Springbank 1989 Port

Overall rating
87.96/100
votes
70
Whiskybase ID
WB487
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Expressions
Vintage
1989
Bottled
02.2003
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Port Pipe
Number of bottles
3120
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 oct 2007 9:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 705.01

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183 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Springbank 1989 Port

19 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.96 points.

  1. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: amber

    - a very tasty, intense single malt
    - very aromatic, fruity and complex
    - For then approx. 80 € completely ok for currently approx. 300 - 400 €
    clearly too expensive
    • Nose
      strong, intense, raisins, plums, red wine, spices, alcohol but still clearly noticeable
    • Taste
      oW: very strong, strong start, full aroma, grapes, caramel, spice mixture, pepper;

      mW: very aromatic, intense, dark berries, wine aromas, dark chocolate, honey
    • Finish
      strong, intense, long finish;
      strong mouth-filling long aftertaste

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    ... a jumper from the port pipe - just how I like it!
    intense, full-bodied, aromatic and the often mentioned "dirty cowshed aromas" are not missing either ...
    [Color] = shining copper!
    • Nose
      intense nose: red wine, port, raisins, plums, spices (cloves, nutmeg), old wood / oak;
    • Taste
      diluted with a few drops of water: full, aromatic, creamy, ripe grapes, dark cherries, toffee, caramel, spice cake, minimal smoke (?), forest honey, dark chocolate, pepper, complex;
    • Finish
      relatively long finish, grapes, dark fruits, caramel and the spicy oak as it fades;

  5. Dottore scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Yes, it is very musty and fermented and the alcohol is also clearly noticeable. The influence of presumably older fermented sweet wine (tap Madeira or Port) is pronounced. Somehow not completely round and your distillery character has almost completely been lost (at least I can't assign any). Still quite tasty and interesting with all its rough edges. Tip: not too old vll 15 years, highlands. Madeira barrel. 87-88 points

  6. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    you man, he has something
    the whole picture with this slightly musty I like
    • Nose
      sweet, fat, heavy, fruity, red wine ?, slightly metallic
    • Taste
      full and silky on the palate
      minimal smoke, red fruits / berries, old, library (dusty), oak, dark caramel
    • Finish
      medium to long
      again dark caramel, slightly musty

  7. Simo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  8. mothers_finest scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A good port wine-matured one. Those who think it has been bottled to late, should try an over 30 year old port wine first, to know how this tastes and to be able to judge its maturation more subjective.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nix against a dirty nose with nice Moder: he smells here, as if he was something over. Thanks to the impression on the tongue, it is not a letdown, but overall it does not run quite round. Too bad, the potential was there.
    • Nose
      83 83
      First of all, it's difficult to discover the Springbank character behind these aromas ... Fierce musty odor strikes you, a mixture of rotten fruit, rancid fat, old socks and changing rooms. It gets weaker over time, but still remains dominant. By the way, you can still find red grapes, lavender flowers and chocolate drops. But you have to make an effort.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Well then, on the tongue then unmistakably Springbank. Hardly any trace of the Mief - / - Moderkombi from the nose, instead juicy red grapes, black cherries, toffee, caramel, Straciatellaeis, a pleasant woody note. Butter biscuits and toffee sweets, fresh bread dough.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, pleasantly dry. Fermented fruits, caramel, honey. Light sulfur.

  10. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great Malt, together with the Glendronach # 3340 my best port malt so far. Very intense, great flavors.
    • Nose
      dirty, sweet, fruity, spicy - smoke, kerosene, port, wine cellar, slightly musty, thick plum jam, orange juice, grapefruit, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, camphor, licorice, tobacco, damp wood
    • Taste
      sweet, tingling, spicy, oily, very creamy, great, full on - oranges, plum jam, cloves, clove pepper, nutmeg, dark dark chocolate, smoke, tobacco, dark caramel, Brazil nuts, raisins, vanilla, a lot of cardamom, dark sweet cherries, then more and more leather and licorice, bitter-sweet, great intense mouthfeel
    • Finish
      Lots of leather and liquorice, orange juice, vanilla and burnt caramel, a lot of cardamom, cloves and nutmeg, pepper, nuts, dark chocolate, spicy-sweet he stays in the mouth for a long time ...

  11. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoke and slightly musty, dark fruits, a strong spice mixture with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, red wine, prunes, raisins, tobacco, plum jam, some camphor, a subtle pepper note, after a while also cream (Werther's real) and vanilla. Very cool!
    • Taste
      creamy-spicy, caramel, delicate smoke, less than in the nose, plums, moldy forest soil, nutmeg, again cinnamon, black pepper, forest honey, tobacco and leather.
    • Finish
      spicy oak, black pepper, tobacco and smoke, getting dry.

  13. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Body: full and rich. Mouth coating.
    • Nose
      Sophisticated. Dundee cake, vanilla, new leather, pipe tobacco, dried apricot, peat, tea.
    • Taste
      European oak is there, but not dominating . Sweet tobacco, nut, smoke in the background. Complex. 
    • Finish
      Soot, malt.

  15. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A perfect example of how to fill a whisky a tipp too late, frankly I do not think it's old for the still-clear alcohol and the spikes in it, but the bitterness really takes over too much, especially on the finish and it's just bitter no chocolate or real oak. Pity, eigtl. Exciting notes in between, just after a while in the nose.
    • Nose
      Reminds me of a spiced rum I once had, scented notes of carnation, camphor, nutmeg, grated oak, a little orange peel, furniture polish, cinnamon, cardamom, with time a little more accessible and fruity, but the fruit for me beyond the orange peel not further definable, has something of red gummy bears
    • Taste
      Full on, here comes the orange more beautiful, a few berry bushes are also full, clove, cardamom, some black pepper, dark honey with herbs such as thyme and oregano, cinnamon, a little cherry, in between bitter oak notes, but still in the frame, dark chocolate , Mahogany chest, smooth leather
    • Finish
      Orange oil, the bitter oak with the leather is a little too much, furniture polish again, clove, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, too much barrel, medium to long

  16. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2003]  I had a cask sample from this batch during a MaRa Springbank tasting in Limburg. It was a refill sherry cask and finished in fresh port wood for 3 years.  The abv was 54,4%.  In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 85. 
    My notes state a rounded and balanced dram with a significant port flavour (comparable to https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/18946/bowmore-voyage).  It is easy to drink even without water added.

  17. Murxus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    short description: A 12CS "Port pipe edition" ;-)
    Red wine notes very prominent (Ruby Port), not much wood of the cask.
    The style of the recent 12CS (which I like very much) shines through these porty notes.

  18. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a deep, complex and impressive. This is one further example of a great wood expression from my favorite distillery. Such a fantastic dram! 

    (Rating interval 88-92)
    • Nose
      Juicy and spicy, vinous with some distant peat. Fruity with red plum and maybe grapes.
    • Taste
      Again complex spicy notes with dark bitter chocolate, licorice, cardamom and vanilla. The peat is there again but really subtle.
    • Finish
      Long and lingering, with blue grapes, again cardamom, vanilla and a hit of anise seed. 

  19. Tothemorrow scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    One dram noteComplex, fiery and creamy whisky with hints of butterscotch, citrus and lingonberries. Full-bodied and superb whisky.

  20. Sonett scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly mature and elegant for its only 13 years in a barrel
    • Nose
      The wine is really present. Port tones combined with raisins and plums
    • Taste
      A typical Springbank taste wrapped in fruityness with raisins, plums, figs, dates and a woody tone. Taste reminds pore of sherry matured than coming from a Port barrel
    • Finish
      Long warm and a little spicy

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