Springbank 1996

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Bottling
Calculated age
23 years old
Fresh Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
47.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
02 Jun 2021 3:20 pm by sjoerd972
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1100.00

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1996

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.51 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Super Dram

    I was fortunate to try this private bottling a few weeks ago in a fabulous tasting with Michiel Wigman and Jeroen Koetsier. So once it became available to the public, I hurried to secure a bottle. Brace yourself, for it’s a belter as the logo – reminiscent of the son of Krypton – suggests. ‘Nuff said.

    Dark and sweet nose on chocolate with praline filling, figs and dates in hessian cloth. Some pebbles. Wet earth. The typical chalk I often find in Springbank is there too. Lots of hazelnuts. Some Turkish Delight. Nicely old school and very yummie nose.

    Oh, oh, oh!!! Dark fruit, gym sneakers, (good) rubber, peat, heather, pebbles in a stream, cold Turkish coffee, hazelnuts, the works! Did I mention old school and super? I gladly repeat it.

    Very long and satisfying finish with lots of herbal and earthy notes that show the fruity notes who is king.

    A Super Dram! Oh, look, this is the 50th Springbank I try. Nice. My autistic side likes this kind of nonsense.

  2. jamier87 scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Springbank “Superman”

    A private cask bottling which was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2020 at 23 years old from a fresh sherry hogshead cask 108. It produced 160 bottles at 47.3% abv.

    Nose: I can smell hints of it from about a foot away in the glass! Fizzy cola cubes, bubblegum, rhubarb and custard boiled sweets, strawberry laces, ginger cake. No sulfur at all. Chalk, a little camphor, the diesel note sneaks in at the end making it undeniably Springbank . Much more fresh and tropical fruity ness than I was expecting from a first fill cask. I really could nose this forever!

    Mouth: big ripe stone fruits, orange zest, candied ginger, the dirty sooty farmyard quality is far more apparent here lots of springbank DNA wrapped up with a fresh sweetness from the cask.

    The nose is simply fantastic, big, lovely and balanced, the mouth doesn’t disappoint and follows through with what the nose promised. Lovely long finish to it. I was worried this would be cask dominated by the colour but thank god it’s not. Loads of distillate here showcased nicely by the cask and complemented by it. I am very much on board with the bourbon is best crowd when it comes to showcasing the distillate, but gentle sherry maturation (usually refill) really does add something to Springbank and when they get it right it’s excellent. A lovely single cask!

  3. GlenPiWi scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Shared cask: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/184931/springbank-1996

  4. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Several times in the glass and there was always something new to discover. The big "S" on the label is definitely justified in my opinion.
    Thanks for the sample mark!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Dark chocolate, sweet and sour impressions, balsamic (cream), cough syrup, a bit of glue, earthy aromas, salted liquorice, red fruits, desiccated coconut, cigar tobacco.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Hazelnut, Maggi cabbage, blackberries, earthy flavors, ..
    • Finish
      91 91
      long, old school, with nuts, herbs, salty,
      then becomes drier, astringent, dusty

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Quite chocolaty, very pleasant, drinkable, there is some leather but not the sulphury one - very good
    • Nose
      90 90
      Toffee, nuts, raisins, dried fruits, hints of (good) leather, sherry notes, pipe tobacco, whiffs of smoke, caramel, milk chocolate - pretty good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, creamy, some liquorice, hints of leather, subtle sweetness, nuts, dried fruits, dates, milk chocolate, mocha, sherry wood, toffee, some cooked fruits, orange peel - even better
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long, warm, more of that milk chocolate lingering in the finish

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Dark chocolate, dark fruits, liquorice, espresso, dark sherry wood, mushroom, blackcurrant, maraschino cherries, quite an enjoyable sherry

  7. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Jimi13 scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

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

  9. Vallado scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90


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