Springbank 12-year-old Burgundy

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Burgundy Barrels
Number of bottles
53.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
23 Apr 2016 11:07 am by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 231.31

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old Burgundy

113 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.11 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior


    I trust Springbank more with a wine cask than I do with a sherry cask, to be honest. It’s either poor cask management, or they are cheap, because many of their sherry casks are sulphured. Probably the latter. And I love Springbank, but it cannot be ignored. Anyways, springbank and wine go well together! Something about the raw mineral spirit and earthy herbal red wine is a good combo. Case in point here. Great little bottling!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Starts on chewable vitamins, dry leaves and twigs in the fall, calcium, chalk. A little acidity. Red berries - almost like a róse wine.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Milk chocolate, leafy and herbal. Good mouthfeel. Red berries turn darker. Gets deeper and richer. Still some calcium, but nice and rich on the palate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Vitamins and calcium back into focus, drying, dark berries turn back to red berries. Chalky. Earthy smoke builds.

  2. Dramned! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very unusual and complex Springbank, which despite all its otherness still has the typical Springbank characteristics. The freshness of the barrels you notice this bottling, the wine is dominant and blends in with the sour notes quite wonderful in the harsh Springbank complexity. Just beautiful!
    • Nose
      The light smoke and the acidity of the wine directly provide a very exceptional entry into this Springbank - he smells a bit of burnt fruit compote with rhubarb and berries. Juicy orange and lime peels, vanilla and over and over fruit acid, which waters my mouth even when smelling. After a little warmth of the hand, it becomes noticeably sweeter and the typical oily and salty spice of Springbank comes through, albeit much more subdued than usual.
      Alcohol is not distracting at any time. For a pretty young 12 year old with cask strength already amazing.
    • Taste
      The whole mouth is immediately flooded with a breathtaking sugary sweetness! The typical Springbank sharpness comes later, then the spice and again the sour fruit notes of the wine. Distinct wood notes of the barrel complete the whole thing with a bitter dryness.
    • Finish
      In the long finish somewhat grassy and light tannins of the wine, barely fruity. Some oak is also added. A sweet-and-sour plume of smoke lingers the longest

  3. schero scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Now: candy box open, licorice out!
    • Nose
      Salty strawberries come to my mind first, very red wine, also raspberries are here, a little cold smoke, then comes an insanely concise liquorice note, salt liquorice at its best, including comes through again and again the metal bucket, which I have often had at Springbank
    • Taste
      Sweet strawberries and a lot of red wine directly back to the beginning, then comes a strong start together with now more noticeable smoke, the oak spice dries out the mouth slightly, but everything fits wonderfully to the recurring licorice
    • Finish
      Mouth-filling and warming with oak, red wine and a again soft smokiness, the mouth finally feels as if it had eaten a packet of licorice - great

  4. 88plus Bus scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: first really earthy. This has to go a little bit until the fruit comes to the fore, then it will be pretty strawberry-like, so it will be properly berry. After a few smells this strawberry beats towards PEZ candy, you know the things with the tilting head or? At the end, a fine mint note is added, but that could also be the alcohol.

    Mouth: sweet with a tough start. So there the alcohol is already strong, but clearly a jumper, this earthy, dirty I know of the Hazelburn, which I still have open at the time. The fruit is full again, or straw is the straw, I do not know. By the way, the strong alcohol disappears quite fast on the tongue. What I like but really good is the fine oak note that lasts a long time. Not at all bitter but nice long it remains in the aftertaste. Incidentally, the second sip is much more harmonious and pleasant than the first.

    Conclusion: after the first sip it would not have been the 88 points in my rating, but it is developing well, really delicious towards the end! Especially the fruity note develops nicely. Think the base points hit him pretty well.

  5. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    So far, I can not cope with any of the more experimental Springer barrels, and here too the case is no different, always too biting, metallic, everything, you notice the potential of the spirits behind it, too bad.
    • Nose
      Vinegar, metal, small change, citrus acid, light raisins, light honey, vanilla, menthol, toffee, hazelnuts, hints of salt, alcohol, some cherries and some pepper
    • Taste
      Again, this vinegar, sour grapes, sweet licorice, pickled raspberries, snappy alcohol, tea notes, something earthy and metal
    • Finish
      Snappy, tannins, dry, oak, sweetish malt and liquorice, medium length

  6. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    freshness, grape notes


    some spice madness on my mom's apple caramel crust ....

    excellent but a little bit gorchit.v this has its own charm-molt tasty. I smile, it means everything is not in vain!


  7. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    really great jumper, the wine harmonizes wonderfully with the Brennereicharakter. Highly recommended
    • Nose
      clear, slightly musty smoke (surprisingly dominant, almost a longrow), cooling peppermint (alcohol squeezes), sweet and salty note (soy sauce), strawberries with green pepper (every time), fermented red grapes and wood (wine notes), gingerbread Spices (cardamom, nutmeg, clove, anise)
    • Taste
      immediately creamy sweet licorice, dark fruit (almost like port wine), strawberries and raspberries, dry smoke, spiced tea (getting drier), extremely round (no water needed), warming
    • Finish
      soft smoke, streaked with a fine salt note and oak

  8. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    An 88 with the first dram out of the bottle, but does not oxidize very well, hence a 86 at the end of the bottle. Musty, slightly hot and spicy on the finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. malthead-sven scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Interesting jumping bench, great in the nose, but needs a lot of water and is without being too rough in the mouth. Has recognition value but unfortunately can not quite meet the expectations.
    • Nose
      Elderberry juice, fruit spread, slightly cooling nose, a sugary sweetness, candied apples, such as the confectionery stand at the fair, peppermint chewing gum sticks, wild garlic, gingerbread, diluted even more pastry, oatmeal cookies with icing, strawberries and rhubarb, milk chocolate , very slightly smoke
    • Taste
      a bit spicy and snappy at first, pepper, strong but sweeter, it also comes through mild smoke, diluted tart, floral and some licorice
    • Finish
      dry, bitter and medium-long, of the sweetness there is hardly anything left, mild, oriental spices

  10. Koalafant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is one of those malts that makes me harder: Sometimes I find it really great, at other times I find the sour notes, especially in the nose, too dominant and disturbing. But always very interesting and off the mainstream.
    => 86/100
    • Nose
      A slightly pungent vinous acidity dominates alongside notes of red currant, cranberry and fermented apple.
    • Taste
      Well balanced at first between acidity and sweetness, the malt becomes sweeter with time, now with hints of strawberries. I feel it as alcoholic hot and also feel a slight, but significant tingling on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Long, burning and warming. Somewhat bitter towards the end.


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