Springbank 2004 Gaja Barolo

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Expressions
Stated Age
09 years old
Refill Bourbon + Fresh Gaja Barolo Finish
Number of bottles
54.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
21 Oct 2013 9:35 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 220,45

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 2004 Gaja Barolo

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.99 points

  1. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Harmonious combination of wine finish and a young, hairy base, excellent balance, decent depth of flavor, powerful taste and a long berry-sour aftertaste. The wine influence is great, but nevertheless the solar-optimistic and invigorating dominant characteristic of the young Springbank is maintained.
    • Nose
      Sweetish, wine, against the background of salty sea air and wet stones, hardly noticeable rubber notes, furniture varnish, apple peel, light notes of acetone, black currant, berry jam - strawberry, sweet cherry.
    • Taste
      Red wine, rubber, a wave of red pepper, lemon zest, ginger, black currant, spicy oak.
    • Finish
      Wine-grapefruit, light ginger, cherry beer.

  2. schero scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    One of my favorite :-)
    • Nose
      The typical Springbank character of sea breeze and light smoke paired with lots of orange peel and a little peach. A bit of wet metal bucket as in Hazelburn 10 lies in the background. If it lasts a long time, the bourbon barrel comes through with a wonderful vanilla note.
    • Taste
      He has power - again, it is the typical Springbank start. Slightly creamy with a wonderful peppery and sparkling sharpness. The sweet orange peel are directly present. The oak is more likely to hold back.
    • Finish
      Medium long and sweet with the slowly decreasing sharpness. The fruit remains first, before it is replaced by a light and pleasant bitterness.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    There's not much red wine influence to be detected, which is strange because of the maturation in ex-Baralo casks. But that doesn't really matter, because I like this a lot. A good example of how young whisky can also be very good. Just don't expect a wine-y whisky.
    • Nose
      Grainy and salty with peat and wood smoke. Oh, and a hint of rubber as well. I should also mention that this is very earthy. The peat mellows after a while and then white grapes, melon, peaches and lemons begin to shine through. Also some ozone (that distinct smell after is has rained).
    • Taste
      Peat and campfire smoke with burlap, chalk and earthy notes. Some chocolate and oranges, as well as oranges. Pretty tannic.
    • Finish
      Long. A hint of chocolate, some oranges. The peat and earthy notes also make an encore.

  4. el Gato scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Blueberries. Liquerice. Salt. Hay. Citrus. Moss. Bacon
    • Taste
      86 86
      Dirty and oily. Sulphur of course. Grapefruit. Blueberries and liquerice
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long finish. Liquerice. Bitter spices and oak. Orange jam. Tobacco

  5. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    21 22 20 21 84

  7. Palindrome scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    One of the few Springbanks that I can't really recommend buying at auction. Then again, I gave away my bottle about three months after I opened it. Maybe the spirit needed more time in the bottle. I thoroughly detested it, but I can't rate it below 82. It's not a poorly made whisky. It's just not to my taste. I found the wood influence to be quite unpleasant. It wasn't the slightly young age that turned me off. I've had Society bottlings at 9 years that have blown me away.

  8. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F21 B22

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    An unusual and very edgy but good malt;
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      "Disinfectant", juicy pear, grapefruit, grapefruit, vanilla;
    • Taste
      strong onset, wine aromas, grapes, sweetness, spice (oak, pepper), getting dry, complex;
    • Finish
      medium length finish; long dry spicy finish;

  10. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    First nose rich in apples. Then milk chocolate. Light, but powerful. Slight smoke. Malt builds up. On the palate a very nice presence, with a pinch of salt, a melted smoke, malt and chocolate again. The influence of the finish in casks of red wine does not appear to me very clearly, except in the finish where there is a beautiful sweetness. With water, it becomes a little spicy on the nose, and in the mouth, spices take a little over the other delicacies. I prefer it without water.
    Enthusiasm 4/5


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