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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.50/100
votes
74
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
04.2003
Bottled
04.2015
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Port Pipe
Number of bottles
696
Strength
58.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
15/177
Barcode
61085400141
Market
gb United Kingdom
Added on
13 Apr 2015 9:31 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 169,29

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Tastingtags

10 Notes

boy_genius_ck
Connoisseur boy_genius_ck Review note
08 Jun 2017 2:05 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.8
Nose
88
Initial taste
91
Body
94
Finish
94
Price
77
Presentation
77
boy_genius_ck
Connoisseur boy_genius_ck Tasting note
08 Jun 2017 2:12 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

rich fields of barley and grain, elegant sherry, aromatic oranges, light fruits, very light hint of yeast, dark honey, hints of wood

Taste

intense cornucopia of light fruits, oranges, grains, rich butter, light white wood, sweet elegant citrus tang, light fruity bitterness, spices and sugar, smoke

Finish

medium-long, oranges, grains, orange peel, white pepper, sweet barley, smoke, oranges with a light touch of minty grass at the back

Comments

this is very very nice, subtle yet flavorful like springbank 21

Jimjam
Expert Senior Jimjam Note
18 Jun 2016 11:22 pm
Jimjam gave this whisky 88 points

Salted plums, red and green apples, strawberries, orange chocolate, a slate-y minerality, and earthiness.

I wasn't much impressed when I first opened the bottle but this whisky improves a lot with acquaintance, with air and time. A good Springbank: unusual but very enjoyable

I don't want to be a master. When I'm learning something, I'm in my element. - Chick Corea
Palindrome
Member Senior Palindrome Note
29 Feb 2016 6:12 am
Palindrome gave this whisky 87 points

The nose is quite pleasing indeed. Molasses, clotted cream, caramel, fresh beignets, port wine, and a little chickory. Now comes the part that might be hard for some who have already rated this bottle to read: I found this one to be a slightly substandard bottling in terms of mouthfeel, taste and finish. I am primarily comparing it against Springbank 12 cask strength whiskies that I have tasted in the past. But I am also judging it on its own as being its own animal.

Initially, one encounters a touch of white pepper, stale cloves, coagulated port residue, cinnamon bark sticks, tired oak (as wood tends to smell in hot weather of summer months at a very old mountain cabin in which the extreme weather elements have sapped all youth out of the wood), no marine influence, no good peat. Dare I confess that it seems a little bleak, bitter, and somewhat antisocial as a Springbank?  I bought this bottle due to its rating on Whiskybase, as did three of my friends in Pacific Northwest of the US of A. We were all disappointed. The mouthfeel moves to the tip of the tongue and stays there. 

The finish is medium in length but very sharp. As a whisky in the same price range as the 12 CS, it would be an interesting experiment. But here in the USA, it was about double that price when shipped from Scotland.  87 points. My rating is not swayed by the rather portly price tag on this port pipe (no pun intended). It's the same as I would have rated it at half the cost. Normally when I see a blue "S" on a Springbank label, I get happy and excited. This one doesn't quite deserve the blue "S". Then again, judging by the other verdicts below, I'm sure it can only improve from here on out. 

cfosterk
Expert Senior cfosterk Review note
22 Jan 2016 6:16 pm
cfosterk gave this whisky 90 points

VERY GOOD VALUE SINGLE CASK SPRINGER.

SMOKED ORANGES WITH DECENT DARK CHOCOLATE NOTES.

SWEET AND SAVOURY

THE PORT DOES IMPART SOME RED FRUIT NOTES WHICH BATTLE WITH THE SPIRIT.

INTERESTING DRAM AND NOW LIKELY TO BE AN ANNUAL SINGLE CASK OFFERING.

Weighted Rate
89.7
Nose
91
Initial taste
90
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
92
Presentation
93
talyn256
Member Senior talyn256 Tasting note
25 Nov 2015 12:13 pm
Color
Amber
Nose

Very atypical. Joss sticks, deodorant, dry grass, cloves, peach skin, orange essential oil, and vodka with cranberry juice.

Taste
Oily, salty toffee. Quite sharp to start (water helps). As it calms down, it gets fruitier with prunes and dried cranberries. There’s a flicker of blueberry muffin, then smoke, tar and oil mixed with bitter dark chocolate and cloves.
Finish

Long and dry, with cinnamon, salt and pepper.

Comments

This is a challenging one, but worth persevering with. Full term port pipe maturation has imparted some interesting fruit and spice notes. The Springbank coastal elements still come through with the oily sweet smoke you expect and yet it’s still quite savoury and dry.

bennythemonster
Expert Senior bennythemonster Note
07 Oct 2015 7:53 pm
bennythemonster gave this whisky 90 points
Springbank 2003-2015, 12 Jahre, 58,3% alc. Single Cask UK only Originalabfüllung
Ausbau: Port Pipe
Region: Campbeltown, Schottland

Besonderheit: Single Cask für Großbritannien, limitiert auf 696 Flaschen

Nase: Englische Orangenmarmelade, süß und fruchtig, dazu erdige und mineralische Aromen, ein wenig Meersalz und irgendwie kommen Assoziationen zu Kalk auf. Nach ein wenig Zeit im Glas folgen Kerzenwachs, Ahornsirup und Honig. Vom Portwein kommt nur die Süße.

Gaumen: Wieder die Orangen, dazu Limetten und Grapefruit, wird dann aber reifer, fast schon überreif. Dazu sehr viele Gewürze, Malz, Nüsse und Espresso. Auch die Eiche ist schon stark ausgeprägt.

Abgang: Lang und trocken, getrocknete Orangen in Zartbitterschokolade, etwas Ingwer und viel Eiche.

Fazit: Wow, leider nur "drüben" zu finden. Sehr schönes Fass!

90/100 Punkte (verkostet 2015, ca. 80 €)
Originalbeitrag im Blog: http://notesofmalt.de/notes-Campbeltown/…ort-Pipe-Uk-OA/
Homepage: www.notesofmalt.de
cfosterk
Expert Senior cfosterk Note
17 May 2015 10:20 am
cfosterk gave this whisky 90 points

Ooh, a Port Pipe Matured Springbank single malt! It was distilled in April 2003 and set aside to age in a single Port Pipe for 12 years before being bottled in April 2015. 696 bottles were produced, presented at a very generous 58.3% ABV. Yummy Campbeltown whisky, packed with dark chocolate, stewed berries, dried fruit and a touch of earthy peat.            Master of Malt

cfosterk
Expert Senior cfosterk Note
03 May 2015 2:10 pm
cfosterk gave this whisky 90 points
  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Nose: Mineral - granite, oily, bees wax and salty. Hints of almonds and banana skins then port - winey notes come through.

    Palate: Cloved oranges, orange bitters, roasted coffee beans. Malty with hints of oak.

    Finish: Dark chocolate and orange then becoming fairly dry towards the end.

cfosterk
Expert Senior cfosterk Note
03 May 2015 2:15 pm
cfosterk gave this whisky 90 points

Distilled in 2003, this is a UK-exclusive single cask Springbank. Aged in a port pipe for 12 years, this is rich with notes of dark chocolate orange and coffee

tasting notes from TWE

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