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Springbank 1996 Arc

Overall rating 42 votes 89.78
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 1:00 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 160,00

65 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 23
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

18 Notes

dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Review note
15 Nov 2017 12:02 am
dram-drinker gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
90
Initial taste
88
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
89
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Tasting note
15 Nov 2017 12:02 am
dram-drinker gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Yellow gold
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

Comments

The nose was just a little promising but on the palate it unleashed its full potential - great stuff!

stefsel111
Expert Senior stefsel111 Review note
01 Jun 2017 12:45 am
stefsel111 gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.5
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
88
My Collection
JacobaEd
Connoisseur JacobaEd Review note
31 May 2017 11:55 pm
JacobaEd gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.5
Nose
91
Initial taste
90
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
90
My Collection
Bishlouk
Connoisseur Bishlouk Tasting note
09 May 2017 6:36 am
Bishlouk gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Très, très, trèèèèès austère. Un mini fruité blanc d'abord, puis une chape d'austérité qui s'abat sur ce nez. Du calcaire, du minéral, du pétrifié. Revient ensuite un peu de fruité citronné séché.

Taste

Du fruit acidulé, de la liqueur de citron, des épices piquantes. De la fumée minérale grandit à l'arrière. La puissance devient de plus en plus importante quand on garde une lichette en bouche.

Finish

Boom ! L'austérité désertique revient en force. Du bois pétrifié, de la pierre polie, et des vagues interminables de fumée sèche tourbillonnante.

Comments

Mais waaaa quoi ! C'est du TRÈS grand Springbank. La quintessence de la rusticité que j'aime tant chez cette distillerie.

Erik Elixer
Connoisseur Erik Elixer Tasting note
30 Apr 2017 10:39 am
Erik Elixer gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Yellow gold
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.

Comments

Blind tasting.

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Bram84
Expert Senior Bram84 Review note
23 Dec 2016 6:36 pm
Bram84 gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.6
Nose
90
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
89
St. Pauli
Connoisseur St. Pauli Tasting note
02 Dec 2016 10:26 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Very raw, earthy and leafy. Putty, rubber, bandages, dry peat, sheep wool, leaves, walnut oil and grapefruit skin. It also has a certain salty and mineral edge, like being on a beach and smelling the air and rocks that are wet from the see water and kelp. 

Taste

Quite hot without water. With water: It has this bone dry oloroso touch, which is salivatingly sour and bitter. Walnut (the nut and the skin) is shining through massively, next to sultanas and dates. Furthermore, there is orange, again this earthy and leafy touch, peat and still this putty/rubber edge.

Finish

Quite long, more or less a prolongation of the taste. Quite sour and bitter, with tons of walnuts, leafs, ginger, orange and a whiff of peat.

Comments

This one is a special case for if you are in the mood. It's rather closed and astringent. Nevertheless, it's good.

Cheers! Paul
Dram Dracula
Expert Senior Dram Dracula Review note
18 Aug 2016 1:55 am
Dram Dracula gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.1
Nose
91
Initial taste
91
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
86
Presentation
85
Opeth83
Expert Senior Opeth83 Review note
24 Jul 2016 2:56 pm
Opeth83 gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.3
Nose
90
Initial taste
92
Body
92
Finish
90
Price
85
Presentation
90

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