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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.50/100
votes
270
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

€ 229.00

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.50 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
      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.

  3. 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.

  4. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 87 points 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.

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Dominique69 scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

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

  8. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F22 B22

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

    21 22 22 22 87

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