Springbank 13-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
13 years old
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Green Label
Bottle code
Added on
29 Oct 2015 7:53 pm by Eneloop2009

Average value

€ 209.99

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 13-year-old

63 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.94 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. 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[-]

  3. Arquebus scored this whisky 86 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... 

  4. whiskydramo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Light smoke wrapping up green apples, pineapples, asparagus, Chinese water chestnut, winter melon peel
      Rich Apricot, followed by citrus zest
      Tiny bit of hay
      Slightly malty near the rim top
      Finished with pomelo zest, more of it after a sip
      Nice and simple w/o complexity
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peach, orange, banana candy, icing corn flake
      Very mild pepper
      orange appears in 2H
      Tea towards the end
      Med body, tastes oily
    • Finish
      86 86
      Peppermint, honey, vanilla, green tea with some bitterness

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. kot1803 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A cool example of the style of the distillery, a lot of shades and midtones, a very wide range of derivatives, very rich, attractive and at the same time easy to perceive, drinkable, open, in style more like the old Spring.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, standard for Spring gentlemen's set - old furniture, mineral-industrial tones, lemon zest, old leather goods - everything is very rich, rich in shades and half-tones; deep-frying oil, oiled and dusty tools, metal dust, welding aerosol, sweet creamy notes, boiled condensed milk, salted caramel; milk chocolate, herbs - both dry and fresh; wool, animal motives, a little haze.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, thick mixture of mineral-industrial pungent shades with old wood, varnish, sweet creamy tones; lemon peel dry herbs, salted caramel, exploding caramel, burnt match heads, mineral water with apple juice, metallic sourness,
    • Finish
      Light, spicy, refreshing - mineral and industrial notes with light shades of oak, ash, toffee, salted caramel, lemon zest and metallic sourness.

  10. jykoo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Medium - intensity, sweet, white flower, red apple, citrus and some pepper. Not much sherry influence. Some metallic and gasoline like note which I usually get in Reisling. I always get some meaty or smoke bacon like note in springbank, for this one is more like a fresh salmon belly.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Medium intensity. Sweet and oily. More peppery and aokiness note. The body is slightly watery
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium finish, I like the lingering savory note.


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