Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 11
Stated Age
12 years old
70% Sherry Casks & 30% Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
53.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
26 Aug 2015 11:27 pm by bert61nl
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 110.50

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.56 points

  1. Kirby did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This one is really disappointing for me.  As mentioned earlier this just has a terrible burnt rubber, burt/melted plastic in the microwave funk that I can't shake.  I even tried to make a unique Springbank Single Malt out of this by mixing 3 parts Longrow to 1 part 12 CS and the rubber funk smell and taste was still overpowering the peat of the Longrow.  I've had this one open for months now and still no improvement.  Probably going to have to give this one away.   I still have a  closed bottle on the shelf that I will send to auction to try and see if I can't at least break even on this one.

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    classic jump bench with typical complexity - no beginner
    • Nose
      Vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, salt, some swimming pool, vocal sherry, a breeze of smoke and charcoal, wet earth - overall rather discreet
    • Taste
      more intense than in the nose with a lot of salt, some algae, sherry, oak, a trace of soap - with water it is sweeter
    • Finish
      dry, salty, maritime, lingers for a long time in mouth and throat

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. vojt466 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This creamyness combined with lemons, salt, traces of dark dried fruit and spiciness is excellent
    • Nose
      Woodiness, caramel, vanilla, dark dried fruits, creamy candies, nuts, earthy, a bit of dulcimer, dry wood scent, a little salt, spices, and maybe even matolin
    • Taste
      Caramel, vanilla, woody, sherry, nuts, shining salty, and more pronounced citrus. Late earthy, raisins, light sweetness and growing spiciness - overall creamy and big taste
    • Finish
      A lot of cream with caramel, sherry with spicy chocolate, earthy and fine spicy finish

  5. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted with quite some water and 5 minutes of rest to open it up.

    Good? Yes, absolutely. Very good on it's own, even. But with the spectacular batch 8 and legendary batch 9 in mind, this is quite average. I agree there is too much sherry and too little bourbon in this.
    • Nose
      Earth, rust, rubber, vanilla sweetness, yellow fruit, some red fruit, salt
    • Taste
      Sweet, earth, yellow fruit, vanilla, salt, red fruit sweetness
    • Finish
      Medium long, salty, some Springbank/Longrow peat, vanilla in waves, metallic rust

  7. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An okay dram, and a disappointing Springbank for me. The sherry casks in these modern springbanks usually impart too much of a rubbery component to the nose and palate, and this is no exception. Probably would be better with less sherry and more bourbon casks. 

  8. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Steady but not spectacular. Very good deal for the money. A daily dram, to be sure.  
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. HunterRomario scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Taste the Whisky Festival 2016 within the Springbank masterclass. Very good whisky.
    • Nose
      Mighty, spicy, fruity (most probably red apples), orange, peaty veil, cloves. (88 b)
    • Taste
      It perfectly matches the scent. It's just a little fruity, but it's all about peat. Spicy, graceful and warm. Dozvuk is dry, smoky. (88 b)

  10. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Lovely bottling. Creamy mouth feel, wonderful toffee in the nose and a full delicious palate with a few complex developments. Strong long sweet finish that has a few savory tricks up its sleeve. I'm holding off scoring this one for now but I will say there are a few wet blankets on this page. I tend to rate based upon price and general class. For its class, this batch is quite good, I feel. And, no, I wouldn't compare it with a Springbank 18 Single Cask Refill Sherry that I have. That would be ludicrous.  I will add my rating very soon, and when I do, I will retract my 'wet blanket' comment. It is certainly better than Batch 9, which is greatly overrated. With water, it shines. Without, it is needlessly bitter. And why drink this without water except to gauge it for the adding of water? I feel this is a satisfying morning dram although I never go over half an ounce before breakfast.  


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