Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
45% Sherry, 25% Bourbon, 25% Burgundy 5% Port
Batch 21
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
08.10.20 20/127
Added on
29 Oct 2020 7:02 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 100.29

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.13 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The color alone: almost red. The barrel composition of Batch 21 is something completely different: 45% sherry, 25% bourbon, 25% burgundy 5% port. Usually sherry and bourbon barrels are used in different proportions. But wine and port are currently in vogue (see the 2020 Laphroaig Cairdeas), and Springbank may not stand out from that either. The nice thing about the Springbank 12 CS: every batch is different, offers different focuses, and is always good. And the little exotic barrel is no exception: sweeter and fruity than its predecessors, a slight delay in terms of minerality and dirt, again a small whisky highlight in its category.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A well-seasoned fruit compote is the first thing that penetrates the nose: there are ripe blackberries, black currants, cherries and grapes, well seasoned with pepper, clove powder, marjoram and tarragon. Once you're through there, you'll come across this beautiful mineral note, which should never be missing in a Springbank. Here it shows itself - at least in the nose - in a slightly weakened form. Espresso beans, marzipan bread, now a little cinnamon and coriander. Milk coffee.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Powerful start with sweet berry fruits: blackberries, raspberries, removes strawberries. Directly with a fresh, slightly minty note. Also on the tongue with a very balanced blend of spices, nice interplay of fruit sweetness and flavor. Marjoram, tarragon, pepper, allspice. The mint remains, but it looks fresh and now also maritime with a good portion of salt on the tongue. A little warm engine oil, the sweet fruits as a constant companion ... and then the jumping bench "dirt" comes on the tongue, I almost gave out a missing person report. But yes, there it is finally.
      Becomes increasingly dry without losing its variety of aromas. At the back there are notes of chocolate, marzipan, nougat and a little caramel.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length and dry. The spicy berries on the nose come back intensely, mint in dark chocolate (After Eight sends its regards), café au lait, Scho-Ka-Kola, a hint of wine gum.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2020] The 12-years old Springbank Cask Strength offers a very reliable high quality throughout its different batches, usually. I had two rather substandard editions (batch 10 and 16) but all others were pretty fine so far (88-90 points). So what will this new batch be all about? The burgundy casks share sounds interesting...

    ...and they have a bigger impact than the 25 per cent share might suggest both in the nose and on the palate. Nothing wrong with that, but it tastes more like a fortified wine than a single malt whisky. So my rather average score reflects that this is a "whisky-base" - in a "general-drinks-base" I would score it higher, to be honest. This is very quaffable stuff...
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers an interesting new profile for this standard edition which is much more wine-driven than the 25 per cent share might suggest. Maybe the sour-winey aromas are amplified by the sherry casks too, but the Burgundy clearly is in the drivers' seat. This is perfect if you appreciate such profile - to me it is somewhat out of balance (in a delicious way, nonetheless). The trademark Springbank malt aromas fight hard to get through this winey wall but they are defeated, finally. Even after significant breathing time the wines stay very dominant. By the way, no off-note and certainly not a whiff of sulphur.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is about the same with strong sour-sweet winey flavours of different kinds (sherry, burgundy, port) in the driver's seat and the malt in a walk-on role only. Very quaffable and again without flaws, but I prefer balanced profile where the malt flavours are on par with the cask impact (both wood and previous contents). I simply do not associate such a profile with single malt whisky hence I like to drink it when I am not in the mood for whisky (which happens from to time, but not very often).
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives hot (56.1% abv) and a little (not more) coating on the palate without drying-astringent moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more spices and some barley sugars, finally. No distracting moments here either until the very end. Some water turns the nose punchier and the taste smoother and a further reduction flattens the nose. Actually I like to nose this dram neat and prefer it somewhat reduced to about 46-50% abv.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Unmistakably a jumping bench and yet so different. Sweet, fruity with that irresistibly dirty and earthy base note. Due to the unusual combination of casks, this Springbank is characterized by an enormous fruitiness and sweetness, the pleasant and intense heat harmonizes perfectly with the dirty earth note, wonderful! Tastes good and surprised!

    22/23/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Slightly cloudy amber shimmers in the glass, oily and long "legs" stick to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. The nose is earthy and dirty as usual at the first nosing, but sweet fruit aromas are added immediately, nougat and milk chocolate melt and end in caramelized sugar. Raisins and currants come up, sour cherries and a hint of sweet strawberries, salted and roasted peanuts with toffee and chocolate. The initially dirty and earthy base note has now completely withdrawn, sweet grapes and berries with red fruits dominate. Apricots and peaches appear minimal, hints of vanilla and green apple, citrus fruits flash, slowly the minerally dirty Springbank note that is typical for me returns and stimulates the saliva.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows sweet and creamy over the tongue before a gush of earth and slightly smoky peat pours over the tongue. A pinch of white pepper spreads its pleasant spiciness over the entire mouth, while the red fruits come into their own. Candied cherries and strawberries, currants, zest from orange peel and zest from old grapefruit, a few dashes of lemon juice, salt and caramel. Spicy, slightly smoky wood tones pull through the throat, again earth tones stick dirty on the palate. Hints of burnt rubber and motor oil, roasted hazelnuts and roasted almonds, caramel and burnt sugar, milk chocolate melts under the tongue. In the background there is a slightly sharp pinch of pepper which at the same time settles on the tip of the tongue and starts tingling and tingling properly. The salivation starts again, with a plump and heavy warmth on the palate, the taste and aftertaste become blurred.
    • Finish
      As usual, earthy and dirty, a slightly spicy note of pepper with dried grapes and berries, plus sweet strawberries and ripe cherries ... The aftertaste is incredibly voluminous and long-lasting!

  4. NoobElias scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

  5. erwinnlim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Another great 12 year old from Springbank. Everything you would normally expect from cask strength Springbank with a twist due to the addition of wine casks. Value (£52) : 8/10
    • Nose
      Rather sweet on the nose. Boiled sweets and toffee. Cranberries and red cherries along with some juicy plums and sultanas. Baked apples and vanilla pudding. Dark roast coffee. Sweet nougat alongside bitter burnt caramel. A light touch of earthy peat and burnt tobacco leaves. Milk chocolate with salted caramel. The minerality of damp rocks or sand on a beach.
    • Taste
      Viscous on the palate and quite sweet again. Sugared orange peels and juicy red fruits. More strawberries and raspberries on the palate. Strawberry yoghurt. More vanilla pudding/ sponge. A light touch of salinity to it as well. Boiled sweets and cola cubes. Very dark chocolate then comes through with some wood shavings. Some bitter espresso and drying leather I expect from the Burgundy wood tannins. Then ginger and black pepper spice appear to balance out the sweetness.
    • Finish
      Quite long lasting, warming and spicy initially. Theres the tannins from the wine casks leaving a mark. The earthy peat smoke then returns along with a coating of juicy fruits.

  6. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice right out of the bottle. On the nose I'm getting pork roast, peat, a whiff of alcohol spirits, clotted cream, fresh caramel, salt water taffy, arrow root powder, modeling clay, white lily, clean pony musk, very faint old leather, rag paper library books from 1892, superball circa 1974, Himalayan rock salt.

    On the palate, there's holiday raisin fruit cake (but not the kind from America, ewe), late summer breeze over a dried uncut hay field, Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream, french toast lightly pan fried, dried coconut, hint of peat, talcum powder.

    The finish is medium and the alcohol lasts the longest but the tingle had a flavor to it. I would describe this flavor as a slight peat with clotted cream and sherry. Water brings out the peat a bit more, along with some sherry and port essences.

    There isn't any wood presence in this one that I can taste. Yes, I have tasted a bit of wood in a few past Springer 12 CS's, but not often. I don't taste a bum cask in this batch, thank gawd.

    No sulfur at all that I detect and I have a hound's nose for the devil's aftershave. This bottle receives the Palindrome Owl Seal of Approval. "Who who."

  7. switzyuk scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Juicy dark and red fruits. Ribena (blackcurrant and strawberry). Fruit jelly sweets. Hints of ash and dust in empty glass, but still big on fruits.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Big juicy fruits again, even towards some tropical notes. Sooty in the background.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Slightly drying. Quite long, still on all sorts of fruit notes.

  8. tcrjbv scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    I tried this in the Springbank virtual tasting lineup against peers that cost up to 8x and I found this one the most alive, fruity, delicious acidity, just very addictive. Of course a touch sharper than the older ones but this one just has a lot of Springbank oomph that fades a lot if you beyond 18 years. The 90 is for the unreal price below 60£; at 80-100£ (which I assume to be the actual price at auction etc) I would give this an 88.

  9. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Touches 90, great complexity, great value for money, go get one, you won't regret it.

  10. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86


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