Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
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
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1653.44

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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

  1. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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!

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    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!
    • Nose
      Light, fresh, fruity, pears, apples, limes, honeydew, little mineral, limestones, whiffs of oak wood - like a fresh fruit salad - really not bad
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, zesty, spicy

  3. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a crazy whisky - I like that
    Herbs, crazy nose, popcorn, match, peat, burned wood
    everything a bit weird but cool to drink

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Hollow, oily, grassy, peaty, and roughly chalky.

  6. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      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)
    • Taste
      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%.
    • Finish
      Sweet spices, flowers and fruits, "soot velvet".

      Enthusiasm 4/5

      Whisky n ° 1915

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    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-

  9. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The Elegantly (23) Very cool whisky and there is nothing to add (92)
    • Nose
      The Burnt match ... walnut ... fruit salad and gloss ... fig ... custard ... orange peel ... (23)
    • Taste
      The Thick ... tropical ... figs ... spices ... melon ... vanilla ... (23)
    • Finish
      The Spicy ... fruity ... malt and cream ... smoke ... caramel ... tea with raspberry ... (23)

  10. p4blo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    May lack a bit of oomph as it's not an obvious "in your face" whisky, but Ifind it excellent.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      Dough, yeast, white and yellow fruits - gooseberry, pineapple, papaya, honey, milk. Rich and complex.
    • Finish
      Light, tropical fruits with a nice thin layer of smoke. Long.


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