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Overall rating
86.71/100
votes
17
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
29.06.2016
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
16/278
Added on
01 Jan 2017 3:10 pm by ivolution
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 54,00

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 10-year-old

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.71 points

  1. Macheye did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The 10 year old is an excellent introduction to Springbank’s range. The combination of big malty flavours alongside sharp citrus and gentle but ever-present peat works a treat. There’s a level of complexity here which puts many 10 year olds from other distilleries to shame. Not the cheapest ‘entry-level’ bottling, but one of the best in terms of overall quality vs. price.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/springbank/springbank-10-year-old/
    • Nose
      Sharp green apples with a real steely mineral quality. Earthy grasses and freshly turned hay provide underlying vegetal notes and side alongside a gentle peat. This is not the type of smoky peat you’d associate with Islay, it’s both pungent, but also sharp, marrying up to the steeliness identified before. A tart lemon and biscuit note offers both additional complexity and a rather sweet and sour type aroma. There’s more than a hint of sea air about this, and some light acetone which I’d associate with a freshly opened pot of oil-based paint.
    • Taste
      Viscous and oily mouthfeel which emphasises salty maritime malts – biscuits, maybe even shortbread. The peat is interesting here as it’s less pronounced than the nose, but now more overtly smoky. There’s a good level of oak exposure demonstrated by a real pepperiness running through the entire palate. Citrus is once again present – a combination of both zingy and sharp lemons and limes.
    • Finish
      Medium length and with some drying astringency and favouring salts.

  2. SAND scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    NOSE: Malt, barley juice, some dry wood smoke, hints of butter, oily / fat notes, mineral fuel notes (in between diesel and engine oil), salty, some dried seaweed, salt cured lemons in the background. (88-89p) A few drops of water bring out cut grass, slight vegetal notes, sweet cucumber, and more engine oil. Then barnyard funk. Then gooseberry. (90-91p)
    TASTE: The arrival is very dry and mineral. On the mid palate it is concentrated, still very dry and mineral, also with a little pepperiness. (86-88p) With a few drops of water it becomes a tad sweeter, gets a slight metallic feel to it, along with a taste of pure engine oil. A little rustic but rather pleasant. (88-90p)
    FINISH: After a few drops of water: long, on eh..., well, engine oil, barley juice and black pepper (in that order of prominence) (88-89p)
    OVERALL: Very similar to the Kilkerran 12 YO. Not a beginner’s malt. TOTAL SCORE 89 (90) points.

  3. SAND scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Salty and slightly sweet, fino sherry, a deep, dry fruitiness, dried yellow fruits and raisins, some smoke and soot, spices, butterscotch, rich vanilla custard. Really an excellent nose (93p).Taste: Rich distillate, rich in taste, saline, Fino style sea water / brininess, this starts out being all about savoury, but with time comes more fruitiness; dried banana and yellow fruits, flowers. Tar, soot and even a touch of engine oil. (91p)

    Takes a little water well, becoming rounder, more creamy but also more peppery in the finish. A demanding but rewarding and complex whisky. Enjoy over time in the glass, it changes a lot. The nose is just fabulous. Total score 92 points.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

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