Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.57/100
votes
288
Whiskybase ID
WB64002
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Sherry & 30% Bourbon Casks
Casknumber
Batch 10
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

€ 114.04

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

49 users have left 54 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.57 points.

  1. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Smooth and mild cask strength, complex whisky with a well balanced palate. Notes of wood and sherry, some coconut?, a tad of white pepper, still smooth and oily.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Young and sharp spirits feel deep
    I think the latest 12cs will be better

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. kikist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    -
    • Nose
      82 82
      sweet, flower, hay, figs
    • Taste
      89 89
      salty, sour, sweet, fruit basket
    • Finish
      88 88
      sweet, spicy, apples, salty

  5. TuduriLCW scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      A fine and well-structured nose, iodine associated with some fresh yellow fruit then lemony notes and especially what I loved at the time, an incredible balance, all the aromas are readable, powerful, the alcohol is very well integrated!
    • Taste
      The mouth is in every way similar to the nose, a little white pepper this joint at the party, the texture is at the same time light and oily, always this beautiful balance.
    • Finish
      A nice moderate finish but rich in aromas, the yellow fruit carried by the saline notes.

  6. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Dominique69 scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

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

  9. penumbra scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A relatively clean and extremely comfortable 12 CS
    • Nose
      Dehydrated vegetables, grains and oils, air fresheners, cranberries, peat are more obvious, ham oil, salty.
    • Taste
      Cranberries, cranberries, pyrotechnic embers, peat, charcoal, salt, oily nuts.
    • Finish
      Long, salty, gray chimney, blackberry, black clever.

  10. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F22 B22

  12. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    21 22 22 22 87

  13. 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...

  14. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  16. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  17. diamond2000 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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.

  18. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F22 B22

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. RichardMayston scored this whisky 50 points Expert Senior

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

  22. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Class Malt, super PLV
    • Nose
      Peach, "dirty sweetness" typical Springbank, light smoke, burned matches, lemongrass, vanilla, wild honey, black tea, moist hay, salty sea breeze, the full program. Very complex and with each Verriechen I find here new nuances!
    • Taste
      Black pepper, red apples, leather, delicate tobacco notes, salty, herbal sweets, peach, earthy, cocoa powder, honey, dark chocolate,
    • Finish
      Long, salty, now again smoke, citrus notes, dark chocolate, herbs, black pepper and dry

  23. pelle86 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  24. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 87 points Shoplink Moderator

    Very solid, slightly smoky whisky. My first Springbank at all and love at first glance with this distillery.
    • Nose
      Smoke, smoked meat, gum, caramel, malt, mint.
    • Taste
      Strong sweetness and fullness. The onset is slightly stiff and bitter. Pear and lemon peel. Spice. At the end, cool mint or menthol.
    • Finish
      Persistent alertness and woodiness. Perhaps a bruised blade of grass. Light spice: cloves, anise. And finally mint freshness. Overall enough longing.

  25. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Really good profile and nose.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I like this, good quality Springbank
    • Nose
      Nice nose, fruity & waxy, peach, plum, honey and apple crumble
    • Taste
      Big blast of fruit with a few peat notes and cream.. Orange, plum, and apple with a little gooseberry

      The cream remains with a few notes of fruit tart and a little raisin
    • Finish
      Quite long, satisfying with a creamy sweetness,

  27. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great whisky for ~ 60 €, can handle a lot of water, and there you can also independent of the batch what to dare.
    • Nose
      very cozy smoke (less than 10 years), but salty freshness (with a splash of lemon) is there, earth, leather, grain, hay, horse stable, decaying wooden fence, quasi a round on the farm
    • Taste
      Sweetish earthy-smoky, some smoked bacon, drinking cocoa powder (dry), mild pepper, leather, tobacco, some Ricola
    • Finish
      long & strong, bacon, pepper, dark chocolate, tobacco, herbal bitters

  28. BXpress scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good. Can't go wrong with this one.
    • Nose
      Kinda musty, some chocolate and some caramel. Sherry influence is noticeable. Quite salty, some roots, some putty, a little bit of vinegar.
      Very oily after a while. Slightly vegetal.
    • Taste
      Salty with quite a bit of tobbacco in the arrival. Gets extremely peppery, with some nice fudge notes. Vanilla, caramel. More phenolic after a few sips. Some moss. Even some wool.
    • Finish
      Long and a little sharp. Salty, earthy, dusty dry. Lemony, grassy after taste.

  29. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Another great of the people at Springbank, the 15er is superior to me for him.
    • Nose
      Very own maritime peat, salt, fine sherry nuts try to come out, black tea, moss & coastal earth, blueberries and other red too, if only slightly.
    • Taste
      Strong onset, sweet peat comes first with the lightest sherry tones, cranberries, caramel, moss, coast, back the berries and a few shrubs, salt, everything still quite drinkable for 53.2%
    • Finish
      Strong, malt with some peat and red apple with shell, as well as slightly salty citrus notes, medium length

  30. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  31. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I did a comparing between batch 8, 10 & 11.

    Compared to batch 11, batch 10 is: More metallic, fresher, has less red fruits, less mint and less honey on the nose. It's more oily than batch 11 on the taste and more red fruit in the finish. I rate them both equally overall.

  33. HW74 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  34. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  35. dramark scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  36. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  37. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Wonderful combination of peat, smoke and fruit.
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, vanilla, wood, honey. Dried meat, ham.
    • Taste
      Starts sweet, lots of fruit, dried fruit, apricot, peach. Finish with peat and some smoke.
    • Finish
      Sweet, long. Peat smoke and fruit.

  38. Bram84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  39. HammerHead scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Edit (april 2021): I drank this botte over 5 years ago, but didn't make detailed tasting notes back then. Luckily I kept a 10 cl sample for furture comparison. As I currently also have a batch 13 opened (for well over 6 months now) it's time to compare these heavily oxidized SB 12's. Btw, to me that's the crux of getting the maximum out of a Springbank 12: let it oxidize extensively!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Loads and loads of sweet citrus, sweet orange, tangerines, pomelo, lemon. Heavier on the fruits than batch 13, which is more nutty in the nose. Also a bit of salty sea air, eastern spices (cumin, curcumin) and pepper. Of course it's still nutty and only very slightly meaty with a whiff of spent matches (I wouldn't even call this sulfur).
    • Taste
      89 89
      Again the clear citrus notes from the nose, amplified with spices, pepper and even some cocoa. Compared to batch 13 it's got less of the peppery thang (possibly because of the slightly lower abv).
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long: here it definitely does go the extra mile compared to b13. Lingering citrussy sweetness and bitterness (sweet pomelo and grapefruit) the eastern spices like cumin, ginger and pepper and dark cocoa bitters. Batch 13 turns slightly ashy in the end, here a balance is kept between the sweetness and bitters.

  40. afrb scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Quite farmyardy, and a trifle of smoke.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  41. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    09/2015
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  42. Opeth83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Something in the nose of this Springbank stands against me, the first reaction was glue, but I do not know if that completely covers the load. For the rest a nice whisky, but not much better than the OB 10y in my memory. O yes and why choose the safe mix of Bourbon and Sherry barrels every time? Take an example to Kilkerran and make a CS Bourbon and Sherry wood.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. 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
      89 89
      The typical Springbank sweetness with a hint of peat. Heather, apricot, peach. Despite the barrel strength, the nose gets through very well.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The fruity sweetness spreads 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
      89 89
      Long, very long. The peat is stronger again and retains the upper hand in the end.

  44. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion very similar to some Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte whiskys. The cow, the lemon, the sea. With water even more complex.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Light smoke and cow dung (maybe some wet burned matches), lemon grass, lemon, sea, hay, sherry, caramel, leather.
    • Taste
      Cow dung and light smoke (you feel like in the middle of a meadow at the Alps with some cows nearby). Sweet, some wasabi.
    • Finish
      Medium. Peaches, caramel, salt, oranges.

  45. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  46. Glenladdie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  47. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    With the 12 CS of Springbank you can do absolutely nothing wrong by the bank. Batch 10 is no exception. Again a nice, independent and yet characterful batch.
    • Nose
      Some peat in the nose, no stinker of course, but you can certainly see the peat. Sherrynoten and this unmistakable Springbank distillery character. Slightly dirty and very auspicious.
    • Taste
      In the mouth at the beginning to behave almost something, the alcohol comes after a few seconds in the mouth to bear. Also a bit nutty, not quite as harmonious as previous batches. Pleasantly oily, he feels on the tongue. The peat is there, but the leaders take over the sherries. Wood shades blend subtly into the overall impression. Amazing in the age. As is so often the case with the jumpers, most recently with the Rundlets & Kilderkins and the Longrow Sauternes, I have an involuntary association with menthol cigarettes. On the one hand a nice mentholige freshness, on the other hand, this horny, dirty character with tobacco and leather notes.

  48. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    These 12 YO cask strengths from Springbank never disappoint, and neither does this one. Instantly recognisable trademark Springbank profile. It's less complex and less in balance than the two preceding batches though and I find its texture a bit less pleasant. As said before, it somehow seems a bit artificial. Nevertheless, it's still a really nice whisky without doubt.
    • Nose
      A thick, but somewhat artificial, tropical fruitiness: A lot of mango, plus papaya, apricot and pineapple. Furthermore a bit of caramel and peat ash. With water some malt, and the bourbon casks add some vanilla.
    • Taste
      More caramel and more peat, but still mango is the most dominant note. Pepper, a little cranberry and a touch of pop corn.
    • Finish
      Mango, peat, peach, caramel and again a little bit of pop corn.

  49. eleiko5 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Springbank 12 yo ‘Cask Strength’ (53,2%, OB 2014, Batch 10, ref. 14/532)

    Nose: typical Springbank notes like leather and wet chalk, with some zesty grapefruit and brine. Hints of grass. Sharp lemon. Some medicinal notes and smoke. There is however a rounder side to it, a bit of vanilla and dried coconut flakes. Mouth: surprisingly honeyed now. Sweet mint and pepper. Bags of lemon peel. After a while the grassy bitterness takes over and you get gingery notes and juniper. Liquorice and hints of pickle brine. The peat level seems a bit lower than in previous batches. Finish: long, bittersweet, with ashes and a lemon / salt combo.

    Springbank really masters this profile. I seemed to like this one more than other batches, maybe because the peat is less prominent. Around € 65.

    Score: 86/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2015/springbank/springbank-12-years-cask-strength/

     

     

  50. Titi94 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by WhiskyNotes.be (March 17, /2015):

    Nose: typical Springbank notes like leather and wet chalk, with some zesty grapefruit and brine. Hints of grass. Sharp lemon. Some medicinal notes and smoke. There is however a rounder side to it, a bit of vanilla and dried coconut flakes.Mouth: surprisingly honeyed now. Sweet mint and pepper. Bags of lemon peel. After a while the grassy bitterness takes over and you get gingery notes and juniper. Liquorice and hints of pickle brine. The peat level seems a bit lower than in previous batches.Finish: long, bittersweet, with ashes and a lemon / salt combo.Comment: Springbank really masters this profile. I seemed to like this one more than other batches, maybe because the peat is less prominent. Score: 86/100.

  51. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The malt for the Springbank 12 Cask Strength is first fixed over peat fire and then over hot air. This process gives it a pleasant smoke note, which, together with flavors of coconut and a slight saltiness, form the basic character. Through the use of exquisite sherry casks, the whisky receives notes of orange, cinnamon and caramel, which make it wonderfully tender and round.

  52. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    it seems to be more closed than 9,  but after a few minutes in the glass the nose opens and shines in beauty: peat, lemons, oranges, sherry, salt, leather, strong black tea, vanilla, cake and noticeable oak; the peat level (in taste) is definetly lighter than in its precessor.        remarkable texture and body!

    the only thing im struggling with at the moment, is maybe the taste. for me it lacks a  bit of balance and well known intensity by taste. long gracious finish which really needs to be discovered.so far i liked batch 9 more, batch 10 is very good, but batch 9 was simply great.                                                                                 anyway its still a delicious one and one to be bought blind without regret.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  53. Bishlouk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Still good 12 CS! I find that this one could even be mistaken for a blind Clynelish (the waxy side, perhaps). The sherry leg is here almost nonexistent.

    (note made in the context of a face-to-face meeting between batches 6, 7, 8, and 10)
    • Nose
      From the dry apple, a slight waxy smoke. A little iodine, too.
    • Taste
      Sweet, honeyed, a little wise. Fruity bitterness. Yellow fruits dried in the sun. Salted caramel and a bit of wax, also salty.
    • Finish
      Average. Woody appears. The dried fruits go out. Some spices persist, lost in a very fine smoke.

  54. bert61nl did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes from the distillery!
    • Nose
      Our
      tasting notes for the Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength are:A range of aromas:
      Marmalade - Orange zest, zingy, honeycomb and highland toffee, hints of
      liquorice and mint chocolates. Let it breathe to reveal a true Springbank
      style. 
    • Taste
      Very robust & mouth coating, subtle hints of white pepper. Grassy and zesty as the nose suggests. Perfect balance of sherry and then vanilla and oak flavours. 
    • Finish
      Salted pretzels & peat. Cocoa - Dark chocolate and coffee beans. 

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