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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.18/100
votes
82
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
Added on
13 Apr 2015 9:28 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 169,29

40 × in wishlist

82 × member ratings

163 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.18 points

  1. Deloti scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Jimjam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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

  6. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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. 

  7. cfosterk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. talyn256 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    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.
    • 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.

  9. bennythemonster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Springbank 2003-2015, 12 years, 58.3% alc. Single Cask UK only original bottling
    Expansion: Port Pipe
    Region: Campbeltown, Scotland

    Special feature: Single Cask for Great Britain, limited to 696 bottles

    Nose: English orange marmalade, sweet and fruity, with earthy and mineral aromas, a little sea salt and somehow associations with lime. After a little time in the glass, candle wax, maple syrup and honey follow. From the port comes only the sweetness.

    Palate: Again, the oranges, limes and grapefruit, but then becomes more mature, almost overripe. In addition a lot of spices, malt, nuts and espresso. The oak is already strong.

    Finish: Long and dry, dried oranges in dark chocolate, some ginger and a lot of oak.

    Conclusion: Wow, unfortunately only "over there" to find. Very nice barrel!

    90/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 80 €)
    Original article in the blog: http://notesofmalt.de/notes-Campbeltown/...ort-Pipe-Uk-OA/

  10. cfosterk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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

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