Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
03 Feb 2015 9:51 pm by bert61nl

Average value

€ 631.81

31 × in wishlist

90 × member ratings

197 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.08 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Where do i start. With the price?, ... no. I like him very much. I would like to suppress the price in advance and rather philosophize about what special bottle it is. This malt is so special that I find it difficult to put it into typical tasting words.
    Lightly dirty, delicately sweet, sour, umami and always a trace of ashy dry oak. I admit you have to like him and then there is the PLV. The batches, some of which are very different (I had 15/52), are also added. That makes him arguable. So everyone should take a sample first before investing. I got lucky with Tomek after the video. A big thank you goes out for the big sample!
    • Nose
      That is her. The unicorn nose. That's how it has to be. Splendid. Not easy to take apart, but playing with water can help. Unlike expected, it is very exotic, light-fruity and clearly bourbon-heavy. The sherry seems to play second fiddle here. Exactly mine! Dirty fog from Campbeltown but still a lovely fruity nose with cut wet grass and salivating honey sweetness.
    • Taste
      But hello. Ingenious and brutal. Tomek was also enthusiastic here. A full range of wood and fruit. A great mouth with a lot of saliva and strong flavor without becoming bitter. Everything becomes thick and creamy. Strong! In the transition, the malty notes and herbs such as thyme and fennel shimmer through. I like that very much. I also drink this tea every day.
      Caution: you have to like that.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and afterwards very drying. But for a long time in the mouth. If it is true that I had the weakest batch 15/52, then I am now on the lookout for the so-called offer. If it still exists. Tomek says it's too expensive for him. He can easily say that he has already drained one  I definitely want to have a bottle of it. Unicorn malt.

  2. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Springbank 21yo (2015) WID: 64003, Springbank 21yo (2019) WID: 127557 and Springbank 21yo (2020) WID: 165480

    Different in color.

    It's like that in the nose too. The 2015 is quite mineral, musty and somehow green. In addition, more yellow fruits, partly also citrus fruits. The Springbank notes are still there, but of course a bit more degraded than with more recent bottlings. The oak still looks relatively fresh. Also some wet leaves.

    The 2019, on the other hand, has rather red, relatively sweet berry fruits with some residual acid. Sometimes the fruits also look like caramelized. The mineral ones are rather subtle here. The Springbank notes shimmer in the background. Then add some chocolate.

    The 2020 is now even darker. More like plum jam. In addition, not yet completely dried tobacco leaves. Aromatic dark oak tones. One can only guess at the Springbank notes. But there is a certain filth.

    In the mouth of the 2015, the oak is more in command, which also brings a noticeable flavor. Such a mixture of dry and fresh wood. But at first there is only a little sweetness and the yellow fruits. Then Springbank comes through. In the end something like cold smoke and musty wood.

    With the 2019 it is a nice interplay between fruit, sweetness, spice and tart notes. After a certain time, the fruit, which is astonishingly lighter in the mouth than in the nose, and the sweetness less and the spicy and tart notes prevail. Not really bitter, but rather dry. A pleasant acidity and the slightly dirty notes are also in play.

    For me, the 2020 will not taste as balanced as the 2019. Nice sweetness and fruit at first. Then the wood effect looks a bit rough and not so elegant. For me quite blunt and uncouth. In addition, salty liquorice, dark chocolate, tobacco and wood seasoning. In the finish something of the Springbank character.

    So for me the 2015er is clearly the weakest of the three. I also just poured a small sip of 12 CS and diluted it with water. Even that looks fuller than the 2015 21er.

    Then comes the 2020. It's kind of delicious. The nose is really good. In the mouth, however, it seems a bit too clumsy and unpolished, as the oak comes across relatively quickly and leaves little space for other things.

    The 2019 is the most homogeneous whisky for me. Of course, it also got a lot of casualties, but that doesn't impose too much and leaves room for other things. So he is also the winner of this comparison.

  3. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It is a good dram no doubt but if I compare it to the very cheap 15 or 10 standards the "better" does not justify this jump in Euros. 

    You have the classic oldschool Springbank taste and nose and it is more balanced and complex to the younger ones. Nevertheless I am missing something special that would justify the price of 240€ (06/2016)

  4. lifegoeson scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Extremely oily, juicy fruits, honey, mango, peach, no trace of alcohol, mirabelle plums, mineral
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fruit, wood, spiciness, creamy, malt, oak, very intense light fruits, ripe pear
    • Finish
      85 85
      long finish, becoming dry, oak stays for a long time

  5. Whiskygimple scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  8. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    He went into his pants. Hammer nose, but taste and finish is nothing. Too long in the barrel.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense fruit notes, citrus, mineral, star fruit, some lime, tangerine, demarcated sugar, minimal smoke, fruit salad, to bottom musty, but very sweet
    • Taste
      79 79
      Sweet, spicy, very dominant oak spiciness, citrus notes, light smoke, fruit acid, astringent
    • Finish
      73 73
      Oak bitterness, sweet, smoke, the bitterness is too dominant, too bad

  9. Bretorianer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Moderator

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80


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