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Springbank 12-year-old Black Label

Overall rating
88.88/100
votes
79
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
1985
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
30 Dec 2008 9:40 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 400,00

3 × in wishlist

79 × member ratings

84 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old Black Label

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.88 points

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Just fabulous stuff. 
    • Nose
      A fantastic complex nose. Earthy notes dominate (putty, mud), together with freshness and sweetness of yellow fruit (apple skin and lemon) and tropical fruit (mango and lychee). Add to that a typical Springbank minerality, salted almond and a trace of smoke. 
    • Taste
      Rather full-bodied at 46%, a tad salty, but also fresh and earthy together. The putty and mud perfectly match with the smoke, lemon and various tropical fruit. Further there is vanilla, salted butter, marzipan and a pinch of pepper. Nothing really dominates, which is very pleasant. 
    • Finish
      Also here, there is no dominance and all characteristics from the palate remain. There is a woody note as a bonus. 

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Barcode 2 060188 280494 (shoulder label: single malt whisky)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Another expression of the Springbank 12yo from the 80s. It's a bit smoother than the other one.Barcode 2 060188 280494 (shoulder label: single malt whisky)
    • Nose
      Honey, beeswax, green apples, pineapples, tropical fruits
    • Taste
      Oily, smooth, fruity, touch of vanilla and smoke
    • Finish
      Medium long and smooth

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Bottle barcode 2 060188 265989 (shoulder label: over twelve years old)
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Pretty okayish, a typical old Springbank of the light ones

    Bottle barcode 2 060188 265989 (shoulder label: over twelve years old)
    • Nose
      Fresh fruit salad, pears, apples, pineapples, honey, touch of vanilla, beeswax, toffee, peat
    • Taste
      Fresh, fruity a bit grassy, faint oak wood and smoke
    • Finish
      Medium long and a bit burning

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Fruits, pears, honey, beeswax and some grassy notes. A typical good Springbank but not the best one. I prefer the darker Springbanks.

    Bottle barcode 2 060188 265989 (shoulder label: over twelve years old)

  7. wheatfield scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Pours a light amber.  Nose is pie crust, melted butter, a not quite brown sugar note that is somewhat more exotic, maybe cloves or even cumin, or curry leaf (that's a real thing).  Mouth plays between the typical pie crust, brown sugar flavors and the weirder, indian thing that's more prominent in the finish.  There's definitely some nice almond cake and delicate light sweets.  Finish rolls along nicely, brightly, with a good alcohol heat coming through.  Overall not something I would buy again, and I'll have to try some more old Springbanks to compare.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Springbank
    12 yo (46%, OB, black label, 1980’s)


    Colour: straw - a very light 'vatting'
    - sorry Ulf, I mean 'normalization'.


    Nose, starts on full beeswax and
    seaweed. Superb, simply. Lots of
    dried tropical fruits, shoe polish,
    marzipan, dried coconut, satay sauce,
    straw smoke, bitter almonds…
    Lots of wet stone and some aromas
    that you can find only in Springbank.
    Again, superb.

    Mouth: again lots
    of dried fruits, wax, creme caramel,
    vanilla fudge, bitter almonds. Great
    finish, getting a little meaty (smoked
    ham).

    92 points.

    whiskyfun.com

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