Springbank 1974 IM

Overall rating
90.93/100
votes
79
Whiskybase ID
WB27756
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Chieftain's Choice
Vintage
11.10.1974
Bottled
10.2003
Stated Age
29 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
1778
Number of bottles
216
Strength
51.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010852007619
Bottled for
Ton Overmars, Amsterdam
Market
nl Netherlands
Added on
06 dec 2011 8:52 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1700.00

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79 × member ratings

81 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Springbank 1974 IM

22 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.93 points.

  1. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind, surprising impressions:

    A medicinal impression. There is definitely an off-note. Whisky is also cloudy from my rinsed glass, so no cold filtering. Don't find it very accessible. Feels like an old peat bottling from other times. This kind of unpolished material is rare. Longrow bottled at least 15 years ago? Dirty Caol Ila from the late eighties? It's recognizable but I can't figure it out.

  2. wncvirus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet notes of peat, a little honey, caramel, peach, vanilla.
    Flavor: From the first sip, noticeable toffee, peach, a little apricot with a hint of cinnamon .. In the background a peppery element. Perceptible old age in taste.
    Rating: 93 | 100 Quite long finish with a milk chocolate flavor. Well, the best whisky this evening! Very interesting sprinbank. Probably the best I've had so far!

  3. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Springbank Head to Head 22 samples, some tasted before.
    The line up in age order Nas -40 years old, some official bottles some independent bottles.
    Contenders for the best Sprinbank as follows.

    Pure West Highland Malt (NAS)+/- 1960 70 proof peated WB 72988
    10 year Tappo Sughero black label big S 59% OB WB 41678
    11 year Society bottling 57.9% OB WB 21853
    12 year black label big S 80 proof OB dark sherry WB 75805
    12 year green thistle gold cap 46% OB WB 14533
    12 year 100 proof 57.1% sherry wood Samaroli WB 9260
    21 year 2012 46% OB WB 30350
    21 year 2018 46% OB WD 111815
    23 year 1970 23 year Local Barley tall bottle 46% OB WB 11138
    24 year 1966 sherry cask 443 Local Barley dumpy bottle 58.1% OB WB 14391
    25 year pear shape bottle 43% OB WB 38084
    25 year 2006 46% OB WB 656
    29 year 1962 white label big S 46% WB 14430
    29 year 1974 Chieftain’s Choice cask 1778 51.2% WB 27756
    30 year Millennium bottle 1999 46% OB WB 11045
    30 year parchment label dumpy 46% WB 11117
    32 year 1966 bourbon cask 493 Local Barley dumpy bottle 56.8% OB WB 14414
    35 year 1968 Berry Bros 46% WB 530
    35 year Millennium bottle 1999 46% OB WB 11056
    37 year 1970 Secret Treasures 43% WB 12967
    37 year 1968 cask 1541 Dun Bheaghan Pedro Ximenez 56.5% WB 11864
    40 year 1969 cask 263 Signatory Vintage 54.4% WB 15778

    Result 1-22
    1st -30 year dumpy OB - 97/96/96
    2nd 1968 Dun Bheaghan - 94/96/96
    3rd 10 year 59% Tappo Sughero OB - 94/95/96
    4th 12 year Samaroli 100 proof OB - 94/95/95
    5th 1970 Local Barley tall bottle OB - 93/95/95
    6th 32 year cask 493 Local Barley OB - 93/95/94
    7th 1962 29 year OB - 96/93/94
    8th 30 year Millenium OB - 94/94/94
    9th 24 year cask 443 Local Barley OB - 94/93/94
    10th 12 year black label OB - 92/94/93
    11th Nas Springbank Pure West Highland - 91/93/93
    12th 1999 11 year OB Society bottling - 90/94/93
    13th 1974 Ian Macleod 51.2% - 90/94/92
    14th 40 year 1969 cask 263 Signator - y 92/93/92
    15th 35 year Millenium OB 95/92/92
    16th 1967 Berry Bros 35 year - 91/91/91
    17th 12 year OB green thistle gold cap - 90/91/91
    18th 1970 ST 12967 88/91/92 -
    19h 21 year OB 2012 - 91/91/90
    20th 21 year OB 2018 - 88/92/90
    21st year 2006 OB - 92/88/88
    22nd year OB Pear shape - 80/87/87

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This one really surprised me, a massive fruit bomb and one of the fruitiest whisky I have ever tried.
    Good balance with plenty of zest punch, really good, excellent integration of the bourbon cask, what a belter.
    You know I always thought Springbank was better from a sherry cask but this proves I was wrong.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh & zesty but also a little shy to reveal itself, followed by a buttercream note with hints of lime & lemon and ice cream wafer.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Sweet and creamy it is like a mouthful pf the lighter coloured fruit gums soaked in alcohol.
      The peat comes out but even that is fresh & zesty
      The fruit on this which is green apple, a little pear, mango, pineapple and a little peach just keeps growing, brilliant, I love it.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long , massive white fruit punch and a hint of pepper

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  9. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Aromatic very classic, exciting Springbank.
    Polished and subtle in the nose and - the exact opposite - powerful-powerful on the palate with good length.

    Nice fabric and the issue price a real recommendation.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Fine, elegant, subtle. Mineral, fudge, pickaxe, oranges, apricot jam. Then maritime tones and a hint of smoke and peat. Deep.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Starts sweet, fruity (apricots, oranges) and lush, then becomes firmer, more masculine, increases in power. Rich, powerful, powerful. Peppery, mineral, pickaxe. Dense & compact.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Citrus fruits, smoke, mineral, dry, very long, balanced, firm.

  10. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  11. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, complex IB Springbank.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat, tropical fruits, citruses, vanilla, sawdust, tobacco and gum.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily. Mixed fruit jam, honey, salted caramel, citruses, pepper, peat and pineapple.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, fruity, spicy, peaty.

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

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

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

    Not convincing on the nose but when drinking it's like having a dessert which is good
    • Nose
      Green fruits, honeydew, hints of rubber
    • Taste
      Punchy, very oily, vanilla cream and milk chocolate, good sweetness, little fruity, pineapples
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, zesty, peppery

  14. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose was actually somewhat restrained and not very promising. The rest was briljant.
    • Nose
      Directly after pouring: sweat socks and cheese…. Let's wat: ha, that's much better: Earthy (tobacco), tropical fruit (papaya) and citrus. Only a hint of peat licori.ce allsorts, engine oil. Not overly expressive. Cereal, honey, vanilla
    • Taste
      Quite full bodied, going from medium sweet to pleasantly dry. It's darker, earthier, rootier. Licorice root, some gentian, heavier oils, some salted peat. Lemon, papaya, malt, a whiff of mint. The vanilla is almost gone. In the end: pepper and clove
    • Finish
      Long, dark and heavy. Various roots, orange zest, soft peat, oil and some pepper. Perfect.

  15. Gloin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A ripe, strong whisky with a decent oak and faint smoke that adds complexity. Like it a lot. blind tasting I put the whisky blind in a sherry keg, due to its dry fruitiness.
    • Nose
      It starts with a very light alcoholic note, which flies away very quickly, followed by a nice orange note, subtle, restrained smoke, some caramel and some ripe plum, a hint of lemon balm, behind everything is spicy oak
    • Taste
      A creamy body, then it is both spicy and sweet, hot whisky lies on the tongue, the sharpness gives way and makes room for oak, bitter orange peel, chocolate, light wood smoke
    • Finish
      Dominant oak, from the smoke is almost nothing to feel, the lightly burnt crust of a dark rye bread. Medium.

  16. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Murxus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    reminds more an Imperial Bourbon like https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/66745/imperial-1995-sv (directly compared) than a Springbank. Strong citric notes with corresponding acidity. But enhanced deepness, especially the nose, maybe caused by a hint of Springbank smoke.

  18. galgenfisch scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In addition to addyhd's note this Springbank opens up with some drops of water.

  19. addyhd scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This one needs a lot of time in the glas before it opens up

  20. squaadgras scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  22. sopie scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      95 95

  23. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great. 91/92.
    • Nose
      Peach, apricot, caramel, vanilla, pineapple and dirty peat. With water more creamy.
    • Taste
      Apricot, leather, peat, toffee, pineapple, pepper, lemon and blood orange. Even more peppery when adding water.
    • Finish
      Apricot, milk chocolate, caramel, leather, peat, blood orange and pepper.

  24. guerriero82 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    tasting by Serge ( Whiskyfun.com ) 03/04/2015 : Springbank 29 yo 1974/2003 (51.2%, Chieftains for Ton Overmars, Amsterdam, hogshead, cask #1778, 216 bottles)  Ian Mcleod’s Chieftain’s or Chieftain’s Choice ranges had quite a few old Springbanks around ten/fifteen years ago, and many have been good. Colour: gold (proper gold). Nose: another world. More complex and subtle, with finer phenolic touches, a bit of metal polish, brine, mushrooms, humus, moss, kippers, tobacco, soot, linseed oil, grass smoke… So some rather pure unadulterated old Springbank that has what’s needed where it’s needed. With water: gets totally cloudy, it’s almost milk. More smoke (burning seaweed on a remote beach) and ‘farmy strawberries’. Lovely. Mouth (neat): it’s a nervous, peppery, slightly acrid Springbank, with bitter lemons, grass, dust, soot, wax and just a touch of orange blossom honey to keep it gentle and approachable. With water: more oranges. Classic orange/soot/oil/metal profile that wasn’t uncommon in these vintages. Finish: medium length. A tad more leathery. Comments: solid, even if it hasn’t quite got the complex roundness that comes from more sherried old Springbanks. SGP:562 - 86 points.

  25. Feis_ile scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Droog, heel zuiver en rijk.
    • Taste
      Bijzonder vol, noten, vanille, zuiver en complex.     
    • Finish
      Rijk en lang.

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