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Springbank 17-year-old

Overall rating 458 votes 88.18
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Wood
Vintage
04.1997
Bottled
01.2015
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Fresh and Refill Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
9120
Strength
52.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
15/24
Barcode
610854001230
Added on
06 Feb 2015 3:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Tastingtags

77 Notes

Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
25 Sep 2017 12:11 pm
Macheye gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Immediately sweet and undeniably sherried. There’s a huge amount of fruit going on here and pleasantly, much of it is pronounced – light and fresh honeydew melon, stewed redcurrants and raspberries and some dark sour cherries and plums. Behind this is the trademark Springbank smoke. You can already detect that it’s pungent, oily and a wee bit musky. There’s some farmyard here too and some damp earth. Sweet, fruity and surprisingly organic.

Taste

Big oily arrival which is packed full of cask spice in the form of pepper. Fruity is still playing ball with the dark fruits (sour cherries and plums) taking over from lighter berry elements. The peat is now much more pervasive and is rather bitter and astringent, but still merges very well with the sweeter fruitier notes to show real balance. Coffee grounds, licorice and light chocolate impart both richness and deepness and sit alongside some underlying maltiness which connects everything together. Water reduces the oily arrival and adds some light honeycomb, but in doing so, much of the impact is lost. I’d go au naturel here personally.

Finish

Medium to long with some leathery notes and light salinity coming to bear.

Comments

Springbank 17 year old Sherry Wood offers some deep, impactful and rich sherried notes and cleverly manages to maintain its balance and poise whilst still offering a decent hit of underlying distillery character. The nose doesn’t quite translate through to the palate, losing much of the farmyard earthiness (which I personally like in my Springbank expressions) to more typical sherried flavours, however the experience as a whole offers a good degree of cohesion

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Jeep51
Expert Senior Jeep51 Tasting note
23 Sep 2017 7:18 pm
Jeep51 gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Intensité moyenne. Sherry plutôt discret avec quelques senteurs de caoutchouc, de peinture et de plastique. Bref, c’est assez organique, ce sherry. Le distillat n’est pas totalement éclipsé : suie, léger charbon et quelques agrumes. 

Taste

Commence assez légèrement puis un kick de tourbe arrive après quelques secondes. Les épices sont bien là, ainsi que les herbes aromatiques et l’anis étoilé. Toujours un peu de caoutchouc.

Finish

Longue, puissante. Légèrement iodé et encore des agrumes.

Comments

Assez déçu. Sans que le whisky soit décevant, on aimerait en avoir davantage. Le sherry est discret et c’est dommage

[05/2015]

hans1971
Expert Senior hans1971 Review note
18 Aug 2017 8:19 pm
hans1971 gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86.1
Nose
87
Initial taste
86
Body
86
Finish
87
Price
84
Presentation
85
Hans Bolt
Hobbit
Expert Senior Hobbit Tasting note
13 Aug 2017 3:33 pm
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

sofort "Springbank" in der Nase mit leichtem Rauch, Salz und Erdigkeit, dazu Vanille, Karamell und Zitrusfrücht, gezuckerte Orange, leicht unreife Pfirsich, Apfelsinen und Limetten, ein Hauch Bratapfel, Zimt und Spekulatius, Mandelsplitter, leicht geröstet, eine prise schwarzer Pfeffer, vergleichsweise zurückhaltende Nase mit wenig typischen Sherryeinfluss. Anstatt mehr Sherryeinfluss kommt in der zweiten Nase eher noch mehr Cremigkeit.

Taste

zunächst süß bevor ordentlich Kraft auf die Zunge schlägt, pfeffrige Schärfe, wieder die Zitrusfrüchte aus der Nase, vornehmlich Orange, Karamell, Röstaromen, Mandeln und Haselnussschokolade, Gedanke an Rosinen, Salz, cremiges volles Mundgefühl, etwas Eiche und Nalke kommen hinzu

Im zweiten Schluck süßer zu Beginn und würziger zum Ende, ohne Sherryfrucht

Finish

Eiche, ein Hauch dunklere Sherryfrüchte, Springbank-Rauchigkeit, Räucherspeck, Vanillecremekuchen, Orangen, mittellang, klebrig und trockener werdend, eine Spur Nüsse

Comments

Insgesamt bezogen auf die Aromen(erwartungen) eher schwach auf der Brust. Ein leckerer Springbank, keine Frage aber keiner der in Erinnerung bleibt. Den Namen "Sherrywood" hat er sich zwar nicht verdient, das würde mich jedoch gar nicht so stören, allerdings ist er eher auf eine Stufe mit der 12er CS-Reihe zu stellen (was nichts schlechtes ist)

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hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
06 May 2017 12:29 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 85 points

[September, 2015]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.

In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85. I took no detailed notes as the whisky did not interest me.

There is no accounting for taste...
Goethe
Expert Senior Goethe Tasting note
10 Apr 2017 10:48 pm
Goethe gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Light smoke and sherry, lemon, sea, hay, caramel, leather, some maritime notes.

Taste

Sweet, sherry, some cow dung, red fruits, maritime (with some citrus).

Finish

Medium. Some smoke, red fruits, cow dung, herbs and wood.

Comments
I dont't know what kind of Springbank this should be but the extend use of refill sherry butts (no fruity sherry at all) choke the initial character by a snatch.
Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
lachaineduwhisky
Expert Senior lachaineduwhisky Note
08 Mar 2017 9:16 pm

Tourbe modérée, mais où est le sherry ? Il est très en retrait. En bouche, un équilibre se forme entre la tourbe modérée, les épices généreuses et le sherry. Un petit côté maritime agréable qui persiste dans la finale.

Enthousiasme 2/5

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mer1973
Connoisseur mer1973 Review note
21 Feb 2017 8:46 am
mer1973 gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.6
Nose
88
Initial taste
90
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
87
tomy63
Expert Senior tomy63 Note
22 Jan 2017 9:46 am
tomy63 gave this whisky 87 points

 couleur or, nez très légèrement fumé avec dans le fond les marqueurs Springbank : minéralité, cire, notes fermières et iodées, caoutchouc, cuir... à l'avant beaucoup de miel, vanille, pêche, abricot, chocolat au lait, pas très marqué par le sherry. Bouche douce, crémeuse, miellée, légèrement sucrée, très facile, quelques fruits jaunes, toffee. Longueur moyenne. Un Springbank très assagi par le sherry, un peu trop probablement, mais très gourmand.

VaryingViewpoint
Moderator VaryingViewpoint Review note
20 Dec 2016 3:23 am
VaryingViewpoint gave this whisky 84 points

The noise is great, but the palate is thin and weak. A real disappointment. I disliked it so much I pawned the rest of it off to brother. His experience was not much better than mine.

Weighted Rate
84.2
Nose
90
Initial taste
84
Body
83
Finish
82
Price
76
Presentation
88
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