Springbank 1997 Vintage

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 362.30

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1997 Vintage

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.83 points

  1. Harvey scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  2. vredensever scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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).

  3. toklian scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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

  4. juli__c scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. juli__c scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    classic oldschool springbank - my last sips
    creamy sherry, nice smokey touch, fresh wood notes result in nuts and burned creme brulee. medium long, malty finish
    give me a fresh bottle, please
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. pere scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweetish, a bit winey, salt, a bit of wood, sherry, exotic fruits, nuts, citrus.
    • Taste
      Sweetish, salt, oak, spices, hay, a hint of rubber, fruity, smoke.
    • Finish
      Fruits, spices, hay, oak, apricots.

  7. toklian scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N22 P23 F22 B23

  8. Yarema did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very multi-layered and complex for 10 years.
    This is the best ten years I've been drinking. This is Indian summer ... sunny autumn with a light breeze ... and wax + salt + ether!
    Nose - 23
    Taste - 23
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 90

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    21 22 22 22 87 - from the opening of the bottle and during the evening, did not reach the correct condition ...

    breathed gorgeous, 23x4 = 92
    10 years and SUCH Whisky !!! perfect young sherry Springbank!

  10. KonstUA scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nose 23, taste 23, finish 23, balance 23


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