Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.18/100
votes
388
Whiskybase ID
WB168596
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
08.10.2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
45% Sherry, 25% Bourbon, 25% Burgundy 5% Port
Casknumber
Batch 21
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
56.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
08.10.20 20/127
Barcode
0610854547004
Added on
29 oct 2020 7:02 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 114.97

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

89 users have left 93 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.18 points.

  1. ZLako scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An absolute must if you can afford it.

  2. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Color mahogany, very appetizing.

    I recently had a Springbank 10 year old in the glass
    and was amazed at the strong smoky note.
    This one is much more subtle.
    It has a pleasant smoky note, nothing overpowering, blends in well with the cask mix.
    The sherry influence is noticeable,
    it seems more fruity than tart.

    Very powerful at the start!
    He drives the juices into my mouth.
    Very intense notes, above all beautiful cask notes.
    In terms of taste, the smoke is only slightly noticeable,
    it becomes noticeably tart, almost furry, dry.

    You can take your time with him
    there is a lot to discover.

    Very successful batch!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. whisky_garage scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Aroma - saturated, bright, juicy. An abundance of citrus fruits, mango, ripe watermelon, milk chocolate, buttercream, some spicy spices. Industrial motifs, industrial rags, slightly burnt wood.
    The taste is rich, sweet, a little knit and causes a slight numbness of the tongue. Tropical fruits, milk chocolate, chokeberry, vanilla, citrus peel. Industrial notes, spicy spices, some pepper and tobacco, wood.
    The aftertaste is long and sweet. Vanilla, citrus fruits, milk chocolate, industrial notes, spicy spices, pepper.

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. VEF206 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Julia E S scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose

    Very nice Springbank Funk/Sulphur/Farmy (dried cow dung, hay, and dark earth) with overripe oranges, mushy strawberries and dark cherries.
    Pleasant leather notes and clear winey aromas of heavy balsamic vinegar, wine gums, dust.

    On the palate a great syrupy sweetness, full and oily, with a great presence. The focus of the aromas is on the fruity and vinous aromas, the spring bank funk is a bit more subtle than in the nose.

    In the finish, maritime mineral hints of mussel shells and lime creep in. A little mint and then the whisky becomes noticeably dry due to the wine barrel aging.

    Really nice 12er CS Springbank, at that time still available for 65€ and a real snapper.

  7. VEF206 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. TimkoT scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 88 points Shoplink Moderator

    I have most of the samples marked with only the Whiskybase number, so for greater objectivity I taste them three times, while the first two tastings are blind.

    Especially at the first tasting, she almost burned my mouth with alcohol. As a result, the taste was blurred. Interestingly, at the last, third tasting, this impression of excessive alcohol strength was minimal. After the addition of water comes a thick Scottish fog. And the water can withstand a lot.

    I blindly guessed some Deanston in barrel strength and independent bottling. Partly because of the strong waxiness, partly because I know I have some Deanston among the samples, too. My surprise was even greater when I found out before the third tasting that it was a Springbank 12yo. Suddenly I found typical tones there, including a slight hint of smoke in the taste. In other words, the beauty of blind tasting was revealed again. ;)

    Otherwise, I must say that this 12yo Cask Strength is due to the composition of the barrels quite significantly different from all the previous ones, which I had the opportunity to taste. I dare not say whether better or worse, but definitely different ...
    (Evaluated on a sample basis.)
    • Nose
      Milk caramel, Toffifee, beeswax, caramelized sugar, roasted walnuts. But also blueberries, plastic and ash fireplace.

      After adding water: semolina sprinkled with cinnamon, vanilla roll and light perfume.
    • Taste
      Alcoholic strong, especially during the first tasting. Honey, fondant, honeycombs, oatmeal and unripe apricots. Especially sharp and pungent at first, then after a while it brutally thickens. Caramel cream, caramel pudding. Orange, mango and tangerine.

      After adding water, the impression is significantly better, at the same time it thickens even more. Walnut (white, unripe), citrus peel, hot radish, unripe peach, almonds, salted caramel, oat milk and light menthol and mint.
    • Finish
      Mouth completely covered with wax. Relatively dry. Orange peel and honeycombs again.

      After adding water, astringency occurs. Coconut oil, dried coconut shavings, light salinity, walnut, garlic, malted barley and ubiquitous waxiness.

  11. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Nikilema scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  14. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    An interesting malt in its development. At first it seemed too prickly and straightforward, but then the characteristic features of the Springbank lineage began to appear. A whisky in which smoke is ingeniously integrated into the fruit and confectionery palette. 12YO does not disappoint year after year.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    the wine is simply too strong for me,. but the traditional Sb yumminess is strong with this one..!

  16. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      It has a winey touch, yes, but it´s not over the top.
      Very much of that Campeltown air, full of soot, smoke and ashes. All that in combination with red berries and hints of cloves makes an interesting nose. Needs a bit of time in the glass to settle down. Then it also brings out some sunflower oil and brine, the fruity side is getting stronger. And it´s probably only my imagination but at some point I am getting Pinot Noir (well we don´t know which grape variety was in the Burgundy cask, do we?)
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very fruity, same fruits as on the nose. A bit of that Port cask, at least in my imagination. Very punchy, it surely can take some water. Some nuts, walnuts I´d say. Slightly salty.
      Good!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Unfortunately the finish is not too long, but very clean. Slightly salty, slightly dry.

  17. Sporx scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Sherry, caramel, leather, coffee, honey, chocolate

    taste
    Sherry, sweet, coffee cream Merci, spicy

    finish
    Medium length, sweet, spicy

  18. K C Wong scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  19. elipszis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      grapes
      cocoa butter
      woody
      sulfur
      smoky
      salty
      peaches
      corn
      hand cream
      medicinal
    • Taste
      90 90
      salty
      spicy
      bitter
      sulfur
      orange
    • Finish
      90 90
      mushroom
      Brown sugar
      sulfur
      bitter
      saturates
      medium finish

  20. chrisyeo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose - on the initial it was strong alcohol burn for me, have to nose slowly, to enjoy the aroma, perfume like carry some mineral with it, some old wood, maybe there's a bit of Springbank funk, some berry like fruit sweetness, managed to get some earthy notes together with the wood

    Palate - Wow, the waves of complexity ????, coming around various fruits, the initial glow carried a minty feeling, leaving quickly followed by more fruits palate here wins big-time ????, another wave carrying some mild spicyness, ending with light earth notes

    Finish - Medium finish, lingering wood like feeling, some Springbank funk, wasn't very long for me though, mild warmness on throat.

    Thank you @weihong0220 for the dram
    • Nose
      88 88
      on the initial it was strong alcohol burn for me, have to nose slowly, to enjoy the aroma, perfume like carry some mineral with it, some old wood, maybe there's a bit of Springbank funk, some berry like fruit sweetness, managed to get some earthy notes together with the wood
    • Taste
      90 90
      Wow, the waves of complexity ????, coming around various fruits, the initial glow carried a minty feeling, leaving quickly followed by more fruits palate here wins big-time ????, another wave carrying some mild spicyness, ending with light earth notes
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium finish, lingering wood like feeling, some Springbank funk, wasn't very long for me though, mild warmness on throat.

  21. Joint86 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  22. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  23. MLE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  24. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    20 22 21 21 84+

    Good topic for cold weather, mixed and guessed)

  25. fnk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Chic aroma. Immediately pastries, buns, delicious. Quite drinkable, interesting taste.

  26. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. blacknapkins scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Erik1908 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    To start with: I am a great fan of Springbank; especially the 12y old CS expressions. Last Saturday we tasted this SB 12y Old #21 H2H with the #8 (WB52537) in a lineup.

    The result: shocking! Up front we already had the idea that the #8 would be better, but that the difference would be that big?

    Whereas the #8 gave everything I love so much in these 12Y expressions, the #21 stayed far behind: weaker nose; no power; strong wine influences (I thought it was at least finished in a wine cask); sour in the finish.

    Come on Springbank: you can do better; and we all know from the past what happened to Campeltown whisky when the town gave in on quality.

  29. leeho scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  30. captain_k scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately I have to contradict hs305: The more air the jumper gets, the more a sulfur note develops.

  31. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Excellent spring, everything is with him, bright and not boring
    • Nose
      89 89
      Roasted nuts, iodine, smoked fish, dog hair, old leather, a drop of menthol, sweet smoke. Open and bright
    • Taste
      88 88
      overripe strawberries with a drop of fish oil, spices with honey, thick, dessert. Oranges with coriander in oil, walnuts
    • Finish
      88 88
      citruses, a little iron, spices, vanilla and a little wood, long enough, dessert in moderation

  33. Binh77 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    It is the worst Springbank 12 I have ever tried. The Aroma is very lustful and promising. However, the taste is a quite young and very unbalanced with spiciness is overpower and dominant all other flavors.

  34. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  35. Apikalov scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. JoachimV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Immediately the red fruits of the port barrel: cherries, red berries, strawberry and raspberry. Then some more tropical fruit and the typical Springbank stable air.
    • Taste
      Raspberry, strawberry, red currant and peppery.
    • Finish
      Back the red fruits and peppery. Top!

  37. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Always a tasty pour. This is a good batch.⁣
    • Nose
      Very characteristic of modern Springbank. Lots of sootiness, earthy peat elements with a sweet bread overhang. Citrus lemony-ness with blood orange. Waxes. Pineapple, apricots. Maybe more red berry/raisiny forward compared to previous editions with the new formulation, not entirely sure. ⁣
    • Taste
      Carries through from the nose, it’s definitely Springbank. Reminiscent of previous 12CS batches I’ve tried. Very oily with creamy sweetness, lots of salinity and minerality. There is a sooty, ashy, peppery backbone. Red berries. Licorice. Seawater. Seems a tad sweeter than I recall compared to previous batches, but I've noticed this trend with all Springbank bottlings lately. Good stuff.
    • Finish
      Lots of salinity, salted licorice, sootiness, bit of burnt sugar, tad bitter, feels coastal.⁣

  39. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Today I giving this Springbank a try. Have had other batches of the annual 12 release and they have been consistent, but the components in this one lend themselves to a much different profile. Let's see how it tastes.

    Nose starts with red jams mixed with bacon, then baking spices, then sooty smoke, hints of dark chocolate after more time in the glass.

    Palate brings red jams, dark chocolate, smoke, and warming spices.

    Finish continues from the palate with red jams and dark chocolate, smoke, the spices really intensify here to fade out with a touch of oils that linger.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  40. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The mixture of casks gave an unexpected result: I felt the varnish, tannins, perfume. As well as plums, raisins and spices.
    • Nose
      varnish, tannins, perfume, a little berries. As well as plums, raisins and spices.
    • Taste
      The taste is just as full of different and contradictory associations.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste changed some facets of the drink to others, so I found it not balanced.

  41. baboesa scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

  42. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    It is not clear yet, it is necessary to try (86
    )
    • Nose
      Discreet, caramel sherry with light notes of nuts, skin and oranges with sugar. (21.5)
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, leather, wood (21.5)
    • Finish
      At the finish there are the right citrus, salt and minerality, a little smoke (22)

  43. MikerG2k scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  44. PRV scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    22/21/22/21

  45. whiskydramo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Not rich, mineral. Then blurred nutmeg, followed by some not-so-sweet Mandarin orange. Light roasted hazelnut. Apples from rim edge. Ends with some partially wet hay. More honey from emptied glass.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Syrup, mineral, quickly turns into cherry, citrus zest, tannin, also the pepper. quite spicy in a few seconds.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Orange peel. Apple jam with peel, little bit of mineral, sweet wood. Pepper and resinous. Peat at the end.

  46. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: Rich barley-allium-sweet husky [olive] oil > herbal~dry-fruity and [utterly desirable] vanilla mixed with [cask] rubbery ashy garage oils,… [Quorn] mushroomy eggy [Gregg’s] pasties, and did someone put a drop of Brimstone in here? Dropping the SB-sacrosanct BS for one fleeting moment, it is still just whisky,.. and yet, much like the Hazelburn 10, I could write a paragraph for each and every dram.

    T: Initially: an effortless delivery considering the abv,.. it’s the dirty oily phenols that speak first before heaps of, oh dear, hot old rubber. These are just first impressions however, and fortunately, things evolve over time. Unlike the sustaining form of the narrowly focused/concentrated Hazelburn, this one arrives with a bold fanfare and slips out a side door a moment later. Soon enough, a flinty liquorice ‘boing’ into nutty dusty oaky toasted vanillas suggests an evolution is to take place.

    Months later: Now more acclimatised to the rubber, much more of the cask influences, though still prominent, are far more sympathetic and colourful as the month's pass. With a similar quince jelly Hazelburn note followed by toffee brittle, what remains is the crisp, defined, broad stand-out delivery with a complex oaky salty sweetness – those fruity cask complexities now consolidated/settled. Every sip of this ‘like no other’ single malt provides further insights after perspectives, yet I’m still on the fence regarding the [25%] sherry, [25%] burgundy, and [5%] port – the rest ex-bourbon – cask management/influences. Add heaps of water, and we return to the ole’ faithful profile – archetypal ‘homemade’ husky smoky washy coppery Springbank.

    F: At the head of the bottle, we’ve a rubbery vegetal-tannic salty briny/winey finish. Months later, it’s more of the sympathetic yet bold, medium/short toasted oaky > vanilla > salty coppery phenolic [Smarties] barley sugars that win through, though the [cask] rubberiness [along with mint, liquorice wood] is there to the last. Whilst those cask influences rally, they’ve become rather more peripheral and, thankfully, don’t ultimately detract from Springbank’s heart.

    C: Initially disappointing, it took 5 months before this one began cooking, and boy was it worth the wait. Going from ‘initially disappointing’ to ‘standout/brilliant’, with ‘busy cask involvement’ and ‘it’s just whisky’ in-between, to full circle, one can’t help admiring this wizardry on the one hand, whilst pragmatically accepting Springbank’s traditional ‘everyday way’ approach on the other. It’s easy to imagine this will improve beautifully in glass – an O&R jewel in the making.

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/04/26/bottle-polishing-spring-2021-part-4-4-ja-mitchell/

  47. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  48. Yarema scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A little disappointment ..
    These experiments of mixing everything together do not lead to anything good ... Very mixed sensations in the nose, very little and nothing at all .. Dirty. The taste of the wine is alcoholic and unpleasant sweetness. Finish with characteristic notes of Springbanks sherry, but also with harsh notes.
    Nose - 21
    Taste - 21
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 84

  49. Mictian scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    It is impossible to guess 12 years here.
    Bravo SB!

  50. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 22 22 22

  51. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    21 22 22 22

  52. McMoulis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  53. SRB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fruity, spicy and sweet. At the same time, however, a little too much of a good thing due to the different barrel types, for my taste.
      Ham, leather ... kind of unbalanced. The nose invites you to drink rather than to look for other facets.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Here, too, very tasty and at the same time so vague that I save more tasting notes.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Short to medium-long, warm and spicy, the sweet notes evaporate quickly.

  54. Derufus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  55. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    To me a well balanced Springbank, well chosen casks. I thank my friend to send me a dram of this one. I realy like it, 89 points from me.
    • Nose
      After a while in the glass and a drop of water a very nice nose with lots to discover.
    • Taste
      Very nice, many allready added details so extra from me is not nessessary.
    • Finish
      The typical Springbank finish, peppery on the palate, sweet, lovely.

  56. kot1803 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  57. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  58. Schafranek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  59. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  60. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, pretty some red fruits, less dirty then I would expect. Some bitter touch. Later on more tobacco.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Red fruits, pretty some stinging alcohol, prunes, ripe fruits, rhubarb. Earthy, vegetal. Intense nose, some tobacco now.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pretty some alcohol. Red fruits, prunes, raisins, chocolate. Spicy, salty, earthy. Berries. Full body, pretty intense. Tobacco now, with some bitterness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Now a whiff of smoke, red fruits, berries. Salty, winegums, pretty long. Still pretty intense, with a bitter touch now. Later on ashy and tobacco.

  61. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  62. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  63. macallanfineandrare scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    I paid 59 € for the previous batch #20, now it´s 90 € or more. I´m out!

  64. Tordeaux scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  65. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An exciting 12 year old with a lot of strength and balance. Nice drop, even if the last "offers" priced at € 100.00 then no longer fit
    • Nose
      89 89
      Red currant, orange zest, light lime and above all that greasy smoke with distinct port wine aromas. Liquorice and slightly acidic aromas come through towards the end.

      The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Right at the beginning a lot of wild berries, but also mint and finally the liquorice again. Chocolate tones flash through again and again. The smoke does not dominate, but creates a beautiful frame around the fruit and complements it.

      With water it becomes a little smoother, although the complexity, which is quite considerable for a 12 year old, does not suffer from a few drops.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish, with liquorice and smoke lasting the longest.

  66. besar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  67. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  68. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  69. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very complex batch of the Springbank 12 CS. The individual barrel parts can hardly be broken down, which speaks for a good marriage of the barrels.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Deep red fruits, ashy and aromatic smoke, lovage, light sulfur, chocolate, lots of spicy coffee - that is getting stronger, burnt raspberries, the dirty side almost completely covers the mineral side of Springbanks
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy, very complex, the burnt raspberries are back, hot coffee, a lot of heat comes up on the palate, the creaminess is maintained, hardly any dryness with sweet oak spice
    • Finish
      88 88
      Again the light sulfur in the finish, creamy and oak-spicy on the palate, the smoke brings a slight sizzling, here finally a few mineral tones

  70. Ninofdram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  71. Speedo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  72. Numwierum scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell: A mix of different fruits, red berries, cherries, raisins and orange peel, plus some red fruit jelly and grape sugar. Earthy, mineral with light smoke.
    Taste: Intense peppery in the beginning, then strong and sweet fruit aromas emerge. Currants, dried fruits and bitter orange jam. Herbs and mint can be felt in the background. Towards the end, it becomes drier and nuttier. The oak and cold smoke push themselves into the foreground.
    Finish: Long, the pepper is back, strong oak spice dominates, champions.
    Conclusion: I always like the 12er Cask Strenght, at least the ones I've tried so far. This one stands out a bit, it is much fruity, with a noticeable hint of wine, but it still retains its Springbank character. Super tasty, super tasty!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  73. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    That buttery touch is remarkable in this batch, furthermore it's very similar to batch 20.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Mango, peach, blood orange, caramel, peat, green apple and vanilla.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Mango, mineral peat, apple, butter, pineapple and chocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat, cocoa, peach, butter and apple.

  74. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  75. jan.berg scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Color: copper
    Viscosity: oily
    Dram: undiluted and diluted

    Conclusion:
    A really complex and intense malt in which the wine note comes out clearly and somewhat covers the typical distillery character of Springbank. This only comes to light much later. The smoke is very discreet in the background and it is anything but a peat monster. It rather complements the aroma profile and blends in very well. For me a very successful malt, albeit in a slightly different composition than its predecessor.

    My rating system:
    100-95: Exceptional whiskys
    80-94: top whisky
    50-79: standard whisky
    0-49: flops
    • Nose
      The first impression is fruity and spicy at the same time, followed by deep and heavy aromas, marzipan potatoes, freshly grated lemon peel, orange zest, vanilla pudding, very subtle campfire smoke, which blazes in the background, with slightly maritime notes of sea salt and iodine, creme brulee, dried tobacco leaves, dark fruits, blackberries, cherries, black currants, cinnamon sticks, clove powder, light nutmeg, light mineral and earthy notes after wet rain on slate stones, milk chocolate, espresso beans, leather, juicy plums, raisins, baked apples from the fair, new motor oil
    • Taste
      Really nice fruity and sweet start, children Haribo, then the sherry and wine influence sets in, oranges, tangerine jam, creme brûlée, panacotta, dark fruits like blackberries, cherries, black currants, strawberry jam, the mineral-earthy taste is also evident Notes, slight mint notes of Moroccan mint tea, aniseed liquorice candy, spicy gingerbread, light saltiness like sea salt and iodine, a little caramel, spicy notes of allspice, tarragon and thyme, light smoke notes after a fireplace, freshly ground pepper, milk chocolate, caramel candies and espresso notes
    • Finish
      Fruity and sweet long finish, light smoky notes and a certain astringency, here too the mint is similar to After Eight, espresso beans and milk chocolate, Café Au lait

  76. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  77. Sander79 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  78. dillz scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    The previous SB12 batches were spectacular (~90 points) so I was curious to try this new recipe with (port) wine in the mix.

    On the nose, the wine is very dominant; very sweet with berries, jams, candy. The typical Springbank notes are rather hard to find, but still noticeable after a while.
    The palate is really sweet and cloying, it's all about wine and port, those casks have really butchered the distillate. I find this overall lack of balance rather unpleasant, and it does not get better in the finish.
    Letting it breathe for half an hour and/or adding water slightly benefits the dram, but it remains a hard pass for me. I would not trade one bottle of batch 19 against a whole case of this one.

    Disclaimer: I am not overly fond of wine cask maturation in general.

  79. Ed Radour scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  80. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  81. patyouknowwho scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  82. MMDarthur scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

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

  83. 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.

  84. NoobElias scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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!

  89. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  90. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  91. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The best Springbank 12 from recent years in my opinion. Everything you would normally expect from cask strength Springbank with a twist due to the addition of wine casks that make it akin to the Longrow Red of Springbank 12s. Value (£50) : 9/10
    • 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 burnt toffee. Wafting of mineral, earthy peat and burnt tobacco leaves. Milk chocolate with salted caramel. The minerality of damp rocks or sand on a beach alongside charred oak. Spearmint with some aniseed as well. Under this, that dense base of industrial spirit is still present despite the influence of the various oak types. I just wish that dirty dunnage influence came through more but the oak seems to have covered that up
    • 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. Still that bass spirit comes through. 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.

  92. addyhd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Though its different compared to the previous cs12 ‘s ... its verry springbankish and verry tasty !

  93. Wolf68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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