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Springbank 14-year-old

Overall rating
86.89/100
votes
29
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Casknumber
98/144-2
Number of bottles
570
Strength
55.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft
Added on
29 Sep 2011 3:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 145,00

9 × in wishlist

29 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 14-year-old

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.89 points

  1. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A very special Springbank, absolutely great! I really love this one...
    • Nose
      As soon as the Cork is drawn, it is noticeable. Rich fruits in the foreground, particularly evident are ripe strawberries. A
      mild gum-like influence making room for Marzipan and with honey roasted
      almonds in the midst of a traditional Springbank earthiness.
    • Taste
      Childhood memories! Bubbly Coke shower candies left a sweet Tickle on the tongue immediately followed by fruity jelly shots.
    • Finish
      Incredibly long and surprisingly dry with landings of roasted coffee beans and more healthy earthiness that show up in the flavors.

  2. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    What a great stuff, the ultimate dram for sherry-heads! Slainte...

  3. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      70 70
      the full range of musty sulfur notes
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  4. Kaleva scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Decent whisky, typical Springbank with perfumery and gently smoky nose with a hint of sulfur and obvious sherry influence. Requires diluting, water makes smoke more intense. Although I do not like sulfur, in this case it doesn't spoil the impression but rather completes the overall composition. This bottling is quite hard to find nowadays but if found - it worth tasting.
    • Nose
      Sweet, slightly perfumery, sherry, dried fruits, toffee, wood polish, sulfur notes, smoke hint, water opens wax notes and intensify smoke
    • Taste
      Sweet, slightly oaky, rubber notes, wine, white pepper, lemon cake, fried bacon
    • Finish
      Medium-long, getting dry fast, nutty, smoky and meaty feeling

  5. Alois scored this whisky 100 points Expert Junior

    An exploration in my mouth. One of the best Whisky i ever drank.
    • Nose
      Blind Tasting:

      Middlesmoky like Black powder. I smell a Barrel. Oil. Touch of smoky brakes. Dry fruits (Dattel).
    • Taste
      Sweet...light burning on the tongue. The burning is like a tingle. Full mouth and interesting. Oily. He has charisma. Smoke is very minimal. That's fireworks in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Oak. Dry. Long

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2012]  I had this dram during a "Springbank" tasting at Bonn.

    In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state water is not needed.

  7. Furtia scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. alectron scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Definitely not without faults, especially the (very mild) sulphur/butyric acid note at the start I found off-putting, but quite an entertaining dram.
    • Nose
      sherry, tobacco, caramel, overly ripe red grapes, chocolate,  a touch of sour / milky notes in the back slightly leaning towards butyric acid which seem to dissapear after a short while. (85 / 77 w butyric acid)
      A bit later: mint, old books, some leather, red apples, also the (for me springbank typical) pebbles & flints mineral notes come through now, (87)
      Later: seems to sway back to the former sherry & caramel notes after a bit. Weird.
    • Taste
      dense, starch-y/mealy sherry with some dried plums, wet tobacco leaves, occasionally upfront a perfumey / artificial sweetness with a cardboard/paper touch, apple esters, yeast-dough pastry, then salty licorice (68 w perfumey/paper note, 83 without)
      Later: upfront perfumey sweetness seems to disappear. (85)
    • Finish
      quite a long & changing tail, heavy red wine, more licorice but now the sweet sort / allsorts, a touch of lavender, leather, coal smoke, plum pastry (86)

  9. alectron scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I've got the TastingNote for heaps & waiting for the third attempt to complete it. But as a divine I would not call that synonymous. But not as grotten-bad. If I remember correctly, it is slightly sulfur-containing, but everything in the frame & that vinegar-like plus rotten eggs may indicate a spoiled bottle at Nils?
    c.

  10. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    @Nils:

    Excuse me, what's up with you? To forgive 35 points for this divine Springbank, I do not think so now!
    Can you even say with absolute certainty to have tasted the contents of this bottle, so you have actually opened the bottle yourself? Because this collection is not part of your collection. Maybe someone just wanted to fool you or peed you in the glass! I am absolutely speechless ...

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