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Springbank 1993 LoB

Overall rating
89.02/100
votes
45
Whiskybase ID
WB81862
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Lockett Bros (LoB)
Bottling serie
Brothers Reserve
Vintage
19.11.1993
Bottled
11.08.2015
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
470
Number of bottles
235
Strength
49.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
02 May 2016 4:35 pm by pilgrim77
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 237.66

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1993 LoB

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.02 points

  1. mrgood scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    nose: quite bright (especially with water, everything is amplified), vegetal, grainy, like standing in a farmer's field freshly harvested. floral. I disagree somewhat with the tasting tags, I wouldn't call this smokey. A teeny tiny bit maybe, but it's definitely not a prominent feature.

    palate: pepper, vanilla, more herbal than the nose. Whereas water did wonders for the nose, with the taste... hmm, not much different, if anything it's more muted than it was.

    finish: I went into this not knowing the strength. Until this point it didn't feel that strong, but on the finish, yep now she feels like cask strength.

    Final thoughts: Not sure I would've guessed this was 21yrs. Seems younger. At first it almost feels more like a lowlander than Campbeltown, but some time in the glass and... ah yes, Springbank, without question. Earthy but not soil earthy, more floating-a-few-feet-above-the-ground earthy.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A little bit of a harsh nose, but the palate and finish are great Springbank.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Big and spirity. Fern and aloe. Chewable vitamin c. Sharp, citric. Maybe bordering on acidic. Sour stone fruit.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Chalky, calcium, Scottish mint, much more Springbank here than the nose indicated. Herbal notes. Quite full and rich. Some sort of white fruit salad with mint.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Chalk, minerals, salty, cooling mint. Drying, medium long finish on dry chewable vitamins. Wispy smoke. Peach and apricot. Satisfying.

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not the most typical Springbank I would say, but certainly an enjoyable one. It's rather clean and fresh, with many herbal influences. There is hardly any peat to be detected, but the entire picture works very well.

    Some might score this dram relatively low, as it is not the typical dram they would be looking for. I think that would be a shame, as it is well made.
    • Nose
      Very fresh, even after 21 years in a cask. It's a combination of oily and wax-y barley, grass, mint, quite some lemon, even some distant peach, and the Springbank-ish dirty side of workshop, engine oil, and putty. Some peat smoke is noticeable, but it is far, far away. With water, some perfumed, atypical pear drops arrive. 
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, very fresh and very drinkable without water. It's rather clean and crisp: the herbal and citric side prevails. The oily, earthy rooty side is on the background this time. Alongside this all, some gentle vanilla is to be detected.
    • Finish
      Still fresh, on cut grass, mint drops, lemon cheesecake, fennel, licorice and a hint of peat.

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      What a special nose, surprisingly fresh! I'm working in the garden on an early spring morning, cutting leaves. Dew on the grass. Lemongrass. Later peach, malt and a little peat. Water adds marzipan, white chocolate, vanilla and caramel.
    • Taste
      More typical Springbank, more body. Peach, peat, caramel, mango and vanilla. But still rather grassy as well. With water also apple.
    • Finish
      Mango, caramel, peat, vanilla and grass.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tried with a few drops of water.
    There is some nice fruit (white fruits) white pepper notes, and something really chalky or pumice stone that sort of thing. There is also some peat in the mix and do you know what>
    This reminds me of some Old Bothwell Port Ellen I have had so it can't be that bad, maybe not as peaty but definitely some similarities.
    The palate is really peaty for a Springbank, lemon, brine, salt and something flinty on the palate and it is getting quite creamy with it followed by a few biscuit notes.
    The finish is creamy again with more white coming fruit coming through and the peat in the background but far from out of site.
    Slightly different and very lively Springbank, I like it.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. KeesV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Mineral austerity dominates the nose, with medicinal herbs, ashy soot, a hint of engine oil, and some sharp citrus fruits adding to the complexity. Nosed blind, I would probably have guessed at something closer to 12-15 years old, but with the characteristic traits of Springbank prominent enough to guess the origin. Sooty citrus fruits rule the palate, with a wonderful oily/waxy mouth feel. A touch harsh without water, perhaps bordering on the metallic. Similar mineral austerity dominates the finish, with no sweetness or cream to soften it. Quite challenging then, but certainly a high quality dram. However, I'm still to be convinced that middle-aged Springbank (18-25yo) can justify the overly high prices that are currently being charged for it, both by the distillers and IBs.

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