- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Single Cask
- Stated Age
- 21 years old
- Oloroso Sherry Butt
- Number of bottles
- 49.6 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Bottled for
- UK customers
- Added on
- 28 Jun 2016 5:54 pm by GlenPiWi
42 × in wishlist
151 × member ratings
165 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Springbank 21-year-old
23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.49 points
- 2423'91 - a little covered in aromatics, but absolutely explosive in taste: melon, juicy pineapples and a mountain of tropical fruits, pear, raisins, a lot of acacia honey, mineral-olive, with notes of a distant farm and a very light haze. Awesomely delicious and bitter malt!
- The lightness and fruitiness like a fresh fruit salad is really great - in a blind tasting I would rather guess a bourbon cask rather than a sherry cask. Anyhow this is one of my favorites of the 2016 21yo single casks I know so far. Excellent!
Light, fresh, fruity, pears, apples, limes, honeydew, little mineral, limestones, whiffs of oak wood - like a fresh fruit salad - really not bad
Punchy, oily, liquorice, very fruity, also some exotic fruits, pineapples, papaya, seville oranges, subtle sweetness, balanced oak wood, white pepper, touch of vanilla and tobacco - very good
Medium long, warm, zesty, spicy
- a crazy whisky - I like that
Herbs, crazy nose, popcorn, match, peat, burned wood
everything a bit weird but cool to drink
- I'm rarely so baffled by the reputation of a bottle after trying it as I was with this one. I thought I didn't quite catch it the first time I tried it, so I was generously provided another sample to try at my leisure. This second sample I shared with member Waykid, squared up with another 2016 21yo single cask and the 2018 21yo release, and it seems we were of a mind about it: that it's muted and inexpressive compared to the other two, and doesn't seem to shine either neat or with water.
I'm also baffled by the bottle count (702 70cl bottles out of a presumably 500 liter cask @ 49,6%). Maybe I'm just new to this game but a nearly full cask at 49,6% cask strength (if it is CS that is) after 21 years sounds a bit funny.
Dry, with old planks, dried grass, and tobacco smoke. Quite vegetal, really, with something like warm car break pads or hot tyres in there as well. With water: kelp and reeds.
Neat it's sharp on the tongue, but quiet. The body is oily, with a sweetness I can't quite describe. Faint notes of pool water and fruit juice. Water tames it and it loses focus completely.
Hollow, oily, grassy, peaty, and roughly chalky.
Very generous immediately: sweet, cooked fruits, a fine peat, a citric tip. Shimmering and very wise. (Too much? Come on, do not sulk our pleasure)
Melted, ultra-mellow, completely typical of Springbank, fragrant and spicy. Alcohol very well integrated. So well integrated that I would have said less than 46%.
Sweet spices, flowers and fruits, "soot velvet".
Whisky n ° 1915
Of 15 specially selected single casks that went to specific countries around the world, this is the one that stayed in the UK. It was also Whiskyfun’s 13000th whisky.
N: Farmy sweet mineral, luscious honey barley, a squidgy oiliness and a few licks of salty maritime rocks, slate and stones - all packaged within a papery, gossamer softness.
T: Arrives without surprise but with much pleasure - smoke and a dry barley savoury sweetness delivered to near perfection, though I found it a little short of voice. Minor quibbles.
F: With a concentration on gently smoked dried grassy/malted barley, clean lingerings keep trickling in. I didn’t pick up on the sherry at all.
C: (Note to self), let’s not overcomplicate this one. It’s excellent, let’s drink!Scores an A-
- The Elegantly (23) Very cool whisky and there is nothing to add (92)
The Burnt match ... walnut ... fruit salad and gloss ... fig ... custard ... orange peel ... (23)
The Thick ... tropical ... figs ... spices ... melon ... vanilla ... (23)
The Spicy ... fruity ... malt and cream ... smoke ... caramel ... tea with raspberry ... (23)
- May lack a bit of oomph as it's not an obvious "in your face" whisky, but Ifind it excellent.
Very light, my guess would be virgin oak or refill bourbon, not oloroso. Notes of white wine, unripe apples, kiwi, gooseberry, white currant and white grapes. Some limes. Typical notes of wet stones and very subtle smoke. After a while, some greener notes appear. Complex and nice.
Dough, yeast, white and yellow fruits - gooseberry, pineapple, papaya, honey, milk. Rich and complex.
Light, tropical fruits with a nice thin layer of smoke. Long.