Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
Batch 3
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 dec 2011 8:20 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 199.95

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

15 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.40 points.

  1. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  2. penumbra scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Like the smell of rocks that have been beaten by the waves for a long time, oil, beeswax, floral, a small amount of malt, fruit and smoke, with a pungent sensation like mint.
    • Taste
      Because it is too consistent with the taste, it is directly dried like drinking water. It should be a cloud-like cloud top, wood, ore, preserved fruit, lipids, and malt. The salt feels like it is covered by wood. Some Shirley a feeling of.
    • Finish
      Moderate, high alcohol levels are prone to irritation, and it is easy to make the afterglow less cute after dissipating.

  3. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The first edition was far more a spectacular whisky, still also a great whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Smoke tip. Generous fruit. Rich, honeyed. Coffee note. A lot of caramel. Zest of lime. On the palate, spices dominate. The alcohol is a little too present and prevents to appreciate the rest. With water, then there, yes! The nose is now overflowing with fruit. The palate is rich, sweet, with a note of prunes and cooked wine, and leaves red fruit in the finish.
    Enthusiasm 4/5

  5. uap304 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite possibly the definitive Springbank house style.
    • Nose
      Austere. Mineral and metallic. Rum?
    • Taste
      Misty and viscous. Sweet and spicy, tangy, minty, peppery, malty.
    • Finish
      Long and complex drying. Flowery, grassy, smoky, tobacco, bitter oak, maple syrup, and finally, unmistakably, Red Delicious apples.

  6. Guntis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. uap304 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The quality is readily apparent with this one.  Even if the nose doesn't give it up easily, the finish is more complex than you might expect for the age.
    • Nose
      Closed.  Metallic and mineral.  Rum?
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy, tangy, minty, peppery, malty, with a viscous body.
    • Finish
      Long, drying, flowery, grassy, smoky, tobacco, bitter, maple syrup, and Red Delicious apples.

  8. erogers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes were made with no water added.  This is an excellent whisky.  It’s difficult to say how the flavor profile will change in each year’s batch.  It is complex, and much more sophisticated than the 10 year old version.  The addition of water only dilutes the flavors, and doesn’t seem to change them very much at all.
    • Nose
      A floral, perfumed fragrance to begin, followed by hints of spice and mint.
    • Taste
      Leather, pipe tobacco, and peppermint combine with some grapefruit/citrus and crushed pecans.  There is also some salty, mineral flavors, along with a bit of vegetal peat.
    • Finish
      Long, with a bite.  Whatever smoke is in this whisky appears in the finish, along with oak wood and black cavendish pipe tobacco.

  9. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    These notes were compiled over 10 months and reflect my preference for this dram (adding some water, which I don't normally do). 
    • Nose
      Light smoke, creamy peat, dark honey, brine, and a hint of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Soft and creamy for such high ABV. Sweet, creamy peat; honey; brine; and spices. Without water I find it the same but with heightened salinity and more tightly integrated flavours.
    • Finish
      A billow of smoke in the finale (it finally comes forward), then soft briny peat. The finish is very long and warming, with a lingering briny smoke.

  10. Kostya scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

     (A sample) unusual and interesting, but not great
    • Nose
      (neat) bees wax, oily, vanilla, peach, malty

       (water) creamy, mild peat, peach, pine
    • Taste
      (neat) quite different, bitter syrup, vanilla, floral notes,

      (water) sweet
      and dry, slightly bitter, sultana, aspartame,  tar, pine
    • Finish
      medium, bitter-sweet, ashy, herbal

  11. Shane_IL scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is an amazing dram, layer upon layer of bitter, dry, peat, fruit, wood. A lot of fun to dissect and play around with.
    • Nose
      Dried fruits. Espresso. Cacao. Vegetal peat. Mineral salt. Mild olive oil. Black pepper, freshly crushed. Wet grass. Matches. Camphor. Wood smoke becomes more prominent with water. 
    • Taste
      Horse-radish type spice, like wasabi. Dark sticky fruits, dry not sweet. Toasted almonds. Butter on burned toast. Peat. Bitter, dry citrus. Lapsang souchong tea. Cigar ash. Bitter chocolate. Fruit notes become slightly sweeter with water.
    • Finish
      Long. More lapsang souchong. Tobacco Smoke. Pepper. More bitter dark fruits, some black cherries coming through. Long bitter dry woody note.

  12. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: briny, some peat, cranberries, plums, oily and salty
    T: some bitter fruits, smoke and spices - pepper
    F: fudge, briny, vanilla, a bit drying and bitter fruits
    looks like a Longrow

  13. Furtia scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. m884 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sherry, mineralic, rubber, cough syrup, sweeter than the 10yoMouth: Sherry, pepper, a bit peatFinish: Sherry, a bit peat, a bit smoke, nutty, drying towards the endComments: Very nice, Springbank doesn`t disappoint once again. The sherry is very well integrated and makes this sweeter and more syrupy without overpowering the original character. Not sure if i like it better than the 10, but you can`t go wrong with either one anyways.

  15. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Single Dram Note. Moore Wilson's whisky day.
    • Nose
      very similar but fruitier than batch 02 in comparison, crayons, apple, mint
    • Taste
      cereals, dried apple rings, some chocolate, tame smoke.
    • Finish
      long ish, turning more mineral in line w new style Springbanks, also more dried apple rings

  16. hsmithjr scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Another "home run" for the guys (and gals) at Springbank!  
    • Nose
      Malty and sweet.  Fresh sherry.  Black cherries and Medjool dates. Caramel, then smoke in the background.
    • Taste
      Right away you know it is a Springbank.  Malty, oily, creamy, with smoke and some salt.  Citrus, then sherry. Pastry Chef's chocolate. 
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, and smoky towards the end.  Drying.

  17. hsmithjr scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Matured 60% Fresh Sherry Hogsheads and 40% Refill Sherry Butts.


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