Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
89.98/100
votes
130
Whiskybase ID
WB196644
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
01.11.2021
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
35% Sherry, 30% Bourbon, 35% Port
Number of bottles
3600
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
21/174
Added on
20 nov 2021 4:24 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 1095.34

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130 × member ratings

489 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

36 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.98 points.

  1. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Tried a dram at a local whisky bar. This was a superb whisky, with a range of delightful flavours in perfect harmony. It is NOT worth the outrageous prices on the secondary market though.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Classic funk right off the bat: wet dog, barnyard, hay. A crisp mineral note develops over some time, like a fresh mountain spring or chlorine from a swimming pool. Other zingy vegetal flavours, like lemongrass and ginger, make an appearance. What an interesting mixture!
    • Taste
      90 90
      The vegetal, fruity note takes centre stage, with zesty lemony and herb flavours emerging in a nice balance of vanilla and caramel, with some pepperiness from the oak acting as a welcome counterpart.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Quite peppery at first, then comes the zesty note, with lemon meringue pie and dried fruits (raisins, plumbs) emerging after a while. Punchy and memorable in the finish.

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  3. JoshNRW did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Just a short note from a small sample.
    A lot has already been written here about the price and the individual flavors. I can confirm an average of 89 to 91 and would be close to 90 points with the small sample, because the nose - as with almost every Springbank - is very good, complex, "dirty", individual and still clean.

    Unfortunately, the palate falls off a bit with its 46 percent and is still super nice, but also a bit boring for 90 percent or even plus.

    The mouthfeel is oily, complex and the finish almost long.

    Nice Springbank 21 at 46 percent, but I wouldn't pay more than 150 euros for such a tasty bottle with limited complexity.

  4. L_Gillian scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Wet cement, some fresh mint and a sooty, tarry subtle farm funk. Sweetened dates and some high-ester rum acidity. Vanilla cake with raspberry jam, hot sand and a sea breeze, petrichor.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Starts off nice and mineral, some hay, the syrupy sweetness unfolds slowly alongside contrasting softly bitter tea and eucalyptus. There's a very prominent wax note, the trademark funk, motor oil and tar, slowly consumed by building sweet rum notes and copper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet and dry earth, funky. More copper, rum infused fruits and a hint of tobacco smoke. Chalkiness, green tea and sweet syrup notes linger.

  5. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Foamy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Tordeaux scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. elipszis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      clay
      fudge
      honey
      salty
      bitter
      nettle tea
      maple syrup
    • Taste
      92 92
      winy
      peaches
      mint
      clay
      a lot of walnuts
      cocoa powder
    • Finish
      92 92
      Mint
      nettle tea
      spicy
      woody
      medium short finish

  9. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite rich, lots of sweetness, burnt sugar and varnish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fudge, honey
    • Taste
      Apples, vanilla
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate

  11. wbarchive_970294 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. Petitcham scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Springbank's unique character and balance are excellent, so rich that impressive finish, complex taste, Personally, it is better than the 18 release and less delicious than the 20 release

  13. Nuraydin scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    It's waxy, almost chevy, very delicious and long lasting dram. It's my favorite in comparison to the latest releases of the Springbank 25 and 30 years old.

  14. JacobaEd scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Luigisim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  16. MLE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  17. g2ther scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  18. SebStar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  19. dramidaris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Odinson scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  21. marcinm scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Very good Springbank, rich and tasty
    • Nose
      93 93
      Wood, vanilla, honey, smoke, butter, wax, mineral, fruity, cake with strawberry jam, beet root
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet with some bitterness of tannins, slight smoke, fruits pepper, woody and nutty
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, smoky, sweet, peppery

  22. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  23. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A bit restrained on the nose, but then opens in the mouth. Cask and distillate are more in harmony compared to last year's bottling, although the influence here is again relatively large and the "Springbank character" is more in the background.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  25. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Sit Down

    Springbank 21 Year Old is a widely acclaimed malt. An instant classic, so to speak. It's not cheap, it's true, but every time it's announced, it's a race to get a bottle. If you dally too long, the price rises dizzyingly fast. This release, bottled in 2021, will unfortunately cost you about 600 EUR, which is too crazy top put ino words. The vatting of this most recent release is 35% sherry, 30% bourbon & 35% port!

    The nose is immediately blissfully waxy. A cart full of hay, toffee, banana, beach sand in the sun, sultanas, soft peat, hint of strawberry jam, stone fruit in jute bags. Incredibly good and complex nose. It is absolutely not difficult to sit here for ten full minutes smelling this before even feeling the urge to put it on the lips.

    But in the end you do, of course, and you are spoilt beyond words. Apricots, peach, strawberry, banana, quince, gooseberry, mango... what a panoply of fruit! And then those typical notes like slate, jute bags and soft camphor. Something of ginger. Something of sweet and sour peat. Something of sea salt. Something of mint. Boy, oh boy, what a party!

    The finish is long, smoky and sweet. The smoke clears relatively quickly to leave you with an impression of tropical fruit on the tongue. I am in seventh heaven.

    Yes, just sit down for a moment. This is an experience. Thank you for the sample, Maarten!

  26. serejja scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  27. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  28. TimkoT scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  29. MarcinCh scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Amber color. Pretty oily.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dust. Pears and apples, but not that fresh. Dusty citrus. Caramel. Gentle smoke. Vanilla. Dusty basement. Berries. Cinnamon. Ash. Salt. More fruit on the other nose. Baked apples. Citrus dominates the next nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The fruit of the orchard, ripe, lying in a dusty cellar. Dust. Caramel. Salt. Salty caramel. A hint of smoke. Ash. Spices. Cinnamon. Caramel again. Dusty fruit of the orchard again. Some dark fruit. Berries.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Caramel. The fruit of the orchard. Traces of citrus. Lots of dust. Salt. Salty caramel. Spices. Medium-long finish. Smoke. Ash.

  30. minshi5 scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Deep fruity with peat.

  31. whiskycameron scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Great dram from start to finish. Amazing nose, multilayered, very complex and long finish. Just like any other springbank, it needs time in the glass. The port influence reminds me of the 2019 version.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  32. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  33. kot1803 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  34. PRV scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22/22/23/22

  35. yarikovsky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  36. Ghi79kiRd scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Super nose with light turf
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  37. Bart-msb scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Perfect again, perfectly in balance with refined Port cask influence.

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