Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
17 years old
Rum/Bourbon mix w/ 3 years in Fresh Madeira
Number of bottles
47.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
26/10/20 20/137
Added on
18 Oct 2020 9:57 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 340.60

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 17-year-old

63 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.91 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    At the first glance at the barrel composition, the thought briefly came up, what this fuss - as with the current 12 CS - is actually supposed to be, Springbank has always been quite good with a mix of bourbon and sherry barrels or with another 2- Barrel combination (including finish) driven. But if the end result is right, the way there doesn't really matter. And here the end result fits, it is not too thin despite its only 47.8%, it delivers a great play of flavors in the nose and on the tongue. The finish could have been a little longer, but that's a complaint on a high level.
    • Nose
      91 91
      .... and there it is immediately, the Springbank nose: spicy, slightly fruity, mineral, slightly bulky in a positive sense. The initially only slight fruitiness increases over time, you can find freshly sliced peaches and apricots, a little lemon juice, a few pieces of pineapple. A well-seasoned spice mixture of grated ginger, marjoram and chervil on top. Constant companions are the pebbles bathed in sea water, whose aroma offers a good counterbalance to the fruitiness.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mild and almost creamy start. Lays incredibly creamy on the tongue, at first you might think that you have spiced liquid cream in your mouth. But then dry wood is added, the creamy impression evaporates. The fruits from the nose appear more reserved on the tongue, appear more dried than freshly sliced. Marjoram, chervil, some parsley. Nougat pralines, marzipan bread, crème brûlée. As a counterpoint, chain fat, warm lubricating oil, damp pebble, salty sea spray.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium-long finish in which the fruit flavors have withdrawn and leave the field to nougat, coffee beans, dry wood and a little chain fat. Is pleasantly dry at the back.

  2. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    What kind of awesome car is that? Absolutely overloaded - but with fruits as I know them from my home and childhood.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense currant jam at the beginning, plum jam and blueberries, directly behind it unusually strong and mineral smoke, blueberry cake with vanilla sprinkles (as with grandma), very barrel-heavy but very cool, forest-fruity ashiness
    • Taste
      93 93
      Creamy and again dark forest fruits, the alcohol is noticeably pressing despite the low strength, creaminess of the finest, only slight dryness, the mineral notes complement the smoke perfectly
    • Finish
      92 92
      Almost a longrow in the finish - the smoke comes through well, the forest fruits dominate again, the creamy sweetness lingers for a long time with the mineral smoke

  3. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like this better than the 2020 Longrow 18 but not the July Springbank 18. The higher ABV is nice, but the 07.01.2020 run of the 18 is very good this year and I'm not usually a big port fan.

    I think the 17 yo Madeira is overrated a little bit due to newbies with cabin fever this year who are getting into Springbanks partly due to the hype. This dram is good but not great (for a Springbank).

    The July Springbank 18 at cask strength would have totally crushed it. On the other hand, this 17 madeira under consideration is kind of a different animal, so perhaps the comparison is less than apt. This dram is surprisingly industrial. While I really liked the industrial side of the Springbank Local Barley 16, this madeira is not as much of a pleaser in terms of its industrial side. A bit more rough and the complexity doesn't gel nearly so well. Still, it's a really nice bottle.

    I might have liked the Springbank 17 Sherrywood a tad better, but then again this bottle has not oxygenated enough to really make that comparison accurately yet. It takes the Sherrywood a long time to really shine after being opened.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peach pit, hay, sealing wax, Lemon Pledge, wet wool jacket, Christmas cake, industrial scents like a machine shop. The only scents I'm not crazy about in this dram are the bitter tannins and the rancid wine (vinegar). I would have thought the madeira would be sweeter. It seems to have turned.

      For instance, the Madeira wood in the 1998 Longrow 12 was better, as was the Madeira wood that went into the aging of the 1998 Longrow 15 society release.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Morello cherry, citrus, toffee, almond bark, old library books (Springer funk), leather gloves, alfalfa horse feed pellets, hemp rope, persimmon, thyme, tarpaulin, petroleum jelly.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Fairly long but a tad uneven with notes of mace, bitter oak, and more citrus. The madeira finally comes through at the very end and saves the day with some creamy, modeling putty (there's that industrial funk), and toffee.

  4. aby scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    tasted this one at 48,5% at the Springbank virtual tasting. Pretty good, close to the 12y cs but with more buttery notes. Still noticeable as a SB, with slight peat and chalk.

  5. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Nice, mineral, dirty, typically Springbank, fruity, apricot, lime, pineapple, ginger, red apples, sea breeze, damp earth, a hint of smoke, caramel and a few herbs
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy, salty, sea breeze, honey, caramel, lime, delicate smoke, apricot jam, ginger, herbs, thyme
    • Finish
      88 88
      Getting a little drier, herbaceous, a trace of roasted walnuts, smoke, caramel, salt, quite long

  6. Andre Lautensack scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Ginger bisquit, grapefruit, red apple, black currant, sour plums, walnut, tea, furniture polish, balsamic vinegar, light smoke
    • Taste
      powerful start with black pepper, changes to sweet and sour fruits, sour cherries, lightly caramelized ginger,
      Develops in the direction of oriental spices, tea or tobacco leaves, waxy, oily, very light peat
    • Finish
      stays long, walnuts, light tannins

  7. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Really good. A nice collaboration between the rum and bourbon casks and the finish of Madeira Wood.
    • Nose
      Red apples and a hint of red berries and lemons. This is quickly followed by strawberry jam. That typical Springbank farmyard smell and a hint of diesel oil. Then it goes towards honey and sweet raisins. It’s slightly peaty. Ginger too. A bittersweet caramel. An earthy note in the background, from chestnut mushrooms. And some mint in the background.
    • Taste
      Plenty of strawberries and honey. Creme brulee. A hint of rum raisins and cherries. A bunch of spices, mainly crushed black crushed pepper and a touch of ginger. Somewhat salty too. Then it goes towards a hint of burned wood and it’s slightly waxy.
    • Finish
      Mid-long to long with strawberries and honey. Black pepper, a touch of oak and smoke.

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Today I'm trying this Springbank which was part of a virtual tasting session with Springbank. This sample was at 48.5%ABV. Let's see how it tastes.

    Nose begins with wet earth, dark red fruits, then some farminess, then salty coastal air.

    Palate brings barley sugars, red fruits, salt, light syrup, becoming oily.

    Finishes with red fruits, salt, cinnamon spice, and oiliness.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Julia E S scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Comparatively smoky Springbank with a lot of orange fruitiness, typical Springbank Funk and then smoky in the finish with many maritime and mineral components. The prices that are currently offered here are to be forgotten! The issue price in Austria was around 135 € and that is already ambitious. But 280+ is crazy! Shouldn't one support under any circumstances!

  10. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    No hype, just a great whisky.

    EYE / NOSE
    Strong gold tone. In my nose I first perceive, very cautiously, the scent of a distant wood fire. In general, Madeira has a lot to offer in the nose. Apple aromas and fresh wood notes, for example, which over time give way to spices such as allspice and freshly ground black pepper as well as green olives and coconut. In the background I notice a slightly leathery honey sweetness that seems to weave everything into it.

    A little ginger heat introduces the enjoyment. Then the typical sweetness of rum raisins, which with the creaminess of the whisky is reminiscent of Malaga ice cream, even if not to the extent that is the case with the Bushmills 28yo 'Causeway'. The sweetness finds its congenial counterpart in a fine acidity that reminds me of fresh, white grape juice. And then - typically Springbank - it gets a little dirty. The distillate gives the whisky its unmistakable stamp. Lovely! A really intense malt. The famous mouthfeel is retained while the restrained Springbank smoke slowly but inexorably fights for a place in the front row.

    Laaaaang and warming. Oaky, a little peppery, again leathery, and yet fruit sweetness is present again here too. Reminiscent of pineapple that spent a little too long on the smoker. Great interaction between the rum and bourbon barrels from the basic maturation and the Madeira finish, perfectly crafted.
    What can I say? From the Springbank 'Funk' to the popular sweet fruits, the creamy consistency and the long and powerful aftertaste. Madeira offers almost everything that one could wish for in a malt today without revealing any real weaknesses or even failing due to off-notes. Thumbs up!
    Springbank is and will always be 'The Malt Drinker's Dream'.

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