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Overall rating
89.46/100
votes
87
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Shells from the Bay of Caraccas
Vintage
25.10.1996
Bottled
03.03.2016
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
550
Number of bottles
284
Strength
56.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
25 Feb 2016 1:39 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 209.98

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87 × member ratings

93 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1996 Arc

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.46 points

  1. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Smell: Super-impact minerals, ordinary glue, oily (hala) smell, and dried protein. Before this period, people may not like it, but it is ready to change. Wet dead leaves, forest after rain, lemon juice, smoked wood (probably because Gene next to him suddenly started smoking) immature green fruits.

    Drink: The wine is thin and weak, but still has some melting feeling, sweet vanilla cream, slightly smoky, and some light fruit at the end.

    Feelings: This bottle of wine made me think about a question: After Genting chose to use the floor to send out malting in 1992, is it because of debugging during this period that the difference between each batch of malting is quite large? The styles of #550 and #55 are very different. Although I prefer the style of #55, #550 will not score much lower than #55.

  2. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Had the opportunity to taste this Springbank at Gathering 2018. Crisp Springbank profile.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Teresa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very mineral, limestone, chalk, nutty, waxy, lemon, unripe apples and pears, honey, some grassy notes and a very a-typical smokiness: smells like worn out carbon brushes in old electric power tools.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A mineral saltiness, short circuited electronics, an oily nuttiness, white fruits like unripe apple and galia melon, bitter oranges, some white grapes, mild honey, quite some pepper and wood bitters.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Again pretty mineral and chalky, some fresh and honied fruitiness, also a bit musty with a clear but not disturbing wood bitterness.

  5. Dirk scored this whisky 91 points Super Administrator

    After the recent releases of Springbank from Archives I had to try the older ones. I heard stories about these Springbanks releases. It is a very clean Springbank, the distillery character is clearly loud here.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Mineral, pebble stones. Some lemon zest, unripe pears, vanilla. After a while more fruity, almost towards stewed fruits, some drips of honey.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Quite the opposite from the nose, much more fruit then I expected. Apricots, peaches, sweet honey, thick mouthfeel. Ripe pears now, apples as and a touch of salt.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Syrup, thick, oily. Quite long, very sweet. I like it!

  6. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted it with my friend Cubey at the first Whiskybase Gathering in Rotterdam (26 November 2016).
    Perhaps all the other drams were much more characterfull that I could not fully appreciate this mineral clean springbank.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Superb from beginning to end. No flaw. Recalls the 90 kingsburry in a less mineral hair.
    • Nose
      Very mineral nose. Pebble. Slightly lemony but discreet. Light vanilla. A little white flower.
    • Taste
      On the palate it's fruity. White grape, apricot, peach. Sweet, perfectly integrated alcohol. Always mineral but in the background.
    • Finish
      Final very long and fruity. Mineral too. Superb. Peach syrup. Liquorice veil after the event

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

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

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    The nose doesn't match the palate but both are not bad at all
    • Nose
      Lemony, chalky, honeydew, green fruits and vegetables, but also something meaty and porky
    • Taste
      Very citrusy and lemony, rather fresh, oily, almonds
    • Finish
      Medium long, a tad bitter in the end

  10. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Shares many qualities with the other Archives ex-bourbon cask springbank released at the same time, but I like this one slightly more *probably*. Mineral, citrusy, oily, funky, and slightly fruity, this one is a winner. With water, lots and lots of lemon. I am a big fan of this modern ex-bourbon springbank profile. One of the more pungent and bright example of this.

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