- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Single Cask
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- Port Pipe
- Number of bottles
- 58.3 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- United Kingdom
- Added on
- 13 Apr 2015 9:28 pm by RoyC
47 × in wishlist
106 × member ratings
184 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old
14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.25 points
- Great stuff. Yes! I was a little “scared” about the port barrel. But the maturation was not that long and the surface area per liter is not as high for a pipe. This helps. But it's not irrelevant either. I just like that. Only downside, if there is one: I can only really feel the peat and smoke in my mouth and the typical minerality is not so pronounced. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/05/21/ein-sack-voll-springbank/
- this is very very nice, subtle yet flavorful like springbank 21
rich fields of barley and grain, elegant sherry, aromatic oranges, light fruits, very light hint of yeast, dark honey, hints of wood
intense cornucopia of light fruits, oranges, grains, rich butter, light white wood, sweet elegant citrus tang, light fruity bitterness, spices and sugar, smoke
medium-long, oranges, grains, orange peel, white pepper, sweet barley, smoke, oranges with a light touch of minty grass at the back
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Very atypical. Joss sticks, deodorant, dry grass, cloves, peach skin, orange essential oil, and vodka with cranberry juice.
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.
Long and dry, with cinnamon, salt and pepper.