Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
90.66/100
votes
170
Whiskybase ID
WB84785
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Bottled
16.6.2016
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
342
Strength
48.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
16/266
Barcode
610854002381
Bottled for
The Nectar
Market
Belgium Belgium
Added on
16 jul 2016 7:20 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 349.73

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

34 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.66 points.

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A really great Springbank, with some traditionnal musty funk wrapping a battle between chalky-waxy qualities and superb overripe fruits. Bottle aeration was needed, and even then it requires a lot of patience in the glass, but is well worth it in the end. Could go even higher on later occasions. 91+/92-
    • Nose
      92 92
      Yep, bottle aeration has done its job, it's much clearer than upon opening. Yet you still feel like it's gonna have to breathe in the glass as well. In the end what you get is a splendid composition between Springbank typical musty funk (mold, linoleum, fresh goat cheese), with both mineral (parget dust, chalk, wax) and fruity (Haribo peaches, almost rotten strawberries) aspects. Very aromatic eventually, the peach candy is massive, with floral elements as well. It might have something of a great aromatic white, maybe some Gewurztraminer, without being really sweet.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Perfect alcohol integration and medium texture, very nice. The aromatic profile is almost fully displayed here again, which is always a joy. So, rinse and repeat : wax, parget dust, chalky goat cheese, and a lot of peach and rotten strawberries. Super nice. It gets more and more melted upon later sips, and especially waxy in texture.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The mustiness takes the high ground here, it's really massive. Parget dust again. There's a little white peach, and maybe one or two raisins (which might be the only time this dram really felt sherried whatsoever, mind you). Medium length. Not the best part, it could be more fruity and juicy, but still very ok.

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  3. juju cassoulet did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The most beautiful recent 21yo tasted, a real success. The other cask singles of the selection should also be interesting.
    • Nose
      Maritime, sherry
    • Taste
      Passion fruit and sherry, it's powerful and melted. I find the barrel quite present because the usual markers are set back.
    • Finish
      Milky sensation on the tongue and slight bitterness.

  4. LordIslay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Islaywolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  7. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ----------------------90
    taste--------------------90
    End rhyme--------------------90

  8. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

  9. stalker1971 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. sphinx scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Rien scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  12. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  13. rottendon scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    You may wonder why the low rating, actually I wasn't sure if I should not even go lower. For me the nose was immature and the finish long over. Lots of Old Bottle Flavor, lots of acid from the casks, too much for my taste buds.

  14. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Cool!
    Perfectly balanced nectar.

  15. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Good Springbank not much to add.. Is it worth 300€ .. Well it is 2018 and Springbank ...

     Nevertheless there are some better 21y Single Cask Editions
    • Nose
      soft buttertoast, toffee, decent mango and smoke. Lovely!
    • Taste
      great balance of toffee, peaches,  decent lemon. Good!
    • Finish
      super long almost never ending finish. Great! Nevertheless there is something in the finish that annoys me after 2-3 sips... 

  16. The Macallan scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Springbank tasting castle Dornoch 21/11/2017

    N: very light sherry, briny, fruity and nutty

    P: mellow salted caramel

    F: dry and slightly sweet

    C: allright but not very exiting in comparison with Denmark

  17. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    This one appears more convenient as it sweeter than for example the single cask for the Netherlands but I rather it still lower because it is less complex and more leathery - though I rate it higher than the single cask for Germany or Switzerland
    • Nose
      Fruity, honey, whiffs of leather, a bit of dried or candied fruits, plums
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, good sweetness, more leather notes, little fruity
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm

  19. art-bett scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    For me on the same level as the bottling for Germany for the Hanseatic with 47.5%. Again a delicious Springbank the 21er single Casks, which came in 2016 on the market.

  20. Bram84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Wilco scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  22. huggy bear scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      96 96

  23. Malinois scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The nose is gentile: papaya, bit yellow fruits and a bit less mineral then usual because of the Oloroso cask. After a longer time (+30min) sometimes a slight hint of ash comes an goes.

    In the taste everything in the nose returns and it rolls fluently on the tong which adds some oranges and polished wood. The peat is less.

    The finish is long peaty and a bit more 'heavy' than the taste.

    Really love it! Goes a point up since this was the 4th time i tasted it!

  24. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I did not really find the sherry side. It's very good, although pretty classic. Pretty far from the 21 years old.
    • Nose
      Peaty, lemony, austere and salty nose. No doubt we are on a Springbank.
      The peat is light and well envelopes the other aromas. A pretty Riesling side, limestone and mineral. Candied lemon is added with white fruits (apple and pear)
      A freshness with eucalyptus and a hint of pepper. A little tobacco and black tea leaf. I would not bet on a sherry on the nose.
    • Taste
      Powerful and oily. Always austere and mineral present, with chalk and pebbles. Lemon is always there with some other fruits like cherry or currant. Notes of caramel and pepper.
    • Finish
      Sweet and long, on pear and tea. A lot of wax.

  26. zormik scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  27. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  28. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  29. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    My first 21 years old Springbank. I'm surprised the purity, sherry, fruits and distillery character good ratio! Although a bit subdued as well.
    • Nose
      The oloroso is not exaggerated, the oily, salty distillery character comes out nicely. Beside fruits: apricots, cherry, plum and pear.
      In addition caramel, vanilla, tobacco and mild peat. Very nice!
    • Taste
      The base distillate surprisingly clean, the peat is significantly better displayed then the nose.
      Next to them fruits: pear, blackberry, plum and blood orange,
      an oily, spicy cavalcade: salted caramel, pepper and cloves, tobacco
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, fruity

  30. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  31. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A bit more obvious oloroso influence than the NL version.
    • Nose
      Apricot, caramel, peat, raspberry, cherry, cranberry, salt, apple and vanilla. Later some chocolate cookie. With water also mulberry.
    • Taste
      Salted caramel, peat, apricot, bramble, pepper and plum.
    • Finish
      Salted caramel, peat, apricot, mocha, mulberry and cherry.

  32. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    An example of a delicious older style of whisky.
    • Nose
      The sherry influence is sophisticated. Plum juice, sweet oranges and peaches. Some overripe banana peel too. In the background there's some tobacco leaves, honey and an über-subtle hint of peat.
    • Taste
      Nice and oily mouthfeel, always a plus. Sweet apricots and slightly bitter oranges, with some tobacco and furniture polish. Subtle, restrained peat. Also some cloves. Excellent balance.
    • Finish
      Slightly peppery, peaty and waxy. Long and beautiful.

  33. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Somehow it seems less sherried than some of the (first) new 21 Year Old bottlings, perhaps because of the big peppery, mineral side on the palate. Very good Springbank but not the best 21yo I've had.

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2016/springbank/springbank-21-years-single-cask-belgium/
    • Nose
      Quite round, with some vanilla and subtle fruits (apricots, juicy pear, blueberries). Starts warm but evolves towards sourish fruits: apple peelings, unripe plums and later citrusy notes. Behind this there are elegant mineral notes, hints of hay and chalk. Hints of floral honey. Linseed oil in the background. Nice balance.
    • Taste
      Oily and punchy, more austere than we’d expected from the nose. Some sweet sherry notes, quite short, then lots of oily / waxy notes, a very light hint of peat and plenty of pepper. Lemon zest and apple skin. Hints of walnuts and spices.
    • Finish
      Still quite peaty and peppery. A hint of clove and grassy notes.

  34. bert61nl scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This year Springbank decided to drive collectors crazy spreading 15 single casks – bottled at cask strength - around the world.
    So far I know of 8: UK, USA, Belgium (The Nectar), Netherlands (Fourcroy), Italy, Switzerland (Lateltin), Taiwan and Germany (Hanseatische)
    Please let me know if you know of more editions!!

  35. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Bram84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  37. koekoek? scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  38. koekoek? scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    light peat
    delicious sherry

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