Springbank Rundlets & Kilderkins

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
Rundlets & Kilderkins (Small Casks)
Number of bottles
49.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Golden Label
Added on
21 Jan 2012 9:25 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 446.22

64 × in wishlist

320 × member ratings

820 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank Rundlets & Kilderkins

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.19 points

  1. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A good, heavily stitched, characteristic, young Springbank, there is a lot of oak in all the components, but I will not say that somewhere we went over it, it turned out well, on the verge. Pleasant and well balanced, deep enough and diverse. I'm not a fan of heavily stuck bolts, but I liked this one.
    • Nose
      Open, raw, malt, sea notes, wet wood, wet skin, red apples, red orange, mineral tones, a little valerian, herring, window putty, miso paste, a little sweet confectionery shades.
    • Taste
      Tender, sweet wood with lemon and orange hues, peppery wave, a little motherwort and valerian, strong black tea, again dense and varied oak, creamy sweetness, fondant, burnt sugar.
    • Finish
      Spicy, pepper, orange peel, a little grapefruit, oak again.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Excellent whisky and not at all too oak-y. An example of a NAS-whisky done right.
    • Nose
      Plenty of dark spices, nutmeg mainly, but some cloves as well. Dates, polished leather, honey and plenty of vanilla too. But is has a certain coastal quality too, with a whiff of smoke.
    • Taste
      Oily mouthfeel (which is always a plus). And the smoke is a lot more present now. A bit of peat too. Sweet and spicy pretty much sums it up. Honey, chocolate and brown sugar with black pepper and cloves.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, sweet sherry, burned caramel and medium smokiness.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Definitely a new style Springbank but one of the better ones
    • Nose
      Fresh, punchy, sherry wood, citrus fruits, blood oranges, nutty, toasted bread, and something like apple cider
    • Taste
      Punchy, citrusy, again apple cider, subtle swetness, oak wood, little salty
    • Finish
      Medium long, burning

  4. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A Kilderkin, or Rundlet, is a small oak cask equal to an imperial measurement of volume of 18 gallons or 68 litres. In the 17th and 18th centuries Rundlets & Kilderkins of whisky were commonly sold directly to local gentry from the distilleries in Campbeltown.

  5. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Color is polished mahogany. As expected, smaller, faster legs, along with fairly small “tears,” display characteristics of a whisky older than ten years, although technically I cannot say so because the bottle is NAS.

    Nose: I’m enchanted by an unexpected amount of smokiness for a Springer. It almost reminds me of a Longrow. On top of this, I also appreciate the coastal brine, along with farminess evocative of an early Clynelish. Think sun-dried “meadow muffins.”

    A delightful Springer “wet wool” note also comes through in spades. I’m not getting much in the way of heavier industrial notes, however. Some more conventional sweet notes are certainly here, gloating in the glass. We’re talking about dark chocolate, croissant, Ceylon tea, penuche, and glazed pecans. Exquisite.

    Palate: In some ways, the mouth is a bit of a let-down when compared with such a complex nose. Meadow muffin farminess and wet wool notes are not present, as one finds in Springbank’s Local Barley 16 Year Old, but there is a marine air type of thing happening. Coastal dunnage warehouses strike again.

    I’m happy to report a cigar filler note, along with some antique leather. As in the nose, there are sweet nothings present, but not with the same level of intensity. Expect more dark chocolate, black licorice, brown sugar that almost reminds me of penuche, and some stewed sugary orchard fruits (peach, apple, and persimmon).

    Finish: Contact with the smaller oak casks really affects this finish. Black pepper, baker’s chocolate, almond, Honduran cigar wrapper, clove, and a nice clean type of smoke come together almost too seamlessly to keep one guessing. In other words, the finish doesn’t tend to vary much depending upon time in the glass. I was surprised this finish wasn’t sweeter, given the nose and palate, but, hey, I’ll take it. Length is medium. I do taste some larger casks in this batch, if I’m not entirely mistaken, and they serve to add more distinctive character, especially in the finish.

  6. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful complexity. Original profile and very nice. Caramel prevents from going to 90.
    • Nose
      Orange zest. Burnt caramel. Lemon. Eucalyptus. A little haribo.
      Raspberry vinegar. Light woody.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is slightly sweet. Orange always with other citrus fruits. Light pineapple.
      Pepper, wood, clove.
    • Finish
      Woody finish on the fruit, bark, caramel. Eucalyptus. Slight smoke.

  7. WillemvdK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This baby is fruity! Exactly the fruit and smoke combo that I love about Springbank. It has pineapple, peach, passion fruit and even strawberry bubble gum! All combined with this well balanced, coastal smokey character. Really, really good.

  8. alectron scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    (Blind) Springbank Tasting with Ranald Watson (02.2012), plus second 'open' pass on another occasion.
    • Nose
      First of: quite austere at the start, fresh oak & spices, quite salty, granite(-dust), apricots & dried plums, shoe polish. (88)
      Later: turns sweeter with some boiled sweets & vanilla syrup, musty wine (cellar) & dusty chocolate, also some earthy notes, hay & horse hair. (85)
    • Taste
      old leather & chocolate, quite creamy, a 'dark' sweetness if you will, pebbles, also a more farmy feel with  some (fermented) hay & earth/dirt lurks underneath towards the finish but without loosing it's sweet- and creamy body now with licorice all-sorts & maple syrup (87)
    • Finish
      creamyness abruptly turns dry, feels like it's shutting down quickly and most that remains is some woody vanilla, licorice (more salty than all-sorts here), faint black currants, a slightly sandy mineral note and occasionally some dried pineapple, and even a parma mint note (?) funny. (82)

  9. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Oh jeez, if this malt just wasn't so complicated and hard to access. Surely quality, yes, but for me no fun drinking. Bottle has been opened for years, not worth the high collectors's price nowadays. Enjoy the 12 cs better imho.


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