- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Single Cask
- Stated Age
- 21 years old
- Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
- Number of bottles
- 47.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Bottled for
- Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft
- Added on
- 26 Aug 2016 9:23 pm by Astrid
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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 21-year-old
15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.02 points
- Banana bread with cherries on the nose, with marzipan, eucalyptus and black pepper. Oily palate with a smokey chocolate and orange spongecake finish.
- Great fruity nose, the palate is a bit more muted , still very good
- This score is for the bottling for German import.
- Out of the three Springbank 21yo releases I tried together (this one, The 2016 UK release of 702 bottles (86 pts), and 21yo 2018 (88) ), I preferred this one the most. It has some oddities, and a persistent dryness I do not like but often find in current SB bottlings, but apart from that it is a very good whisky, and certainly something no other contemporary distillery would produce.
Old books and tobacco smoke, and some melted butter. Wet chalk, some sherry touches, and sandiness. Dry and chalky, with peanuts, cucumber skin, warm milk chocolate, freshly opened pea pods, and rubber gloves. Certainly not an everyday nose.
More sherry-ish and buttery than the cask for UK (702 bottles). A well rounded and good body, with some salted caramel, peat, chalk, mud, chocolate, and cigar ash.
A bit metallic, like old tin boxes. Also leathery, ashy. Some salmiak, oak, and leaves of herbs.
- A fruity, kräutriger and nutty malt with a nice oily consistency in the mouth, all very fresh and refreshing, very pleasant to drink but just no 'cracker'
First comes the barrel / oak, then it is just fruity, fresh apple, plums, dried fruit (the sherry!): Dates and raisins, toffee, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and milk chocolate, the second smelling of vanilla, overall very fresh and delicious
Vanilla, honey, fresh fruit, parsley (herbaceous), pepper, refreshing, very oily and pleasant
A long finish without real culmination of fresh fruit, fresh tobacco and leather, fruity fresh: peach and toffee .... yummy
- Nutty, well-integrated sherry without intrusiveness, yummy, very delicate, really well balanced, a classic pleasant sherry whisky ("light sherry") absolutely without any false note.
In its balance it reminds a little of the balanced perfection of good Japanese whiskys. All in all, this Springbank is frankly just too boring for me. Unfortunately, it's pretty boring. I'm a bit disappointed because I'm an absolute Springbank fan and beside some recent bottlings (eg the 12 yo Cask Strength) I also admired the old 21 year old OB from 1997 (46% with the jagged label edge). The new standard 21y OB is only a shadow of it. So I had my hope for this highly decorated 12y single cask. Unfortunately, in vain. This is unfortunately not really, because I find the 12 yo CS more interesting (yes, yes, I know is not fair, can not be compared, gentleman = 21y versus punk = 12ycs). Whatever the case may be, my mild-mannered 21y OB from 1997 is so transfigured in my memory that it does not live up to today's expectations. Anyway, this Springbank / Single Cask / 21y did not convince me. At the called price of 325 euros certainly not.
- He is very strong as a single cask, no question. To be an absolute high flyer, the departure should have been a bit longer.
Truffle chocolate meets mild pepper, meets rose water. Soft and very pleasing at the beginning, after a short time the "Springbank dirt" moves forward: salt, minerals (have you ever sucked a pebble?), Some engine oil. Blends with the chocolate and rose water to form new aromas (violets?), Becoming softer, sweeter, more fruity (very ripe oranges, grapefruits).
In the not too strong start a good portion of salt comes on the tongue - and stays there too, lies down as a layer on the taste buds. Next to it a floral note (again violet or even lavender), hardly any soapy elements like sometimes in the 21yo OA. A mountain meadow in the summer ... Then the barrel makes itself felt and throws fresh wood chips on the tongue. Herbe herbs combine with the wood note, fir honey gives some sweetness.
Dry on the finish and shorter than hoped. Oak shows up again, the salt is still there, a few flowers from the mountain meadow.
- Springbank tasting castle Dornoch 21/11/2017
N: clean, slightly briny, light fruityness
P: fruity and briny
F: fruity woodspices
- good 21 year old Springbank Single Cask but also not as spectacular as the ratings are showing it