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Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating 206 votes 92.71
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
1998
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Sherry
Number of bottles
2400
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
31 Aug 2008 3:38 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Tastingtags

31 Notes

Gaija
Expert Junior Gaija Review note
24 Sep 2017 3:18 pm
Gaija gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.8
Nose
93
Initial taste
91
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
92
Presentation
92
Gaija
Expert Junior Gaija Tasting note
24 Sep 2017 3:25 pm
Gaija gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Amber
Nose

A citrusy fruitiness first, extremely creamy and intense, with mandarines, bitter oranges, a touch of mango then a suprising evolution with flashes of leather, old wax, new plastic, my grandma's gnocchi al pomodoro (a true memory-malt !), ... I'm really impressed ! The fruitiness lingers, it's getting sweeter and less citrusy with time : pink grapes, pomgrenate, wowee ! A few minutes later it's going on the savoury side of things with Serrano ham, still that leathery touch, still oranges and a French sauce typically served with fish that we call beurre blanc. It's getting more and more resinous and old school. Glorious. Fruity pana cotta. A very, very high-class nose : complex, yet precise and very approachable.

Taste

It might be less complex and precise but it's still quite incredible in its bitter-fruity delivery. The first sip was quite discrete but the rest was really great and very direct : passion fruit, still quite old-school and waxy, it's just a bit more woody (within limits) now, rather on citrus skins, blood oranges, old style soap and pinesap, mint. Wow again, a treat.

Finish

Very long for only 46%, and texture wise it's very peculiar as well, it feels like something glossy, like a varnish. There's not an ounce of dryness indeed. Flavour-wise, it's pretty much the same - which we clearly won't complain about.

Comments

Quite amazing I admit, even if I might have expected even more. The nose is incredible and triggers some memories no other malt had so far. The rest is top notch as well, though less flabbergasting.

DenisL
Member Senior DenisL Tasting note
30 Aug 2017 10:26 pm
DenisL gave this whisky 95 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Тропики...кожа...цитрусовые(мандарин)...сливовое варенье (леквар...разница есть)...специи щекочут в носу...аромат классного,возрастного молта(я совсем мало их пробовал-но этот *почерк*я хорошо запомнил)земляника в пыли...какао...(24)

Taste

Воск...чернослив...пряности...бисквит и сливочный крем...(23)

Finish

Фруктовый салат и перечная волна...но перец деликатный...очень необычно...странные торфяные нюансы...может и нет их?

Comments

Да,тут не придерёшься (24)

Крутой молт!я прям в восторге:)в памяти всплыло послевкусие после "Сказка о тройке"...очень живо/ярко/вкусно и в тоже время не требует никаких усилий.Просто кайф:)каждая страничка(глоток)поднимают настроение.95

wataya
Member Senior wataya Review note
28 Aug 2017 9:33 pm
wataya gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92.1
Nose
93
Initial taste
93
Body
91
Finish
93
Price
90
Presentation
91
sagara-kun
Expert Senior sagara-kun Tasting note
07 Feb 2017 10:39 am
sagara-kun gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Une bombe de fruit exotique. Le plaisir est immédiat. 

Du fruit de la passion, de la mangue, banane, pêche, myrtille.
Les fûts de sherry ont bien agi. On a des fruits confits, du sirop, sans que le sucré ne soit écœurant.
De la réglisse.
L'équilibre est quasi parfait.
Taste

Huileuse et miellé. 

Tout comme le nez, la bouche est très exotique. Les fruits rouges ressortent aussi tout particulièrement (fraise, cerise).
Un côté pâtissier est aussi présent, avec du beurre et de la frangipane. C'est particulièrement sucré.
Finish

La finale est longue et sucrée, un vrai bonbon. Beaucoup de fruits rouges.

Comments

Une démonstration de fruit bomb élégante et complexe à souhait. 

stefsel111
Expert Senior stefsel111 Review note
29 Nov 2016 9:39 pm
stefsel111 gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.5
Nose
91
Initial taste
93
Body
91
Finish
92
Price
90
Presentation
91
My Collection
ctu
Connoisseur ctu Tasting note
16 Oct 2016 2:48 pm
ctu gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Very sophisticated and complex: sherry, creamy vanilla, flowers, fresh eucalyptus, fruits: waxy apple, banana, peach and mango, coconut, dark chocolate, leather, peat and salty sea air. Divine.

Taste

Oily, fruity, bittersweet with sour citruses and tropical fruits opulent play, sherry, vanilla, flower honeys,
chocolate, coconut. The leather, smoke and peat is perfectly entry to the party. Awesome!

Finish

Long, creamy and fruity. The flavors remain nicely. Especially peat and fresh mint.

Comments

I was shocked by this purity and complexity ...

St. Pauli
Expert Senior St. Pauli Tasting note
08 Oct 2016 10:21 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Yes, this is a very pleasant and dignified old nose. As the nose is so soft, deep sniffs are allowed. What a wonderful combination of faint, wet peat, gentian, camphor, and leather. This earthy side is complemented by freshness of eucalyptus, and tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit). Then, it's creamy with vanilla custard, banana, some furniture polish. Beautifully complex, as almost never encountered. 

Taste

Wow, the fruit continues! The taste is very friendly, not overly sweet, nor drying, with an oily texture. The tropical fruit is followed by a hint of linseed oil, waxed barley, honey, vanilla and a bit of polish. 

Finish

Long, still very fruity and creamy, with sufficient contrast brought from the peat. It's slightly grassy with a bit of mint and pepper. 

Comments

What an amazing whisky. It's complex, oily and friendly from start to finish. The tropical fruit of mango and passion fruit remind me of some excellent Ardbegs from '74 and '75. The level of peat is moderate, but it's influence is pleasant. It has everything to dream of. This was a real treat.

Cheers! Paul
MikerG2k
Expert Senior MikerG2k Review note
08 Oct 2016 9:01 pm
MikerG2k gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90
Nose
91
Initial taste
91
Body
91
Finish
90
Price
85
Presentation
89
Waykid
Expert Junior Waykid Tasting note
09 Jul 2016 8:28 pm
Waykid gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Sherry with the coffee, dark chocolate,  sourish and savoury, pastis, dried dates & figs, coughsyrup, herbal lozenge, coconut.

Taste

Salty and savoury, full, esthery, good rumminess, round and sweet. Coconut, banana. Something light and flowery. Than again sherry notes, sweet dark coffee, chocolate. Good.

Finish

Apricot, pleasant and malty, long.

Comments

I did really manage to realize the famous coconut of older era Springers. A personal combination with the sherry and lightish, summery flowermeadow sounds: something even in the direction of good sweet fruity Imperials, Caperdonichs etc. Very good.

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