Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry & Bourbon Casks
Batch 5
Number of bottles
52.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
06 Sep 2012 12:59 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 98.46

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.28 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet peat. A micro dose of sulfur. Vanilla and herbs. Malt emerges and asserts itself with peppery notes.
      The sweetness settles down, with some notes of chocolate powder.
    • Taste
      Sweetness? Actually no !
      Beautiful peppery attack, frank. Soot in hyphen.
    • Finish
      Sulfur (which is not unpleasant). Very consistent with the mouth, even if it is a little redundant. Very long, but a little unbalanced on the side of spices and bitterness, initially. The opening is good and restores the balance with honeyed notes.

      Nose 4/5
      Mouth and finish 3/5

      Whisky n ° 1816

  2. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Dry and unfamiliar style of springbank. I get farmyard and dusty book notes. A metallic note is lurking in the background, definitely less rich and mature than the recent 12yo-s. Needs quite some time to open up. Tasted H2H with batch 15 & 16.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant Springbank, although I prefer the new, dirty batches.
    • Nose
      Peat, herbals, pepper, cocoa, green apple, sulfur, camphor and mint.
    • Taste
      Peat, salted minerals, pepper, nutmeg, honey, mandarin and metal coins.
    • Finish
      Medium length, fruity, spicy.

  4. SAND scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Initially; barley, sherry, bourbon, hints of peat. With more air; minerality, engine oil, barley juice, dried red berries, dried yellow fruits, hints of coconut and vanilla, oily. With even more time; barn yard funk. (89-91p)
    TASTE: Rich, strong, fruity, lots of dried fruits. Takes water well; becomes more mineral. (89-90p)
    OVERALL: A successful sherry & bourbon cask marriage. Total score 89-90 points.

  5. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. nhuber scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. meademule scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    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/ 
    • 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.


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