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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.96/100
votes
207
Whiskybase ID
WB85595
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
26.07.2016
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Sherry / 30% Bourbon Casks
Casknumber
Batch 13
Strength
56.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
16/320
Barcode
610854547004
Added on
12 Aug 2016 8:17 am by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 299.00

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.96 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 91 points Super Administrator

    We do not comment on the packaging, do we? Springbank has always done things a little differently, but their success has proved them right. On the nose, mineral freshness, peat smoke 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
      90 90
      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
      89 89
      Powerful start with neat pepper over the fruit. Here again come the apricots and tangerines, but also tropical fruits such as mango and papaya are to be guessed. Some violets stroke the tongue. In addition to mild liquorice, there are still young, freshly oiled oak planks, notes of freshly tanned leather and milk coffee. Mouth filling and long spicy / peppery. After a while, red grapes are coming.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and spicy, with residual sweetness of grapes. A hint of peat.

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes a quarter into the bottle and leaving it for over a month to oxidate, as (partially) sherried Springbanks tend to improve a lot over time. Based on the neck pour I would have rated this a tight 87.

    Edit Feb.2021: 4 months and 40% into the bottle it's still improving. The sulfur notes have subsided to a mere whiff now, also the pepperiness is more subtle. Currently I would rate this 90/100, so 89 for the bottle on average.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Pretty dirty with farmy notes, spices, roasted nuts and a sulfury pinch (actually the sulfur notes have subsided quite a lot since I had my first dram out of this bottle). Fruity, sweet and sour, apricots, sweet citrus notes and sour cherrries. Nutty with pecan and salted cashews, quite some herbs and spices like coriander, ginger and curcumin and finally a meaty note with pepper and soy sauce.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Much more spicy than the nose. Very peppery, the sulfur is still present here, also nutty with the eastern spices. Because of the spiciness the fruit notes are pushed back somewhat, but still several citrus fruits (oranges, lemon, some grapefruit) are present.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long - sweet oranges, grapefruit, spices (chili pepper, ginger nutmeg), mild salted liquorice and a clear charred wood bitterness.

  4. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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
      medium

  8. jykoo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Compare both batch 13 (WB Id: WB105550) and 16. All have the same 56.3%abv. Both were using 70% Sherry and 30% Bourbon Casks. The flavour profile is quite consistent between both. At first both of it are quite similar, after a couple more minutes; they started to show the differences. Batch 13 show higher intensity and more sherry influences. While batch 16 show a more lively character.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Medium + intensity, complex, sweet marmalade, apricot, dry plum, ginger candy. Smoke bacon with black pepper, cloves and hint of star anise. Let it sit for another 15 mins, some brine, dusty, leather and oakiness note
    • Taste
      89 89
      Medium + intensity, sweet, oily and nutty. Able to feel the tannin like astringent on the palate. It has more oak influence than the batch 16.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish, sandal wood, sweet marmalade, some tabaco and slightly bitterness.

  9. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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