Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
85.14/100
votes
314
Whiskybase ID
WB61179
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Green
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
14/488
Barcode
610854001193
Added on
20 nov 2014 7:52 pm by Bheithir
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 387.83

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314 × member ratings

659 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

47 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.14 points.

  1. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. MH90 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    22-22-21-21
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Yarema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very strange and definitely memorable whisky.
    Great nose. Young, oaky, slightly smoky and salty. But then oil and wax come out. And behind it is a farm. As for this age, quite complex layers.
    The taste already speaks of a young age.
    The finish is quite simple. In the long it goes into the noble shades of fusel spirits.

    Nose - 23
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 87

  5. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A rather light dram, but it's still very recognisable as a Springbank.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Springbank from the start with some leather and a mineral edge. Some vanilla and green herbal notes round this somewhat subdued nose off.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Stronger and more expressive now. Oily mouthfeel with juicy citrus fruits and 'dirty' industrial background and a whiff of smoke.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Leather, a coastal/mineral side, light smoke. Also some citrus fruits and vanille. Not too long.

  6. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Typical Spingbank profile, but a little thinner. As always, very harmonious, everything very subtle, the dirty, the smoke, the sweetness, apple, citrus. Not very complex, but beautiful.

    The salty tingling sensation on the palate too, but a little sharper than the nose.

    The finish is unspectacular and a tick too hot.

  7. The_Osprey scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Springbank 12yo Green 46%.

    25ml sample at home, July 2021.

    Pale, pale yellow.

    Very airy on the nose, like smelling water, slightest faint esters.

    Taste is slightly floral, light salt...Not much to say about this. Doesn't taste much! Sort of like drinking peppery water with more body. Very well balanced. Sort of like a decent clean blended Scotch. Decent enough aperitif style whisky. 3.35/80

  8. MickMatrix scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great drop!
    Smoke and fruit perfectly interwoven.
    Neat depth and absolutely harmonious.
    Very slight bitterness on the finish.
    Very tasty.
    For a better price it would be a clear buy!
    • Nose
      A slight note of smoke. Light fruits. Fermented fruit. Tropical fruits. Absolutely pleasant on the nose. Complex, so I have a hard time finding a single aroma. Smoke and fruit form a very nice unit! Completely remove a touch of toffee and vanilla. Great

      Somewhat wet forest floor can be seen after a long period of time.
    • Taste
      Very oily! Sweet, the fruit again. But now with a distinct flavor. Nutmeg and some black pepper. The smoke resonates easily.
    • Finish
      Quite medium length and very pleasant. Absolutely no bitterness. Grassy notes alternate with the fermented fruit. Smoke is now gone.

  9. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      warm smoke, rubber, baked apple, fresh apple, wet grass, honey, caramel, freshly cut twigs, earth, lemon, slightly maritime, with warmth also apricot and peach,
    • Taste
      Honey, apricot, peach, dried apricot, lemon, grapefruit, wood, pepper, a little salt turns bitter out of the back, a little ash

  10. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Tordeaux scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. joep scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A nice experiment, but unfortunately I had no wow experience
    • Nose
      85 85
      It is certainly a real Springbank. Light peat smoke and salty influences.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruity notes of apricot and peach, oily, butter cake and nuts.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is long and sweet.

  16. Islaywolf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Slightly smoky
    A little sweet
    A top class spring bench despite its 12 years.
    Just try;)
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. LordIslay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great mix between sweet and smokey!
    Another awesome dram from Springbank!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  20. coldsun scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Flavor with elemnts of flowers, vanilla, malt, mellon, honey, slightly smoky and sherry. Taste is rich with notes of fruits, berries, grapes and sherry. Finish is long, earthy, warming with notes of grapes, dried and fresh fruits, prunes.

  21. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not an easy Springbank, to be honest. This is work, but the joy follows suit. Not so easy to find nowadays. 
    • Nose
      Well, this is definitely a textbook Springbank nose: loads of herbal notes, some salt and chalk, a jut sack and some peat that precedes Granny Smith apples and lemons.
    • Taste
      On the palate the citrus comes first, followed immediately by soot and salt, yeast, mustard and vanilla. The second sip adds something dirty that I cannot quite pinpoint. Pebbles? Some honey and walnuts. Some pepper and a nice development of smoke. From the third sip forward it becomes surprisingly sweet. Quite spicy with a twig of mint.
    • Finish
      The finish is wonderfully long, salty and sweet (pineapple!) and fairly smoky. Fades gently with a slight bitterness.

  22. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (21) Pleasant Molt (86)
    • Nose
      Citrus, oily ... herb, pinch of salt ... fresh spices ... orange liqueur (22)
    • Taste
      Cream, citrus and spicy (22)
    • Finish
      Finish round, spicy, ice cream and oak ... lemon peel ... peat notes (21)

  23. Goethe scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Well, this isn't a typical "farming Springbank" cowdung Springbank, the cow can be called a greenhorn here. Very fresh nose meeting a more substantial palate. This malt is very well balanced but not as punchy as I would expect any Springbank. I miss the Springbank farm layer.Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Green apples, pears, grass, lemon (malty and maritime), salt, way in the back some green "farming Springbank".
    • Taste
      Hints of smoke (fudgy and malty), lemon, sweet salt, hints of honey and vanilla, some mint.
    • Finish
      Medium. Lemon, smoke, some light herbals.

  24. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    INot the typical Springbank character, but a nice line of flavors.
    • Nose
      Solid sweet peat, salty caramel, pineapple and unripe banana,
      mint and hairspray
    • Taste
      Sweet, creamy tropical fruits, especially mango.
      Beside it is a salty, spicy, earthy and ashy line.
    • Finish
      Medium length, earthy, spicy

  25. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Serge V says:

    Springbank 12 yo ‘Green’ (46%, OB, organic barley, 9000 bottles, 2014)
    This baby came out in December last year, and it’s not the same kind of
    ‘green Springbank’ that Cadenhead had quite a while back. Those were
    actually green, while this one’s just organic. Hope it’ll be more to my
    liking than the organic 7yo ‘Da Mhile’ from round ten years ago. Colour:
    white wine. Nose: were well at Springbank, but it’s a tad more porridgy
    and yeasty than usual, while the sooty side remains there. Nosing a can
    of pickled gherkins, fresh paint, damp gravel, and clay. The oak’s
    influence is rather minimal. Mouth: sooty lemons, ashes, smoked things,
    brine, a touch of honeydew, a chewy mouth feel. Green apple peelings,
    walnuts, some mustard, quite a lot of nutmeg… It’s a Jansenist’s
    Springbank! The smoke’s rather bigger than usual. Finish: quite long,
    spicy, ashy, salty. Comments: the distillate does all the talking, and
    it talks well (albeit with a strange accent ;-)). One of the austere
    Springbanks, right up my alley. SGP:364 - 87 points.

  26. squaadgras scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  27. Andytka3 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Trademark of nail polish and fresh paint, yeast and cheesy notes on a
    solid sweet tropical fruits foundation. A lot of salt in this one,
    almost like rusty iron.

    P- Velvet, creamy underlay with
    tropical fruits, peeled fresh green apple, brine. Very earthy, but
    approachable. A tad of spiciness.

    F- Long, earthiness and ashy lingers, chewy.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  28. Doctor B. scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  29. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Fruity, liquorice - zoethout, cow stable and some hair spray. Very weird but nice and interesting!
    • Taste
      Oily, liquorice, some smoke and pepper. Citrus, candy and sweet Turkish tea.
    • Finish
      Spices, vanilla and some exotic fruits - kiwi and pine apple.

  30. pierrethesnack scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Not your typical Springbank this. Tastes more like an islander, Arran or Tobermory I'd say. Very engaging and interesting, but a little overpriced.
    • Nose
      Fresh, apples, coastal notes, banana, some salt, lime, vanilla, mint
    • Taste
      Vanilla, honey, white wine, some citrus, a little mineral.
    • Finish
      A bit short at first, buts better after some time in the glass. Long and lush, not dry at all. Honey, fragrant fruits, some salt and spices.

      Suddenly becomes very dry. Lovely.

  31. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: floral, fruity, banana, pineapple, citrus fruits, vanilla, slightly salty, delicate smoke above all
    Taste: spicy, salt, white pepper, fruity, sweet, vanilla, some smoke
    Finish: medium long, peach, vanilla, dark chocolate, grapefruit

  32. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: I believe ‘Green’ refers to the organic barley although strangely this wasn’t stated on the label. Light bananas, pineapples and a touch of peat - mild mechanics=farm. Also, mild, soft lemon, praline and lots of yeasty/estery chocolate leading to a hint of minced lamb - coming from the spirity woody notes, so it seems.
    T: Another dry arrival [after the very dry Hazelburn 8yo WB]. A sour<sweet=savoury, oily, waxy barley led development but compared to the 8yo, this has more oak influence - understandably. Shoe polish and a peated barley note appears on the arrival with the addition of water and also, mild chilli chocolate. More chocolate arrives with time anyways.
    F: Spicy, mild vanilla and dry chocolate with some dried cherry pieces. Fades quickly and reveals the clean, quality barley that lies at the heart of this expression.
    C: Take your time. Follows on nicely from the 8yo. Four more years equates to more complexity, would you believe it?

    Scores a C

  33. u485tfu scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    80P

    Nose: fresh meadow, grass, fine acidity, light smoke, citrus fruits, vanilla

    Taste: light, fruity, sweet, smoke, grass, bionade, bisquit

    Finish: slight smoke

    Verdict: typical young Springbank from the Boubon barrel, something is missing the bums

  34. BeatF scored this whisky 83 points Photo Moderator

    This green malt does not disappoint and was worth buying!
    • Nose
      Organic, pale color and ergo little taste of cask, that must be rather boring? Not even close! A fine Torfräuchlein, figs, autumnal fruits from Central European climes, but also citrus fruits. Very light vanilla but still on tap and some peppermint from the not yet overcome youth. And now salt, although an Alemannic connoisseur in his already legendary videos once claimed that there was no flavor of whisky ... Just, as I said earlier claimed ... even a specialist of fine spirits can with time even wiser become!
    • Taste
      Spicy, light and pleasantly smoky, porridge, some honey.
    • Finish
      Sparkling, young, a slightly forgivable sharpness of tangerine peels, which spice up the previous ingredients a bit.

  35. cfosterk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    half way into a bottle - its not a typical springer - quite austere.
    White fruits and vanilla, quite ashy and sooty on a good way! lemon
    sorbet and brazil nuts.

    there's some peat, and i'm surprised its only bourbon casks as there are a few rich fruit notes.

    intended as an organic whisky hence the 'green' tag but not certificated at time of release.

    a little overpriced? its great spirit and springbank are producing some amazingly good entry level whisky in relatively small batches.

    the 12 yo cask strength is brilliant and offers better value.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  37. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Reminds me a bit of Irish pot still whisky, not a typical Springbank
    • Nose
      Fruity (pineapple, bananas, apricots), fresh, cereals, grains, creamy, vanilla
    • Taste
      Slow arrival for a Springbank, delicate, fresh fruits (bananas, apricots, citrus), sweet, oaky  
    • Finish
      Medium long, fruity, sweet

  38. Gronqvist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in the Shop before buying, January 2015.
    • Nose
      Rich and fruity with notes of citrus, lime, peach, apples, pears, bananas, a little strawberry, vanilla, figs, caramel, honey, coconut, menthol, dry grass, a little peat and marine notes.
    • Taste
      Well balanced and creamy with notes of sour lemons, lime, peach, apricot, vanilla, fresh mint, pepper, nuts, butter cakes, nuts, oak, soft and sweet smoke and peat.
    • Finish
      Long, smooth and complex with notes of peach, lime, banana, vanilla, dark chocolate, a little iodine, salt and soft peat.

  39. eleiko5 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Springbank 12 yo ‘Green’ (46%, OB 2014, batch 14/488, 9000 btl.)

    Nose: a true Springer, fresh, aromatic, with coastal and earthy undertones. Maybe a little more peat than usual. Also white peaches, citrus and freshly cut green apple. Sweet vanilla cake. Soft pepper. Hints of wet stones. Not too austere though, it’s rather creamy and easy to like. Mouth: starts bright and citrusy, then some creamy barley and vanilla biscuits. Honey. Becomes oilier and ashier. On to some grapefruit zest, walnuts and youngish cereal notes. Hints of peat as well as pepper. Just a slight bitter tang. Finish: medium long, with grainy notes, a lemon and salt combo and liquorice.

    I haven’t been a huge fan of recent entry-level Springbanks, but I liked this one almost immediately. I’ve tried it a few times already and it’s a nice treat. Around € 70 – in stores now.

    Score: 87/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2015/springbank/springbank-green-12-years-old/

     

     

  40. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I think this one was more delicate and fragile compared to what Springbank normally is. 

    (Rating interval 82-85)
    • Nose
      Quite light and fresh, subtle vanilla, fresh mint, lemon, selleri, soft distant nuts, some peat smoke
    • Taste
      Spicy vanilla, peat smoke and pepper on the arrival. Some sweet licorice, apple an spearmint on the development. 
    • Finish
      Rich malt, subtle peat, white pepper and vanilla.

  41. businessdouche scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Eye: Golden Nose: A blair that smashes. Very expressive with floral notes and enough peat to highlight country notes. It feels like in a stable: hay and alfalfa wish. The cakes are also far away with rum baba and vanilla cream, like a pie tropézienne misplaced in the Var hinterland ... The fruits are also, a little apple (green, of course) and lemons (green too), we are in a more refined register than limoncello anyway. Almond paste and beeswax. Respect! Palate: The mouth is much lighter and more delicate than the nose, it is in a register much more refined than what we had used the entry-level Springbank in recent years. Slide on the tongue. Notes of lemon and diluted honey (honey syrup) and malty cereal notes that go back to the nose. The peat is slightly more present but seems to have come to admire the view. Back notes of custard cream that dissipate with the arrival of a diffuse bitterness. Final: Long enough but dissipates rather abruptly. Iodine taste and lemon with the return of the farm notes of the nose.

  42. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by WhiskyFun.com (March 2, 2015):

    Colour: white wine.

    Nose: were well at Springbank, but it’s a tad more porridgy and yeasty than usual, while the sooty side remains there. Nosing a can of pickled gherkins, fresh paint, damp gravel, and clay. The oak’s influence is rather minimal.

    Mouth: sooty lemons, ashes, smoked things, brine, a touch of honeydew, a chewy mouth feel. Green apple peelings, walnuts, some mustard, quite a lot of nutmeg… It’s a Jansenist’s Springbank! The smoke’s rather bigger than usual.

    Finish: quite long, spicy, ashy, salty.

    Comments: the distillate does all the talking, and it talks well (albeit with a strange accent). One of the austere Springbanks, right up my alley.

    SGP:364 - 87 points.

  43. Akoo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A high-flying nose for this 12-year-old Springbank Green. Unfortunately, the mouth, although complex, is not up to par. A lack of balance is to be emphasized, with too much presence of dry notes. This is still a very good whisky!
    • Nose
      Immediately, we find the very typical notes of Springbank, recognizable among a thousand: a lot of citrus, with lemon, lime, a very mineral side (wet stone), a freshness comparable to any other whisky with the presence of mint and licorice ... There are youthful markers with notes of cereals and freshly cut green grass. It is also very fruity with apple mainly and then, a sweet side on vanilla and honey not unpleasant. We will also distinguish a little cream, but it remains anecdotal. Here we have a bright, intense and sharp nose. It's very promising for the future!
    • Taste
      A mouth a little more austere than the nose. It's drier, especially with hints of hazelnut, and the vegetal side comes out more, all with a hint of pepper. The presence of peat is undeniable here, but it is very discreet. It accentuates the "earthy" side of this whisky. The fruits are always very present, with green apple and white grapes. Citrus fruits are predominant, but the dry and cereal aspect is more apparent.
    • Finish
      Long, intense! A lot of citrus and malt. The sweet side is not very present.

  44. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes by Springbank
    • Nose
       This whisky has a real Springbank nose, earthy, peat with a salty coastal influence.
    • Taste
       The palate is fruity; apricots and peaches are accompanied by buttery, creamy nutty shortbread. This is a lip licking whisky, oily and chewy.
    • Finish
       The finish is long, smooth and complex with a lingering sweetness and saltiness.

  45. Bishlouk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A square whisky, clean, but also without much surprise. Well done, classic, and who lets himself drink freely.
    • Nose
      A mixture of dry grass smoke, vanilla, lemon and yellow fruits dominates. He dominates so much that he even takes the place, by the way. The smoke, however, fades quickly enough; to give way to mentholated volutes.
    • Taste
      It is balanced, the reduction is not noticeable. A slight citrus acidity, vanilla, juicy white and yellow fruits. A salty / spicy heat radiates with time. Honeyy notes appear at times. A minty freshness is a small place over time.
    • Finish
      Saline waves sweep the tongue. A slight smoke resurfaces. A few pinches of sweet spices.

  46. Heidjer scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This Springbank shows the qualities of the underlying fire and is therefore already interesting. For the price but he lacks a lot. Namely barrel influence.
    • Nose
      Only fresh vanilla - vanilla cream? Then earthier, lighter smoke, dry but fruity. Later more caramel.
    • Taste
      Easy start - pleasant, semi-dry. After several sips a little stronger.
    • Finish
      Smoky, dry, virtually no oak - medium long.

  47. mattlikescrunk scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      In der Nase nicht als Springbank wahrnehmbar. Eine schwer zu definierende Süße dominiert, wie Bananengelee. Helle Klebstoff-Noten kommen durch, wirkt dadurch frisch und jung. 
    • Taste
      Angenehm ölig, cremig, süßer als gewöhnliche 12yo Springbanks, der "Dreck" sowie die leichten Rauchnoten fehlen komplett. Bourbon Aromen sind klar vorhanden, sowie junge Fruchtigkeit.
    • Finish
      Mittellang und wenig komplex.

  48. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It does taste rather different, but I have the impression that that's more due to the bourbon casks than its 'greenness'.
    • Nose
      Vanilla cooky, lime, peach, fig, apple and just a little peat.
    • Taste
      Lime, peach, pepper, cooky, vanilla and again peat, which now gets stronger after a while.
    • Finish
      More dominant peat now, dark chocolate. Peach, lime, vanilla and malt.

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