Springbank 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Dec 2014 11:13 am by KayMeertens

Average value

€ 230.00

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 18-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.43 points

  1. Dominique69 scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

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

  2. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Muted at first after pouring but then opens up with subtle dark chocolate and smoldering ash notes. Mild notes of stewed fruits start to appear
    • Taste
      88 88
      Mouth attacks with first sip with bold dark chocolate, pepper, and some raisin, some cinnamon creeping through on second sip with flavours settling nicely
    • Finish
      86 86
      Finish lingers after first sip with more pepper initially but settles quickly into stewed fruits and melting milk chocolate. Finish is a bit shorter than i would like

  3. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    My face is the jumper 18yo a bulky thing. I prefer to stay with 10yo or 12yo CS.
    This one is really difficult to classify ...

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Some resemblance to a G&M bottling from the 1970’s in it’s stewed, fruity and honeyed style. It’s hinting at an oily, ashy base with even subtler hints of salty, cheese & chive crisps.
    T: A little sharp and peppery on the first round but things improve with opening, coming with a fine mouthfeel.
    F: Chocolate swarms in with caramac also. The heart of the dram establishes it’s voice as it sings it’s ashy, oily base refrain. Things become poetic by the finish.
    C: Fabulous new & old style ‘best of both worlds’ dram from Springbank. Every batch of the Springbank 18yo i’ve tried in the last four years has been different in style and yet [with one exception], always very good. This is another good’s.

    Scores a B

  5. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      the aromas are closely interwoven; bitter orange peel; a bit of salt; almonds; in the background a little sherry and a "dirty" note
    • Taste
      nice, strong start; rather dry; a little vanilla and wood
    • Finish
      nice and warm; slight tingle; Strength and spice; long with a light wood note

  6. Sb17sw scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Springbank 18
    Tasted 2015-09-19 @ Vaddern:
    N simple, dry chillies, no smoke at all
    G incredibly powerful, voluminous oak wood (especially if you consider the thin smell beforehand), licorice-like in the foreground
    joa - 73

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    October 2014

    N: Mineraly, oily, peppery, woody with lots of classic crisp flavours here - cheese & onion, salt & vinegar, tomato wheat crunches etc…, malty cardboard, BBQ & tomato sauce, veg stock and caramel. This is a rapidly evolving profile so i expect it could change significantly as the bottle wanes, like the previous SB18 did.  Less fruity than the previous bottling.
    T: Very salty start, oily and fruity - raspberries, redcurrants and strawberries, a touch of blood orange with active wood showing. Tremendous development which thickens and grows in intensity towards a tincture like mouthful with active wood spices and fresh vanillas throughout.
    F: Its still very rich going into the finish with aniseed, vanillas with fabulous amounts of active [bourbon] wood showing and  raspberry led boiled sweets. Theres a complimentary amount of saline and seaweed notes that establish a balanced sweet/salt ratio which continues through to a long end game.
    C: This is a really cracking new batch for SB 18 fans, and with no obvious flaws its more robust than some of the previous batches that were fruity and floral and quite delicate. We shall see how this bottle fairs in a month or two. So far so good.

    Scores an A-

    August 2015

    N: Closed nose and could easily be a blend. Mainly bourbon cask notes with sherry cask influence emerging over time.

    T: Not very cohesive, confused. Bitter=sour limes, caramel and wood.

    F: Those bitter lemons & limes lead into a poor & short, metallic, chalky, spirity finish.

    C: Ive been very impressed with this 18yo, recent and past bottlings. This isn’t one of them, tasting finished/forced/engineered and confusing. Obviously this is a batch inconsistency issue and not the usual par.

    Scores a C

    Further reading: WM84[5]

  9. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Akoo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This 18 year old Springbank is successful, balanced, rich, but a little too shy. I would be curious to taste the same unreduced whisky. We would probably be dealing with an exceptional expression of the distillery.
    • Nose
      it's rich, complex but discreet. Unusual notes, like hash browns with herbs of Provence ... Yes, I swear ... The whole tends at first to vegetal notes, like mint, chlorophyll, thyme. The orange blossom comes to make the transition with the fruity notes. we find pear and pineapple all in fragrances of vanilla and caramel (light). And then, as if that was not enough, we change the registry! It's very rich! Carnival of dried fruits: nuts, hazelnuts, cashews. And then and that's not all! Nice saline notes remind us that we are a few steps from the sea. The whole is gradually wrapped by a thin layer of smoke and bacon.
    • Taste
      the texture is soft and oily. We are definitely dealing here with a complex, fine and delicate whisky. The notes of dried fruits are always very present: nuts, hazelnuts, and spices make their discrete appearance: cinnamon and pepper. The sea side is more developed than the nose, as well as the grain side of whisky. The smoke is still present although very indented.
    • Finish
      A long and intense finish with notes of spices and dried fruits, with some notes of citrus.


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