Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 13
Stated Age
12 years old
70% Sherry / 30% Bourbon Casks
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 Aug 2016 8:17 am by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 79,95

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.88 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 91 points Administrator

    We do not comment on the packaging, do we? Springbank has always done things a little different, and success has proved them right. On the nose, faint peat smoke, mineral freshness and rich sherry notes combine with nuts, concrete and odors of an old TV screen. The palate takes you on a journey through the flavor wheel: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory, it's all there. A real shapeshifter, both complex and well-balanced, culminating in a long, substantial and semidry finish. At only 12 years of age, this cask strength whisky could hardly be any better!

    RATING: 4.5/5.0 stars ≙ 91 pts → SUPERB
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I like it a bit better than its predecessor. If you knew exactly how the barrel composition was ... As always, there is an awful lot to smell and to taste. Complex and balanced, but with the right dose of "dirtiness" on the way.
    • Nose
      There it is again, the beautiful 12 CS - nose: sea salt, dried fruits like apricots, but also fresh mandarins and oranges. Everything wrapped by meadow herbs. A small smoky note is there at the beginning, but evaporates quickly again. In the beginning he was rather fresh and maritime (sea salt), after a while earthy and heavy notes come to the fore. Leather and tobacco notes come, always accompanied by mild herbs and later black pepper. The alcohol is very well integrated, nothing stings, and a whole range of flavors you get delivered.
    • Taste
      Powerful start with neat pepper over the fruits. Here again come the apricots and mandarins, but also tropical fruits such as mango and papaya are to be guessed. A little violet strokes the tongue. In addition to mild licorice are still young, freshly oiled oak planks, notes of freshly tanned leather and milk coffee. Mouth-filling and spicy / peppery for a long time. After a while, red grapes are coming.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy, with residual sweetness of grapes. A touch of peat.

  3. schero scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely awesome! You can not say anything else!
    • Nose
      Oranges, mineral and maritime notes, light smoke, orange peels, sparkling fresh, meanwhile apricots and mirabelle plums, at the end freshly peeled orange peel
    • Taste
      Sparkling oranges, strong onset, light smoke, very mineral, sparkling and slightly peppery, powerful but pleasant spice
    • Finish
      Smoke and mineral oak, again a lot of orange peel, very sweet, lots of warmth, nice long finish

  4. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    Lunacy in a bottle.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    Extremely bold and delightfully raw.
    • Nose
      As a TV repair man I can testify that this smells like opening the back of an old wooden TV cabinet that's just blown a fuse.

      Prominent sherry, but it's kind of "dirty" and quite sour.

      Stale cigars, butterscotch.

      Wafts of a lighter general fruity note and danish pastry with sugar icing.
    • Taste
      Full power right off the grid.

      Initially I get dried and hard salty beef jerky with lots of green pepper.

      The meaty notes changes quickly to chocolate covered black sherries.

      Bitter espresso and a couple of fatty walnuts.
    • Finish
      In my book this qualifies as long.

      Hot, spicy, warming, leathery.

  6. domani scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I like it very much. With the addition of water it becomes fruity and elegant without losing its power - 01.04.2017
    • Nose
      Red berries, strawberry jam, rosehip, oranges, coffee, caramel, sand cake, very minimal smoke is to be guessed, but really only very distant, with water it is fruity and floral
    • Taste
      Pink pepper, dried fruits, honey, syrup, marshmallows, dry, no smoke here, candied walnuts, spicy, slightly salty, oak, even in taste it is fruity with water
    • Finish

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. feeroff scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    21 + 22 + 22 + 23 = 88
    Spring's phenolity is still more interesting from 18 at least. Although this batch is very good

  9. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  10. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not super complex but so nice. Leather, marshmallow, dunnage perfection, marine air, hemp rope, creme brulee. Nose and palate are equally delightful. No awful sulfur to contend with. 

    On the negative side, it takes water surprisingly badly for a Springbank 12 CS. More than a few drops of water really tends to ruin it. I will only drink it full strength. Usually, with Springbank cask strength releases of all kinds, I tend to apply some water, but not in this case. 
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91


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