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Overall rating
89.98/100
votes
66
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
551
Number of bottles
239
Strength
54.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
25 Feb 2016 1:44 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 160.00

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66 × member ratings

79 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1996 Arc

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.98 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    On a basic level similar to cask 550, but it's got way more fruity notes and as a result clearly more depth to the experience.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Wow, both mineral, chalky and a bit nutty (like cask 550), but also way more fruity, lemon, green apple, pear, peach, pineapple, some vanilla, agave syrup, a whiff of the "worn out carbon brush"-smokiness (less profound than cask 550).
    • Taste
      90 90
      Clear minerality, oily, a fresh and dried fruitiness, lemon, tangerines, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, some honey and also quite some (white) peppery notes and a mild oak wood spiciness.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium to long: very mineral (like sparking naturally sourced spring water), chalky, beautiful fading fruit leftovers from the taste, subtle peppery oak wood.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

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

  3. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

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

    Tasted in parallel with # 55, # 56, # 164 and #Sb 1993.
    This is the winner for me, probably for his more fruity and balanced profile.
    • Nose
      Very balanced nose.
      We have a lot of fruits, citrus (lemon, orange, clementine), but also a very beautiful mineral.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is light and delicate on fruit syrup, mainly citrus fruits.
      A touch of rosemary raises the whole.
    • Finish
      Long finish on a beautiful fruit salad.
      Really without a hitch.

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    The nose was just a little promising but on the palate it unleashed its full potential - great stuff!
    • Nose
      Honey, lemony, chalky, limestone, some green fruits, a bit leafy, waxy - one of the many typical Springbank expressions - not bad once you get familiar with this
    • Taste
      Very oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, lemony again, and limestone

      With water: tons of grapefruits, more zesty and peppery
    • Finish
      Long and burning, more peppery

  6. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Bishlouk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    But waaaa what! It's VERY big Springbank. The quintessence of rusticity that I like so much at this distillery.
    • Nose
      Very, very, very austere. A fruity white mini first, then a screed of austerity that falls on this nose. Limestone, mineral, petrified. Then comes back some dried citrus fruit.
    • Taste
      Tangy fruit, lemon liqueur, spicy spices. Mineral smoke grows in the back. The power becomes more and more important when you keep a lichette in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Boom! Desert austerity is coming back. Petrified wood, polished stone, and endless waves of swirling dry smoke.

  9. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Floral, briny, a small trace of smoke and sweet fruits. Vanilla, pine apple and later more citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      Briny, white pepper, yellow fruits, briny and some liquorice. With water more floral tones and a bit dusty.
    • Finish
      Pastry - puff pastry, still the briny notes and fruity - guava and cactus.

  10. Bram84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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