Springbank 18-year-old

Overall rating
90.38/100
votes
142
Whiskybase ID
WB66939
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
Market
de Germany
Added on
16 apr 2015 10:04 pm by rottendon
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 277.32

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 18-year-old

22 users have left 24 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.38 points.

  1. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Austere, dry whisky, creamy notes are more likely to be felt as fatty, rounded, quite rich in shades of the palette of derivatives, although it cannot be called diverse, good balance, wholeness, it adds good development, especially the aroma.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, first nose - strong mineral notes and old leather goods; then the minerality recedes slightly, old solid wood furniture, creamy shades - boiled condensed milk, baked milk; roasted nuts, pipe tobacco, wood heated by friction, camphor, light pine shades, polish.
    • Taste
      Calm, rich, a lot of oak, heated wood, almost haze, strong mineral notes - burnt match heads, welding spray, sulfur motifs, metallic tones; leather goods, tobacco leaf, light creamy shades, practically no sweets, coffee, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Light, refreshing, old leather goods, light minerality, oak, tobacco, light metallic sourness, cedar, heated wood.

  3. 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 The Sprinbank smoke is very withdrawn and shows more by mineral notes.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.

  4. 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

  5. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  12. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Without water, I was a bit disappointed at first (in terms of my expectations, was still good), but with water, that's a grenade! Class!
    • Nose
      Sherry, sherry, sherry, raisins, dates, honey, sweet espresso, with an alcoholic touch, but hidden behind the sherry wall is the typical dirty Springbank character, with delicate smoke, oranges, limes,
      With water (and some time in the glass): The strong sherry influence decreases, but more light fruit, now clear orange and lemon sorbet, now also nuts, almonds in honey, the grill fire smoke is also better perceptible! Now I like the nose even better and the alcohol does not sting any more
    • Taste
      Tingling on the tongue, pepper and chili, with dark chocolate and black coffee, minimal orange, a hint of acidity, a little dry, not as sweet as the nose would suggest.
      With water (and time in the glass): again sweeter, still tingling on the tongue, plus a warm mouthfeel, candied ginger, clear orange, dark chocolate, cocoa and now also carnation and allspice, the sour taste is gone, much more harmonious, hm , delicious!
    • Finish
      looong! It apparently warms the throat endlessly and strong, but by no means bitter espresso with cloves, grill fire smoke and dark chocolate will last forever!

  15. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    n: very strong sherry influence, the springbank character is a bit covered.
        almonds, sour dough, salt, butter. methylated spirit.
        behind that all we have a few lemons and some olives.
        the peat is rather discreet on this whisky and we have hints of liquorice,
    t: rather sour on the palate, as often with strongly sherried springers.
       but there is also a fruity sweetness with raisins and figs.
       the peat is almost subdued. marzipan and german bread.
       oily mouth feel and a strong attack.
    f: almost endless, more harmonious than the initial taste
    comments: good whisky of course, I mean this is springbank!
                       still it is not my favourite style of springbank as this one  seems
                       a bit oversherried to me.
    I will taste it again in a few days.
    88/100 for the moment

    2nd tasting: n: very sherried with a prominent chalky note, very fruity but don´t ask me which fruit it is, probably it does not exist. whiffs of parmeggiano cheese. something rotting, really a dirty and demanding nose.

    t: sour arrival with lots of chalk or whatever this is. (often have this sour/chalky experience with sherried springbanks. does anybody have an idea what this could be?) quite some caramel (in a springbank?) and the same rotting fruit experience. lemons and a fruit I had on an azorean island which they call anona.

    f: long, warming

    c: a complex dram, anything but easy for me, a bit weird but I still like it somehow

    still 88/100

  17. LittleAlbert scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  18. Segens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An extraordinary well done Springbank which is worth its money (200€). The good thing on this dram is that due to its complexity there is 2cl enough for at least 1 hour :-)
    • Nose
      Ok the nose is a typical Springbank! The influence of the Oloroso Sherry is there.. sour fruits so lemons and oranges. Almonds and nuts as well as some smoke, hay and oak in the back. Alcohol could have been implemented better but is not negative. All in all you may have this in the glass for several minutes. A very high level of complexity :-)
    • Taste
      A very sweet start, the Oloroso is there and the alcohol carries honey, caramel, oranges a bit of chocolate. Very nice!
    • Finish
      Long complex finish with pepper, smoke, wine grapes, a bit of salt and dry bitter oak which is not negative. 

  19. Padawan did not rate this whisky Newbie

    • Nose
      strong, honey-salt almonds, alcoholic note, dried orange slices and gear very very soft smoke
    • Taste
      Salty-sweet, with the sweet comes to bear later, slightly hot, the orange slices are again, dried fruit in the transition to the finish
    • Finish
      very long, warm and complex, delicate smoke, dried fruits

  20. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet; Salt; strong; Milk chocolate; Nuts; dry sherry; dusty; Honey; slightly alcoholic note; very soft smoke
    • Taste
      sweet and salty; Sherry; Tingling on the tongue; Orange; slightly sulphurous raisins and dried fruits
    • Finish
      warm; powerful; long; Orange, nuts; some smoke; Wood

  21. fradin11 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  22. 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!

  23. Eneloop2009 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  24. Drochaid scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Original Tasting Notes
    Nose: Sweet fudge and dried fruits - sultanas and figs.
    All toasting on an open camp fire.
    Palate: Big and bold. Cinnamon spice, cloves, and pleasant oak tannins.
    Finish: Dry and spicy. Nutmeg, stewed fruits and more oak. In the nose he has sweet butterscotch, dried fruits, such as raisins and figs, and campfires.
    The taste is strong and peppy with cinnamon, cloves and pleasant oak tannins.
    It sounds dry and spicy. Nutmeg, compote and oak come to light.

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