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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.57/100
votes
241
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 10
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Sherry & 30% Bourbon Casks
Strength
53.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
14/532
Barcode
610854547004
Added on
03 Feb 2015 9:35 pm by Bheithir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 67,66

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241 × member ratings

544 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.57 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2019] An older release of the Springbank Cask Strength is a must try if the opportunity arises - and it did.

    This is the weakest release of the 12-years old Cask Strength I tasted so far with off-notes and imbalances which are quite unusual in Springbank releases. But if you prefer sour (sherry) winey notes and moderate sulphurous impressions you will like this dram, most probably...
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers some off-notes which happens not that often with Springbank. There are both some sour-cheesy and slightly sulphurous (matchbox) notes in there which I do not like. To be honest, I am not in the mood to search for better aromas behind these off-notes - why should I? The nose is actually not really bad but it is not good either. After some minutes of breathing the off-notes vanish to a large part but the more delicate aromas still hide shy in the background.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is sour-winey driven with some sweet barley sugars and hot spices (peppers, ginger). It is neither complex nor balanced, the sour flavours dominate a little too much according to my taste buds. After some chewing the sugars combine to a milk chocolate impression that lasts not very long, unfortunately the sour winey notes claim control again.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The dram arrives hot and coating on the palate with a significant peppery feeling that is somewhat distracting. The finish is of medium length and adds finally the sulphurous notes that lurked in the background during the taste. They are bearable and if you are not sensitive to sulphur you most probably will not recognise them at all. Unfortunately, I am. But the tasty chocolatey note pops up towards the end again as if it wants to soothe the pain. Water strengthens the sulphurous notes both in the nose and on the palate so use it only if you like the smell of hell...

  2. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Again a great bottling of Springbank. Somehow they never do anything wrong. With water, the malt opens to the fruity. Straight he offers a great combination of peat and fruity sweetness. Spitzenmäßig.
    • Nose
      The typical Springbank sweetness with a hint of peat. Heather, apricot, peach. Despite the barrel strength, the nose gets through very well.
    • Taste
      The fruity sweetness is distributed immediately after contact with the tongue throughout the mouth. Undiluted strong, but not too strong. The heath herbs continue to claim their space. Peat is to taste in the background, but it is clearly overlaid by the peach. Dry.
    • Finish
      Long, very long. The peat is stronger again and retains the upper hand in the end.

  3. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. diamond2000 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Aroma: caramel, condensed milk, sweet oranges and their peel, autumn leaves, salt, minerals, lime, coniferous branches, smoke in the background, locksmith, used engine oil, a little sulfur; all this, coupled with menthol freshness and sea breeze. The aroma is very thick but not thorny for its strength.

    Taste: dense, sweet and spicy: chocolates, honey, ginger, cinnamon, coffee with milk, orange peel, red pepper, smoked meat, salt, minerality, a bit bitter herbal infusion.

    Finish: long, slowly fading, caramel, minerals, honey, needles, unrefined oil, wax, spices in the background.

    Rating: 90

    The result: a great barrel batch! And the whole Springbank as all of Scotland is in one glass, very diverse ... I tried Batch 11 head-on, there are differences in small nuances, and the WB doesn’t jump from batch to batch. So the line Cask Strength can be safely recommended for purchase.

  7. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F22 B22

  8. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Again a great and affordable dram back in the days. There are batch differences, but all are good.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Grubby dirty, nonetheless round sherry jumper and an absolute recommendation for just this price
    • Nose
      Strong nose, vegetables, Springer compost / cowshed, smoke and sherry, some dark fruit sweetness, alcohol well integrated
    • Taste
      Dirty sherry, sweet, woody-oaky, round
    • Finish
      Long, here again the sweetish, dark-fruited sherry, dries neatly to the end

  10. RichardMayston scored this whisky 50 points Expert Senior

    Not my thing, avoid. 
    • Nose
      Bandaid medicinal
    • Taste
      Alcohol burn, slight peat 
    • Finish
      Vibrant grass 

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