- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Batch No. 1
- Calculated age
- 10 years old
- Re-charred Sherry Butts
- 55.2 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 21 Aug 2007 7:35 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1997 Vintage
25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.64 points
- I got this and opened it (2007) when it first came out. I´m now dramming the last drops from the bottle. After all these years of beeing open, still a GREAT whisky. They certainly know how to make great whisky at Springbank.
- Aroma rich: smoked, minerality (chalk, stones), lacquer, turpentine, shoe polish, candied fruits, vanilla, creamy fudge, cereal, bread, pre-foliage, sour milk. Complicated. The taste is sweet with sourness: sherry, oak, butter, berries and fruits, citrus, toffee, condensed milk. Aftertaste : slightly mineral, citrus notes, oak, dried apples, gnarled from grape seeds. Long. Conclusion . Strong, saturated Springbank. Complicated, bright. For 10 years of age just fine. Rating: 90 (n23t23f22b22).
- Serge says:
1997 (55.2%, OB, 11,000 bottles, 2007)
One and only label so far for this
new one... Phew! Colour: pale gold.
Nose: we’re more in the vein
of the second CV here, but with extra-oomph
and more cask influence. More plain
vanilla and vanilla fudge at first
nosing but then it gets wilder, farmier,
more vegetal and more mineral, not
unlike the 12 we just had. Notes of
fern, moss, fresh mushrooms, plantain
bananas, roots, dead leaves... Then
very big notes of wet chalk, a little
porridge, ginger tonic, faint hints
of turpentine and varnish, shoe polish...
It’s very complex for such a
young whisky, and certainly the one
I like most of all recent bottlings
by Springbank – so far!
excellent attack, punchy but not overpowering,
starting right on these very weird
notes that I think are quite unpleasant
in some recent Springbanks, Longrows
or Hazelburns but that work quite
well here. Something like Seven-Up
or gin-tonic, or ginger wine. Also
quite some butter, plain lemons, buttered
toffee, malt, something like concentrated
milk, melons... Let’s see what
happens with water (and while the
nose got smokier): more citrus (tangerines
starting to rot – nothing wrong
here), a little more salt and a very
typical salty waxiness (?) plus quite
some added spices, such as nutmeg
and cinnamon and a sherry that got
a little more obvious now but still
rather discreet we think. Finish:
long, more compact (vanilla, lemons
and salt) and also a little cleaner,
which is exactly what’s expected
in a very good whisky at my end. I
think this is excellent at barely
10 years of age and I almost feel
like shouting ‘hurray for Springbank!’
An old love of mine may well be back...
SGP:463 - 89 points
- Notes from blind tasting. I like it a lot, a fine droplet.
In the nose immediately strong alcohol, which is why I also diluted immediately (about 48%). Now the smell of alcohol is a bit lighter and he also brings along light grains and malt notes. If you let it breathe a little fragrance of fruit comes, which I can not define in more detail. However, this quickly gives way to a sour, musty odor. But you can "smell it away" and then the fruits come back. Well, hopefully, the taste will not be temporarily musty.
The second nose is then much more pleasant: sweet, malty, woody and the musty is almost completely gone.
First sweet, but then comes quickly a lot of spiciness, which lays down for the time being with a slight burning over the tongue and then to be milder again, in between, there is always some sweetness, which is accompanied by citrus flavors on. If you keep that in your mouth for a while, you suddenly have to swallow twice the amount of liquid.
The second sip brings quite sweet vanilla and then gives way again to this burning, which I can now assign -> that is definitely the smoke.
Here, the spiciness and the wood notes are short and then I suddenly have some smoke in my mouth.
Both take but not long, so I would mark the finish rather short.