Springbank 12-year-old Burgundy

Overall rating
88.07/100
votes
692
Whiskybase ID
WB81433
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
11.2003
Bottled
05.2016
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Burgundy Barrels
Number of bottles
10260
Strength
53.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
16/221
Barcode
610854002107
Added on
23 apr 2016 11:07 am by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 584.72

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old Burgundy

128 users have left 142 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.07 points.

  1. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Of the shortcomings, only the first nose, in which there was decent varnish. Further, this is a very good dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Varnish with a slight sourness from red berries (red currant or raspberry). The varnish quickly passes and medicinal herbs appear, which give excellent cold and freshness. In the background is orange peel.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In the mouth, oranges come out on top in their variety - ripe red, dried candied candied fruits. Even a slight bitterness from the orange peel, not from the oak. Barely noticeable peat and a small mint petal. Perhaps there is an imbalance between the nose and taste, in this case it does not bother me.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium sweet and sour on oranges and berries.

  2. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    the malt is not for me
    I missed the barrel influence on the palate
    • Nose
      this typical Weinmuff, slightly dirty, oak different, red Haribobär
      with water: honey, minimally a meaty note

      from 1920s: red fruit/grape, like, mini cheesy, slightly red gum, minimal oil, tingly, a meaty note (so gravy), a note I can't name
      with water: minimal tobacco, slightly gum
    • Taste
      full, strong, oily
      nutty, raisin, spicy, chocolate ~ 75%, some smoke, bitter, the alcohol tingles a little, minimal workshop

      with water: softer, bast, bitter, cardboard, musty
    • Finish
      medium long
      bitter, slightly tart, furry on the tongue, a note that I can't name

      with water: very tart, blackberry, some peanuts, oak a little rotten, cooked rice

  3. Tomek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: sea, red fruit, dry wine, seaweed, sour apples
    Taste: evidently sea, slightly peaty, seaweed, slight wine influence, vanilla
    Finish: quite sweet, warming up
    Grade: 5

  4. FeydRautha scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. wncvirus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Notes of slightly sweet peat, a little sweet fruit, peach, mango
    Taste: On the first try, sherry notes, a little plum and a grassy freshness torch. With subsequent attempts a slight spiciness appears
    Rating: 87 | 100 - Sweet fruity finish, pleasant medium long

  6. wncvirus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Notes of slightly sweet peat, a little sweet fruit, peach mango
    Taste: On the first try, sherry notes a little plums and a grassy freshness torch. With subsequent attempts a slight spiciness appears
    Rating: 87 | 100 - Sweet fruity finish, pleasant medium long

  7. Lorion scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I really like the whisky. I am very stunned. 90 points!
    • Nose
      "That's a great nose! Very vinous, almost reminds me of Couvreur. Dried fruit, but rather a bit lighter. Apricots, peaches. In addition, an aromatic oak with various herbs. A hint of lovage. There are also nuts. Walnuts.

      Water: The whisky hardly changes on the nose, maybe it gets a little drier."
    • Taste
      "Blindly, I would have guessed a sherry cask, maybe Manzanilla. Winey, nutty and heavy, the whisky settles in the mouth. Full and strong, but without burning. Nutty wood, intense apricot, slightly darker chocolate. A hint of whistling -Tobacco. Wonderful!

      Water: Now I hear a hint of a delicate smoke in the aftertaste. Fascinating. "
    • Finish
      Long, warm, sweet, dry. All at the same time. Wonderful!

  8. ailean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  9. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The wine barrel is very present on the nose, woody acidity and only at the very end the distillery character.

    The springbank character is much more present on the palate and the wine barrel is no longer so dominant. Starts sweet and then turns salty.

    I like it very much. Acts older than 12 years.

  11. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The malt really has rough edges, the gums are astringent from the sour aromas of the wine barrel, at the same time there is a viscous spice that gives a good sense of the distillery character. Very special and definitely not everybody's darling, but really well done.
    • Nose
      A flood of rubber jumps on me (?!), Then red wine vinegar - pretty blatant, after a while and 2 drops of water the whole thing smooths out and the red wine fruit comes to the fore. Sweat and brass are included in the aroma, but the acidity gradually decreases.
      Now balsamic vinegar and soy sauce develop with a dash of the darkest fir honey. A touch of Pattex (I used to like to smell it!) Remains: This nose is a challenge!
    • Taste
      An explosion of fruitiness and salty spiciness, very intense, it tingles under the tongue and the alcohol carries the sour aromas wonderfully elegantly over the palate. So anything but ´fury´ or something, but that seems to have been a great Burgundy.
      The journey across the palate is sensationally exciting, smooth and rich in contrast.
    • Finish
      Long and salivary, at the end there is sour cherry in Grafschafter gold juice (turnip greens), lasting forever, the stimulation of saliva and then the sweet and sour fruit come back on the tongue in waves.

  12. BluePeat scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Bought in 2017 for around $150 USD. Sour cherries on the nose, and definitely dry on the palate, as many others mentioned, with a medium finish. I actually believe it opens up nicely. Sweet, red fruits but not overpowering with the wine influence. Better without water. Overall, happy with the bottle at a slightly higher than original price, but I prefer the 15 rum cask, based on my memory of that one.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. Whiskyfin scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      tannic and a little dry at first nosing, but turns sweet with time and a drop of water
    • Taste
      89 89
      Big, fruity, tannic, and funky, with just the right amount of astringent oak. Fresh dark fruits and dried tropical fruits
    • Finish
      89 89
      long and dry. Dark fruits. A little smoky. Red wine. Melted dark chocolate, sweeter and less bitter than on the palate.

  14. Leessang scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  15. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not really a huge fan of the nose, also the initial taste is a bit hot. With water a bit better, but not a huge fan of this Burgundy Springbank.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. jykoo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Intensity: Medium +
      Quite Special and unusual springbank. Flora and aromatic; sweet with some acidity. I can't get any info online whether it is mature in white or red wine in Burgundy. But I think it is from pinot noir cask as I do get some red fruit note like cranberry. Some apricot and minerality, nuttiness and also some pine oak.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Intensity: Medium
      Dry and tannin mouthfeel. Some caramel like sweetness. The bitterness at the end of palate is quite strong that give it a unbalance finish.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length finish. the fruitiness fade away, leave some liquorice like herbaceous note.

  17. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A solid whisky, dense, rich, thick, the aroma is a little rustic, but the taste / finish is surprisingly juicy and bright, the barrel is very active.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, treated wood, old paint, herbs, dry herbs, dusty books, pipe tobacco, furniture varnish, prunes, raisins, herbarium, dead leaves.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, tart oak, bark, sweet creamy notes, burnt caramel, baklava, imperial stout, prunes, raisins, burnt crackers, leavened wort, berry jam, mineral and industrial notes, industrial textiles.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, oak, bread notes, kvass, raisins, burnt caramel, baklava, fried nuts, burnt jam, sweet berry tones, pipe tobacco, leather goods, metallic and mineral shades, exploding caramel, cola.

  18. Ostap scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Delicate aroma and unexpected disappointment with taste and aftertaste.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Mineral wine, rose petals, sour berries (currants), slaked lime, sweet, exotic juicy fruits, kiwi, white dessert grapes, vanilla on oak, eclair, floral, sherry, grain and malt nuances, sea minerality, explosion of spices. Calm and absolutely not alcoholic romate, meaningful and whole.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Ascetic, kicking, dry, oak, spices.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Burning, dry, strict, a little fruity. Not very clear.

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/04/01/blind-leading-the-blind-a-juicy-revision-session/

    Incredibly, I’ve also tried this one before, back when Whisky Lounge last came to Brighton – so the revisit & revision session continues, along with the red wine/grape theme.

    C: Aah, Springbank – always desirably homemade. Being open for some years now, it feels like this bottle has lost a little vitality, yet the initial strength of 53.3% has no doubt helped preserve this one as well as it can. Regardless, a point more than in 2016. They really know what they are doing up in Campbeltown, regardless of whether it’s double or triple distilled, peated or unpeated, or matured/finished in refill ex-bourbon or burgundy casks. Easily the best whisky of the night.

  20. LordIslay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fruity fresh taste experience from the nose to the finish. Has never been disappointed by a Springbank up to now, and neither has this one.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. Islaywolf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  22. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very interesting whisky. With a beautiful interplay of aromas. I liked that very much.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      copper

      Nose:
      Starts off slightly smoky, cool and leathery. The leather looks greased. Seared orange slices and anise. It seems rather light-fruity to me right now. Direction of overripe apricots. In addition a little solvent. I'll leave my colleague standing ...
      With a little time in the glass, the guy looks greasy. A sweet, fermented berry note joins it. It doesn't seem so cool either. Significantly more set and denser. Now I also find dark cherries from the glass. A pleasant spice nicely plays around what is happening in the glass. Some hazelnut flashes in the meantime.
    • Taste
      First soft start. Kind of dry - creamy. Then the berries clearly in the taste. This fine mineral smoke also asserts itself right away. Becomes earthier. Charred marzipan and a herbal note that reminds me of sage. The wort comes through better with the second sip. Something like cloves and white pepper. A pleasantly sour fruit taste spreads. In addition, honey and a fresh note of wood.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. First dry, finely smoky and minerally spicy. But then again tart and at the same time creamy and sweet. Almost everything there. : D

  25. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fresh wood, herb candy, some aniseed, vanilla, sweet malt, slightly scratchy, rock candy, covered ripe fruits, baked apples, oranges, light acidity
    • Taste
      There is something scratchy about it, is that smoke? Then the sweetness is full-bodied, more vanilla, less herbs, a bit of oak, sourly fruity
    • Finish
      Sweetish finish, unfortunately somewhat short

  26. Funtik scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    very tasty

  27. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very promising and quite complex nose, however the wine profile is a bit loud in the taste.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Quite salty and coastal ,at first, which is a bit unusual.
      The wine profile adds nice layers of dried autumn leaves , burnt herbs and nuts.
      Strong notes of molasses sugar and strawbberies plus subtle cold smoke contribute to a quite complex for the age nose profile.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite smoky, maybe this happens due to the tannic and dry ,though no sulfurous, wine profile. The sweetness manages to balance with the leafy and tannic side
    • Finish
      84 84
      Ashes, molasses, balsamic vinegar and herbs.
      However the tannic side from the wine is now noticeably loud.

  28. -sAxo- scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very promising nose, i dont like wine cask type of whisky but it does well. When it hit the palate things has gone wrong except the oily note.. meh on the finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  29. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Dark fruits red fruits sweet spices honey, not bad

  31. McMoulis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. Elmer_Fudd scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Springbank's quality is always high. However, there are bottlings that are exceptionally good. Unfortunately, these Springbanks are slowly becoming priceless.
    • Nose
      92 92
      A powerful whisky with honey, almonds, cranberry, red currant, smoky, ham. But the smell of a tobacconist is the most striking. Awesome!
    • Taste
      94 94
      A nice mouthfeel, the alcohol is nicely bound. Furthermore, ham, tobacco, chocolate, butter cake, spicy and subtle in the background oak.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The finish is long and strong. Accents of tannins from the wine barrel. Smoky, plum. It makes me silent.

  33. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Sample.

    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.

  34. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The aftertaste dampens the experience a bit, but you can drink quickly. Unfortunately not anymore, because that was the rest of my sample.
    The start is really great!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Here a basket of freshly sliced oranges blows towards you, yes very citrusy, behind it creamy, nuts, some biscuit dough, some tobacco, subtly a grated mint leaf, whole milk chocolate, slightly greasy, but overall very light and fresh, pleasing, after the first sip dominates the creamy chocolate with a few bits of bacon (I actually had it as a combination, not bad)
    • Taste
      90 90
      wow, nice full-bodied, there is a lot going on here, sweet, creamy, nuts, light roasted aromas, yes also orange, but here only as a sideline, caramel, also here very light smoke, tobacco, I like it, it's just fun
    • Finish
      86 86
      the aftertaste is unfortunately short and dry, slightly nutty, a few chewed grape skins

  35. thatfamousgrouse scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    In a nutshell: Red Fruit Funky Stuff

    Nose: Grapefruit, fresh cherry, raspberry, cedar cigar box, burnt popcorn, jasmine, tiramisu. Dense and round but not syrupy.

    Taste: Grapefruit, tobacco, leather, bitter cherry, preserved lemon, cinnamon, clove, almond. Full and long – again, not syrupy.

  36. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. penumbra scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Somehow, compared to other Genting tops, the wine's back end and aftertaste are slightly thinner (less lipid), the advantage is that the fragrance is particularly sweet.
    • Nose
      Guava syrup, slightly irritating, pulpy, in orchard.
    • Taste
      Fat, astringent, nuts, orange peel, salt, tannin, grape skin.
    • Finish
      Medium long, slightly bitter, wheaty.

  38. ldcsh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  39. besar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  40. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Probably too much wine influence here - Wine with coastal influence, liquorice, quite perfume-y. On top of that, it's got a nice salty notes lingering around. Very unusual style of Springbank.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nice mouthfeel, very thick arrival, with very liquorice notes, kind of herbal, slightly bitter, orange peel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very warmth and long, liquorice, bit of bitter wood, kind of herbal, Pu-Er-rish.

  41. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  43. butt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  44. 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.

  45. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 + 22 + 22 + 22 = 88 ~ If it were not for the wine sourness, the chic would be the molt

  46. dramspotter scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      81 81
      dusty, prickly, leather, bovril, pencil shavings
    • Taste
      81 81
      Fiery, mint
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium->long

  47. schengel10 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    12 years full ripening in a Burgundy wine barrel - very complex - very fruity - a top jumper!
    [Color] dark gold;
    • Nose
      fresh vinous sweetness, grapes, jam, beautiful smoke;
    • Taste
      velvety sweet fruity onset (peach, apricot), some smoke, beautiful spiciness, herbs, mouth-filling;
    • Finish
      good medium length, sweet, fruity; long dry aftertaste;

  48. schengel10 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A really outstanding wine barrel maturation, there is a lot for the "high price" offered!

    [Color] dark gold
    • Nose
      fresh vinous sweetness, grapes, jam, mild gentle smoky aromas;
    • Taste
      velvety sweet fruity onset (peach, apricot), some smoke, nice spice, herbs, mouth-filling and very complex;
    • Finish
      good medium length, sweet, fruity; long dry aftertaste;

  49. 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

  50. Waykid scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    If this is the yardstick, burgundy casks work as well as bourbon or sherry. A nice, wholly normal one.
    • Nose
      At first it has this quite stingy aroma about as if lightly roasted coffee and turpentine. When I got the water right it is amazingly close to the basic contemporary line of SB: a bit less chlorine and almond, a bit more marzipan and pistachios, a bit less toffee and instead some really faint raspberry or strawberry. Some ammonium chloride, quite sweet and very soft. Very lightly smoky. All in all a quite flawless basic contemporary SB, I really couldn't guess the cask.
    • Taste
      Just basic SB here, a delicioushoneyd malt, marzipan, light smoke, a little less aspirin-bitterness than many other SB's nowadays, which is good. It is even harder to recognise the cask then in the nose.
    • Finish
      Nice, semi-long mildly smoky marzipan.

  51. Mark-E scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  52. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    nose Saltish sea breeze mixed with fresh strawberries and strawberry grandmother's jam, fresh country milk, and wine, red noble wine, wonderful nose

    Taste salty mineral, butter, a little pepper and spices, tannins

    Aftertaste - vanilla, sea salt, bitter chocolate, orange peel, of medium duration, goes into the light bitterness of barrel olives

    excellent whisky, balanced, tasty, especially good nose

  53. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Super spring bench wine barrel filling - juicy, fruity, sweet and still spring bench character!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  54. McMoulis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  55. Deloti scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  56. LiquidThoughts 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

  57. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  58. Macheye scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    There’s a lot to like about Springbank 12 year old Burgundy, especially the nose, which is quite the lovely thing. The combination of wine with the underlying Springbank mineral, earthy/peaty style works exceptionally well in this instance - and it still feels like a very old school style whisky. Flavours are pronounced, varied and interestingly composed, and the oak doesn’t make an appearance until the finish, where its drying influence is welcome and altogether rather pleasant. Perhaps a bit overly saccharine in places, but I’m starting to nit-pick now - this is very solid whisky indeed. 

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/springbank/springbank-12-year-old-burgundy/
    • Nose
      A pronounced combination of steely minerals, earthy dunnage warehouses and bright, juicy red berries – quite wonderful. Smoke is a supporting aroma here, but it touches all aspects of the whisky – intermingling with charred raspberries, singed strawberries and caramelised cherries – whilst also delivering a slightly coastal brininess. Sharp black pepper is perceptible and adds another layer of interest. A few drops of water ups the sweetness levels a notch with both stewed plums and golden honey.
    • Taste
      An arrival that is part oily and part zingy – the red wine influence can be detected immediately. Red berries, grapes (no surprise there) and chilli peppers are joined by sherbet and citric minerality. In the mid palate, chocolate intermingles with wet soils, mosses and earthy peat – surprisingly sweet in places. There’s still a fair dunnage influence here, mustiness, damp….a bit on the dirty side. The addition of water ups the sweetness again, coating the berry fruit in a dusting of icing sugar, as well as emphasising some of the Campbeltown peat – pungent with a slight rubbery edge.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, quite drying, quite tannic and with plenty of oak – but still rather sweet.

  59. DenisLeonov did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    excellent but a little bitter. this has its own charm-malt delicious. I smile, then it's not in vain!

    89
    • Nose
      freshness.berries.raisins.wine notes
    • Taste
      jam.dry.spice.skin.
    • Finish
      some kind of spice frenzy on my mom's caramel crust of apple cider ...

  60. 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

  61. Albaron scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    Grenade, everything I like, full pounds. brilliant
    • Nose
      Viney, oily, slightly sulphurous, slightly almond-nutritious, cherries, plum jam, black currants, a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      the dry smoke, then grapes, here too the almonds, a little sulfur here too, cherries, black currants, some cinnamon, very fruity
    • Finish
      Still the fruits, the sulfur, the nuttiness, then also the smoke, some barrel-wort

  62. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Exemplary Springbank as usual, but in a rather excellent and not often seen cask. One of my favourite distilleries and with great reason. Old school style whisky in a modern setting.
    • Nose
      The nose is something else. When they used to blend whisky aged in wine casks, and George was King. Loads of peaty red fruits, burnt strawberry and camphor wipes. Ship ropes and damp earth.
    • Taste
      Palate is rich and fruity, still malty and a big minty hit. Old diesel engines, more farmy notes and some crushed leaves.
    • Finish
      The finish is huge peat and more lovely red fruits. Big cask spice like cardamom and cassia. The leaves are here but smouldering now, a subtle hint of struck match in the end.

  63. beeman1979 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  64. Wiz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  65. Wiz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great spring bank. I'm torn. A malt with a lot of volume. Definitely one of the best 12 year olds that I had in the glass so far.
    • Nose
      First, the alcohol stings in the nose. So a drop of pure water. The first sensations are doughy, musty. After a few minutes .... very clear, the typical Springbank character. Dirty, campfire, cold smoke. I love this combination !!! Slowly, the red wine note comes through. Oak, fine roasted aromas. Again a few minutes later ..... polish, wax. In the background red fruits.
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily. Sweet cookie dough. Red fermented berries. Raspberry, blackberry, cranberry, canned strawberries. Everything is pretty dirty and smoky.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Drying. The oak makes itself felt.

  66. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  67. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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

  68. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Limited to 10260 bottles, this version contrasts slightly with the 'classic' range. I must admit that I am not a fan of the Burgundy versions, or even Burgundy finish and this Springbank confirms this taste which I specify is totally personal and inevitably subjective. Indeed this Springbank is a very good whisky, which brings a plus in the range, variety and in reality this maturation is totally successful. But that's how it is, as much I appreciate a good glass of Burgundy, as much in combination with whisky, well! (Whisky Passion).
    • Nose
      A syrup of red fruits dominates, making forget for a moment the typed style of the distillery. The texture is very fat. A powerful honey seems to declare itself. Aeration gives orange peel, alternating with sweeter fruits, more syrupy. There is a little tangy fruit that prevents me from fixing mango, even if there is a presence.
    • Taste
      These are acidic fruits that receive us from entry. Then the whole will soften, with mutated wine influences. Spices intervene, but the cinnamon married with soot will take the most room, while being counterbalanced by these sweet fruits that we found in the nose.
    • Finish
      Vegetable it is oriented on this bitterness that can have tea. Its traditional sticky side is needed to stay and give length.

  69. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  70. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a belter of a whisky, even better than the regular 12 yo and that means something. I find the palate overwhelming

    if it wasn´t for the prive this had gained a 92/100
    • Nose
      First of all, I find this shockingly expensive, but it´s springbank, so let´s give it a chance.

      dusty and dirty, oaky with a fruitiness that stands like haze over a river when you´re out fishing on a summer´s morning (gonna show this to the springbankers, maybe they have a job for me)

      don´t know which fruit it is that uses to be in springbanks. I´m sure sometimes I will find it in my local supermarket, announced as "sprinbank fruit" at an ernormous price.

      there´s also quite some smoke in it and all in all the nose reminds me of the regular 12yo c.s.
    • Taste
      f..k, is this good! take the 12yo c.s. and add red grapes and red currants. this is so sexy, I´m starting to dribble. what a harmony between dust, ashes, dirt, smoke  and fruit.
    • Finish
      long, salivating

  71. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  72. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    beautiful whisky, but not really
    worth the current price. doesn’t oxidize well, becomes a bit sour, sugary and
    alcoholic
    • Nose
      musky, fresh floral butter, candied
      fruits, elegant sherry, oil, minerals, fields of grass, barley, light and dark
      fruits
    • Taste
      rich sweetness, dark fruits, grass,
      nuts, light butter, beautiful sherry, cinnamon, spicy sour grass
    • Finish
      short-medium, sugary, dark fruits,
      prickly lime soda, light red wood, hint of smoke, hint of sour, bitter grass at
      the back followed by light sugar and nuts

  73. alectron scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Single Blind Dram. Springbank vertical tasting, 10.2016
    • Nose
      Sherry/port, grapes, musty, earthy. (88)
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily, slightly sulphury. (86)
    • Finish
      Berries, tannic. (88)

  74. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The nose was ok for me, but taste and finish aren't for the weak of heart. I can't really connect to this one, as much as I appreciate springbank most of the time. To much bitterness for my taste. 81/100
    • Nose
      Springbanky nose, a hint of peat, wheat, barley - it smells quiet young at first glance. When the nose adjusts and the alcohol disappears, rich sweetness emerges vom the glas: Tropical fruits indeed, mostly dominated by wonderfully ripe peaches, maybe older citrus fumes? After that again typical musty springbank character reappears and stays.
    • Taste
      The alcohol hits pretty hard, at first sour then quite some bitterness. This is harsh. Sweetness from the finish is noticable, but I am a bit disappointed, to be honest. Other described pepper, I can see their point, but for me it feels unround.
    • Finish
      Older fruits are dominating here, bitterness stays for some time on the tongue.

  75. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Pleasantly fresh, beautifully integrated smoke
    • Nose
      Light smoke, slightly musty, cheesy, sweet, dark fruits, citrus fruits
    • Taste
      Light smoke, fruity, apple juice, citrus notes, musty, peppery, pleasantly sweet
    • Finish
      Light smoke remains, sweetness, pepper

  76. p4blo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Another great youngster from Springbank, these guys don't disappoint.
    • Nose
      Typical Springbank smoke and coastal notes with sea breeze and wet stones are matched by some nice tropical fruits, mostly pineapple, mango and papaya, and some peach and grape. Nice, complex and inviting.
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruity, with red fruits dominating over the yellow ones. Fresh grapes, strawberries and raspberries, but also some mango and peach again. A touch of toffee. Nice texture, it's rich and oily. Some spicy pepper, probably due to the cask, shows up too.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, sticky almost, and quite hot with pepper and chilli all over the tongue. Some reminiscence of smoke.

  77. Malinois scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Making this note enjoying the last dram of the bottle. I really love wine matured/finished whisky and even more when it's Springbank. My other bottle is for a rainy day in a few years.

    This is a very sweet whisky.
    • Nose
      A sour peated sweetness hits the nose with a strong arrival. Very dark and dense nose. Afterwards very Springbankish with the mango/papaya 
    • Taste
      A half a second sour where after the sweetness of the burgundy barrels arrive with a decent peat level. 
    • Finish
      Initial very peaty which dies very quickly and a the very sweet burgundy barrels takes over with the hints of mango and papaya 

  78. chlinatele scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I'm a total Springbank fan and therefore biased. Find whisky typical of Springbank. Light smoke. Lots of sherry. Fruit, and a bit of sea breeze :-)
    I like it very much. Only the prices in the ebay etc. are challenged ... Have bought it at a reputable dealer for 115.- CHF
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  79. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Typical Springbank peat with strong sherry notes (although I know it's actually red wine) Powerful and malty with some sulfur notes. On the palate, mellow, sweet but also powerful. Small return of sulfur in the final.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  80. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      red, sweet and sour fruits; dull, dirty notes; some wood (in the direction of fresh oak); but also some freshness
    • Taste
      again red, sour fruits; nice and strong; sweetish with a light smoke
    • Finish
      strong; warm; some smoke with wood notes; long

  81. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  82. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Better than average but nothing to get excited about.
    • Nose
      Not a good start reminds me of Ardbeg namely the cheese smell I find in all Ardbegs.

      Pineapple, marzipan, wafer and mango.
    • Taste
      Very dry from the off, quite bitter but some fruit sweetness does come through, mainly plum.

      With time in the glass it gets sweeter and a little icing sugar mixed in with fudge comes through
    • Finish
      approaching medium

  83. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  84. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 86 points Photo 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

  85. Avdboom scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  86. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  87. hans1971 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  88. Shane_IL scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Once again Springbank proves why they have such an excellent reputation. This was a fantastically complex and balanced whisky, immensely enjoyable to both sit and analyse and to just sip away at mindlessly. Wine casks can give whisky quite a spicy character, distinct from woodspice, it’s very much its own thing and it just works so damn well with the dirty, oily, slightly peaty Springbank character.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/12/09/springbank-12-burgundy/
    • Nose
      Leathery, dirty and fruity. Red liquorice. Light spices, kind of like mulled wine. Blood orange. Light chemical smoke. Petrol. Boiled sweets. Slight nuttiness. Raisins. Silan.
    • Taste
      Petrol. Wood oils. Spiced apple cider with wine. Cloves. Cinnamon. Copper. Light leather. Slight earthiness. Dried peaches. Yellow cherries. Slight bitter wood tannin note on the swallow.
    • Finish
      Long. Quite spicy at first, then mellows out. Earthy, slightly sweet fruits. Citrus oils. Mild salt.

  89. Defeatless scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Salt, pickles, a sweet and hardy taste pop in my nose,sweet soy sauce. It seems like it hasn't opened up quite well and needs a drop of water. With water it clears up a bit, it are still apples backed in soy sauce or something like that.

    Taste: Sweet, almost a port so sweet. But also a bit peppery due to the alcohol, a hint of peat. With water: The peat goes a bit more to the background, more typical Springbank comes up (salty, hardy, sweet).

    Body: Full and oily

    Finish: Peat. This is quite a peaty expression of Springbank. IS that due to the casks? Finish is medium-long and peaty with some fruity sweetness. With water there is more wood influence, but I find the peat to prominent.

    Price: Overpriced

    Presentation: Don't know this was a sample.

    Comments: I don't think this is my cup of tea. I think it is to 'dark' and there is to much peat involved.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  90. 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

  91. Andytka3 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Rich and broad as usual, but this emphasize more on the dark sweet
    fruits than the usual acid and root peat. Layers of grapefruits and fish
    sauce lingers.

    P- Raisin, dried fruits and chocolate, good body and velvet.

    F- Long, smooth . Sweetness rounded with salty peat. Persistent ginger heat stays on the back of palate over times.

    — at The Ben Nevis Bar.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  92. Spirit of Delphi scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Very harmonious nicely balanced whisky, unfortunately quite expensive. I have tried for direct comparison, the 12er CS. I like it just as well (and costs half).
    • Nose
      Undiluted very nice soft, round, warm and fruity, no alcoholic note. With water even softer, the fruit comes out better, strawberry, rhubarb
    • Taste
      Has strength is soft and round at the same time, acidity and sweetness in which the strawberry sweetness wins
    • Finish
      Extremely long, warming, light acidity

  93. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Ohhhh ... that's great. In the nose, he seems even more restrained. It's over with the first sip. Enormous power development already in the "lower speed range" - creamy, fruity ... spicy wood. The finish then through the wood notes very long and massive salivary. Great malt!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  94. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  95. 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.

  96. Bosi scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    The maturation in the wine barrel harmonizes perfectly with the basic character of Springbank. Fruity sweetness, smoke and many spicy notes of wood combine to a great filling.
    • Nose
      I smell aromas of smoldering wood, peat and mint in my nose. In addition to a light acidity and something modrigem the nose offers the fruity sweetness of ripe cherries, raisins and wild berries.
    • Taste
      The taste starts with licorice and lots of wood. In addition to a slightly dry seasoning the whisky shines with red Fruchtgrütze.
    • Finish
      The long finish is full of oak with earthy smoke, pepper and the sweetness of ripe oranges.

  97. Dramany scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    nose: sweet apple, grapes and slightly rotten wood. Later a bit of boiled eggs and chocolate

    mouth: wine, licorice, spicy

    the very late experience: bitter chocolate

  98. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      94 94

  99. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  100. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  101. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  102. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Oh yes ... I like it really well. This incredible spice together with the red wine barrel and the Springer-Brennereicharkater make this malt something very delicious. Great. I am glad that I have something more from this (soon).
    • Nose
      the nose is very cool. Typically filthy jumper, with plenty of spice and oak. I do not smell the Burgundy even though it was in a red wine barrel, but you realize it. A slightly salty / maritime touch is also there. The alcohol is incredibly well integrated.
    • Taste
      Creamy in the mouth. Again, the alcohol is super involved. The spice and the red wine barrel are immediately present again. In addition, slightly bitter oak and a small sparkle of red fruits. The second sip makes it even spicier. Incredibly delicious. Only a slight tingling sensation I feel on the tongue. I could keep that forever. Spices come with a little time. A bit of pepper, with nutmeg and a pinch of cloves
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long. Again comes this typical, dirty undertone which I like so much at Springbank. Seasoning, bitterness, a bit of chocolate and dry red wine are spreading.

  103. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I think this one is a little bit over-rated and hyped.

  104. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  105. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a direct hit for Springbank purists, but could still use some years for a better integration of the alcohol - definitely add some water
    • Nose
      My first association: I am sitting in a damp wine cellar and have a ....... Spring bench (!) In the glass.
      Salty and maritime, some smoke, rose wine, gooseberries, currant jelly, grapes, relatively alcoholic, after some time I hear strawberry jam and some soap
    • Taste
      Also in the mouth a classic Springbank, but packed with the wine component, without water very hot on the tongue.
      It gets fleshy with a few drops of water, red berries like cranberries and currants, fully ripe white grapes and sea salt
    • Finish
      medium long with red berry fruits and a hint of smoke

  106. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  107. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting
    • Nose
      Leather. Smoke. Dusty. Musty/foosty. Salt. Cigars. Spice.
    • Taste
      Winey and sweet. Vegetal Springbank notes. Smoke. Toffee. Coconut. Salt
    • Finish
      Long and fruity. 

  108. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Brutally well done! Perhaps my best whisky wine meeting ever.
    (Together with the Balvenie PortWood finish.)
    • Nose
      Wow! Quite amazing! Oily, smoky, peaty, salty effects with coffee, mediterranean fruits, sweet and sour effects
    • Taste
      Peaty, spicy: pepper and chili, but next to it there are the creamy exotic fruits: figs, plums, coffee, salted caramel, almonds
    • Finish
      Middle long, dry tannins, smoky, cocoa and fruits of the forest

  109. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Peaty, oily and briny - coastal and some salty notes. Cherries, grape fruits, some mocca, blackberries and cranberries. Orange, nectarines and also some young spirity tones. I get the Tuscany and Mediterranian idea from Ruud - I got some basil in the nose!
    • Taste
      Peat, figs, coffee and woody. Spices - pepper, some sulpher, creamy exotic fruits. Also some strawberries notes like in a milk shake.
    • Finish
      Medium drying, vanilla, orange, tannins and mango. Later smoke, tobacco and ashes.

  110. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  111. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Another great expression by Springbank. It's quite a nice wine influenced whisky.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Slightly smoky, wine casks, malty earth, oranges, sweet and sour, some berrys in the back.
    • Taste
      Salted almonds, caramel, spicy, smoke.
    • Finish
      Medium. Smoke and fruits. Spicy oak. Some salted almonds.

  112. Torfding scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      a smoky note, wine (but rather white than red), solvents (towards the varnish), fruity (some lemon and cherry, grapes, burnt fruit compote, the sweetness of sour berries), sweet and salty, slightly mineral and greasy and an alcoholic touch (which does not bother)
    • Taste
      dry and yet soft, a little bit of smoke, fruity and berry with a sour, earthy and woody note, all sorts of (above all exotic) spices, butter toast, herbs (mint), some bitter chocolate
    • Finish
      medium; dry and very herbaceous, oak barrel, dry grass, dark chocolate, slightly salty and slightly fruity

  113. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A great new release by Springbank. This dram somehow brings me to Tuscany or Greece.
    • Nose
      Oooh! I actually don't know where to start... Well, let's start somewhere. The typical and recognizable palate of a springbank is certainly there, in full effect! With that I mean the dirty nose of mellow peat, dustiness, maltiness, and earthiness. But the Burgundy is certainly there. Layers of dark red fruits, wine and sherry. Gives it a real mediterranian feel to it.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it's full bodied. Exactly what you would expect from a CS Springbank. It feels that in the mouth the flavours are struggling a bit more to find balance. The wine notes work better in the nose than in the mouth. Still really nice though.
    • Finish
      Long and powerfull. Earthiness and red wine.

  114. Patrick93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  115. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The Springbank spirit shines once again, but I'm not the biggest fan of the Burgundy maturation. That's not to say that this isn't a good whisky. It's really good actually, but sometimes a tad too sweet.
    • Nose
      A briny, mineral whiff at first, but quickly notes of fermented grapes take over. Plenty of sweetness. Treacle and cranberries. Blood oranges too. Some fresh oak as well. And of course a nice, but subtle amount of peat smoke.
    • Taste
      A tad dry, that's likely the Burgundy casks talking. Sweet grapes, brambles, cranberries. More brine and peat, as well as dark chocolate and chili peppers.
    • Finish
      Drying. Forest fruits. Aniseed. Long. Ending on a peaty note.

  116. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  117. steinrich scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  118. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Slight smoky note. Blackberries and smoked bacon. Sweet and sour sauce, wood varnish. Some curry.
    • Taste
      Spicy with a sweet and sour component. Butter biscuits with honey. Dry cocoa, earth and smoky ashes.

  119. Numwierum scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I've just promised some stronger flavors, from the Burgundy barrels. Still not a bad whisky. But it is too expensive for me ...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  120. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Springbank is clearly 'hot' at the moment. A few years ago this one probably would have scored 85 on average, now 90. The 'truth' is somewhere in the middle for me. 87/88.
    • Nose
      Typical Springbank on wine profile. Mango, candied cherry, plum and peat.
    • Taste
      Cherry, mango, peat, plum, caramel and pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat, cocoa, mango and plum skin. 

  121. Meeuwy scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  122. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  123. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  124. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  125. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  126. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky! I like it, an unusual Springbank
    • Nose
      Red wine is equally present with citrus fruits, limes and oranges. Smoke I have only very tender in the form of a slightly burned note, so burnt compote maybe, but pleasant. Maple syrup and a nut component. Hm, more fruit, now I also have sourcurrants and grapes. Very cool, but I probably would not have recognized as a jumper. Addendum: I did not have the typical oily-salty-dirty Springbank note, but now, after so 30 minutes in the glass, it comes and can slowly assert itself next to the complex fruit cocktail
    • Taste
      Sharp, peppery onset. Powerful, fruity, vinous and sweet. Full-flavored but nicely complemented by herbs and tart, delicate bitter chocolate notes. In addition, slightly salty, some smoke (more pronounced than in the nose) and an earthy taste. With water, it is a little gentler and more fruity, but I taste the purest at best.
    • Finish
      Dry, dark chocolate, fine dry oak, with fruit and a hint of salt. medium

  127. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  128. Dramned! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An unusual and nevertheless typical Springbank, which I really liked. Only the prices are an absolute joke !! Over 100 EUR for a 12 year old ?? Fuck!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  129. Dramned! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    At the same time I also had a Glen Garioch from the Burgundian barrel for comparison, but against the Springbank he has no chance. A very unusual and complex Springbank, which, despite its diversity, still has the typical Springbank characteristics. Just beautiful!
    • Nose
      The light smoke and the acidity of the wine directly provide a very unusual entry into this Springbank - it smells a little like burnt fruit compote. Juicy orange and lime peel, vanilla and over and over again fruit acid, which already waters my mouth 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 never disturbing. For a pretty young 12 year 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. Clear wood notes of the barrel complete the whole thing with a bitter dryness.
    • Finish
      On the finish a bit grassy and light tannins of the wine, barely fruity. Some oak is also added.

  130. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A great dram which is worth its money. Is it more? Well you get a whisky which is matured in Burgundy Casks and it is a Springbank so definitely a whisky that should be tried and for me it is also a great daily option.. Means I will try to have him in my open bar for the future as it brings several nice facets. :-) 
    • Nose
      Very nice nose with sour grapes (more white than red wine) even fermented which I like a lot. After a while sweeter with some fruits (more red wine now) and also a decent smoke note.
    • Taste
      The red wine is now definitely there! I also have some strawberries, the Springbank shows up (but not too much), dark berries, some dark chocolate! Nice!
    • Finish
      the finish is a bit bitter and metallic but also not too bad but the worst part of the whisky. (if there is even a dark side ;-) )

  131. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  132. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    12 years is a great age for a Springbank, whether as a normal CS version or as Burgundy maturation.
    • Nose
      As expected vinous nose. Berry sweetness of blackcurrant blackberries and raspberries. The maturation in Burgundy barrel superimposed on the usual Springbank nose. The alcohol is a bit pungent. Over time, it becomes herbaceous and spicy.
    • Taste
      On the tongue, he then shows that he is a spring bank. Fine dry fruity, with wildflower and wild herbs notes. The burgundy maturation ensures a continuous berry sweetness. Chocolate notes. Over time, it becomes even slightly peaty, as after a while earthy and loamy notes gain the upper hand.
    • Finish
      Long and finally fruity finish again, slightly salty.

  133. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great marriage of sweet, creamy fruits from the cask and oily, mineral Springbank spirit on the nose. A drop of water helped things along nicely, allowing ripe berries and cherries to emerge alongside the flinty/mineral notes, wet limestone, engine oil, woody oak, caramelised sugar (think of a top-quality creme brûlée), pistachios, and a waft of damp dunnage warehouses. In my humble opinion, the cask has helped to soften and sweeten some of the harsher elements I normally associate with younger Springbanks. The cask influence does something similar on the palate, softening the more 'industrial' elements of the Springbank profile without masking the distillery's DNA. As a result, again you get creamy sweet fruits and fresh garden herbs (coriander?) tempering the oily, waxy, and peppery notes from the spirit. Long, lingering finish, with plenty of woody tannins making their presence felt. I really enjoyed this dram. For me the cask influence has enhanced and accentuated the base spirit, making it easier to enjoy than I anticipated.

  134. Einfach_Supi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very strong red wine note, but where is the smoke? It flew away, but more fruits, vineyard peach, strawberries, surrounded by a pink sweetness. This Turkish honey scraped from the block, mmh, today my oak desk stands firmly in spicy, peaty soil.

    In the mouth, the aromas remain, only in the finish is something metallic, little wood, hardly peat, only fruit and sweetness. Compared to the Gaya Barolo much more pleasing, sweeter and milder. For the Gaya, the bacony peat note is more beautiful. The Burgundy is very special and so far the Springbank with the lowest distillery character.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  135. LukeFive scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Unusual springbank for sure, it seems like the casks won hands down.

    Single dram note
    • Nose
      Freshly baked victoria sponge cake with whipped double cream, pecan nuts, fermented goji berries, cranberry's, Maple syrup, then after while hint of springbank peat, the sweet note mixed with light spicines is above it all like heavy curtain, hint of cinnamon sticks.
    • Taste
      Soft arrival, sweet, golden syrup, spicy, salt flakes, caramel popcorn, cardamon and hint of mushroom, again the springbank distillery character is hidden deep inside.
    • Finish
      Medium long on spices , tannins, dry

  136. Palindrome scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A berry-filled rich dram full of Springbank dunnage character. 

  137. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    First fill Burgundy, yep you read that right and a genuine small batch. Ok, it's over 10,000 bottles small but that’s worldwide, and if you miss this batch you'll have to wait for those Burgundy casks to be refilled with a wait of another twelve years +/- for the next outturn - unless Springbank have another sneaky stack of casks in their warehouses. I’m told not
    N: You can taste the distillate no question, and the copper still yet the overall presentation is more like sherry>port pipe than anything with just a little peat.
    T: Again, a little peat showing. This works! It's like a little cognac has been added to a Springbank 12
    F: Some dark notes reveal possibly more years than the 12 on the label - that’s the beauty of first fill.
    C: A little funky [a little like Benriach Heredotus WB] except this works better, unexpectedly so with more subtlety and poise. Like the Benriach though, I'm not sure when I'd fancy drinking this such is it’s peculiarity.

    Scores a B[-]

  138. LukeFive scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    To me its too sweet. The distillery character is almost swallowed by the casks..

    I will post tasting notes once I have time to sit down.

  139. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Aroma / Nose: maple syrup, pancetta, cranberries, redcurrants Taste: velvety soft, buttered brown toast, chocolate butter cookies, low herbs and woody notes Finish: medium long, licorice and mint, with tannins

  140. watson0209 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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  141. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    hey, this one is impressive!

  142. bert61nl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    From the distillery:

    Nose:  Bold and rich with mineral and dunnage warehouse notes combining with maple syrup, pancetta, cranberry and red currants.Palate:  A soft velvet like texture with buttered brown toast and chocolate shortbread complimenting light herb & oak notes.Finish:  A medium dry finish gives up liquorice and mint accompanied woody tannins.

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