Springbank 18-year-old

Overall rating
89.10/100
votes
254
Whiskybase ID
WB7232
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
First Batch
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
7800
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
09/117
Barcode
610854187002
Added on
06 apr 2009 7:39 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 644.71

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510 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Springbank 18-year-old

30 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.10 points.

  1. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. penumbra scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The barrel type is not marked on WhiskyBase, maybe 80% refilled Sherry barrel? Compared with the longrow 18 generation version of the generation of gods, this family is obviously much more stable due to the high inventory.
    • Nose
      It is irresponsible to guess that the sales of the first version of Genting 18 in the Japanese market must be excellent, with the average face of the Japanese version of the 80s big green stick and the 14yo bourbon wood in recent years. The impact of refilling the sherry bucket is more obvious. It is sweet and soft fresh fruit Napoleon, apple, strawberry, citrus, yellow apricot, banana, mango peel, grape-flavored jelly, and locust nectar. The peat is very weak, slightly nuts and leather, significant minerals and lipids, gold leaf, milk chocolate, gingerbread man, cake embryo, oatmeal, agar, fresh butter.
    • Taste
      The fruit tart of pepper and sea salt, the salty and spicy flavor set off the peat is particularly rough, the mineral skeleton is very good, cheese, paraffin, sesame oil, linen. Then there is a continuous surge of sugar and fruits, Elizabeth Melon, some Rosaceae fruits, malt, and brown sugar. The tail is finished with salt and pepper ginkgo, summer green broad leaves, and matcha powder.
      Better, good fat, sweet, no acid, no tannins, no astringency, little bitterness, no pungency, no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Changjiu, almonds, cheese powder, Korean rice cakes, jasmine frosting.

  3. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Orange, red berries, sweet, salty - maritime, tender oak
      aromas, some steam boiler aroma.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Beautifully sweet, delicately bitter oak, minimal smoke.
      Fruity (apple), somewhat flowery and fine notes of sherry.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Bitter - sweet, fruity, dry, salty - maritime.

  4. Макс scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    NOSE: Opens with a sharp touch, wormwood and a touch of liqorice. With more air come old sweet mahogany wood. Then green fruits: pear, apples, melon, grapes. In short: green fruit salad. (90p)
    TASTE: Sweet green fruits, green fruit salad, green melon, apples. (89-90p)
    EXIT: Green fruits, grapes, apples and a slight astringency (89-90p)
    QUAFFABILITY: +1 point.
    SCORE: Pure green fruit juice, utterly quaffable! 90 points.

  6. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    very harmonious and balanced whisky. Sherry barrels dominate and give whisky a dessert character. Tasty, but without extravaganza
    • Nose
      Smoked prunes, ripe strawberries with sugar, raspberry jam, some smoked fish on the fire
    • Taste
      dessert, astringent, dried fruit, black tea, some spices, fruit jam
    • Finish
      medium duration, harmoniously complements the taste. Dark chocolate, some spices and wood

  7. Ostap scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The big league! Fantastic whisky, consistent at all stages, "lively", rich, balanced.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Jam, fruit, sherry, mineral, sheep fur, apples, citrus, chic animal, marzipan biscuits, saltiness, wax, caramel, condensed milk, coffee notes with milk, chocolate, fragrant wheat, banana, buttery butter a touch of smoke. Aroma is a compote! Although the nose is wet in whisky, you do not want to come off. Fantastic.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Fruits, citrus fruits, tropical fruits, caramel, vanilla, toffee, buttery, floral, sherry, a bit fresh.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium duration, creamy, oak, vanilla, sherry, mineral, a little pepper, chocolate, coffee with milk.

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Good malt. But actually expected something more. I like the nose best. I once had a Springbank 18 of 2017. I think the 2017er I liked even better. Of course it's hard to remember.
    • Nose
      Apricot jam. Sugar beets. Peach ice tea. Fudge. Tree resin. Orange blossom honey. Warm wood notes. Some moss. The Springbank smoke is quite restrained. But it is still perceptible and beautifully integrated.
      After the first sip there are cloves from time to time.
    • Taste
      In the mouth first forest honey. Sugar candy. Peach. Then a little eraser. Green tea. Sprite. Maybe some horseradish. Ginger. In the mouth, hardly any of the smoke is noticeable. Nice oak flavor.
    • Finish
      Tonic Water. Trail mix. A little bit of this Springbank's filthiness. Relatively dry.

  9. birkzehn scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. toklian scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N 22 P 22 F 22 B 22

  11. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Typical jumper, but usually I have been disappointed by the older OA (!) Because too weak, this one still holds the perfect balance.
    • Nose
      Beautifully full and rich in aromas, apricot, peach, lychee, honeydew melon, green apple, fresh plums, very discreet wood smoke only and a hint of salt, honey and milk chocolate, a little banana
    • Taste
      Full, beautiful, sweet malt, typical Springer, peach, apricot, honeydew melon, salt, black pepper, heather grass, apple, hazelnuts, wax, linen cloth, tannins, hay, caraway, nutmeg, cinnamon, blood orange, dried fruit, some tea
    • Finish
      Dry, long, dried fruit with seeds, tea, sweet malt, nuts and a hint of pepper with peach

  12. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (21) 87 ... I'm puzzled ... I need to try it.
    • Nose
      The Vrukty, orange, spices and chocolate ... leather ... vanilla ... lots of chocolate ... prunes with nuts and condensed milk. 23
    • Taste
      The Dry ... wine .. spicy ... cream ... 21
    • Finish
      The Finish spicy sour with bitter ... longer than average ... compote ... 22

  13. vredensever scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is rich: fresh plum, banana, licorice, greens and vegetables, berries, dried fruits (thinly), sherry, honey, bitter chocolate, cream, lots of wood, lightest hint of smoke. The taste is powerful, sweet, spicy: a little bit of perfume, lots of spices, dried fruit, wood, tea, licorice, citrus, sherry, fruit jam. Aftertaste : sherry, a lot of oak, perfume, dried fruits, citrus notes, tea, a little bit of nut brittle, dark chocolate. Conclusion . The strongest in this whisky is the fragrance. Attractive and monolithic. In the taste and finish of a certain perfume. But, in general, very good. Old school. Score 91 (n24t23f22b22).

  14. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Yes, what should I say - I had now all 18er Springer in the glass and the 2010er was so far my favorite. By far I do not find all newer bottlings so good, but this one puts them all in the shade! Craftsmanship from Campbeltown at its best! Too bad that it is very difficult to get and slowly costs about 200 euros, but every sip is worth the price. From me an unqualified recommendation!
    • Nose
      Already at the first smelling becomes clear: here it concerns a Springer- and about a outstanding Springer! Very discreet smoke with the typical Springbank note, very pleasant in the nose. It adds a slightly metallic note and then the fruits come: blood oranges, raspberries, blackberries, followed by subtle spicy notes of oak, which has left its mark after 18 years. Wonderful Nosing!
    • Taste
      The sweetness is the first to cover the tongue and the whole mouth, followed by the spicy aromas of the oak. The smoke is completely in the background in my opinion. Rather, the influence of sherry casks is now spreading. For a friend of sherry barrel matured whisky an absolute dream! Slight echoes of green apple and lavender I still imagine, to hear.
    • Finish
      One way ahead: a long, soothing finish. The whole mouth is in a state of balanced ecstasy :) The fruity notes become weaker over time, it remains a pleasant feeling on the tongue, the salivation is stimulated. Very slowly, the palate is dry and the fruity notes make the spice of the oak room. Gorgeous!

  15. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Actually pretty balanced and drinkable. Not on the top of Springbanks but there are many Springbanks that are much worse than this one.
    • Nose
      Honey, apricots, apples, ripe bananas
    • Taste
      Punchy, waxy, littel fruity, little smoky and leathery
    • Finish
      Medium long and warm

  17. bull10298 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The latest ?mainstream? release from the Campbeltown distillery of Springbank is
    an eagerly-anticipated and virtually sold out 18-year-old, which has been
    matured in 80 per cent ex-Sherry casks, with the remainder being ex-Bourbon. The
    nose is rich, with sweet Sherry, angelica and apricots, while the big, creamy
    palate is rounded and confident, offering fresh fruit, smoke, molasses and
    liquorice. The finish dries slowly and elegantly. Another lovely Springbank.

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=spring

     

  18. JohannesB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful, especially the nose and the palate have done to me. Very often I experience only in the finish the real abundance of flavors. With this Springbank, the mouthfeel is really fun and you do not want to swallow it.
    In comparison, the younger batches of the 18-year-old fall from my point of view, but significantly.
    • Nose
      The first impression: SPRINGBANK! Light smoke mixes with the typical Brennereicharakter. Very slightly metallic, mineral and somehow "dirty". After a few moments it will be really nice and very sweet: apple sweets, marzipan, orange juice, raspberries, blackberries. Milk chocolate. In the background is a beautiful spice with some leather and beeswax the base. Surprisingly fresh for his age.
    • Taste
      Very oily, the malt immediately dresses the entire mouth. Powerful, fruity and honey sweet. The fruits are darker in the mouth: ripe cherries, apples and dark grapes. The sherry portion is more evident here than in the aroma. Smoke and oak hold back but are always present in the background.
    • Finish
      After swallowing initially relatively bitter, but it quickly vanishes. Then honey and especially apples. The spicy oak tingles on the tongue. The finish is not quite on a par with flavor and taste, but due to the apples they are self-contained and delicious.

  19. eleiko5 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Springbank 18y (46%, OB 2009)

    Nose: complex nose. Sweet start on berries (redcurrant, blueberry, strawberry) with underlying coal smoke and espresso. Slight notes of bubble gum and wax. Grape and apple. Fruit cake. Fresh for its age. Very balanced and very pleasant. Mouth: very fruity again and rather oily. Bubble gum again. Some violets and cassis. Almonds. Smoky undertones with hints of liquorice. Long, candied finish. A bit dusty, with more sherry influence (raisins, chocolate).

    Very smooth and beautiful Springbank. A little expensive though. Around € 100.

    Score: 88/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2009/springbank/springbank-18-years/

     

     

  20. Dram The Man scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Very complex (sweet + sherry + spicy + peat) but balanced!
    • Nose
      Sweet vanilla and a bit spicy.
    • Taste
      First honey, fruity, sherry and than pepper with a little peat.
    • Finish
      Long aromatic.

  21. whioli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. ASWhisky scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    the nose is a bit lax
    in the mouth the alcohol too clear
    bothers bitterly
    the finish very one-dimensional
    the best for last:
    the last part of the finish is an interesting apple wood note
    • Nose
      stagnant sea water, the pulp of sour cherries, apple drops, some milk chocolate
    • Taste
      soft chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, light smoke in the throat, sweetsweet and chocolate powder, it becomes bitter on the finish,
    • Finish
      medium to long, bitter, some wood, apple >>> the end is bitterly gone
      it remains apple and wood, which is nice

  23. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. Whiskyjones did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Bottle code 09/87

  25. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Orange, berries, chocolate, smoke, marzipan, malt, pepper, vanilla, leather and a bit of mint and aniseed. After a while also some honey. Clearly a good mix of bourbon and sherry casks that results in a really nice balance.
    Compared to the 2010 batch, this one has more body, more sherry and more smoke. I scored this one 4 points higher.

  26. Sonett scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Interesting Springbank but not close to the older 21 year old that is significantly better in all aspects. Still this one reaches 88p

  27. Furtia scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. Willie JJ scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A really complex, delicious dram that deserves to have some time spent with it.
    • Nose
      Oranges, mixed peel, musty, dried dark fruits, chocolate and honey. Needs no water.
    • Taste
      Dark fruits, cherries, heaps of spice, but not too intense, some light menthol and eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Long, minty and delicious.

  29. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This 18-year-old 1st batch Springbank is muscular and assertive, with a big
    sherry presence (80% of the casks used were ex-sherry) and a noticeable
    waft of smoke. Great!

  30. ardpeat scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    an excellent, well balanced Springbank, to drink on summer evenings
    • Nose
      the nose takes us to an antique dealer (antique waxed furniture) with some scents of orange peel. beautiful
    • Taste
      as always at springbank, the coconut is omnipresent but with the added bonus of an extraordinarily beautiful sweetness. the orange peel is always present can be with some prunes
    • Finish
      the finish is long and suave.the coconut takes you to the islands with some exotic fruits (papaya, mango) always with a great softness and without any agessivity

  31. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    So strong and so little flavor. Even the standard 10yo is much better. Spirit with color in it. Disappointment.
    • Nose
      Very powerful, tingling nose feeling. Malty and some fruity notes
    • Taste
      Very oily and so strong flavors. Alcohol. Hints of smoke.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Dusty and maybe some sherry.

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