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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
85.96/100
votes
102
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 5
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry & Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
52.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
12/266
Added on
06 Sep 2012 12:02 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 91,60

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Tastingtags

16 Notes

Koning
Expert Junior Koning Tasting note
27 Jan 2018 3:09 pm
Koning gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Leather(typical of Springbank to me),chocolate and caramel,sherry,rhubarb, green apple, sea air. Also some eggs(sulphur) and hardly any peat smoke.

Taste

Round and oily. More peat now,combined with leather, suplphur and sea salt. This dirty edge is balanced by distinct fruitiness(raisins,citrus fruits,apple), honey and milk chocolate. Also a bit metallic.

Finish

Lighter and a bit tannic/drying. Rhubarb,mandarin, fresh spices, a bit waxy and a bit of sulphury smoke .

Comments

This is a deep and complex Springbank. Had to get used to it's sulphury side, though.

nhuber
Expert Junior nhuber Note
06 Nov 2017 9:44 pm
nhuber gave this whisky 88 points

great nose, opens up nicely with a bit of water, lovely sherry notes, rather long finish... nice one :) 88/89p

Erik1908
Member Senior Erik1908 Review note
11 Jun 2017 5:51 pm
Erik1908 gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.4
Nose
89
Initial taste
89
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
87
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meademule
Newbie meademule Tasting note
07 May 2017 10:20 am
meademule gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Wow, this has a big, fresh sherry nose. Nuts. Dried fruits. Oak. Apricot. Earthy, vegetal peat smoke. Citrus. Fresh ginger. Asparagus. Spicy chocolate. So much complexity. So many flavors. It has the nose of a much older whisky. It’s also quite powerful (due to the ABV) and really needs a few drops of water to open up.


Taste

Chocolate. Nuts—macadamia in particular, but walnuts too. Dried fruit. Raisins. Malted milk balls. Coconut. Banana. Peat smoke. Cinnamon. Baking spices. Rose. Turkish delight. Crystallized ginger. Anise. Yeah, there’s a lot going on here. Much like the nose, the palate has tons of complexity. I find new notes with every sip. Like the nose, water is needed to really bring out all of the depth and complexity.


Finish

Dried tropical fruits. Cinnamon candy. Salt water taffy… or maybe Laffy Taffy. Some kind of taffy. Nougat. More nuts. Dried cherries. Raisins. Sweet Tarts. Anise. A touch of herbal tea. Really nice, but kind of medium in length. Wish it was longer.


Comments

Wonderful. Incredibly complex. Fresh, yet mature—the casks used to age this whisky were clearly of high quality (which is such an important part of making a great whisky). This dram has a little bit of everything—here you can find elements of every style/region of Scottish single malts, so long as you take your time enjoying it.

The only real criticism I can find is that the finish is not as long as I would like, and the parts that do stick around are not the best parts of the palate. But it’s not like the finish is bad or short—it’s just not as great as the nose and palate. It can also be a bit tricky to add the right amount of water. In my opinion this does require at least a little water to fully enjoy—even a little more water than I would normally add to most cask strength malts. But if you go overboard with the water, you can easily drown the wonderful assortment of flavors, so it’s best to add only a drop at a time.

If the Springbank 10 year old is a wonderful introduction to single malt whisky for a newcomer (as I believe it is), this is truly a next level malt for whisky veterans. It takes a little more effort than some more straightforward single malts, but it’s time well spent. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle of this one, take your time and savor it.

Buy again? Absolutely, whenever I can find it.

Score: 92/100

Read my full review at http://meademule.com/2017/04/22/whisky-review-springbank-12-cask-strength/ 




Schlossgespenst
Member Senior Schlossgespenst Tasting note
04 Sep 2016 7:31 pm
Schlossgespenst gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Wächserne Süße, Salz und leichter Torfrauch, der sich mit der Zeit verstärkt. Ein wenig Sherryfass scheint auch durch, allerdings sehr unaufdringlich und dem Whisky fügsam. Die schmutzig-ölige Campbeltown-Komponente ist, wie es sich für einem Springbank gehört, immer präsent.

Taste

Ölig. Cremiger Körper, Malzsüße, und ein kribbelnder Maschinenöl-Touch. Hin und wieder kommt eine sehr leichte Sherrysüße zum Vorschien, dazwischen erinnert einem die "Campbeltown-Komponente" immer wieder an seine Herkunft. Hinten raus wird er trockener, der Rauch nimmt zu, ohne allzu stark zu werden.

Finish

Vereinnnahmend, stark und trockerer werdend. Holznoten, eine leichte angenehme torfige Bitterkeit ist bis zum (ziemlich langen) Ende noch zu spüren.

Comments

Toller Whisky, der stolz zeigt wo er herkommt. Kräftig, charaktervoll aber dennoch ausgewogen in all seinen Noten.

Verkostet mit einem kleinen Schuss Wasser.

Schlossgespenst
Member Senior Schlossgespenst Review note
04 Sep 2016 6:47 pm
Schlossgespenst gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
80.5
Nose
85
Initial taste
80
Body
80
Finish
80
Price
95
Presentation
60
Erik Elixer
Connoisseur Erik Elixer Tasting note
09 May 2015 12:50 pm
Erik Elixer gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Fudge, vanilla and roses. Some sulphur and even sweets.

Taste

Very full with grape fruits and some sulphur. Spices, forest fruits - strawberries and cherrries.

Finish

Liquorice and spicy.

Comments

Blind tasting.

Cicero
Expert Senior Cicero Tasting note
25 Apr 2015 11:54 pm
Color
Old gold
Nose

angebrannte Autoreifen
extrem viele Kräuter, ebenfalls leicht angeröstet
brennender Kuhfladen in einem Lagerfeuer

Taste

kräuterig und süß
Vollmilchschokolade
wieder ein wenig Muff 

Finish

kräuterig und süß

Comments

der Geschmack ist ganz okay

das Aroma ist irgendwie gewöhnungsbedürftig/ anders
ich hatte ihn in besserer Erinnerung 
ASWhisky
Connoisseur ASWhisky Tasting note
05 Mar 2015 8:56 pm
ASWhisky gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Schokolade, Kirschfrucht mit Alkoholnote
staubiger getrockneter Beifuß

eine schöne leicht bittere Holznote 

Taste

süß Antritt
im Mund mischt sich wieder diese leicht bitter trockene Holz/Kräuternote ein
sehr schöne Kombination
viel Schokolade
leider wie so oft bei Springbank eine Alkoholnote 
es bleibt immer ein leichtes Flashback an eine Alkoholpraline  

Finish

mittel bis kurz
unspektakulär
mit Schokolade und etwas Frucht/Alkohol

Comments

im Mund ist dieser Whisky am besten
schön zu trinken

a welcomed dram

unforgettable whisky takes you on a journey, gives you new dreams, awakens your forgotten dreams, moves you out of time.....
Alex
Expert Senior Alex Note
04 Jan 2015 6:53 am
Alex gave this whisky 87 points

earthy, farmy, salty, with enough malty sweetness and a whiff of peat smoke. All that unharmed by wood. That's true Springbank spirit. Very classy!

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