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Overall rating
87.83/100
votes
80
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
3600
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
15/52
Barcode
610854000202
Added on
03 Feb 2015 9:51 pm by bert61nl
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 413.09

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80 × member ratings

181 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.83 points

  1. 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)

  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. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  5. schero scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    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

  6. Bretorianer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Moderator

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

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Moderator

    Drinkable but not meeting my expectations for a 21yo - spend the money for a better one
    • Nose
      Yellow fruits, quinces, honeydew, little nutty, dry hay, hints of smoke and leather, cooked vegetables - not very intense
    • Taste
      Beeswax, little fruity, little spicy, cinnamon, limestone, little citric, apples, pears, hints of oak wood
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, a tad bitter in the end

  9. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Hm, very difficult to estimate. I'm a big friend of the 15's and 12's Cask Strength, not even the 10's he reminds me of. There is no berry fruit for me, so right sherry here, everything stays in the brighter area. This is not bad in itself, it all works together but not necessarily like 21 years of a top Craftdistille on me. Qualitatively very round, also something to discover there, but overall not exactly my taste.
    • Nose
      Champagne, peach, light sherry, white wine, sweet malt, honey, noble dessert wine, a touch Clynelish with these candle wax / jute bag flavors and light orange, a little ash, all-but so many words-but quite closed, does not shoot straight into the nose
    • Taste
      White peach, ashes, moist hay, sweet, fruity malt, many other bright fruits, yellow apples, lychees, a hint of pineapple, oak of a white wine barrel, becoming more and more ashy / dry at the end, heather
    • Finish
      Dry, oaky-ashen, herbs like thyme and fennel in between, something different from the end, nice, medium to long

  10. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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