Springbank 1997 Vintage

Overall rating
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

€ 225.79

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464 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1997 Vintage

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.64 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 did not rate this whisky 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. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  5. ldcsh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  6. Mr. D. scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

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

  10. Ingwaz did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Notes from blind tasting. I like it a lot, a fine droplet.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.


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