Springbank 16-year-old

Overall rating
89.51/100
votes
831
Whiskybase ID
WB77661
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Local Barley
Vintage
09.1999
Bottled
01.2016
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
80% Ex-Bourbon, 20% Ex-Sherry
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
54.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Prisma barley from Low Machrimore farm (Peninsula, Kintyre)
Bottle code
16/22
Barcode
610854001964
Added on
29 jan 2016 5:42 pm by p4blo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2279.88

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 16-year-old

120 users have left 135 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.51 points.

  1. LukeFive scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Broken branches, toasted herb butter, orange marmalade, apple peels, coal, cold coal smoke, plastics
    • Taste
      arrival sweet, soft, oily, butter, preserved lemons, wood spice, shellfish
    • Finish
      long and entertaining finish

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Pear, apple, honey, vanilla, herbs, chalk, hint of smoke, very drinkable

  3. kanpai79 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  4. SimonOHA scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Dense, less complex on the palate than on the nose, but excellent.
    • Nose
      Intense nose of malted cereal, Mirabelle plums mixed with mandarin and kumquat. Metallic vanilla melted in a freshness of liquorice, very pretty. Tiny medicinal smoke in the distance.
    • Taste
      Intense mouth on magnificent yellow fruits and orange peel. Much smokier than on the nose, still medicinal like bandages. Light woody caramel juice on the finish.
    • Finish
      The smoke clears up on the finish and blends with ocean spray. Caramelized cereals.

  5. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: light smoke, fresh grass, honey, light herbality.
    Smak: Sweet smoke flavor. Noticeable roughness, trace amounts of pepper, a little apricot
    Rating: 88 | 100 - Finish quite long, interesting, slightly smoky with accents of freshness / fresh, fresh air after raing.

  6. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: light smoke, fresh grass, honey, light herbalism.
    Taste: Sweet smoke flavor. Noticeable roughness, traces of pepper, a bit of apricot
    Rating: 88 | 100 - Finish quite long, interesting, slightly smoky with accents of freshness / fresh, fresh air after rain.

  7. Nikilema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Simon Stood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    22-23-22.5-22.5

  9. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice nosing, but still a bit spicy more feel...

    Not very outstanding bottle to me...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. DrunkDude scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    scbp-5552, not a strong wine, but balanced and full of emotions.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rubber, machine oil, fried green peppers, grapefruit juice. Wake up after a while, the smell of sea salt, green mango, cream, green pepper, and sweet orange juice. There is no complexity in smelling the fragrance, it is the reasonable arrangement of all the elements you expect from a glass of contemporary Genting batch of wine. 89
    • Taste
      92 92
      The first few mouthfuls have a strong sense of oil, showing obvious but weak spice. The sweetness of honey is very obvious. At the same time there is the sweetness of red apple juice and fresh green mango, with a layer of cream and a touch of cake. The second half of the taste It is gentle black pepper and sesame pepper, with a hint of citrus peel oil and a little bitter aftertaste of pure dark chocolate. The spice is soft, slightly spicy, not salty, not astringent, and slightly bitter. The wine has medium strength, heavy oiliness, fresh, full and balanced flavor, with a slight astringency in the tail. 92p94b90
    • Finish
      91 91
      Green pepper, slightly astringent, slightly organic oil, slightly spicy, slightly sesame pepper, slightly licorice, rich orange peel, slightly mint cooling, slightly bitter. 91

  11. neus007 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  12. DenisLeonov did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Balance (23) all the way! Delightful whisky!

    92! What you need on Friday night :)
    • Nose
      peat ... vegetable notes ... dusty and wet cardboard ... salt ... something sweet (I don't understand what) ... crumpled (letting juice) grass ... some kind of wet animal ... ( 23)
    • Taste
      Wow! Citrus fruits ... wax ... caramels and spices ... butter cream ... dust ... (23)
    • Finish
      Spicy ... sweet ... peach ... ice cream ... pepper ... salt almost crunches on your teeth ... a wave of sour oranges ... a burnt match ... cinnamon

  13. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    At the beginning with a lot of peat smoke but it disappears very quickly. I briefly hear a metallic aroma, then comes citrus and exotic fruit. The sweet and sour notes are reminiscent of a shower. A rich leather note follows and draws towards chocolate. What an exciting nose! I'm looking forward to the first sip!

    Taste:
    The first thing that comes to mind about this malt on the palate is ... sweet, maritime or salty! A liquid muesli! I imagine I will taste the local barley from the Kintyre peninsula. There is some candied ginger on the tongue. A few drops of water is the exotic fruit that I had in my nose at the beginning.

    Departure:
    Medium length, malty-sweet with a little leather. Creamy finish with a slight nuttiness.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    re-review 2 years later.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. Odinson scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Odinson scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Funtik scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty

  18. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  19. toklian scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F22 B23

  20. penumbra scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Waiting for leisure to change but one's heart, but the old heart is easy to change.
    • Nose
      Ocean-type whisky, Genting's unique deliciousness (sea intestine powder, oyster shell, white reef, refined salt), looks younger. It can distinguish the red fruits (strawberries, peaches, grapefruit, mulberries, caramel) in Shirley barrels, and the citrus, pineapple, and lemon peels brought by the winery genes. The barrel nature is very weak, the grain wind covers the woody tone, wheat ears, straw, stone mill, dust. The wine has a good body, with cheese, fat, honey, vanilla, and peat relatively light and slightly fishy.
      Sweeter than memories, more fruity, youthful and beautiful, slightly plump.
    • Taste
      Salt and pepper, sea water, citrus peel oil, slightly alcoholic. The same smelling fruit, but more clear and simple, in contrast, it has become a fruity hard candy with edible flavor. Then cheese began to dominate the theme, licorice, chaff, corrugated paper, and peat became prominent, but still at the level of regular cloud tops, black pepper, and stove ash.
      Stronger, better fat, sweet, no sour, no astringency, no bitterness, no pungency.
    • Finish
      Longer, light peat, cheese, fruit and vegetable juice, limestone.

  21. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Springbank 16 yo 1999/2016 ‘Local Barley’ (54.3%, OB, 9000 bottles) Five stars All the barley came from one single farm in Kintyre, and was floor-malted on location at Springbank. The casks were kept and disgorged/bottled on location as well. Some will say that this is genuine ‘single malt’, while so many are totally international ‘operations’ and carry almost nothing truly ‘local’. Colour: pale gold. Nose: same family, and that’s very obvious on the nose, even if this one has a bit of varnish, possibly from the higher strength. Similar metallic/mineral profile, with perhaps a little more grapefruit and lemon, but the soot and ashes are well there. The shoe polish as well. With water: takes water extremely well. In other words, more quality shoe polish ;-). Mouth (neat): this is really very good, and totally up my alley. Sharp, sooty, very zesty, slightly pungent, with a perfect minerality and a grassy side that reminds me a bit of that Spanish white wine that can be very good (and sometimes awful, to be honest), verdejo. With water: oh yes it swims well. Perfect lemon, soot, paraffin (the good side of paraffin), ashes… What it’s not quite got, and which was in the 1978, is salt. Finish: long, lemony, grassy, and sooty. In other words, perfect. A medicinal side in the aftertaste (iodine, antiseptic). Comments: I was hoping this wood be great, and I’m not disappointed. Old school and just perfect. SGP:462 -

    91 points.

    whiskyfun.com

  22. Yarema scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is really cool ...
    As if something old and not average ..
    As if something bites and caresses you at the same time ...
    And where all the time pulls into a wormhole ))

    Nose - 22
    Taste - 23
    Finish - 23
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 90

  23. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    22 23 23 23 91

    the best Local Barley of the 21st century, I hope so far the best ...

  24. KonstUA scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 23, finish 23, balance 22

  25. etwa77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    taken by surprise by the austerity and violence of this whisky after the fruity
    extravaganza of the 10 LB lead me to believe there is candy ahead.. a peat hole of fractalic minerality.. a devilish substance that manages to be different things at the same time..
    • Nose
      92 92
      the peat is both subtle and very hard hitting.. salty leather, earth, dampness, old washing cloths left to dry.. yes, fruits at the end.. to soothe me receptors a bit
    • Taste
      92 92
      sweet and bitter at the same time.. like those double photographs from the 80s.. lime and salt, the after taste of a very dry and tart marguarita..
    • Finish
      90 90
      bitter wins the taste, but sweet ends victoriously.. not blatantly so, more like the taste of honey from a few minutes ago.. a memory of honey.. a bit spicy, but not too much.. fresh herbs - basil!

  26. djmaxliving scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    This very much is a lemon-bomb whisky, decent nose /palate but the finish falls away and becomes weird and slightly off-putting.

    Disappointed with the hype attached to this release, as it doesn't quite live up to expectations. Not an over complex whisky, a little average if you factor in the high ABV.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, lemon sherbet, wine gums, sandalwood, toffee, peat, smoked bacon and biscuit. Decent enough.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Lemon, candy, smoky, barley, ginger and lemon peel.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Bitter, sour, oaky and slightly unbalanced with water it helps to address this issue. Medium finish.

  27. TsiAI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Viewing Eyes: Yellow Taste Palate: Meat, sweet shrimp, vinasse yellow croaker, cream, a little plant aroma, mainly salty and sweet, half-cooked cheese, sea waves, grilled saury. The saltiness is clear, the minerals are not very prominent, the turbidity is average, a little oil and fermented beans smell. Nose: salty and fresh, kind peat, seaweed soup, fresh meat wonton, fresh shrimp skin, smoked fish. The latter part is temperate fruits and a bit of Lapsang Soup, half-cooked cheese, wheat fragrant, cereals, a bit of minerals and white shells, and a baked apple at the end.
    Final rhyme Finish: long, round, fresh shrimp, tea soup, daisy, smoked seafood Body: medium, oily

    Nose: 89/100
    Palate: 89/100
    Finish: 88/100
    Body: 89/100
    Overall: 89/100

    Overall: The peat is not rushing, it matches well with the umami flavors of fruits and seafood. The overall level is clear and harmonious.

  28. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This was a tough one for me, the nose was my favorite. But the oak on the palate although nice seemed to dominate the other vanillas and lemon notes, I couldn’t get any sherry from the palate and finish. I do prefer the younger local barleys you this. The finish is lengthy and the pour is very good nevertheless.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet malt, hint of peat, lemon, vanilla, stewed red fruits, light oak
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and oaky, bright and dense, vanillas and barrel spice, lemon zest,
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, Light spice, salinity, oak, lemon icing sugar

  29. Liquid_Gold scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  30. lovernanako scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    typical springbank cheesy umami funk on the nose and very sweet on the palate, vanilla caramel burnt sugar and nutty flavours coming from the bourbon cask, after taste is long and malty, slightly dry, kinda reminds me of Quaker rolled oats

  31. matfrl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  32. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  33. ldcsh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  34. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  35. 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

  36. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  37. bruce47 scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    A great drop

  38. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A nice Springbank. A pleasure to drink.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Fruit, fresh, vanilla, honey
    • Taste
      93 93
      Slightly smoky, very fruity, peppery, spicy, vanilla. Everything perfectly balanced.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium finish, fruity and spicy. Delicious!

  39. wisekyofcourse 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.

  40. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Bretorianer scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  42. dramspotter scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    Blind mystery tasting.
    • Nose
      smokyness, dry
    • Taste
      bacon
    • Finish
      longish

  43. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    No detailed notes, but I had this just after trying the 11yo Local Barley. They were extremely similar in profile, although you could tell that the extra maturation had rounded up the edges in the distillate a lot in just five years, and the oak's already become softer and more delicate. I ended up preferring the 11yo (88 pts.).

    edit 2022: Why is this bottle worth 1800€ in auctions? What are people smoking?

  44. thomasflsts scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  45. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    3323´91 -
    Mineral honey with a magic haze

  46. birkzehn scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  47. Falnor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A difficlut to score whisky. After the hype this one got so much attention, both excellent and overpriced. So, how to Judge with all this talk about a dram?
    Well, just taste the thing and it was a very good one. Nice springbank profile with something extra. Not a easy dram, but I like that.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A strange vegetable scent of decaying plants. Followed with a metal note, like a old caryard. Perhaps some engine oil and smoke. Salty whiffs, wet cardboard and some dusty breadnotes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The palate is somehow fruitier. Some mango, oranges, pineapple and peach. A good dose of vanilla, biscuits and caramel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Again an earthy and damp vegetable nose. The mineral notes remain till the end and so does the peach.

  48. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    at a tasting
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  49. laurensl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  50. 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

  51. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    2nd:
    mineral freshness, fruit on lemon, some tangerine, vanilla, rather sweet spices, some iodine, dry peat and wet wood come back!

  52. jjkmlss scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    N: White flowers, lemon, banana, lime, engine grease, sourdough

    P: Banana, Apple pie, apricot jam, cracker, fennel, nutmeg, lime, mineral, brine

    B: Medium to light, oily, chalky which is not a compliment

    F: Long with smoke, fennel, honey and banana, the best part of it

  53. mrgood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Bready, fudge, rich fruit, grapes, lemon, apple, absorbine jr, candied fruits, a heavy fruit (something very specific that I can't quite put my finger on), raspberry.  Finish is long.

  54. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This one didn't evolve in the bottle and remained this excellent whisky I enjoyed these past two years. Old school, with the typical Springbank austerity and minerality mixed with a tasty fruitiness.
    • Nose
      Malty, mineral (wet stone, chalk), citrusy (lemons and pink grapefruits), lightly tarry and smoky.
    • Taste
      Attack is sour and oily. Second sipping is peppery, briny, citrusy/zesty (lemons and grapefruits again), earthy, mineral, slightly grassy and ashy. All of that, nicely mixed
    • Finish
      Medium, lemon, pepper.

  55. RichardMayston scored this whisky 45 points Expert Senior

    Blah, nasty 
    • Nose
      Dry slight smoke, varnish 
    • Taste
      Fly spray 

  56. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  57. EJS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  58. Bosi scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    A very straightforward composed whisky without any frills with strong aromas, but not overly complex. Just what you expect from Springbank.
    • Nose
      The nose starts with a kick of mineral flavors, like remnants of a sharpened pencil or metal key, followed by lemon cake and leather polish. The whisky smells like a wash back at the beginning of the fermentation and sometimes a little bit to the stable.
    • Taste
      The taste is clear and sharp like a razor blade. The impression of minerals remains and is accompanied by plenty of salt, a light sweetness, wax and hay. I barely taste any fruit.
    • Finish
      The sweetness of the taste transforms into the medium-long finish in the acidity of a grapefruit and becomes more and more medicinal over time.

  59. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is again a substantial craft presetation. Everything is very well intermeshed, cow dong, tropical fruits, minerals, I like this very much.Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Light smoke and cow dung (some burned matches), apple, grass, citrus fruits (oranges), hints of smoke, salted fudge, minerals, cookie dough.
    • Taste
      Springbank farming (some cow dung), some smoke, oranges, minerals, salt, honey, tropical fruits.
    • Finish
      Long. Oak, smoke and Springbank farm.

  60. hans1971 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  61. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  62. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  63. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    beautifully elegant, similar to springbank 21, but similarly overpriced as well
    • Nose
      dark wood, cream, grass, butter, light fruits, roasted grains, toffee, hint of citrus
    • Taste
      rich fruitiness mixed with very rich, elegant and aromatic orange notes, spices, mouth coating, grains, rich thick butter
    • Finish
      medium-long, light fruits, cream, butter, elegant wood, grass, grains, smoke, orange, orange peel, long orang-y fruits and grain at the back

  64. 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.

  65. 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

  66. Glennie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is good whisky for sure.

    But I can't understand the hype.

    For me it really isn't high value for money.

    It takes water well.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  67. lukeboone scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  68. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quite mineral, malty, rustic, lemon zest, moderate smoke, vanilla cream.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  69. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, vanilla that comes out, then lemon, and after a while, these are exotic fruits, then an oily side appears and a fine peaty feeling it's fresh, the smell of fruit is stubborn ... and it makes me want to (re) dive into this distillery!

  70. maltsabine scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  71. birkzehn scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  72. onemr did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Good

  73. onemr did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Good
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  74. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, clearly Springbank, also quite interesting, but after 3 other Springbanks (10, 18, 12CS), who still stand here for comparison, I would not know, why I should spend as much for this as the 3 others together (200 +). 70-80 € - OK.
    • Nose
      no smoke, a bit of loamy soil, salt, sweet tobacco, aromatic hay ... sweeter with water - malt, cereals, marmalade, slightly overripe banana and gingerbread spice
    • Taste
      full-bodied, earth, some tobacco, pumpernickel, beet syrup, pepper ... more common with water, more grain and chocolate
    • Finish
      long and strong, pepper and some salt, dark chocolate, leather, slightly smoky-bitter

  75. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    A lot of fruit, peat that intermingle very well. Is very well balanced with a powerful finish. That lingers....
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  76. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    pale gold color, very expressive nose, quite peaty, slightly medicinal (paraffin, wax) and mineral, very vanilla, honey, some yellow fruits. Nice scale in the mouth, perfectly integrated alcohol, texture quite fat, honey, vanilla, on a mineral background, peaty, much less austere than Kilkerran 12. Final quite long, vanilla, slightly lemony and salty. Not the profile I like, but it's very well done.

  77. Defeatless scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Owyeah!!! Quite brilliant. This is salty, sweet, dusty, fruity. Just say it's Springbank in it's most excellent way.

    Taste: Sweet liqourisch, get's a bit peppery, salt and hardy, some zesty fruit. Pineapple, candied pears. Tropical fruit from a can. Owwwwwdear this is good! There is also aa nice wood influence here.

    Body: Full and oily, but yet silky.

    Finish: Long. Some peat comes in, but not to much. The cask speaks more here. So there is more vanilla and toffee and some caramel with cream here.

    Price: Around time of writing 195 euro's which is utterly over expensive, it used to be a bit better.

    Presentation: Don't know this was a sample.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  78. hartist scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Another great success for Springbank.
    • Nose
      Complex: factory smoke and shop smells (dirty oil, motor grease, shoe polish, soot and ash), fruit, honey, fatty biscuits, with sea water and rock-whipping spray. Austere is the key word of this nose that I also find a bit "shy".
    • Taste
      The slap; the mouth is powerful, grasseyante, complex. Notes of oily wax, citrus fruits, malt (cereals), salt, vegetables too, and ashes as a guiding thread. Here the key word is rigor: everything is there, nothing exceeds.
    • Finish
      Persistent, dense, almost spartan, on ashy and fruity smoke.

  79. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  80. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    More fruity (oranges) than other Springbanks. Great whisky, but overpriced IMHO. The nose is fabulous, though.
    • Nose
      Springbank minerally, earth tones, honey, oranges, some yellow fruits like banana, leather, slightly minty, medicinal, some coconut, barley
    • Taste
      Earthy, minerals, oily honey, some motor oil, oranges, barley, some banana and mint
    • Finish
      Slightly drying, barley, minerals, earth tones and motor oil

  81. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  82. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  83. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    The profile is really like bourbon cask but the tropical fruits are missing a bit - nevertheless it is a very interesting profile - for sure much better than the Springbanks distilled in the 90s and matured in fresh sherry hogshead with the leather boot and sulphur profile.
    • Nose
      Honey, pears, lemons, lots of stone and minerals, meaty, ham, touch of smoke, now more fruity - very special and like old style Springbank (non-sherried)
    • Taste
      Oily and liquorice, more williams pears, minerals again, nice sweetness, hints of peat and smoke, just shy oak cask - the palate is following the nose.

      With water everything becomes a little bit smoother but the profile stays the same.
    • Finish
      Rather smooth in the beginning and becoming more punchy with the finish

  84. jankes scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  85. kot1803 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nature has created a miracle rainbow. In which 7 colors harmoniously combine together and creates a natural miracle.
    And in this drink, in the perfect harmony, I combined the light animal scents, the aroma of the warm earth after the rain, the slightly dried white mushrooms, the raisins of gold, wine notes, leather, a few varnishes, spices (where are they without them) and oak mustard aftertaste).
    Perfectly!! 91/100
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  86. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  87. 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.

  88. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  89. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  90. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is the first of five new releases with the Local barley label and this 16 year old will be followed annually by younger releases. 

    Rating interval 89-93
    • Nose
      On the nose; salted biscuits, mineral and subtle peat smoke before the nose is exposed to the battle of breakfast cereals, Corn flakes vs Rice Krispies (the result is a draw). Here is also some soil and herbs in the background, thyme and coriander seeds. 
    • Taste
      Wow! This is a rich and full-bodied malt whisky that hits the palate with intensity and power. White pepper and peat smoke. If the peat smoke was subtle on the nose it is much more intense on the flavor. A lovely salty peat smoke a’ la Springbank/Longrow. A more pronounced spiciness is coming through on the development. I roll it around in the mouth, coating the palate and each taste bud on the tongue. Here is allspice, white pepper and nutmeg. As the salty mineral-peat smoke increases in intensity it is wonderfully backed up by breakfast cereal, white bread, fresh lemon, both the rind and the juice with sour-/bitter interaction but also some sweet and buttery lemon, I am thinking lemon curd. Werther’s original caramel candy is also represented on the palate.
    • Finish
      The finish is powerful with pepper, black pepper this time, brine, delightful dry peat smoke and vanilla sugar. Not as long as I expected but what the heck. It just calls for another zip.

  91. p4blo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very nice, classical Springbank. Good value at the original price.
    • Nose
      Very gentle smoke, vanilla, light fruits - apricots, peaches, bananas, melon, and cheesecake. Smells like a Lowlander.
    • Taste
      Light smoke continues, but becomes more waxy, buttery. Fruity notes of melon, lemons, peaches, vanilla, honey, cheesecake and flower stems. Quite complex.
    • Finish
      Long, more on the yellow fruits and smoke.

  92. Palindrome scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Here are my tasting notes. Yes, I am a writer. Sorry for the very long review, but I think this time it's worth putting down my full notes for the benefit of others who are debating whether to plunk down over two hundred dollars for this whisky.

    Color: Pale goldNose: Immediately, rich malty notes come to the fore with the scent of damp wool. A mineral note emerges that can be likened to petroleum jelly. Sweet peat follows, along with cigar ash. There's a bit of dunnage warehouse fustiness that is present in most Springbanks. Finally comes lemon drops, vanilla ice cream, and some grapefruit.Palate: Classic interplay of malt, a little smoke, sea salt, buttery caramel, and sultana. I’m reminded of the last glass of Springbank 10 Year 100 Proof that I savored last year, but this whisky before me is more mature and even more “old skool,” if you can believe it. The dram is so masterfully made that it tastes a little different with each sip. That sort of variation reveals a master stroke of craftsmanship.Upon one’s tongue, the malt turns sweet right away with some overtones of vanilla bean and caramel sauce drizzled on cheesecake. Industrial notes are not far behind with hints of furniture polish and the kind of mineral oil used to sharpen knife blades. Some fruitiness also comes into play with dried apricot and sultana. Lastly, one is left with an oceanic form of saltiness that seems to evoke some batches of the 1960’s Local Barleys.In the finish, I am reminded of the heather honey that I tasted recently in a 30 year old Highland Park. I wouldn’t categorize the finish as bitter, and yet it moves through a green sappy vegetal note that seems almost bitter, but not quite. This compliments sweeter overtones from the palate remarkably well. A phantom savory note, as of marbling on a fire roasted rib-eye steak, is present at the death, for those who have the ability to detect it.Influence of water: On the nose, water eliminates the damp wool scent right off the bat. One is left with a more austere grassy, mineral impression--along with a foundation of malt and some peat, as might be expected. In the mouth, water also simplifies things. The broth is reduced to light caramel, wet moss, and very little in the way of stone fruits (no more dried apricots). But I do still get a hint of lemon rind, along with a wee bit of grapefruit.Local Barley 2016 is more citrusy with water, in other words. Other critics have said the whisky takes water quite well. I would say that it is delightful with water, but I do appreciate the finer points that are lost with the addition of more than half a teaspoon of water. Since I employ a dropper to add water, I was able to try the whisky with a few drops, and then to add a few more, and a few more, sipping as I went, until I got up to a teaspoon’s worth. I feel that the trade off went south after about half of that. Word to the wise: when it comes to water, less is more with this one. A few drops can relax the whisky without stripping away all of the amazing subtleties.Final Thoughts: Local Barley does succeed in evoking an old-school form of craft-oriented whisky making in spades. I’m amazed this stuff is only sixteen years old. There must be some older casks in the batch. Yes, the broth definitely tastes older to me at times. It has the power of sixteen years, and the charismatic charm of twenty years. In fact, as I said, I was reminded at one point of the latest release of Highland Park’s 30 Year Old, and that is high praise considering how high I rated that one!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      95 95

  93. Finlaggan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    https://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2016/06/springbank-1999-16yo-local-barley.html

  94. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Truly brilliant stuff. That oiliness! Love it :)
    • Nose
      Dirty and briny with only a subtle peat influence. There's some sweet butterscotch as well as vanilla, which in turn is kept in check by lemon zest. Also straw and some wood shavings.
    • Taste
      Oily. Like really nice and fat and oily. Love it. A bit of salt. Very maritime. And subtle peat of course. But wait... there's more! Some white pepper, cloves as well as a touch of lemon. Not too complex, but oh so tasty and balanced.
    • Finish
      Sweet vanilla with brine, peat and pepper. Warming and long.

  95. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  96. ScottFrench scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Let's face it: this Springbank Local Barley is a great success. A rich, dense, complex, balanced, old school whisky that will not please fans of the distillery. This is the kind of whisky that is rare in this market where everything becomes more and more uniform. Released around 130 €, it is worth them!
    • Nose
      No doubt, we are at Springbank. A recognizable profile between 1000: austere with mineral notes of graphite, sand, salt, even metal, but also dried fruits such as hazelnut, walnut, all with ashes and a delicate smoke. One would almost distinguish notes of waxing or fat. To take all this, a bit of biscuit shortbread with lemon and notes sweeter with honey, white grapes, vanilla. With the opening, plum and apricot notes develop. It's all in finesse and yet it's very powerful.
    • Taste
      a beautiful power mastered with a dense texture and fat (notes of polish), sublimating all the aromas that compose it. We all find some aromas: hazelnuts, plums and apricots ripe, a hint of vanilla, lemon and grapefruit. Add to that a little smoke, ash, and the equation is winning. Alcohol perfectly plays its role as a vector of taste and does not disturb at any time.
    • Finish
      long, persistent, intense and delicate on a veil of fruity smoke (apricots, Mirabelle plum) and lemony with slightly austere notes in the background.

  97. cfosterk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Springbank Open Day sample

    i found the nose initially closed, overwhelmed by nail varnish. settled down after 10 minutes. Coastal notes with various citrus layers. with water more lemons and grapefruits, but honey and vanilla. Also lots of prominent fusile notes - it felt like my dad's old sheet metal working days :)

    Peat and soot initially, then waves of sweet and sour lemons - absolutely gorgeous. Very chewy and meaty texture. The peat returns and the chewy texture lingers. Some very seductive oily notes - industrial.

    Very clean but left with an urge to find a tooth pick or brush my teeth (not in a bad way)!! 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  98. capibara scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      98 98

  99. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Delicious whisky, starts very complex in the scent, with a mixture of multiple fruit, also salty and peaty, and sweet.
    The taste has character, the smoky is now stronger than the fruit. The sweetness also remains present.
    The finish is long, without water the fruity and sweet tones disappear a little, after the addition of water these flavors also return to the finish.
    Very pleasant, just a pity about the very high price.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  100. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very complex whisky, with especially a multitude of fruit in the fragrance. In the taste is also a strong character forward, smoky (but not as an Islay). The finish is very long, taste stays very long.
    • Nose
      Complex! Salty, some peat, but also all kinds of fruit: citrus, orange, banana, even pear and pineapple ... Raisins. Also sweet, honey, vanilla.
    • Taste
      First: powerful! Peppery, peaty, smoky. Oily structure. Then the nuances come: fruity mainly pear, and sweet, honey and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long finish! Lightly peppery, dry, oak. After addition of water, the pear and honey in the finish will also continue to increase.

  101. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  102. Peter87 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  103. Sb17sw scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I could smell this forever. The nose starts out With honey and Vanilla. Shortly thereafter the lemon-orange start to appear, then the banana tha slight peat and finally the pear arrives.

    It is sweet, oily and lightly salty. The peat is there but oh so subtle. The finish is long and slightly oaky. With water I detect honey, malt, vanilla, new leather, toffee and coffee. The finish is looong and getting dryer and I can taste the salt and oak.

    Yummy
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  104. ScottFrench scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My tasting note :
    http://www.monsieurdram.com/springbank-local-barley-1999-16-ans-543/

  105. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  106. brick666 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Maybe interesting to know that this is the first bottle in a serie of 5 to be released over 5 years.

  107. HW74 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In the nose: banana, vanilla, sweet lime-lemon-bergamot smell. Pineapple. The taste: sweet, oily, pleasantly slightly dry (grassy?), Mineral, long-lasting finish with a pleasant tingling in the mouth.

  108. tsmstoteler scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose starts off with sweet lemon (thought those we sour), vanilla, sweet sugary malt and just a little bit of smokyness in the background. Very subtile. It develops to a more grassy pineaple and oak. It is mouthcoating. Very oily, and very sweet. The same flavours come up, so it is quite straight forward. You smell what you taste. It ends with a pleasant bite on the tongue. Good dram!

  109. Dede scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: mineral and dry, with a bonus of something industrial (paraffin? Waxing? Fat? A little of all that). Fruits are present in the bottom (pineapple lacking maturity), but they never break in the foreground. A pretty veil of smoke very old school is also in the game. With aeration appear citrus (lemon and especially grapefruit), as well as salty notes. Water strengthens the marine side.

    Palate: Powerful and fat from the start, with more citrus than nose (still grapefruit), and a nice dose of salt. Smoke is also part, but less pregnant than the nose. We also find the cereal, vegetable notes, and always this minerality a little austere in the background. The water shows coconut notes on the attack, as well as a sparkling appearance on the palate (the famous effervescent Brioschi of our Italian friends!) Baking soda scented with lemon and melted in a glass of water to help a difficult end of the meal - I love these things that I eat as is).

    Finish: long, finely smoked and marked by the bitterness of grapefruit and lemon.

    Conclusion: a malt not so austere that, but terribly old school, both in its way of expressing peat than by its side a little crude. Here the distillate clearly dominates the barrel. It suits me well.

  110. Sjaunja scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2016/springbank/springbank-16-years-local-barley/

    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
    edge.
    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

  111. Licky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  112. Shane_IL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Reviewed in my blog: 

    http://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/04/02/springbank-16-local-barley/
    • Nose
      Ethanol, needs a little glass time. Once that happened: Herbal Springbank funk. Buttered toast. Honey and malt. Slight floral note. Mineral notes, like wet stones in the sun. Indistinct wood oils. Dried woods. Light fruits, apples, pears, bit of pomelo. Slight figgy note (PX?)
    • Taste
      Immediate hit of malt and honey, then a bigger hit of light fruits, apple, peach, apricot jam, grapefruit. This flows into a big floral note and finally some light earthy peat, fruit leather and salt. 
    • Finish
      Long. Slightly soapy. Dry wood. Light fruits. Flowers. Woodspice. Slight saltiness lingers.

  113. moviemaniac scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Ah, Springbank local barley! Not an easy dram, not a dram you just quaff by the double measure, it’s mineral, peaty, oily, dry with green fruits – a combination so rarely encountered these days. Not for everybody – but that's what's so special. 92/100full review: https://dokla.net/dailydram/2016/03/31/tasting-springbank-local-barley-16-yo-1999-2016/

  114. ThS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Why so much noise around this whisky?
    • Nose
      Well perfumed and immediately fruity (pineapple). The paraffin is right behind, with a veil of smoke and some accents of black pepper. It's a fresh, airy nose, but with the oily heaviness of paraffin coming and going intermittently.
    • Taste
      Grasse, much more mineral and woody than the nose: paraffin is there and spreads on the taste buds leaving behind a trail of gravel. There is gray pepper, incense and a little stewed white fruit.
    • Finish
      Slightly bitter, rather long, mineral and insignificant.

  115. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose: exotic, pineapple, sweet peach, some smoke, honey, now I also have vanilla, and a thought of hay! With a little water: intense honey, now also caramel and the peach becomes more intense Taste: honey sweet, chili, ginger, pineapple, orange juice, oily, smoke in the background, Finish: Long and warm, subtle smoke, now slightly sour, again chili, lemony, sour apple

  116. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  117. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  118. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  119. Fman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  120. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Sample from Kay. Thanks for sharing your already classic bottle!
    • Nose
      Oily, some smoke, honey and citrus. Fantastic malty tones, pastry and some dusty notes. Later some ashes and vanilla. The first notes are 'typical' Springbank but they change. Very full and complex dram!
    • Taste
      Mature and complex again with waxy tones, some smoke, oily and fruits. Some almond paste, pepper and citrus - lemon.
    • Finish
      Malty, vanilla, hay, peaches and pepper.

  121. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Springbank 16 yo 1999/2016 ‘Local Barley’ (54.3%, OB, 9000 bottles) Five stars All the barley came from one single farm in Kintyre, and was floor-malted on location at Springbank. The casks were kept and disgorged/bottled on location as well. Some will say that this is genuine ‘single malt’, while so many are totally international ‘operations’ and carry almost nothing truly ‘local’. Colour: pale gold. Nose: same family, and that’s very obvious on the nose, even if this one has a bit of varnish, possibly from the higher strength. Similar metallic/mineral profile, with perhaps a little more grapefruit and lemon, but the soot and ashes are well there. The shoe polish as well. With water: takes water extremely well. In other words, more quality shoe polish ;-). Mouth (neat): this is really very good, and totally up my alley. Sharp, sooty, very zesty, slightly pungent, with a perfect minerality and a grassy side that reminds me a bit of that Spanish white wine that can be very good (and sometimes awful, to be honest), verdejo. With water: oh yes it swims well. Perfect lemon, soot, paraffin (the good side of paraffin), ashes… What it’s not quite got, and which was in the 1978, is salt. Finish: long, lemony, grassy, and sooty. In other words, perfect. A medicinal side in the aftertaste (iodine, antiseptic). Comments: I was hoping this wood be great, and I’m not disappointed. Old school and just perfect. SGP:462 - 91 points.

    Serge findet ihn auch gut :-)

  122. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  123. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  124. 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.

  125. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  126. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    n: very salty and lactic-sour expression at least at first nosing.
        the smoke is rather gentle but there is the typical soot and ashes combination
        together with sea air. other than that we have a fruity component with
        lemon sorbet and mandarines.
        also quite some mineral oil and mild oak.
    t:  oily mouthfeel, good attack but not sharp at all.
        very fruity, a beautiful mixture of apples, lemons and something tropical
        which I cannot pin down.
        really great, like a brilliant white wine
    f:  very long and laser like
    comments: really good as expected, sure a tad too expensive but I like the
                       springbank philosophy and I have ordered a bottle.

    91/100

  127. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  128. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Highly anticipated Springbank Local Barley - our first general-release Local Barley bottling since 2001. Springbank Local Barley is one of the most iconic Springbank expressions ever produced and we are delighted to announce the new 16 year old bottling, the first in a series of five expressions to be released over five years. As mentioned, the new bottling is 16 years old and was distilled from barley grown at Low Machrimore Farm in Southend, a few miles outside of Campbeltown. It has been bottled at 54.3% with only 9,000 bottles available for worldwide distribution.

    Tasting Notes and Comments by Springbank
    • Nose
      Initially Sweet and briny before notes of butter shortbread, vanilla, pear drops and raisin develop. 
    • Taste
      Sweet and rounded with a very subtle peat influence combining with butter tablet, soft fruit and mineral notes.
    • Finish
      A long evolving finish with notes reminiscent of our earthy dunnage warehouses. The peat is slightly more prominent and integrates well with lighter notes of candy and lemon zest.

  129. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Would I buy more? Absolutely. 9,000 bottles are not a small amount and the price is certainly not a cardboard stem, but for a 16-year original bottling of Springbank with this alcohol level, I'm ready to spend a little more. The baseline ratings show that he is also right in the other countries. Once again a great 'Local Barley'. Quite different from the old ones and yet it reminds me of the jumpers from earlier days.
    • Nose
      A slight hint of smoke leads to this magnificent "Old School" Springer. Great fruitiness, one is almost inclined to think of an exceptionally well-managed wine storage. Exotic tropical fruits such as grilled pineapple and bananas, peach juice and freshly cut mango slices, as well as heather honey and rounding vanilla sugar.
    • Taste
      Very oily, strong mouthfeel. Lightning-wrapped alcohol. Again, the peat smoke, again the beautiful fruitiness, creme brulee and some oak spicy. A very fine acidity complements the round taste.
    • Finish
      The fruity notes and smoke are retained long after the malt disappears. For me one of the best Springbanks of the last years. Absolutely no objection, nothing I do not like.

  130. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  131. fradin11 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  132. 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.

  133. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wtf! The nose was quite standard and I was not expecting much in the mouth but then this rollercoaster with sweet, incredibly sour grapes, and this intensity.

    I will try it with water now: The nose is more oak and less sweet! As expected less sour and also more bitterness of the oak. For me without water the dram was better. 
    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla and oak. The bourbon is there and brings the typical honey/vanilla notes. After a while I have the typical "farm"-smell of Springbank. Dry hay, herbs, some fruits (apple/pear) and a bit of smoke. The dram needs some seconds before opening completely!
    • Taste
      First sweetness but then immediately sour grapes (fermented even) or sour apple which is so dominant killing most of the other influences I had in the nose. But as this sour influence is so nice it is so welcome in my mouth! 
    • Finish
      Long very long and remains quite sour and a bit oaky! Lovely!

  134. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    No doubt, it is a beautiful Springbank, very good and very well done (there are some bad or badly made, by the way?). The smoked and fruity markers are present. Fruity, unctuous, fine; it is very pleasant to drink and does not attack at any time. But on a purely personal level, the malted sides (highly developed) are not my especially my cam. 90/100 (for the intrinsic quality of the product), 89/100 (purely personal).
    • Nose
      Vanilla and honeyed cereal. Lemon zest brings a welcome freshness. A fine fruity smoke in the background. Lemon syrup develops after aeration.
    • Taste
      The texture on the palate is smooth, gourmet, and sweet. Compote of white fruits. Spinning dry malt dust, and peppered lemon drums at the bottom of the mouth. Exotic yellow fruit jam comes to mix with the dance.
    • Finish
      Average. Dried cereal smoke comes back in the mouth. Pinches of pepper are sprinkled on the tip of the tongue. Tongues of dried lemon appear.

  135. GlenPiWi scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Official tasting notes:
    Nose: Initially Sweet and briny before notes of butter shortbread, vanilla, pear drops and raisin develop.

    Palate: Sweet and rounded with a very subtle peat influence combining with butter tablet, soft fruit and mineral notes.

    Finish: evolving finish with notes reminiscent of our earthy dunnage

    warehouses. The peat is slightly more prominent and integrates well

    with lighter notes of candy and lemon zest.

    All distilled from barley grown at Low Machrimore Farm in Southend, a few miles outside of Campbeltown

    The barley type is prisma and 80% of the whisky was matured in American oak ex bourbon and 20% European oak ex oloroso sherry.

    source: Springbank Distillers Facebook page

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