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Springbank 17-year-old

Overall rating
88.05/100
votes
493
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 and Hogsheads
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

Average value

€ 212.97

Tastingtags

84 Notes

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...
VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior 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
One life... Drink it well
St. Pauli
Connoisseur St. Pauli Tasting note
08 Jul 2018 9:08 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Unlike some fellow tasters, I don't recognise and obvious effect of maturation in sherry casks. Or is it yet to come? To me, the wet peat (slightly saline) dominates, with some tobacco, coffee and minerals. Later, there are pineapple and Cola cubes. OK so there might be a sherry effect after all, I admit. Later, there are also melon and moss. This is nice! 

Taste

There is a fight for dominance on the medium to full-bodied palate. I'd say that the mossy peat wins, with marzipan, but also peanuts and crisp lemon. Then orange juice and tobacco. 

Finish

The finish is quite short, drying on ginger and lemon zest. Further, only a mild trace of smoke left, along with licorice root. 

Comments

Not the best whisky that Springbank launched the last years. It's not really balanced as it seems to balance between two different profiles. The coherence between nose, palate and finish is a bit lost. 

Rob77
Member Senior Rob77 Note
06 Jun 2018 10:54 pm
Rob77 gave this whisky 87 points

I remember seeking this out. However, I was disappointed when I opened it. It's good, but the 12CS & 15 year olds are much better than this. It tastes like the majority of the casks must have been refill American oak sherry hogsheads.

Calmar
Expert Senior Calmar Tasting note
23 May 2018 2:43 pm
Calmar gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Свежий, открытый, древесно-минеральный с лёгкими цветочно-медовыми оттенками, сухая обработанная древесина, морская соль, влажные прибрежные валуны, солод, сухое зерно, лимонная цедра, лимонад, лёгкие нотки сухофруктов, лёгкие торфяные нотки на заднем плане.

Taste

Жгучий, сладко-древесный, перечно-апельсиновая волна, дуб, лимонная цедра, кумкваты.

Finish

Дуб, кисло-сладкие тона, леденцы монпансье, снова дуб, немного имбиря, апельсиновые корки, лёгкие сливочные нотки, концентрированное молоко, несладкие ириски, ягодные мотивы, чуть кисловатый ревень.

Comments

Хороший молт, с характерной Спрингбэнковской жизнерадостностью, праздничным настроением; прекрасный глубокий и многогранный аромат, сильный, хотя и скупой на составляющие, вкус, приятный финиш, сбалансирован, питок.

markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Tasting note
01 May 2018 8:38 am
markjedi1 gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Oh, boy, this nose is grand and great. Clearly Springbank with its typical mineral traits and soft peat, but the sherry cask easily takes the lead. All kinds of fruit like raisins, melon, red berries, mango and peach, but also blood oranges and plums. Even krieks. Leave it to breathe for a while and the typical farmy elements emerge at last.

Taste

The arrival is big, for this is a muscled malt. Spicy on pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. The fruit still takes the lead and becomes quite dark with krieks, plums, dades and mashed banana. But the smokiness is quite grand too, making this a nice, interesting and especially tasty whisky. Midpalate it shows a bitterness as if from coffee and liquorice, while black chocolate kicks in as well.

Finish

The finish is long, spicy and a veritable contest between sweet and salt. Mildly drying towards the end. The smoke, in the meantime, lingers.

Comments

A grand and great Springbank indeed, that does not lose its character despite the influence of the sherry cask. Recommended (despite the heave price tag).

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
Mannix65
Expert Senior Mannix65 Review note
25 Mar 2018 6:47 pm
Mannix65 gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89.1
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
89
Presentation
88
thewhiskyboss1
Member Junior thewhiskyboss1 Review note
14 Jan 2018 2:18 pm
thewhiskyboss1 gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.4
Nose
85
Initial taste
87
Body
90
Finish
88
Price
87
Presentation
87
Maurice_casqueteer
Expert Senior Maurice_casqueteer Review note
30 Dec 2017 8:52 pm
Maurice_casqueteer gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.9
Nose
84
Initial taste
85
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
82
Presentation
85
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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