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Springbank 18-year-old

Overall rating
90.29/100
votes
128
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
11.1996
Bottled
03.2015
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Fresh Oloroso Sherry
Casknumber
313-5
Number of bottles
528
Strength
56.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
15/108
Barcode
610854001391
Bottled for
Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft Bremen
Added on
16 Apr 2015 10:04 pm by rottendon
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 229,23

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 18-year-old

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.29 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Too bad that this is a stinker, aka 666 sulphur.Otherwise this is a fantastic dram, though it loses at least 5 stinking points with me.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. schero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I'm critical of sulfur. Again, he bothers me, but not so much. That's a really great spring bank apart from that.
    • Nose
      Chocolate, raisins, light sulfur, Springbank character with mineral and maritime fragrance, lemon peel, ginger, behind the red fruits, burnt strawberries and raspberries
    • Taste
      Strong onset with lots of red fruits, it also comes directly to the smoke and sulfur, peppery, dark chocolate, tobacco, sweet oak
    • Finish
      Dominant chocolate, the sulfur note holds back fine, but is there, the sweetness is on the palate, the finish echoes for a long time

  3. Dottore scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    nice, really nice. For me, a wonderful Sherry Springbank, which wonderfully underpins the beauty of the character of this distillery. Moderate Sherry influence and the Springbank-dirtiness harmonize perfectly here, it reminds of bottlings from clearly older vintages, a real old school paints, which one should have tasted. Thanks to @galli for the great bottle division. 93 points
    • Nose
      At first sweet-fruity in the nose, then shows very clearly the Springbank'sche dirtiness with earthy, mineral and slightly smoky notes. Freshly pressed oranges and red berries reflect the Oloro barrel beautifully. Spicy-sweet hints of almonds, marzipan, hay and bread dough come to the fore especially after a bit of water. Overall, here is a slight addition of water good and useful, the minimal stinging alcohol in the nose is completely lost.
    • Taste
      Powerful complex start and super changeable aromas. Again mineral, light iodine. Astringent, almost like dry red wine, but much sweeter - maybe mulled wine, because the orange notes and spice from the smell are also reflected in the taste. The smoke is more of an addition, almost playfully caresses the other impressions without wanting to dominate. Slight bitterness towards the end. Magical, especially with some water.
    • Finish
      long finish, slightly dry, slightly bitter, more spicy-sweet and slightly peppery

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    An interesting and multi-layered malt, if only this sulfur note would not be .... The fruit flavors and the pleasant smoky nose note are reflected in the taste and the aftertaste again. The harsh and partly dry wood elements I like very well, if not there was this intense sulfur note .... Nevertheless, a delicious and interesting Malt.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: A subtle and very harmonious smoky note immediately mixes with a sweet fruit note. Dark oranges and ripe apricots, wonderful sweetness and a subtle hint of sulfur. At the moment, I'm being distracted a bit by the oily and sticky drops on the glass wall. While the blindsample shines clear and radiant amber in the glass, this fine smoky smoke blows out of the glass again. Slowly take over the intense fruity note and the spicy wood the upper hand. The sulfur is also increasingly pressing through the now partially sour fruit flavors. A touch of dark caramel and hints of fresh mint follow, my salivation is more and more excited ...
    • Taste
      Tart wood and fruit tones beat powerfully on the first sip on the tongue. Acidic notes mingle with cold smoke, the sulfur now literally presses out of the wood and exudes its partly invigorating aroma. A touch of licorice and tart citrus fruit dissolve from the voluminous fruit note, grassy walnuts and wet foliage sound. A touch of wet leather and dry tobacco leaves dominate at the beginning of the second sip, then the sulfur and dark sour berries discharge their full and powerful aroma. Soft wood elements follow, slightly grassy citrus fruits follow, then again tart wood tones.
    • Finish
      After the last sip, the palate has filled with chubby heat. A subtle piquancy tickles now on the tongue, more and more pearls dance on the tongue and tart, dark wood tones dominate the taste. The intense and sometimes intrusive sulfur flavor is dominant all the time in the background. Here and there, sour berries and grapes sparkle, spicy notes of wood stick to the palate. Slowly, really slowly, the harsh and sometimes spicy aromas sound off and leave a surprisingly tasty flavor in the mouth. Again comes on cool and fresh mint or eucalyptus.

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I really like this Springbank with its sweet yet intense sherry flavor. The slightly smoky note harmonizes very well with the sherry and whets the appetite for more!
    • Nose
      Sweet and fruity sherry pours into the nose. Dark fruits, raisins or dates, with a slightly smoky note complete the perfect nose.
    • Taste
      At first, I am fascinated by this sweet yet intense, powerful sherry. Sweet fruit again with a smoky espresso note. Vanilla and dark fruits follow. The subtly bitter wood note fits perfectly with the sweetness of the sherry.
    • Finish
      The finish is strong, intense and complex. Long and warm, the slightly smoky sherry aromas remain in the mouth. A touch of espresso and chocolate will also be remembered. Wow, what a departure!

  6. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A great spring bank. The sherry barrel is already clearly there, but leaves the cool Brennereicharakter Springbank enough space. I think it's just right. Especially more sherry should not have been.
    • Nose
      First a bit chewed, wet pencil. But then comes the fruit and the dirty Springbank character. The fruits have a penchant for the sour. Raspberries. Strawberries. Plum chutney with cinnamon. Fudge. Some marzipan. Then wet clay soil and wine cellar. The Sprinbank smoke is very withdrawn and shows more by mineral notes.
    • Taste
      Jup. He has a lot of power. First nice caramel. But then comes a decent barrage of oak and again sour red fruits. The oak tingles quite well and it comes to sharpness. Chili. Then then sour cherries, sloes and maybe blood orange. Some effervescent powder. Now also salt liquorice. And the Springbank's filthiness and the smoke come through afterwards.
    • Finish
      Pomegranate. Roasted nuts. Tobacco. Cinchona bark.

  7. Ing Tretti scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    An outstanding whisky with strong accents on dark berries. If you can get one of these, buy it! You certainly won't regret it.
    • Nose
      Blueberries, blackberries, toffee, butterscotch, some earthy notes and minimal hints of sulphur in the back. After a few minutes, the sulphur notes are gone and some additional notes of minerals and licorice appear.

      Adding water doesn't change much here: The malt doesn't open up and looses its fruity punch, gets a minty note. But how about the taste? 
    • Taste
      Full bodied, mouth coating. You can find the blue- and blackberries here. The malt gets sweeter with every second. Normally, I smell and taste even the smallest amounts of sulphur in a whisky. Here, I can't find the sulphur from the nose. If it's still there, it's well hidden under tons of dark fruits. This one doesn't even need water and is easily drinkable at 56,1%vol..

      With water: Gets creamy, adds a licorice note.
    • Finish
      Once again: Dark fruits, along with some barley, It's just like you drank a glass of dark berry smoothie. The blueberries linger in a long lasting finish, almost fully hiding the oak that appears in the end. By adding water, the whisky looses some of its sweetness and becomes more austere.

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Blueberry, salted toffee, peat, peach, candy bracelets and sulphur. With water also pineapple.
    • Taste
      Salted toffee, peat, blueberry, sulphur, spice, peach and mango. The tad of sulphur makes it turn more dirty when adding water.
    • Finish
      Salted toffee, peat, blueberry, chocolate and mango.

  9. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A wonderful, powerful, full, very complex Springbank with heavy sherry influence, strong Brennereicharakter, long finish, ingenious nose .... what more could you ask for? A really great whisky (if you stand on the "Springbank-Rotzigkeit";))
    • Nose
      a lot of sherry, Springbank muff, earthiness and alcohol in the first rash, strong raisins, immediately dark, full and heavy, overripe strawberries, some marzipan and caramel, oak, a touch of cherries, nutty sherry, milk chocolate, always in the background the "dirtiness" from Springbank with light smoke and salt, the full and complex nose goes on with all sorts of dried fruits, dates, Turkish honey, oranges, now increasingly sweeter with vanilla. The nose has been used to alcohol for a very long time.
    • Taste
      sweet, then powerful, lots of chocolate, caramel, dark overripe fruits, dryness, smoke, smoked bacon, salt, lots of chilli pepper, now it is for the cask strength comparatively mild, cocoa, oranges, raisins, honey, strong oak, very complex and full
    • Finish
      Oranges, dark chocolate, smoke, long, warming and spicy, bitter coffee, salted almonds, cloves and juniper, dry. Gorgeous, wave by wave of this intense departure arrives in the mouth until it slowly ebbs.

  10. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

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