Overall rating
Single Malt
The Whisky Fair (WF)
Stated Age
35 years old
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
59.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Dec 2008 4:30 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1799.95

29 × in wishlist

63 × member ratings

36 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1971 WF

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.76 points

  1. Malinois did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Serge Valentin:

    Springbank 35 yo 1971/2007 (59%, The Whisky Fair, sherry wood, 239 bottles) Again an improbable strength considering this one’s age. Colour: gold. Nose: this is ‘of course’, very different. It starts on fantastic resinous notes (new thuja box you just bought in a souk in Marrakech – err…), cellulose varnish, bananas, camphor, coconut milk… Also whiffs of camphor, eucalyptus, acacia honey… Extremely fresh, not woody at all, complex but assertive – I like this nose a lot and the high alcohol probably kept this one very, very lively. In other words, the advantages of an old malt without its drawbacks. Will it be the same on the palate? Mouth: sweet, round, creamy, punchy but unbelievably drinkable at 59% (or is it me?) It starts more on apricots and cherry plums this time as well as orange marmalade and ginger, with a few tannins frolicking on your tongue. There’s also a faint smokiness, vanilla, mocha, praline, nougat, white pepper… In short, it’s a very sultry old Springbank. With a few drops of water (not needed but just to see what happens – and while the nose gets more on mint and eucalyptus): not much changes except for a little more oak, a little more salt and a certain grassiness. Finish: long, extremely balanced and satisfying considering its age, fruity, creamy, spicy, salty… With also a little nutmeg. Frankly, I didn’t get much sherry I must say but this is a brilliant old Springbank, elegant and full of uprightness. Impeccable selection by our German friends. 93 points.

  2. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Springpool do you think that price is good value or expensive for this springbank, just wondering why you have highlighted this auction price?

  3. Springpool did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    It is a very rapid price increase.  Dont know why. Maybe people born in 1971 looking for a Springbank is fighting for this one??  Not many other to choose from.

  4. Springpool did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Sold for 1293 EUR on WhiskyAuction 2017-06 !!One of very very few Springbanks from 1971

  5. alectron scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Truffle Cup 2013. Single Blind Dram
    • Nose
      dense & mostly sweet but also quite a few savoury/unusual dark notes, lots of honey, creamy, custard, ripe apricot, fruit wax, dandelions, oily, damp earth, wet hessian, tobacco. (93) later also some herbal notes, estragon, camphor, even more waxy & honey now, also some passionfruit yoghurt (eh?), and some good old beeswax, (94). Turning somewhat cardboardy/metallic after a while (+30 minutes), shame the peak is so short lived, but seems it also develops some faint smoky/coal/soot notes now which is quite interesting. (92)
      2nd – later, turning quite smokey occasionally
    • Taste
      honey, exotic fruit salad, creamy, beeswax, vanilla. (94)
    • Finish
      more fruit salad & this creamy beeswax-y-ness, also a slight salty & a bitter woody note underneath that fits the sweetness quite well. (94)

  6. whioli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. whiskyism scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    On the nose a very complex mix of peat, a little smoke, chamomile (kind of a Fettercairn 1975 ain`t it?), sweet grain, vanilla and citrussy notes. Kind of strange - seems to have more of a Longrow, than of a Springbank. Hard to believe that it was a Fino Sherry-cask, `cause of the vanilla and citrus notes. On the palate quite similar aromas. Pretty powerful (no surprise with 59%) and complex again, with a long aftertaste.
    Water: the more you add, the more peaty and smoky this Springbank gets.
    For me, it`s hard to judge this malt, because I`m definitevily no "peat-fan". So, in order of complexity, this is an outstanding malt - everything`s quite balanced and multilayered. But this ain`t an "easy malt". The amount of peat is strange (see above) and a little bit too much for me. Nevertheless I can`t score this 1971 below 91 points. s/g/p: 4/6/4.


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