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Springbank 20-year-old

Overall rating
91.57/100
votes
141
Whiskybase ID
WB78499
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
06.1995
Bottled
01.2016
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Fresh Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
192
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
16/14
Barcode
610854002022
Bottled for
Dutch Springbank Lovers
Market
nl Netherlands
Added on
19 Feb 2016 9:24 pm by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 393.84

110 × in wishlist

141 × member ratings

153 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 20-year-old

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.57 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    An impressive old school treacly sherry beast with still some typical Springbank underneath. I had my doubts about buying this one at such a price, but it's actually worth it. I compared it with the 1996 from The Maltman, which actually appears light in comparison to this one. Yes this is exceptional.
    • Nose
      Raisin, dark cherry, prune, cinnamon, mocha, peach, tobacco, raspberry sauce, toffee and coffee. The addition of water makes it spicier. Vintage sherry profile from far before 1995.
    • Taste
      Blueberry, mocha, tobacco, dark cherry, raisin, prune, apricot, leather, peat, date and dark chocolate. Some sulphuric spice as well.
    • Finish
      Mocha, tobacco, cherry, dark chocolate, raspberry sauce and peat.

  2. GlenPiWi scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Wow! Perfect balance between age (wood), sherry & distillery character.

  3. Hemdl scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    What should I say big? For me, one of the best malts I have ever had in the glass. No weaknesses, but many highlights and in the end simply an outstanding malt. Everything is just right. The jumps not only from the state in the 90-point mark, but leaves the mass of malts behind. Outstanding.
    • Nose
      Deep sherry flavors flow around the nose. Sweet raisins, dark grapes, cherries and some sweet caramel. Behind the typical Springbank smoke, which gives the whole lot of volume, but does not suppress the fruity aromas, but reinforced. With some time in the glass, the cherries come out more and more clearly, remind me of these extremely sweet pickled cherries, which are available in jars to buy and like to use in baking.
      Fantastic nose and already an absolute highlight. Violent, sweet sherry paired with the Springbank smoke on pickled cherries. Delicious!
    • Taste
      Again, heavy sherry, but the sweet variety. The cherries are also still available, the smoke has retreated a bit and is nowhere near as present as I would have thought. As the Springbank character has to fight, the barrel was as expected then very dominant - and this is also very good so.Toffee, some chocolate, all this in front of this magnificent pot full of cherries and a few oranges. There is certainly much more that could be described. But right now I just enjoy.
    • Finish
      Even in the departure, this Springbank indulges no weakness. Long, wonderfully sweet finish. The sherry cask does not like to stop and only at the very end, when you see the end in front of you, the smoke comes through again and leaves the taste buds tickling. Fantastic.

  4. Mister_FF scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    One of the best Springbank's I've tasted so far. I'm really excited. Reminds me somehow of the oldschool 70's / 80's Springbank bottlings. Absolutely no modern Springbank, more like an old vintage bottling. Full and fat with a dark sherry color that you do not often have in your glass. Although not necessarily cheap, but worth every penny. Who has the chance to buy this "grenade" should strike.
    • Nose
      Sweet old and intense sherry barrel. Dark burnt but delicious caramel. Lush, overripe cherry. To bite yummy.
    • Taste
      Fantastic dark sherry flavors, as I know you so far from old Glendronach's. Dark chocolate with high cocoa content, but not bitter. On the contrary, sweet and intense taste. Class.
    • Finish
      Long, voluminous and full sherrylastiger finish, which may hardly end. Chocolate, sherry, cherry that sticks to the tongue and the palate for a long time.

  5. nallacam scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    For me one of the most special Springbanks I've had in my glass so far. Incredibly intense and creamy, with an extremely strong sherry influence.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: mahogany, oily streaks, sirup-like
    • Nose
      93 93
      Directly after pouring into the glass: ripe blackberries, marzipan, bittersweet chocolate .. Springbank character becoming more present, slightly metallic, some smoked bacon, meaty, oak spices. After some time in the glas: more sherry dominated, salty caramel, red fruits, slightly alcoholic, distillery character shines trough from time to time
    • Taste
      94 94
      slight alcoholic tingle at the beginning, the sweetness gives away to the Springbank aroma which alternates with the red fruits of the sherry, beautiful interplay, some bacon in cherry juice, a slight oaky bitterness, tobacco, very thick, I want to chew this forever
    • Finish
      93 93
      almost infinitely long, blackberries all over the place (swallowing brings them back, even after a while), a bit nutty, a little sour, oak spices, metallic

      Comment: Wonderful complex malt, the alcohol is very well integrated, for me the distillery character is still sufficient, even tough the sherry is more dominant (which I like in this one)

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic single cask bottling ...
    [Color] bronze;
    • Nose
      dark fruits (raisins, plums), sherry, spice;
    • Taste
      full, harmoniously complex approach; much, much sherry, caramel, seasoning, tobacco, oak; behind it a subtle smoky note;
    • Finish
      a long finish, in the aftertaste citrus (orange, nectarine)

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  9. squaadgras scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. addyhd scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

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