Springbank 2004 Gaja Barolo

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 352.45

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 2004 Gaja Barolo

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.11 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. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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. Ostap scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Strict, as if chopped with an ax, strange whisky.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Greens, vanilla, oak, branded sea stones, bites receptors, green apple, unripe grapes, malt, cherries, very distant smoke. Ascetic aroma.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Thick, sweet, juicy fruit, pepper, fragrant, with spices, cloves, bay leaves, grapes, stone crumbs.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Thick, with a bunch of fragrant spices, long, cloves, basil, mineral, bitter.

  5. Ostap scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Strict drink. There is too much cognac in the aroma. Mineral and dry. A little unfriendly whisky, to my taste.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Bright wine, mineral, intense, grapes, humidity, degree, white radish, pine needles, sour berries, dust and wet cardboard, significantly cognac, orange peel, watercolors, chocolate and mint notes, iodine, seaweed on the fireplace, caustic walnut peel, apple jam and vanilla sponge cake, milk iris.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pretty pepper, dry, raisins, salty, oak, mineral iodide, grilled fish
    • Finish
      84 84
      Burns, not very long, pepper and oak, sour citrus peel, sour berries, mineral iodide.

  6. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      light smoky note flows first, aromatic and concentrated with smoky-sweet components. Touch of vanilla, fruity notes.

      * With the addition of water, the nose brightens a little, appears fruity and friendlier. Smoke still present, some oak and vanilla. A touch of vinous fruitiness, pleasant.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Warm, with an easy start, oily, aromatic, sweetish-spicy, smoky, oak, becoming slightly dry, hint of bitter / tart ...

      * with a little water:
      A bit more tamed but still aromatic with smoke, sweetish-spicy, oak.
      Slightly sweeter than without adding water, but the oily is lost and the taste remains. Now also softer with a light barrel note and a hint of coffee.

      The relatively young Springbank is bursting with strength!
    • Finish
      87 87
      Slightly tart-sweet-tart, with oak, smoke and slightly fruity.
      Finishing off with smoke / ash

      * with a little water:
      Pleasantly aromatic, initially slightly sweet and fruity then drying out, slightly tart with smoke and oak spice.
      Softly fading with a combination of oak, smoke and a hint of ash.

      A good dram and a demanding one despite 9 years!

  8. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet, full of vanilla, cream, strawberry syrup. Some dark cocoa. After rest for more than 10 mins some Springbank mineral and dustiness appears. Maybe a touch of peat smoke.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Unmistakably Springbank but sweater, and a little more salty than usual. Quite oily chewy mouthfeel, some peat. Strangely on second sip it becomes alot saltier..
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, rather clean and peppery.

  9. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Too much wine influence? Maybe. Besides the wine, apple cider, ginger, yeasty and bready, blueberries. A lot more red fruits, and become very sweet after a sip.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Wine, some sweet grapes, bitter wood tannin, honey, vinegar.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Rather pleasant, no wood tannin (surprise), light fruitiness and a not very long finish.

  10. penumbra scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It's really salty, but fortunately it has a milky taste. After adding a little water, the level of different flavors becomes obvious. Genting of medium quality is just too salty for me to suppress other flavors.
    • Nose
      Sea salt, fat, wheat aroma, alcohol, cream flowers, salty oil tofu, grass.
    • Taste
      Salty cream, bitter taste, citrus peel.
    • Finish
      Long, salty malt.


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