Springbank 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Local Barley
Stated Age
10 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
55.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
24 Oct 2020 11:07 am by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 404.95

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 10-year-old

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.21 points

  1. rampah scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Retail price in germany: 115€ (I guess...)

    There was a package offer from a german shop that lastet for about 15 minutes:
    Pay 250€ to buy one bottle of Glen Scotia 10yo Peated (around 35€) and have 100€ donated to charity. Which leaves 115€ for this bottle of Springbank local barley.

    It is a flawless, young sherry dram. No bad notes, the typical Springbank character shines through. It also can't hide its young age, so from a drinking perspective it is rather boring imho.
    But very drinkable nevertheless.

    In terms of opening a bottle for drinking:
    I would pay around 70€ per bottle, maybe up to 100€ because of the local barley bonus, as this more or less makes such bottlings more expensive.

    But I'm sure other participants will enjoy it more, than I did. It is a shame, that most bottles of this release will never be opened, the prices are ridiculous.

  2. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    EYE / NOSE
    Fat, dark sherry tone. The inclined color drinker gets shiny eyes just by looking. The scent also transports me to Springbank's cold, damp Dunnage warehouses. You think you can literally grasp the earthy floors, the damp wood and the musty stone walls. As soon as I start to write down my first impressions, the LB changes and smoky porridge spreads. Or are they smoky Weetabix with warm milk? Tree resin, fir honey - a colorful bouquet of aromas. Fruity notes join in the background. The Oloroso brings plenty of sweetness. Unusual. Heavy blackberry wine and sweet plum must. The barrel strength of the whisky looks neatly under control in the nose.

    Woohoo ... it rolls in very powerfully. Another typical Springbank - exceptionally powerful on the palate, but not alcoholic in the 'biting' sense. Great, oily-creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is in fact integrated absolutely clean, as the experiment on the palate now shows. No one needs water here, even if the LB proves to be a good swimmer. But as is so often the case, water gives some things, but takes other things. I like the LB best in its pure form. The 12-15 PPM peat smoke, which is very present here, is also very powerful. Amazingly fat sherry influence, which characterizes the malt in its entirety. There is also an interesting flavor that opens up another dimension. I make a note of salted almonds, marjoram and a little pepper. Very exciting in combination with the concise sherry sweetness. Overall, much more complex than you might think. That's what I often like about LBs. Nice, dirty Springbank 'Funk' rounds off the fun. Sulfur? If you like sulfur, we recommend the current batch of Kilkerran 8, which I found unexpectedly very sulphurous. Not mine at all.

    Typical, steadily drier, peaty Oloroso finish. In terms of the quality of the malt, a decent piece over the good (!) Last 12 CS batches, for my simple taste. A really great, strong malt that gives me all-round fun. Of course, very different from the grandiose old LB bottling from the 1990s, which sparked my love for Springbank at the time, but you can see that a good modern sherrymalt can also inspire.

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  3. Whiskybilly scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This Springbank Local Barley is really fun!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Typical Sherry Springbank Funk, nutty, cowshed note, minerally wet granite, juniper berries, smoky bacon, resin note, pleasant sweetness, a pinch of sulfur, meaty, light butteriness, the alcohol is nicely integrated.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wide start, extremely complex, creamy, noble filth, mineral, meaty, black pepper, berry selection. Nice smoke that sticks in the mouth looks smokier than most Springbank bottlings. With water it opens even more and makes the whisky appear very round.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very long finish that slowly fades away. A pleasant sweetness remains present until the end. Pleasant, slightly dry finish.

  4. Palindrome did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I'm surprised the WB rating for this bottle is higher than for the 16 year old Local Barley. I wrote a long review of that one years ago. I will write a review of this one very soon.
    Update: Looks like I won't be doing a review any time soon. Demand for this release is insane and I'm not playing Springbank's search-for-holy-grail game any longer. If the distillery won't make any more whisky per year, then what's the point. 750,000 litres yearly is almost like a hobby rather than a business when compared with Balvenie which makes 5,600,000 litres per year, Bruichladdich which makes 1,500,000 litres per year (double Springbank), or Balmenach which makes 2,000,000 litres per year. It's not as though the three stills that Springbank owns are being used year round. I've heard the stills are used about a quarter of the year and sit empty the rest of the time. Supply = demand, so . . . well done lads, demand for Springbank is WAY up due to conspicuously "under-endowed" production. Hear hear, knuckles rap on tables now. Back in 2016, it was easy as pie to get three bottles of Local Barley 16 Year Old and I'm willing to bet it is better than the extra-sweet 10 year old this year. I was going to do a side by side comparison because I have a sample of the 16 year old left in my cabinet, but no matter. I will save it for 2050 when I'm 84 years old. Ye Olde 16 was the last Local Barley made in the past century ( and the past millennium). The 16 is dead, long live the 16!!

  5. TV86V scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    A powerhouse but it’s the balance that makes this dram. Complex layers on the nose, perfect alc content. Long long finish. Dreamdram
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. Suevia scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent sherry-matured Springbank, no sulphur at all. The distillery character is not completely overwhelmed by the intense sherry notes, the alcohol is well integrated. Water brings out cream toffee and grapefruit.
    I can imagine the whisky will benefit from sitting in an open bottle for a couple of months.

    Is it worth its original retail price? For my personal tastes, definitely.
    Is it worth its inflated secondary market price? Not even close..

  7. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Just have a quick look - oh yes, Springbank was what was in the glass. Find it without a magnifying glass.
    Well done without a doubt, but not what you'd expect from Springbank. Now it seems to be really fashionable to squeeze your whisky through sherry barrels in order to end up without distillery character (compare Laphroaig 10 Sherry Oak Finish).
    • Nose
      89 89
      A sweet and heavy scent of overripe grapes, raisins, prunes and dried figs. Moist forest floor and slightly rotten wood. Here and there machine oil flashes and the impression of a warm unit flashes, but only for a split second - the sherry barrels have done a great job, so that the sherry aromas absolutely dominate.
      Spicy with juniper berries and nutmeg, a little caramel.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dry start with enormous fruity sweetness. Grape must, raisins, prunes. Spiced dark chocolate, with nutmeg, cloves and cardamom added to the spice mix with a good pinch of pepper. The dry impression increases increasingly, after a while there is a minty freshness that makes it a bit pointed on the tongue. Sugar beet syrup, creme brulee, fudge.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, but you can tell that he's in a bit of a hurry to get behind the curtain, probably remove make-up and such. Menthol, pepper, dark, crumbly chocolate.

  8. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Springbank and intense sherry just always works, even for these 10 year olds. Very fruity on the nose, leather, blackberry compote and a slightly salty, brackish Springbank fragrance, very little smoke. Over time, more of the jumper comes out. Nice, dark, fruity, salty, slightly spicy taste, rather short finish. Very good for its age, would have been a great drink! It's a shame about the market development.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. switzyuk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Springbank "funk" with soot, dust and distant bonfire smoke. Forest notes including pine, sap and red berries. Marzipan. Chestnuts.
      The empty glass is far smokier and also has stewed apples and pears.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nutty and fruity. Trail mix. Light peat smoke.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long. Slightly drying and tart. More nutty notes with coal/soot. Little red apple wax/peel.

  10. Jnpons scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: magnificent mahogany, coppery, rosy reflections,

    Aeration: 30 minutes

    Nose: a well-integrated alcohol, plum, nuts, dark chocolate, but also a very fine, elegant peat. Red fruit.

    Palate: it's sweet, very sweet, maybe a little too much ..... a peat which tends on one side on saline borrowings, on the other on the usual farmer's side. Some caramel, heather honey, peppery notes, with some acidic things such as lime.

    Overall: long on wet grass, twig, the fruit dissipates quickly.

    Comment: very complex for a 10 year old. Finally, this too fruity side fades with spicy notes. It's a pretty good success which unfortunately requires good contacts to get a bottle of it because of all these blunders who sell at exponential prices.
    This whisky is well worth its initial price. Well done Springbank.


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