Springbank 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Local Barley
Stated Age
16 years old
80% Ex-Bourbon, 20% Ex-Sherry
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Prisma barley from Low Machrimore farm (Peninsula, Kintyre)
Bottle code
Added on
29 Jan 2016 5:42 pm by p4blo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1109.23

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 16-year-old

127 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.48 points

  1. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Simply strong!
    • Nose
      Springbank character in its purest form - a slightly smokey and salty metal bucket hits you at the beginning of the face. Then comes the deep malty sweetness, paired with orange peel, grapefruit, mineral notes, and after a while, a whole fruit salad comes on top with apples, pears and tangerines carried by citrus acid
    • Taste
      Sweet, powerful, again the orange peels and the saltiness, licorice, white pepper, malty and in the background flash light tones of oak
    • Finish
      The metal bucket starts the finish, then comes the oak flavor, which sticks sweetly to the palate, the orange peel pulls through the overall impression, when everything else is gone, the typical Springbank saltiness remains

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2016]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  I
    took no detailed notes as this whisky did not interest me.

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A classic - yes I dare to say it. I admit that you have to like peaty and dirty whiskies, but this one is a demonstration perfection. It is very complex, dirty and fresh together, sweet and savoury together, and has a lot of power. Congrats to the Springbank crew.
    • Nose
      Soft, wet peat, not too smoky but rather salty, damp and earthy. Clay, licorice root, fennel seeds, engine oil, dunnage warehouse, wet raw wool, vanilla, cookie dough, lemon and pineapple. If you can stand peat, this nose is perfectly dignified. Gets fruitier after a while. 
    • Taste
      It's quite oily and coating, sweet, but also savoury. None of the tastes dominate, but form a brilliant synergy. There is a lot to discover: honeyed barley, cake dough, capres, peat, lemon juice, toffeed apple and pineapple, wool, grass, and licorice.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering, again more on peat, licorice root, cookie dough, engine oil, peach, lemon zest and a whiff of pepper.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I don`t like the nose on this one, very grassy, not much fruit with a chemical note.
    More peat than I was expecting and it mixes well with the fruit, thankfully the palate is a good one.
    There is a nice spice note with the apple & pineapple with some lemon juice mixing with the peat which is of the fresh maritime time.
    Decent finish with peat hanging on to the end,
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A classic old-style jump bench - great for fans - 2-3 drops of water and proper ventilation are highly recommended
    • Nose
      89 89
      Salty seashore, light smoky, dusty, earthy - add 2 drops of water ... and it opens and becomes fruity
    • Taste
      90 90
      malty sweetness, pomelo, grapefruit, light smoke, salt, maritime and subtly algig
    • Finish
      90 90
      sweet and dry - surprisingly long

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    16 LB!
    • Nose
      fin,délicat sur les fruits jaunes cuits, sur la fumée sèche,sur le sel,le citron et un peu de vanille,sensation de pierres mouillées.
    • Taste
      sensation céréalière bien présente,la vanille après ;le citron ,puis la fumés sèche!
      un peu d'embruns avec les algues mijotant au fond du port,un peu d'épices poivrées,,sensation de graisse ,un côté huileux,fruits exotiques en retour et la cendre enfin
    • Finish
      longue ,intense ,et avec des passages entre la cendre,la fumée ,l'iode ,puis les fruits jaunes cuit et compotés.

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    mineral freshness, fruit on lemon, some tangerine, vanilla, rather sweet spices, some iodine, dry peat and wet wood come back!

  8. Sjaunja scored this whisky 90 points Specialist


    Springbank 16 yo 1999 ‘Local Barley’ (54,3%, OB 2016, 9000 btl.)

    Nose: pepper, wet ropes. Sweet malty notes (sweeter than in other
    Springbanks, or so it seems) with some honey, vanilla and lemon candy.
    Hints of engine oil and very light peat. After some time it develops
    nice mirabelle notes and lemon sherbet, which gives this a rather unique
    Mouth: thick, pretty sweet with a similar vanilla, apricot and
    sherbet combination. Earthy notes, hints of brine. Hints of biscuits,
    some pink grapefruit and pear. Lovely fruitiness really, with a light
    floral touch as well. Light heather honey.
    Finish: medium long, just
    slightly drier, with subtle earthy smoke, apple peel and lemon.
    The current-day Springbank profile is unique and rather excellent
    already. This one has all the classic notes, yet it adds in a nice
    fruitiness and buttery roundness. Great balance. Around € 120. Some say
    that’s too expensive, but I think it’s worth it. And remember I’ve
    already seen double that amount in auctions. Thank you, Oli.
    Score: 90/100

  9. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Considered a beautiful malt, which despite its strength is drinkable without water. Beautiful fruit notes, well-balanced spice. However, if you compare it with different batches of the 12 CS, for example, you will miss a certain something that justifies the significant price difference.
    • Nose
      At first contact with the nose fruity-sweet. Makes a fresh impression, very pleasant. After a while comes a touch of salt, it remains very fruity with hints of banana, peach and pineapple. Some bourbon vanilla is included, honey is to be found.
    • Taste
      When starting, the exotic fruit note continues from the nose. No "classic" Springbank start, it lacks something the hefty with the younger standards salinity. Very light peat, on the palate earthy than in the nose. Mild spices - white pepper, young thyme. Oily and heavy on the tongue.
    • Finish
      In the medium-long finish remain until the end spices and fruit.

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An intense, typical 90s Springbank. I like it a lot, but I'm a Springbank fan anyway. Hadn't expected it to be so well-received to be honest. 88/89.
    • Nose
      A typical oily Springbank profile. Mango, papaya, malt, pineapple, honey, vanilla, caramel, minerals, pepper, banana, porridge, perfume and smoked sausage. Oh yeah and there's some peat as well, almost forgot. Water releases quite some honey and peach.
    • Taste
      Mango, papaya, peat, chili pepper, pineapple, peach, peat and caramel. Also here honey when adding water, as well as some orange.
    • Finish
      Mango, caramel, pineapple, peat, limestone and salami.


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