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Springbank 1998

Overall rating
88.97/100
votes
71
Whiskybase ID
WB166859
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Bottling
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Sherry
Casknumber
13/191-1
Number of bottles
255
Strength
46.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Tara Spirits Munich
Added on
06 Oct 2020 6:38 pm by dumdi_san
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 249.00

27 × in wishlist

71 × member ratings

110 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1998

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.97 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Springbank is rare and expensive. Especially when it has been stored in sherry barrels. Unfortunately the label is less informative here than I would like it to be. A brief exchange with Randy Kunis from TARA quickly creates clarity. It is an Oloroso Sherry barrel that was bottled after 21 years at cask strength with just 46.2% ABV.

    EYE / NOSE
    Visually a nice bourbon clay. I have to admit, I don't spend too long with the optics. The malt immediately goes to Glencairn, where I give it the opportunity to unfold, acclimatise and breathe a little. First impression ... leathery SPRINGBANK Funk meets sweet, juicy blood oranges. Salty-maritime notes give the nose an 'island character'. Smokier than the 1993 Reifferscheid Bottling, albeit with that slightly tobacco-like, oily note that I like so much. A little dirty, as befits Springbank's special distillation process. I already know that something great is about to happen, as long as a completely unexpected, nasty off note doesn't cloud the enjoyment unexpectedly.

    PALATE
    The malt plays around the tongue with fruity sweetness and very fine veils of smoke. Then Springbank, also oily notes in the mouth and taste. A bit of a cowshed that has absolutely nothing to do with sulfur. The oranges seem to be getting ripe, almost overripe, the sweetness changes, meets strong spices from the oak. The wood is present, but never unpleasantly overreaching. Quite the opposite. The malt develops a very pleasant warmth in the mouth and triggers the YUMMY reflex in me.

    FINISH / CONCLUSION
    Not a steam hammer, but a very elegant, perfectly matured Springbank, bottled at exactly the right time. Big cinema. Long finish. He came to stay. Very fine, pleasant, slightly chalky-looking coolness in the finish. Now comes campfire smoke, which stretches the finish with relish. The Glencairn is empty yet? My taste buds call for encore. There will surely be a few veteran connoisseurs who will rightly state that Springbank barrels # 441 and # 442 were even better in the past, and that the quality has actually not improved over the decades. Also true! But I probably won't open many of my old local barleys anymore, as a small dram now costs significantly more than the whole bottle. In any case, I don't know what to criticize here. The clear flavors? The typical Springbank character? The elegance? Everything fits here perfectly for my simple taste.

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  2. stepge scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Bought directly from Tara Spirits in October 2020 for 249EUR. It is a mystery to me where the 109EUR from the other rating come from. Immediately after opening, a great scent swings around you. Somewhat sweet, very light bacon, typical for me Springbank. After about 20 minutes of anticipation, I tried it. For me, the overall package fits together perfectly. Neither the sweetness nor the wood dominate. There is also something doughy, very light fruits like apricot. This Springbank is very harmonious for me, it doesn't tingle on the tongue, no ginger or hot pepper.

    The finish is very long, salivating and very pleasant for me. One of the best jumpers that I was allowed to try this year.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    If Clynelish were in Campbeltown, it would taste like this!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sugar-sweet orange, vanilla sugar, followed by some ginger and lemongrass, mature mineral smoke, some beeswax, orange peel
    • Taste
      93 93
      Strong start, beeswax again, the typical Springbank-Campbeltown face kick is announced and straight as a pin, mineral spice with a slight dryness, acidic dry citrus notes dominate on the back
    • Finish
      90 90
      Oak spice and again some ginger, cold smoke, citrus peel, very pleasant, more and more citrus-heavy towards the back, the waxiness rounds everything off

  4. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  5. dumdi_san scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    According to cask owner it was an Oloroso Sherry cask.
    Selling price was 249,00€ in 10/2020.

  6. Najzero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    I've heard so many bad voices (mouldy cask, very dirty, discusting...) that I almost felt bad, because I did not heistate to buy a bottle "blindly".

    Gladly I am connected with some whisky freaks that did open up a bottle an split/shared samples.

    It is "dirty", but also fruity and overall nice. Finish could be a bit more clean, but its far from a catastrophe.

    Bonus points for the online/group discount... very fair way to do business.
    The bottle still felt "expensive", but thats only my whisky-grinch inside... that paid fewer bucks in the past.
    For today (2020) it was a fine catch.

  7. birkzehn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  8. mudshark scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Emsmalt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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