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Springbank 13-year-old

Overall rating
86.14/100
votes
206
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Green
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Green Label
Bottle code
15/433
Barcode
610854001575
Added on
29 Oct 2015 7:53 pm by Eneloop2009
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 91,36

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206 × member ratings

550 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 13-year-old

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.14 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Very interesting, raw old school profile.
    • Nose
      Rustic, earthy, farmhouse, hay, Singer sewing machine oil and struck matches. Some fruit but I can't say there's much sherry.
    • Taste
      Light but very flavourfull. The earthy grass notes are there mixed with oak. Fat and oily. I love that "made in a small old shed" feeling, which is completely wrong as it's made in a large old "shed".

      A little dusty and dirty, which actually is refreshing.
    • Finish
      Nice length with some sweeter notes, a little chocolatte, it stays oily until the end.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    My only criticism here, is that it probably would've fared even better at a slightly higher strength. Otherwise this is a great dram. Accessible, delicious Springbank.
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity (apple peel) with notes of tobacco leaves in the background, as well as a certain earthiness. A hint of rubber, as well as notes of ozone. The sherry maturation reveals itself as well, with a dark sweetness, as well as apricots and honey.
    • Taste
      Subtle peat influence, with an even subtler brininess. The palate is quite oily, displaying a sweetness (brown sugar, sultanas), spiciness (black pepper) and bitterness (dark chocolate). Somewaht earthy as well.
    • Finish
      A slight plastic note, but some warm cinnamon as well. Lingering peat.

  3. Goethe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Another Green Springbank, this time some sherry maturation. This one get's the "farming Springbank" better delivered than the 12 year old bourbon matured Springbank. This is quite a nice Springbank but something is missing after all, this one is not as round as many other Springbanks.Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Light smoke and cow dung, oranges, fruits, minerals, sherry (not as dominant compared to the Springbank 12 CS versions), caramel, leather.
    • Taste
      Cow dung and light smoke ("farming Springbank" going into the cowshed direction). Dried fruits, some orangy fruity wasabi.
    • Finish
      Medium. Some peaches, caramel, salt, smoke.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: Oily-dry, farmy barley.
    T: Strong arrival and development - almost prickly. Really decent barley spirit aged in predominantly bourbon. Some sweet aniseed heralds the finish.
    F: Oily grassy>greenish barley with more farmy notes. Drying, a little smoke.
    C: Remains solidly decent sip after sip, hour after hour.Scores a B[-]

  5. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Single Blind Dram. Springbank vertical tasting, 10.2016

    Bottle code was 15/325.
    • Nose
      Mineral, faint smoke, salty, typical modern Springbank, some sherry influence as well, marzipan. (86)
    • Taste
      oily, mineral & faint smoke, more typical Springbank-y-ness, marzipan. (86)
    • Finish
      Meaty, faint sulphur next to the notes from the palate. (87)

  6. Arquebus scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    My bottle was opened on 30th July last year (2016). I'm on the last quarter now. This has a fantastic very engaging nose - all the notes are 'on the edge' and very well balanced. It's complex - I would have guessed there's Bourbon barrels in the mix, there's a fabulous fruitiness which is hard to pin down - because earthiness is also very evident, along with a touch of sherry and oak spices. I'm thinking tinned fruits - apricot? peach? lychee? perhaps fruit salad - in syrup? - but perfumed. Then there's oak spice - damp wood ( but not intrusive) and with time a touch of 'farmyness'.. There's some alchemy going on here!

    Perhaps it needs water to open it out a touch - but not for me, not today - I'm enjoying it as it is... Also the bottle has been open a while now, it's had time to breath - so I'm going to stick to it 'as is'....

    It's a big arrival - more savoury than the nose suggests, almost chocolatey (dark chocolate). The taste is something different, actually quite dry/ sweet and  a tiny touch of bitterness - and also slightly salty . If tasted blind - I might think of Bruichladdich... which I'm perhaps more familiar with. the finish is long and there's a touch of oiliness right at the end - olive oil? 

    This malt certainly delivers above its age... 

  7. kot1803 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I really liked the 12 green Bourbon, let's see this 13 cherry. I let the sample aerate a few weeks.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Very discreet, I may have bent over for a blind Talisker.
      Even returning to it after a sip he does not speak much.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The markers of the distillery are there but without class or opulence. Soft in the mouth without being bad. The alcohol burns a little anyway.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Finale not very sexy, carried by an excess of sugar / sherry toffee, I would have expected more oxidative notes after voluntary aeration.
      I am quite disappointed by this label that gave hope.

  9. ballunder scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Well this one brings the whole farmyard with it, including the pigs and chickens ;-) Some salt and iodine mixed in there with the peat. Sherry influence is subdued but does come through with some tangy, bitter, dark chocolate notes. Mild finish. Too bad it isn't cask strength.

  10. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great nose, but a let down in the taste and finish IMHO.
    • Nose
      91 91
      earth, metallic, some musty red fruit, apricot, banana, coconut, oak,
    • Taste
      86 86
      Some red fruit, some metal, earthy, some oak, some coconut
    • Finish
      85 85
      Somewhat bitter and very dry in the end. Medium long, old red fruit, oak, and earth fade slowly

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