- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 25 years old
- Bourbon & Sherry Casks
- Number of bottles
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 12 Nov 2014 7:54 am by duerer79
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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 25-year-old
10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.07 points
- Very balanced
- Fairly restrained nose, that needed a couple of drops of water, some hand warming and time in the glass to blossom. Then, you get a great mixture of ripe fruits (both lighter citrus and orchard fruits, as well as darker berries and a hint of pineapple) and the classic 'dirty' Springbank profile (engine oil, soft smoke, damp warehouse) brought together by nicely-integrated, but not over-dominant, oak. I have to admit that it isn't quite as obviously 'old' as I was hoping for (a blind nosing would probably put it at somewhere between 15-18 years old), and there certainly appears to be a range of different cask types in the mix that would prevent me from identifying a clear lineage. It certainly feels older on the palate, where some drying oak is more present. There is still a nice balance of the sweet fruits and peat smoke here too. The oak and fruits battle it out at the finish, leaving a drying mouthfeel that is perhaps the port pipes making sure that we are aware of them (I believe that the spirit was finished in these before bottling). A very nice Springbank with a unique profile then, although I am still not convinced that these older Springbanks (both OB and IB) are worth the vastly-inflated prices being charged.
- I find some older Springbank a bit soapy, but not this one. Successful bottling, I like that very much. We do not want to talk about the price, I do not want to include it in the rating.
A spicy-fruity nose. Directly shoot a fermented red grape and spicy sweetness from the sherry barrel into the nose. The nose suggests a full and creamy consistency. Dark brown old leather, old oak planks. Overall, the nose remains very long-lasting, changes little and releases even after some time of Verriechens the beautiful spicy-fruity notes from the beginning.
Voluminous and mouth-filling onset with milk chocolate, honey, blanched almonds and a pleasant woody note. After a while, there is a slight violet note, but not as intense as in other older Springbank bottlings. Liquorice is coming, white pepper, the oak is getting stronger. Some toffee, a few dried plums.
Long finish, which results in a blend of butterscotch, mild pepper, dark chocolate and sherry flavors.
- Tasted April 24, 2015 at a Drop-in tasting at Lyngby wine cellar Copenhagen ( http://facebook.com/vinkaelder ).
Fruity with notes of baked apples, oranges, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums, cranberries, Sherry, a little port wine, raisins, figs, lemonade, paraffin, damp cellar, old wine and a hint of peat. A little waxy.
Vinous and exotic with a perfect balance sheet and notes of raspberry, grapefruit, crème de cassis, plums, candied oranges, raisins, figs, caramel, cinnamon, licorice, leather and moist soil.
Medium long, soft and elegant with notes of exotic fruits, raisins, dates, salt water, lemonade, little peat and oak.
- Springbank 25 Years
(46%, OB 2014, 1200 btl.)
Nose: quite fruity (baked apples, oranges, lots of berries) with some waxy notes and a subtle dose of sherry and Port (going towards plums, strawberries and fragrant raspberries). Touches of paraffin, damp cellar and whiffs of brine. All quite subtle and slightly modern / winey. Not bad at all but not a match for old bottlings either. Mouth: a fair deal of wine again, but not exactly powerful and slightly vinous. Raspberries are back, some cassis, plums and candied oranges. Gingery notes, cinnamon and liquorice. Leathery and earthy notes too. Finish: medium long, on crystallized fruits, with oak and brine.
This new Springbank 25 is not bad at all, but it feels strange and a bit restrained – I expected more, especially when the price will be around £ 300. I was much more impressed with the excellent 18 Year Old Single Cask which I believe to be around € 140.
- Nice whisky, contrary
to the ugly packaging. But that is beside the point, obviously. But the price –
some 450 EUR – is a showstopper for me.
It is amazingly
fruity on raspberries, oranges and baked apples, sprinkled with cinnamon. But
some gooseberries, green plums and raisins also show themselves. I get a touch
of paraffin with a hint of gyproc and tobacco, but apart from that not much of
the traditional Springbank is to be found. It is a bit of a fruit bomb. But
what a great nose!
I would not have
minded a bit more body. On the palate, the port pipe puts its foor down from
the start, making this Springbank show a lot of red fruit. Plums, raspberries,
strawberries, caramelized oranges. It flirts with the wine, balancing on that
fine line of winey. Spicy as well. Cinnamon, ginger, cloves and liquorice.
Good, do not get me wrong, but I had expected more of the Springbank character.
Must be me.
The medium long
finish offers another boost of sweet and red fruit, but at the death some salt
arrives to cross the proverbial t.
- Barrel: Storage was first in bourbon and sherry casks. To finish the qualities were united in Port Pipes. Aroma: The nose is rich with a peaty influence. Scented by the warehouse in which they matured. Fruity too, but this time berries in the foreground: blackberries, cranberries and strawberries. Taste: The port's influence is perfectly balanced. Aromas of sherry, plum jam, blood oranges and pink grapefruit. Finish: Long, soft and elegant with earthy, peaty and woody qualities. Special feature: Non chill-filtered, natural color.
- This version is a mix of bourbon and sherry casks, married in Port Pipes for a couple of months.