Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
60% Fresh + 40% Refill Sherry Hogsheads
Batch 9
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

36 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. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Aside from a bit of sulfur, I like this one. Over time, however, the sulfur dissipates somewhat, leaving a very nice nose and palate with a lush finish.   
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. 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....!

  4. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This batch is overrated. It has problems with sulfur. My rating: 84. I am a big fan of Springbank and I love many of the 12 year cask strength releases. This is not one of them. The nose is unaffected. It is lovely. The palate suffers from sulfur but the finish is nice. 

  5. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

    rates @ 90

  6. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • 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.. there’s a hint of pinot noir hiding in there, as well.
    • Finish
      88 88
      no fruits, 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!

  9. 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

  10. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 90 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


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