Springbank 21-year-old

Overall rating
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
de Germany
Added on
26 aug 2016 9:23 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1999.00

52 × in wishlist

100 × member ratings

121 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Springbank 21-year-old

14 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.98 points.

  1. DannyDram scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced, medium complexity, good intensity.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Chocolate, ris crisps, oak, metal workshop, pebbles, fruity, vanilla. Well balanced and good intensity,
    • Taste
      91 91
      Fruity, citric, sherry, walnuts, some dark dried fruit, leather, oak wood. Balanced, good texture, creamy, vanilla sweetness, good body and pronounced aroma pressure.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Fruity, peppery, oak. Good length, piquant finish.

  2. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Banana bread with cherries on the nose, with marzipan, eucalyptus and black pepper. Oily palate with a smokey chocolate and orange spongecake finish.

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great fruity nose, the palate is a bit more muted , still very good

  4. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    This score is for the bottling for German import.

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      A bit metallic, like old tin boxes. Also leathery, ashy. Some salmiak, oak, and leaves of herbs.

  6. Wummy scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    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'
    • Nose
      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
    • Taste
      Vanilla, honey, fresh fruit, parsley (herbaceous), pepper, refreshing, very oily and pleasant
    • Finish
      A long finish without real culmination of fresh fruit, fresh tobacco and leather, fruity fresh: peach and toffee .... yummy

  7. Caoldronach scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  8. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    He is very strong as a single cask, no question. To be an absolute high flyer, the departure should have been a bit longer.
    • Nose
      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).
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Dry on the finish and shorter than hoped. Oak shows up again, the salt is still there, a few flowers from the mountain meadow.

  10. The Macallan scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Springbank tasting castle Dornoch 21/11/2017

    N: clean, slightly briny, light fruityness

    P: fruity and briny

    F: fruity woodspices

    C: allright!

  11. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    good 21 year old Springbank Single Cask but also not as spectacular as the ratings are showing it

  12. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    The nose is fantastic fruity but on the palate it's not on the same level and the finish is OK. It's a bit more interesting than the regular 21yo batches but not justifying the hype.
    • Nose
      Fruity, sweet, pears, brown sugar fried bananas, hints of oak wood, also some tropical fruits, pineapples, mangos, little vanilla - pretty good
    • Taste
      Punchy, fruity, quinces, little leathery, subtle sweetness, woody notes
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, a tad bitter in the end

  14. Whiskydudes did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    No points for this dram, just pointing out that 2 members are rating this bottle 95p own 9 closed bottles (no open bottles) in total. So, once again, pumping WB ratings sky high with the sole intention of cashing their bottles at a ridiculous price later on. Shame on you, Angosia and Maltinger!

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

    Tasty, delicious, soft and round ...... so nice to wegschlabbern.
    Sherry discreetly in the background.
    Top part, I like it very much.
    Caution !! Addictive.

  16. bert61nl did not rate this whisky 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!


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