hint of smoke. (90p)
    TASTE: Rich, semi sweet arrival, black tea, some baking spices, sweet wood, hints of smoke. (90p)
    EXIT: Sherry, rum, fruity, a little wood tannin. (90 p)
    SCORE: An ecclectic mix of casks, and it shows. Different. But fascinating and rather good. 90 points.

  37. switzyuk scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very confused at first, with all parts fighting for dominance. Complex whisky that needs time to be picked apart and savoured.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Dark fruits including blackcurrants and blackberries. Bonfire/cinder toffee. Parkin and Jamaican gingerbread. Black treacle. Warehouse/dockyard - dusty and oily.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Buttered, baked goods - croissant with butter and a dark fruit jam. Sticky toffee pudding. Treacle. Little smoke and funk.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long and constantly changing. Dark fruits compote into treacle and toffee. Some honeycomb, then coffee notes, and finishes on cinnamon and cloves.

  38. Kalamadei scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    very chaotic and I believe that mix is way too much

  39. BestOfWest did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    € 225.00, nothing more needs to be said, everything else is greed

  40. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    As nice as it begins in the nose, it ends in a comparatively weak way. You won't even be able to blame it on the fancy barrel combination (by the way: perverse color for an original Springbank bottling) - or maybe you can? How would the finish have been with a clear focus on one, maximum two types of casks? 60/40 or 50/50 instead of 30/30/25/15? Idle thought, of course. In the end it doesn't matter, but 21 years in the barrel, that should have some effect on the finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A cautious nose at the beginning ... which then turns up noticeably: red berry mix, dried figs and dates, sea spray. There is a mineral base note, although not very pronounced. Very sweet, very fruity, a sandwich with cherry jam comes to mind. Later, as a counterpoint, spiced plum compote and a touch of furniture polish. Toffee and nougat chocolate round off.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Starts dry and sweet with fruit notes of overripe blackberries and currants. Spicy wood, a hint of liquorice and menthol accompany the berries. Malt, brown rock sugar, caramel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still medium-length finish - and thus shorter than expected and hoped for. Pickled plums, candied apple, cardamom, dark chocolate. And off with a touch of menthol.

  41. betste scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Stunning Whisky

  42. Wolf68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. 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!

  44. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  45. ThorstenH scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The distillery character is still there, but you can tell the age. Much rounder than younger bottlings.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  46. Teresa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  47. autphm scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Amazingly complex dram

  48. 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.

  49. bahaa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Release Germany in September 2020 @ 220-250€
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
      to less strength. 50% would be perfect.
    • Finish
      91 91

  50. 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.

  51. rampah scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Quite good, especially the nose.
    But the price will ruin it for most drinkers.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  52. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  53. 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

  54. 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!

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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

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