Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.58/100
votes
61
Whiskybase ID
WB68577
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ceramic Jug - black
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
100% Pure Malt - 750ml - 43 GL
Bottled for
Societe De Diffusion De Produits Alimentaires Et De Boissons, 75001 Paris
Added on
27 may 2015 7:10 pm by Lyric
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 888.79

10 × in wishlist

61 × member ratings

56 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

7 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.58 points.

  1. LordBellamy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    with water: two drops of water open the malt, it becomes a bit fresher, greener, grass and hay notes are added, but please no more than one or two drops of water, otherwise it quickly loses strength in the mouth

    Conclusion: Dream Dram, a glimpse into bygone and above all glorious times. A really great combination of tropical fruit basket, tobacco and cedar wood, complemented by a cherry/amaretto note in the finish, all underlined by a very pleasantly carrying peat note
    • Nose
      92 92
      ultra-complex, soft, tropical fruits like mango, passion fruit and apricot, pineapple, pleasant and soft hint of peat smoke, almonds, a few subtle spices (cloves), maybe some wax/honey, tobacco and cedar
    • Taste
      91 91
      easy and pleasant attack, lots of fruit again, tobacco, some wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium length and pleasant, almonds/amaretto, some cherries, subtle notes of wood, slightly dry, no bitterness

  2. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. Saika scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    When you see a ceramic jug or crystal decanter with low abv, better be extra careful about the condition. Any of them with a significant drop on fill-level will have compromised quality. A full jug of this should weigh around 1550g. If you got one with good condition, it should taste like dram-drinker's note

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tropical fruits and stone fruits a very fruity style of old style springbank, really good

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Tasting again from a full jug - exactly the same huge fruitiness and good balance with woody notes and subtle sweetness - superb! I need to increase my initial rating a bit...

    With Springbank it is not given that every bottle from the same bottling tastes the same unless it is a single cask. Lucky me I got a jug with the same excellent quality as the sample I tasted before. Great!

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Really one of the good old Springbanks - remember that some of the best Springbanks were just 12 years old. Excellent!
    • Nose
      Oh, yes, what an intense and fruity nose, tropical fruits such as mango, banana, pineapple but also local fruits including apricots - I totally concur with most of the reviews made before - fantastic!
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, velvety, fruity, exotic and tropical, also hints of barley and dry hay, subtle sweetness and oaky notes - great!
    • Finish
      Medium long, fruity, malty

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Those were the days... This is seriously good whisky at relative young age. This was more often the case in the '70s, although there are also some bad examples (though not from Springbank). This one is superb.
    • Nose
      Pleasant and fruity, like being on a tropical island: mango, papaya, peach, and banana. There is a earthy/leafy side that is hard to describe. Is it wet soil, or tobacco leaf? It certainly is the very soft and mellow peat influence. 
    • Taste
      Very soft and gentle, maybe because of the reduced ABV. But hey, I'm not complaining! It has some pepper now, and clove. Then, a mixture of the tropical fruit and a more prominent influence of the peat. Then there is cigar box too, and fennel
    • Finish
      Towards the end, the earthy side starts to take over, beautifully represented by licorice root, and soft aromatic peat. This combines very well with the tropical fruit that is still present, some grass and mint, and some mild pepper.

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I was informed by Springbank that this one is most probably one of the earlier bottles in this range released in the eighties. Later versions of these jugs (e.g. ID 22570) got 'Single Malt' instead of 'Pure Malt' on them and 43% instead of 43 GL.

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I'm deeply in love with this 70's style Springbank. So smooth, so fruity and so extremely well-balanced. And that at only 12 years old and only 43%.

    Compared this one to the US version (ID 22570) and the Ceramic Book Vol. I. This one is fruitier and more complex than both.
    • Nose
      Smooth as silk. Apricot, honey, red apple, mango, banana, vanilla, cigar boxes and grass. Eventually a little beeswax.
    • Taste
      Apricot, vanilla, mango, peat, orange, banana, apple, caramel, leather and some chili pepper. An unexpected punch at this ABV and after spending 3 decades in a closed jug.
    • Finish
      Apricot, banana, peat, vanilla, apple peel, grass, chestnut and nutmeg.

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