Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 9
Stated Age
12 years old
60% Fresh + 40% Refill Sherry Hogsheads
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
24 Aug 2014 6:39 pm by linoleum bonypart
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 104.23

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.49 points

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great, I am pleasantly surprised, that was a PLV cracker at the time, I have to take a closer look at the new releases to see if the quality is just as good
    • Nose
      Wow, what a voluminous aroma, the sherry comes across very nicely, sweet, raisins, with a very well integrated and suitable sulfur note, which makes it look a bit dirty, this turns into roasted aromas, nutty, milk chocolate, espresso, the cask strength only a positive contribution to the aroma load, there is a note of grated lemon peel, greasy, and over time, delicate smoke comes out, very nice
    • Taste
      oily, full-bodied, sweet, sherry, raisins, the super-integrated sulfur, roasted aromas, Hanuta, the chocolate tends towards bittersweet, great mouthfeel
    • Finish
      Freshness spreads, a little mint, nuts, raisins, grape-like, remains long, light smoke on the palate, very grape-like and fresh

  2. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    n: what a blast! smoke and soot, liquorice, hessian, roasted chestnuts (ok: oak)
        lemon (tart?), old coins, toolbox, garage. a mix of green herbs.
        dirty and lovely nose!
    t: makes me addicted, I tell you! this is what I call an attack. comes thick and oily.
       fat smoke and sweet citrus behind. slightly farmy but lovely so.
    f: long and ashy
    comments: what a dirty old b....!

  3. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    ralfy stuff on youtube : whisky review 488 - Springbank 12yo cask @54.3%

    rates @ 90

  4. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      strong, heavy, greasy engine oil.. charred lemons on the grill.. roasted almonds.. cold ashes and then more lemons.. an illusive floral aroma that i am not sure if i’m imagining or it’s really there.. minerality (i love this word!)
    • Taste
      90 90
      sweet and sour.. even though very oily and creamy, the alcohol can be felt and it packs quite a punch. the sherry comes late indeed, after the lemons, the ash, the slightly bitter oak and the salty liquorice. but it’s a joy when it finally does. It throws everything into taste estavaganzza! with water, we seem to be going straight towards Longrow territory.. of, yeah, there’s a hint of pinot noir hiding in there, as well.
    • Finish
      88 88
      no fruits for me, just ash..

      i do get asprin (not so much the sand note) - thanks, Thermidor, for the the suggestion - but i actually like aspirin.. together with the vibrant, spicy lemons they make the lemon schweppes that the voice of whiskyfun is mentioning..

      the oils last forever!

  5. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      a little dusty, wood, lemon, nuts, cress, a little peach, gooseberries (well I've almost never had that) and apple, a good distance from the glass

      Hmm now the smell changes completely: honey, cereals, cherry, strawberry, nutmeg and another spice whose name I am not coming from right now

      Wow that is really complex
    • Taste
      Oha .. He also has real power. Honey, cereals, cherry, lime, strawberry, lemon, chilli, wood

  6. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Dirty. Funky. Ashy. Spicy. Excellent.

    *These notes are from memory... taken in a less than ideal happy hour bar setting* Admittedly, I was probably a bit tipsy too...⁣ Ha!
    • Nose
      Oh my! A blast of soot, ashes and mild smoke. Springbankian funk is evident from the start. Wet, damp wood. Plenty of earthy/farm notes. Yum! A hint of lemon and dried fruits as well⁣
    • Taste
      Dirty (in the best way possible). A greasy, oily mouthfeel. Light smoke from the peat is evident. Peppery spices with bitter orange peel. Some apricots, lemons, dried fruits
    • Finish
      Very long. Sooty, black pepper spice, slightly smoky with some ashy notes

  7. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    For the price, a must buy for anyone into these idiosyncratic, un-modern whisky styles.
    • Nose
      Wet leather and wet wood, and some greasy smoke. Faint nutty oiliness, and a notion of a musty old wine cask. Ripe fruit and sparks. With water: Even more leather, and tar. With more water some circuit boards after a short circuit.
    • Taste
      Dirty in a good way. Mouth-coating greasiness meets leathery wine notes, with a very solid, almost heavy body sealing the deal. Dry wood on exit. Full and not an inch flabby either neat or with water. With water it becomes smokier and rougher, but otherwise doesn't change much. Wonderful both neat and decanted.
    • Finish
      Lasting tarry fruitiness with some dry liquorice on exit, and at the end some aspirin which thankfully is rounded out by the cask influence (the aspirin/sand notes are not my favourite part of SB).

  9. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Just great, great whisky. As always, the CS-series from Springbank offers great quality for a great price.
    • Nose
      Sweet dried fruits, burlap and touches of lemon. Somewhat briny and plenty of minerality. After about ten minutes it becomes darker and earthier. Very farmy too. Just really great!
    • Taste
      The peat now a bit more noticeable. Lovely oily mouthfeel, with a sugary sweetness, but also charred lemon peel, cigar ash and peaches. Oh, don't forget cloves and cracked black pepper. Don't forget the bitter oranges.
    • Finish
      Soft peat and lingering spices, with a hint of oranges.

  10. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    High quality for a sensible (release) price.
    • Nose
      Mildly peaty, lemon, dunnage warehouse, dried fruit, earth (dirt, humus), soot, clay, barley and honey.
    • Taste
      The peat seems to be a bit more intense. Furthermore: lemon, soot, oil, almond, barley, peach, orange and apricot.
    • Finish
      Oily, sooty, with warming spices, soft peat again, less fruit than on the nose and taste (mainly lemon and orange). 


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