Springbank 12-year-old

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
100% Bourbon
Batch 23
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
19 Sep 2021 8:35 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 259.98

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

89 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.05 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2021] A new batch of the Springbank 12-years old CS is a must try, for sure. By the way, I paid 79 Euro for a bottle at my local retail shop - but it seems as if many online shops simply doubled that price right from the beginning. So this time it is not the distillery which is greedy but the retailers...

    ...and this is a good chance to explore the unmasked Springbank profile - but lovers of the more powerful sherry- or rum- or port-casks batches might be somewhat disappointed of this rather subtle and delicate taste, which is absolutely okay. Leave this stuff for the old-time folks!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers the trademark "naked" Springbank profile, meaning no sherry, port or other strange casks involved this time - this is just a straight bourbon casks maturation. So if anyone wants to explore the unmasked Springbank profile this is your chance! The somewhat "dirty" components like machine oils, medicinal bandages (unused) or dusty warehouse floors are clearly detectable beside the more traditional aromas (honeys, waxes, fruits, herbs) and an interesting impression of a high-quality dry white wine. I am not sure if modern drinkers like this strange mix, but I do.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wow, the taste is excellent too! A complex amalgam of dozens of different flavours floats over my taste buds and many of them are rather old-stylish, so this taste truly reminds me of long-gone Springbank bottlings of the past. It is not really layered but hey: What to expect from a 12-years old in this dimension?. After some chewing more flavours pop up so I suggest to take your time with this dram. I do not detect any off-note or imbalance, this is a perfect young (12-years old) whisky taste.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is hot (due to the high abv of 55.9%) but turns quickly into a warming and coating texture without distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and adds more of these old-style waxy and chalky-mineral impressions together with some bitter herbs what I like. Again no bitter or drying moments until the very end. Some water releases more herbs in the nose (among them aniseed and camphor) and the taste turns more punchy (alcoholic). A further reduction strengthens the waxy-oily side of the nose and smooths the taste again. This dram is an excellent swimmer and I strongly suggest to play around a little with water (if you own more than just a small sample).

  2. Whisky scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    price in Campbeltown at release date: 55 pounds, first cs without the box

  3. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    For 100% bourbon it is quite dark - you can tell that something is “different”, but it's not that something is missing, because the 12 CS is always “different”, no batch is like the other.
    A comparison with the previous batch # 22 shows very clearly that the 50% sherry barrels that were used there make the whisky taste softer and more accessible. Batch # 23 is much more demanding than Batch # 22 (91/100), which you have to be able to handle. It may take a little time to get to know him. But since all of this takes place at the usual very high level, as a friend of this bottling you are very happy to deal with it.
    And otherwise? Was there anything else? Indeed, there was something else. But let's just pretend that the 12 CS is simple, durable and available for around 55.00 just like it used to be, and it's easy on the heart and nerves.
    • Nose
      90 90
      What I like so much about Springbank comes so immediately and right at the beginning of the smelling: this mineral note, these saltwater-wetted pebbles. One could easily get the idea that this is due to the lack of sherry or sweet wine barrels. Dried apricots and peaches, a very nice (aromatic) spicy note with thyme, rosemary and chervil. Quince jelly and mirabelle plums - there is a lot of light fruits on offer here. Milk chocolate, café au lait, caramel candy and honey.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Starts absolutely classic: mineral, salty, peppery. Lays quite dry on the tongue and has a smoky note with it that I have only had with very few batches of the 12 CS in this intensity. Caramel and toffee, malt, dried apricots, raisins, dates. Freshly tanned leather, a floor covered with old wood shavings. Over time, earthy and loamy notes appear, the spices from the nose find their way onto the tongue. Tart forest honey.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Lingers on the tongue for a medium to long time with its mineral, salty and slightly smoky note. Only a little fruity, but now chocolate-accentuated and with a lot of toffee and milk coffee.

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Undeniably good in a way that only this distillery can be.
    • Nose
      Whispers of peach and ripe apple, as well as a touch of mush banana, but also whiffs of brine, ozone and some gentle earthy peat smoke. There’s some burlap and beeswax here too, followed by a whiff of pickled lemons.
    • Taste
      Proper oily arrival with a nice salinity and whispers of peat, combined with honey, orange peel and peach as well. Maybe even a tinge of pink grapefruit. A good amount of apple too, but also hemp rope, some draff, white pepper and chalk.
    • Finish
      Long with heather, vanilla, tinned peach and earthy peat.

  5. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    anybody wanting to trade previous bourbon/sherry batches with this 100% bourbon baby? Drop me a line.

    Right down my alley.

  6. Captain Teague scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    N: Lemon drops...green banana, yellow apple, orange peel, sweet butterscotch, sweet woodsmoke, some vanilla, gasoline, polished wood, menthol, anis...fresh hey & hot summer farm dust (more funk after 10 days open) :)). Some briny seabreeze..93

    T: light Smoked exotic fruit (love it) - Mango, yellow apple, pineapple, sweet butterscotch..lemon.. Lemondrops... creamy buttery mouth feel.. honey notes..mineraly, dusty, dirty..briny. 92

    D/F ..herbal notes: menthol aniseed..ginger madness maybe even some chillies ..orangepeel..ashy still Milky/ buttery..long and drying 90

    More to explore high potential (confident it will improve in the open bottle) - not just a 10 yo on steroids 91.5... All impressions w. Different levels of water and time. Pure and unmasked SB. . / better than any recent batch if you're not a sherryhead.

    // No doubt about the insane quality of the spirit but the price for the bottle was def. too high thanks to greedy retailers here in Germany it will safely be my last SB until I visit Campbeltown ( guess it has to last a while) . / Bye bye Springbank Or let's all just skip the next 2 releases so the retailers have too much Springbank in stock -- should adjust the pricces a little :)) come on you got enough for one year - do you? :)

  7. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      wow, so this is 100% Bourbon cask maturation, let`s see.
      You know what, I do not miss any sherry here. This nose is perfect. No need to mention smoke, soot and ashes, as they are always there when it comes to this expression. The fruits are not as red as in the presecessors. More like peaches, sour apples and kiwi. Rather a yellow nose. A salty breeze and (I might be dreaming) there is also some honey behind a nice minerality.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Ohh my god, this is so good. This yellow, slightly sour fruitiness in combination with the (civilized) Campeltown dirt and it´s salt and minerality makes this dram "ambrosian".
      I think this is one of the best bottles in the whole series.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is medium to long, slightly briney.

  8. Maltimizer scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Cool! Really great unadulterated Springbank whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoked ham, milk chocolate and caramel candy, maritime with lemon peel and a few herbs, in the background something that reminds me of WD40 (lubricating oil)
    • Taste
      95 95
      Cool! Classic Bourbon Campbeltown style, with lots of chocolate and lemon, salty caramel and herbs, leather and red pepper
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium to long, warming and relatively dry, mineral with herbs, green tea to matcha

  9. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    What a horny and pure part!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Woah - 120% Springbank, mineral, citrus zest, some tin bucket, subtle smoke in the background, nothing disturbs - pure Springbank character
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mineral, creamy, the alcohol pushes properly, the smoke and the spice are perfectly balanced, the bitterness of the citrus zest dominates at the back
    • Finish
      89 89
      Oak, light smoke, very creamy, the tin bucket from the nose is back, the drop remains spicy and citrusy on the palate for a long time

  10. Yarema scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very complex tanned bourbon nose. Honey and smoke but delicate. Cigarette smoke and dust after 30 minutes.
    The taste is even more complex. A very sharp attacking alcohol. Pepper and vanilla and oak, bitter dry zest and the taste of alcohol. Salt and wet stone and some kind of complex and incomprehensible taste for me. Possibly bandages (light medicine) and salt.
    Surprisingly, a few drops of water improve the taste and finish, but not the aroma. Although this whisky has complex transitions in taste and aroma, it is somehow very complex.
    At the finish it is pleasant to savor it with wax-bourbon shades. But I would say that there is no balanced character in it. Although it all sounds like a song from a not bad bourbon barrel ... which someone decided to spill!
    And yet this is Springbank unambiguously, albeit 100% bourbon.
    As for me, there is still a drop of a sherry barrel missing here.

    Nose - 22
    Taste - 23
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 89

    Second round of booze ! And yet I miss the purity of taste and aroma. Everything is a little messy...

    Nose - 21
    Taste - 23
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 87

    The end of the bottle. Sample No. 4
    A breathable bottle of the aroma of the village courtyard and flower honey and flower meadows.
    The taste is the same, but with slight nuances.
    And so I change my grade again - the nose is still 22
    And the balance becomes 22 again

    Nose - 22
    Taste - 23
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 89


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