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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.62/100
votes
281
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

€ 267.18

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.62 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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...

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Dominique69 scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

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

  10. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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