Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.65/100
votes
504
Whiskybase ID
WB92131
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
23.01.2017
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Sherry & 30% Bourbon Casks
Casknumber
Batch 14
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
17/40
Barcode
610854547004
Added on
29 jan 2017 1:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 292.50

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

94 users have left 98 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.65 points.

  1. Patrick93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Tried a dram at a local whisky bar. The bottle was 2/3rds empty, and may well have been open for a while, which would explain why I found it a bit flat, especially on the nose.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Soft peat, juicy and typical sherried notes, and not much else. Quite closed on the nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Delicious nuttiness, juicy red fruits, all in excellent balance with the wisps of peat. Although very tasty, it leaves something to be desired in terms of complexity.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Warm, peppery and fruity.

  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice powerful whisky, nice delicate sherrycask influence, subtle peaty touch, very pleasant.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Leather, ripe fruits, an earthy touch. Red fruits, berries, some whiffs of peat far away.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Quite powerful, pepper. Red fruits, beries, a sour edge underneath now. Chocolate, leather, earthy. Oranges.
    • Finish
      88 88
      More smooth now, a little touch of smoky bitterness, red fruits, berries. Middle long finish. Later on again a sour edge, it gains power and length in finish, some hints of tobacco. Warming.

  4. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very spicy with good wood and smoke aromas. Unfortunately, sulfur interferes.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry and vanilla, caramel and smoked bacon, soot and chalk, dried apricot and fig, plum jam, spicy oak with cinnamon and waffles, baked apples and pears, creamy honey, some ash and salty beach rocks, oranges, cocoa and earth, wild berries, banana and mango
    • Taste
      87 87
      lots of spicy oak with cinnamon and cloves, caramel, apple and pear, ash and smoked malt, oily and salty with spicy cedarwood, slightly sulphurous matches with tar, prunes and orange, white coffee and vanilla, rust, marzipan, sherry flavors, slightly tart
    • Finish
      85 85
      Sherry and spices, strong oak, sulfur, caramel, notes of ash and soot, cocoa, slightly oily and greasy, chocolatey hazelnuts

  7. STL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. bvrsky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. ConvalRen scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Delicious only when severely oxidised after shaken for days.

  10. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Candied vanilla, coated in iodine with Guérande salt. Delicate, earthy, sooty peat. Custard. Vanilla eclair, with icing of course. Coconut, papaya, passion fruit. Finally the sherry shows the tip of its nose, but it took a long time. Quite winey, grape, blueberries and heather. Then it's the bourbon that comes back, pastry cream, sea breeze with sea spray, well a little stable, otherwise it wouldn't be Springbank. Lavender, honeysuckle. Genoese. Icing sugar.
    On the palate, the sweetness persists, nuanced by some spices, which are gradually imposed. Toasted wood, charcoal, hazelnuts, beeswax. Final on the same track, more on the lemon, quite long and explosive, greedy, and a little earthy. Brown sugar.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/04/springbank-12-yo-cask-strength-batch-14.html
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great dram but ever so slight sulphur off notes on the back palate that dampen the enjoyment for me a little bit.

  12. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark fruits, a slight hint of menthol, maybe a hint of lemon, is there some smoke in the background? With a little time I find ripe peaches and a fine note of wood. No alcoholic note
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pooh, what a start! Chilli and ginger take over immediately, surprise! Then the fruity and slightly mineral notes reappear briefly before it turns into a slight bitterness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      In my opinion, the finish doesn't quite do justice to the rest, the sweetness remains with a slight tingling sensation. Slight feeling of cold ash. Overall, however, a very nice dram! Recommendation!

  13. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
      sweet, dirty, metallic
    • Taste
      88 88
      mellow, sherry, dirty, fat, burned sugar, burned wood
    • Finish
      87 87
      very dirty with sherry

  14. Erik1908 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I tasted quite a few 12y old Springbank expressions already. You always look forward to he moment you can open another bottle. Unfortunately, this is not the best 12y old I tasted. The recent 10y old at 46% was just as good for half the price.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is great as usual. a kinda homecoming. I gave it quite some time in the glass to come to rest. Then you find a great fruit-basket on a nice sherry/bourbon mix. Mild peat-smoke finishes it. All pretty well integrated.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Unfortunately, the taste for me is not as expected. Very powerful but also quite sharp, too spicy (pepper) even with some water. Fruitiness is fully pushed to the back. For me a flaw.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long but sharp finish. Dry in the very end.

  15. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A jumping bench with a tendency towards dirt with a little sulfur.
    • Nose
      Red fruits, light smoke, minerally salty, maritime sea air, behind it a slight sulfur note, wet match, blazing embers, chilli chocolate, hot cocoa
    • Taste
      Red fruits, stronger acceleration, a lot of dryness, cocoa and coffee, dark chocolate, mineral smoke
    • Finish
      Light sulfur and marine smoke at the beginning, dry oak spice, the red fruits remain on the palate along with smoke and oak

  16. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  17. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Directly this horny spring bench nose, despite barrel strength and blender glass super mild, beautiful, flowery, violet, round, hardly any alcohol, nothing bothers. With water still violets, very, very minimal salt-citrus smoke in the background. Great
    • Taste
      Again as beautifully round and soft as a bath in a summer meadow, the finish is rather long, dry and minimally a nice, appropriate bitterness.

  18. Martin1965 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry, leather, a little dirty smoke as is common with springbanks, earthy, apricots
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sherry, dark fruits, leather, raisins, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and creamy

      I'm excited for a 12er.
      50% rating

  19. LordTim scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Fantastic whisky! Very oily and nutty. Vanilla and coconut comes and leather dry and Smokey in the end. No nasty bitter at all and all flavor flourished in numbers of folds. No need to add water but if you do, more chocolate and raisins pop out.

  20. Koalafant scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very balanced, tasty malt with lots of WUMMS!
    Not a miracle of complexity, but anything but one-dimensional or boring. There are many beautiful nuances hidden in the depths. Nothing stands out and it does not appear overloaded with individual notes.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fruit notes of apple, gooseberry and mulberry. A little oak and a subtle acidity.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet and spicy with a pleasant sharpness.
    • Finish
      90 90
      In the long and overall sweet finish, many beautiful notes are revealed.

  21. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Takes water well; great value for money. Basically, you get the dirty/farmy smokiness and coastal brine characteristic of Springbank with some hushed refill sherry fruits & nuts thrown in for good measure. A huge upgrade over the ten-year-old; noticeably more complex than the 15. If only this were a few years older, we'd zoom straight past the 88-point mark.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Candied orange peel, maraschino cherry, leather, rubber, engine oil, coal fumes, ash, alcohol (can't conceal its age all the way).
    • Taste
      87 87
      Less fruity and sweet than the nose would have you presume. Develops on the tart / astringent spectrum, but it's less austere and forbidding than the 10 y.o.
      Mineralic and chalky, with refill-sherry fruits in the beginning and more and more smoke and brine as it goes on. The mouthfeel has a slight fizz to it, especially when diluted. It's not super complex, but very well-balanced (though I'm still kind of uncertain about the often quite "rubbery" ex-sherry casks that Springbank sources)...
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, tart, and elegant, with hints of red fruits and ashy, acerbic smoke.

  22. ldcsh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very good jumper - full, intense, powerful, aromatic and multi-layered.
    Good PLV.
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      sweet-fruity, pickled raisins, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, little oak;
    • Taste
      undiluted: surprisingly mild, fruity, oranges, raisins, caramel, fruit bread, spices, pepper, salt, licorice, complex;
    • Finish
      strong, long finish, fruity;

  24. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a very good cask filling
    hardly any oak, lots of fruit, with a sherry aroma even more intense and better than the 15 year old spring bench
    • Nose
      sweet and fruity, pickled raisins, dark fruits, caramel, subtle oak
    • Taste
      without water: surprisingly mild fruity appearance, raisins, caramel, fruit bread, no annoying aromas

      with water: raisins and fruit notes are more noticeable

      But is very good to drink both with and without. Pure personal matter of taste.
    • Finish
      strong, long, warm finish;
      long fruity aftertaste

  25. Harvey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Not as intense and powerful as the ones under the older label, i think. The Springbank character is there but this is much smoother than those with the older label. Good value for the price anyway.

  26. Dieter_W scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fruity of apricots and gooseberries, oranges, brown sugar candy, vanilla and some bread dough
    • Taste
      Oily, dark chocolate
      The tart chocolates and oranges remain present until the end
    • Finish
      Very long lasting

  27. Joband scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. mds51 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  29. wurfhamster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  30. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  31. LeChiffre scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Very strong-intense single malt with quite interesting aromas and a good complexity. It does not seem like the Springbank character tends to be mine.
    • Nose
      81 81
      fresh fruity sweetness; Alcohol is present but pleasant; very interesting
    • Taste
      81 81
      strong; hot and spicy; smoky notes; subtle fruity sweetness in the background; increasingly dry with each sip
    • Finish
      80 80
      long and dry; Oak; fruity sweetness behind; smoky; a bit salty; dirty earthy

  32. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/whisky-squad-the-christmas-part-2018-part-2/

    N: Let’s finish strong. Who else but Springbank to help us home, with this sticky, deep-waxy, fruity, firm & consolidated dram.
    T: Strong & permeating, waxy > fruity < coppery arrival with touches of rubber and thick rice paper - yet every sip varies.
    F: Creamy > heathery-straw.
    C: Matt recalls this as being all farmy a few years ago. Either way, I loved this as it is today.

    Scores a B

  33. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  34. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Fabulous whisky. Sweet, earthy, oily, easily handled without water.

  35. Lumpowitz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Milk chocolate with Nusssplittern, delicate smoke, red fruits, red wine vinegar. Later a strong note of gooseberries and pencil marks.
    • Taste
      Dry and tart with high percentage chocolate, old tires and sherry. Somehow dirty.
    • Finish
      Long finish, spicy and dry.

  36. kot1803 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  37. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The right amount of dirtiness, accompanied by notes of fruits, the sea and the earth makes this into a joy to drink. Highly recommended.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sulphur (NO!?), but salty (YES!). The sherry influence is evident from the first moment on, but Springbank’s characterful spirit holds its ground and adds a beautiful saltiness and earthiness. That already makes this so much better compared many other heavily sherried whisky (in my opinion, of course). There is a clear sense of an extinguished bonfire, combined with salty caramel, a mix of salty nuts containing raisins and sultanas, and dried figs that accidently caught fire (ok, who is not paying attention to the barbecue?!). It is powerful, but not overly heavy due to a sort of freshness that runs underneath. I recognise new leather, a beautiful aged Oloroso sherry, and after a while orchard fruits start to make themselves known. A dusty and musty character, which I tend to associate with the usage of proper sherry casks, and notes of caramelised brown sugar and tobacco. The addition of a few drops of water, which this can honestly take, brings out additional hints of honey and soya sauce.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The palate opens with bonfires, followed by leather chairs, coal dust, and sea salt. Again the sherry influence is clear, but it seems we drinking it while the wind blows a spray of sea water into our face. Many salty raisins, nuts and other sherry-associated notes. The addition of water makes it even more coastal, while it also adds liquorice, tobacco, all kinds of roots, beach sand (the wind turns into a storm, apparently), in short more Springbank. I think the palate is slightly less complex, compared to the nose, but we are still at a high level, so who bothers?
    • Finish
      88 88
      More of the above.

  38. Grutslurp scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A little more chalky and bitter than I would like. Still good though. I didn't find much of the acclaimed "Spingbank funk" in this. I wonder if it the batch, or me.
    • Nose
      Quite a bit of sherry beefiness, which is lovely. Also very mineral: Chalk and soot. Little bit of citrus fruit, little bit of peat.
    • Taste
      Much more on the chalky/sooty side than the nose. Unfortunately not so much of the sherry meatiness is left.
    • Finish
      Some of the sherry returns, which is welcome. Also still sooty and peaty, and slightly on the bitter side.

  39. DavidH. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  40. Rainers scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  41. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  42. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  43. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not bad (21) Quite possibly he would have earned a +1 ... but against the background of the 12th batch he loses a little. (87)
    • Nose
      Dusty fruits, wax and wood. Not much salt. Nice 13 batch. Fresh yeast dough. And a rather strange smell of sea-buckthorn (22)
    • Taste
      The taste is sharp, explosive, fruity (22)
    • Finish
      Finish sweet, spicy, wood and caramel. (22)

  44. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  45. Kumachan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Here is a UFO. I like a lot then I do not like and I like a lot again. A whisky that has the ass between two chair corn never falls in the middle. If it were necessary to sound a subjective note, it would be a 88. If this burned rubber disappears, the note will go to 90.
    • Nose
      The dress? Gold. Multitudes of heavy tears. In the first place it is very cereal, earthy, tarred, rubber burned and finally smoked. Well, I'll leave this beast alone for a month. The! It's cereal, earthy, smoky and ... fruity. The ripe mango, the toasted walnut, sweet varnish. It's amazing, this rubber burned plan around the entire tasting.
    • Taste
      It is fat, full and sweet, around the citron and pink grapefruit, this mid-palate is sweet, comes the smoke, the salty mango - sweet. Dry apricot and dried fruits.
    • Finish
      Final long, tarred, sweet then very dry on beautiful bitters.

  46. Syleo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    EN:

    As a "Tale of Two Brothers" I tasted the Green Thistle head-to-head against the Batch 14 of the Springbank 12 CS of 2017 - Conclusion: While one (12CS) is enjoying his breakfast with fruit and honey sitting in the dunes next to the cooled embers of the fire, dressing the cut on his finger from serving last evening's roast, his older brother (100proof) is already out walking on the beach with a bowl of warm baked plums and dark chocolate crumbles among the groynes, contemplating the plaster on his thumb…
    DE: As "Two dissimilar brothers" I tasted the Green Thistle head to head with batch 15 of the Springbank 12 CS from 2017. The conclusion: While one (12CS) is enjoying his breakfast next to the remains of the campfire and freshly bandages the cut on his finger, his older brother (100proof) is already walking between the groynes on the beach with a bowl of plum compote and chocolate and is contemplating that Patch on his thumb ...
    • Nose
      90 90
      EN:
      An intense golden gleam shimmers through the glass holding the latest Batch 14 of the Springbank 12 CS, and right after filling the glass, a smoky caramel swath from a recently extinguished fire, in which the sticks smeared with the rest of the molten marshmallows still glimmer , billows passed the nostrils. The freshly caramelized sugar remains, joined by toffee and a hint of malt, fresh, lavishly sugared popcorn, honey slowly becoming maple syrup. All of that is balanced, though, by melon and mangoes as well as the acute freshness of lime, oranges and mint leaves, together forming the impression of a light summerly gravy with a few drops of lemon essence, which in turn gives way to the more clear and crisp smell of iodine and fresh gauze. All in all, the sherried influence of figs and raisings stays beautifully balanced with the Bourbon echoes of vanilla, oak and beech wood, wicker and freshly cut rose stems.

      DE:
      Strong gold shines through the glass in the current batch 14 of the Springbank 12 CS and after pouring out, a smoky caramel cloud wafts past a recently extinguished fire in which the sticks still glow with marshmallow remains. The freshly caramelized sugar remains, toffee and a little malt, fresh, plenty of sugared popcorn, honey on the way to maple syrup. The whole thing, however, balanced by melon and mango as well as a sharp freshness of limes, oranges and a little mint, as a whole like a light summer gravy with a dash of lemon, which increasingly becomes a clearer impression of iodine and fresh gauze bandages. Overall, the sherry influence of figs and raisins remains nicely balanced alongside the bourbon tones of vanilla, oak and beech wood, willow branches and the fresh cut of roses.
    • Taste
      87 87
      EN:

      Lightly smoky caramel and marzipan sweetness continue the nosing impressions on the palate, the cask strength is noticeable with a slight bitterness, some dryness and a little tingle, but staying pleasant and slowly transforming again into the peppery, spicy afterthought of the light lime gravy. Red berries join the fray, as well as a salty maritime touch, some iron and cheese, which all together again concentrate into iodine and gauze, alternating in their facets.

      DE:
      Slightly smoky caramel and marzipan sweetness continue the nose impression on the palate, the barrel strength is noticeable with slight bitterness, a little dryness and a tingle, but remains pleasant and in turn merges with the peppery and spicy impression of the light lime roast . Red berries are now also included, along with the salty maritime note, some iron and cheese, which are concentrated again in iodine and gauze and their facets alternate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      EN:

      Finally, all of these nuances are leading over into a creamy and warm finish, which, in all honesty, does not complete justice to all the interestingly varied impressions of the nosing and tasting, but which still manages to leave first a distinct spiciness followed by a lovely smoky allusion like the lingering, husky remnants clinging to your clothes in the morning after spending the whole night next to the open fire.

      DE:
      Finally, they lead into a creamy and warm finish, which unfortunately does not quite do justice to the diverse impressions in the nose and palate, but which, after the initial spiciness, leaves a nice smoky impression, like the breath in the clothes in the morning when you've been sitting by the fire all night.

  47. RichardMayston scored this whisky 50 points Expert Senior

    Not for me 
    • Nose
      Bandaid medicinal 
    • Taste
      Alcohol burn, slight peat 

  48. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Mega nose. It has everything a whisky needs. Bourbon, sherry and this "filthy" from Springbank.
    Taste and finish have a hefty dose of oak. I'm almost a tick too bitter. Gives me time in the glass clearly in flavors.

  49. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  50. maltdude did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    One of the very best. Nice!
    • Nose
      Slight hint of peat smoke. Carsmelized french toast with some ripe dark fruits. Sweet with tones of vanilla. Slightly sulphuric, but not disturbingly.
    • Taste
      Very sweet at first with a silky mouthfeel. A hint of woodsmoke. Dark fruits.
    • Finish
      Long and mouthwatering. Dark chocolate in the background. Becoming a little dryer. Very rewarding.

  51. Mike01 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  52. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    One of the more dirty batches so far. 87/88.
    • Nose
      Toffee, peat, cherry, blueberry, sulphur and papaya.
    • Taste
      Sulphur, peat, pepper, toffee, salt and cherry.
    • Finish
      Peat, blueberry, toffee, sulphur, salt, cherry and peach.

  53. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Comparison of Batch 14 and 15. They are not the same, but whether I could distinguish them blindly ...
    • Nose
      Sweet, smoky, campfire, sweet red apple, pear, earth, batch 14 has significantly less apple, but juicy canned peach, in batch 15 it goes towards honeysuckle / lilac.
    • Taste
      The sweetest so far, red cherries, lilac, camp fires smoke passes by. Batch 14 also a bit "lighter" towards orange / peach.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, clear smoke. Here, the two do not give much. Coffee, some salt, slightly dry.

  54. Lorion scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Interesting, really interesting. Very diverse, but not intricately nested. The whisky presents its diversity, without having to lure it out. And he is just delicious. I am positively surprised! 86 points!
    • Nose
      Fruity first. Which fruits are they? Grapes, apples and orange. Add a sweet malty and wet hay. The alcohol is refreshing and provides cooling mint. A light soy sauce reminiscent of spice is added. All in all, it remains with the impression. After inclusion of the palate nutty chocolate is added and also some smoke in the nose. Smoky chocolate?
    • Taste
      Tickling sweetness, mixed with smoke and hay. In addition apple. Seasoning is added and remains with sweet smoke in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Taste remains long, the heat in the esophagus remains medium.

  55. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N- Dried leaf, with somehow familiar soft sulphuric notes. Underlay with rock sugar, spices and resinous sherry bites. Just like the other new batch of Springbank, the Longrow and the Hazelburn as well, it seems there is a change of direction on the flavours profile for the distillery, which make it sweeter, rounder and fruitier, I am sure with all good intention. But for me who like the unique Springbank derived on the old batch, am feeling disjointed when tried some of these new releases. This is just 'another whisky' kind of ordinary dram...well, may be is just me.P- Yes, some unique meaty and sulphur notes lurking, what a pity that there were once so dominant on the previous 12YO. Creamy, sweet and solidly build, but narrow on flavours, this is not going anywhere.

    F- Medium, rounded with liquorice and cocoa sweet.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  56. MGHOW scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    On the nose, banana and wheat beer. Barley sugar. 

    In the mouth, minerally peat, like a good old fashioned whisky from back in the day.....an art which has been forgotten by most distillers......

    I love this whisky because it is obviously excellent and like a good old fashioned single malt from the 60's or 70's.

    It only prevents being scored in the 90's on the finish for me because of its dryness which is perhaps the hardest challenge of any great whisky. I think only the 90's and early 2000's Highland Parks managed this magical feat of balancing moreishness and dryness. This hangs too much on the woody dryness.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  57. steinrich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  58. Dude1971 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  59. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion very similar to some Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte whiskys. It's the neighbourhood. The cow, the citrus, the sea. With water even more complex.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Light smoke and cow dung (yea...some burned matches), oranges, some minerals, sherry (more dominant compared to other batches), caramel, leather.
    • Taste
      Cow dung and light smoke (you feel like in the middle of a meadow at the Alps with some cows nearby as in all other batches). Sweet, some wasabi.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Sweet peaches, caramel, salt, oranges.

  60. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  61. Opeth83 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This 12 is a real hit and miss for me, unfortunately this is a miss. It feels younger, little bit hot and one-dimensional. It also lacks a little freshness other batches  and the 10 ob have.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  62. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  63. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  64. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      light and dark fruits, fields of grain, barley, honey, light elegant sherry, farmy, light grass, light oily butter, yeast
    • Taste
      elegant sherry, stewed fruits, barley, citrus, honey, grains, light wood
    • Finish
      medium, fruits, citrus peel bitter, light wood, barley, very light grass and butter, stewed fruits at the back followed by sour sherry sugared light malt

  65. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Well done batch. Pleasant sweet / spicy and sherry / bourbon ratio.
    • Nose
      Salt, spicy oak, honey, leather, sherry, peach and mild smoke
    • Taste
      Strong and creamy. Honeyed waxy apple, salty caramel, cinnamon and pepper, oak, coffee and sulphur
    • Finish
      Long, spicy

  66. stefsel111 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  67. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  68. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  69. Bishlouk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It seems to me that the Sherry is more present in this version than in those I had tasted in 2015, as far as I remember. It's here sweeter, more greedy, and slightly less rustic. The Springbank leg is nevertheless clearly present (and that's good!). Overall very pleasant, as often at Springbank.
    • Nose
      Gourmet and sherryed smoke, dried grapes and apricots, exotic spices. After aeration, the calcareous mineral notes are more present.
    • Taste
      The Sherry's contribution is first put forward, with honey and raisin. Then come chalk and limestone, accompanied by spicy spices.
    • Finish
      A ripple of dry grass smoke and a slight apricot bitterness. A fine vegetal freshness at the end of the mouth, and the exotic spices that radiate.

  70. Pikehunter scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  71. Glennie scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Clearly Springbank. Light smoke. Something maritime, salty and woody. Something fruity. Mango and melon. The proportion of sherry should be quite high, but I don’t find it very dominant in the nose. Honeydew and some brown sugar. Something spicy that I can’t pin down. Perhaps sage. Leather. Taste: Creamy and mouth coating. Light smoke. Spicy. Little anise, and again a hint of sage. Waxy. A little bit of sulphur, like in matches. Sweetness and some acidity. Roasted bitter notes like mocha and dark chocolate.

    Finish: Spicy, walnuts, still with coffee and chocolaty notes. Quite a long finish.This was a first taste. As always with Springbank this probably will grow on me.
    So I might adjust the grade later.  (Yep: 87 first, here 7 months later it is 89)
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  72. theograph scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice Springbank!
    • Nose
      salty-maritime, musty, leathery, earthy, subtly malty, subtle sherry tones and slightly smoky;
    • Taste
      The maritime (mineral) note remains, clear fruit note, first bright fresh fruit and later rather dark ripe fruit accents such as cherry or plum, wet wood, very spicy, fruity, dry and warming; leathery and yet clearly smoky;
    • Finish
      Medium-long, dry, a dry and fruity mouthfeel remains for a long time;

  73. dram-drinker scored this whisky 79 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      71 71

  74. dram-drinker scored this whisky 79 points Photo Moderator

    Unfortunately not my favorite type of Springbank - lucky me it was just a sampleIt reminds me very much on the Springbank Vintage 1996 Cask 263 (https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/6646/springbank-1996) which I don't like very much either
    • Nose
      Cooked fruits, dirty leather notes, whiffs of minerals - typical Springbank
    • Taste
      Oh, oh - it's the leather boots type of Springbank - unfortunately it overrides most of all the other flavours.

      Water doesn't help - makes it even worse.
    • Finish
      Medium long, still mainly leather notes

  75. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  76. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  77. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Parallel tasting with Springbank 11 Local Barley

    Well known and yet always a nuance unlike its predecessor. Also Batch 14 can again be described as extremely successful.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The smell of dried fruit and Fruchtmus (apricots). In addition fine sea salt and meadow herbs. A little smoke? Fresh and refreshing at first, but over time it becomes earthier and heavier. The sea salt and the fruits retreat into the background, sweetness now comes from honey and a vanilla pod. In addition, there are tobacco and leather notes. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very strong start. The malt lays dry and peppery on the tongue. Fruit notes of tangerines and oranges sparkle, but they can not work their way forward. There is still the pepper in the way, which claims a lot of attention together with a liquorice note. Over time, the fruits push forward, but it always stays dry. The taste of latte coffee passes by shortly. The pepper from the beginning comes again.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long and dry, with fine herbs, apricots and chocolate.

  78. Helgo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  79. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: strong Springbank nose, earthy maritime, oily, creamy, full-bodied, oak cargo, honey sweetness, bright exotic fruits, mango, peaches, a pleasant acidity in which I find both types of kegs, herbal notes, complex, promising nose that invites you to try Taste: full-bodied syrupy, spicy with herbal notes, slightly salty, strong oak with light resin notes, some wax, sweetness and acidity keep well in balance, drinkable undiluted, the alcohol is noticeable but not sprittig, the sherry casks give a nice voluminous fullness, without I can directly find fruit flavors on the palate. Nut aromas in the long slightly bitter finish with lots of wood and slightly dry
    Conclusion: full load Springbank,   I think I did not completely understand it even with the 2nd Dram, quite complex and slightly closed, but interesting flavors, lots of power, yummy
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  80. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  81. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  82. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    No comments needed. This is good stuff.
    • Nose
      Springbank style: earthy and peaty, with tropical fruit. This is no exception. The peat is soft, damp, mossy, salty, and earthy (tobacco, licorice, forest soil). The fruit is a mix of ripe banana, very ripe pineapple, and mango. Next to that, there is also fresh apple. Then, marzipan, vanilla and a bit of toffee.
    • Taste
      Full body. It's oily, with a pleasant level of spice and tannins. The fruit is present in the beginning (the tropical mix), but then the earthy and woody side take over. Mossy peat, licorice, spice and oak staves.
    • Finish
      Pleasantly long and full. It keeps on returning with a combination on moderate bitter and sour notes. Fermenting grape, moss, damp dunnage warehouse, salty peat, pepper and licorice root.

  83. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  84. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  85. Skiddilly scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  86. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  87. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  88. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In direct comparison to batch 13, much more elegant and tasty. Not better, only different!
    • Nose
      Immediately waxy, cooked fruit. Elegant, slightly mature Sherrynoten. A fresh breeze blows through the glass and brings anise with it. Damp tobacco in a leather bag. Has something of balsamic and broth cubes. I find only a trace of smoke, in the background. Moss and freshly cut beech wood. Spicy baked apple.
    • Taste
      Soft start, which then immediately spicy, strong. Bitterness comes and instantly makes room for an insane, oily mouthfeel. What was that for a fast, great interplay? Slightly salty with lime. Ripe cherries lying in the wooden basket with apricots. Creamy licorice and moist tobacco follow suit. Above all, subtle smoke.
    • Finish
      Medium. First dry with dark chocolate and then only oily, occupying with soft smoke.

  89. Eckibaer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A delicious, young sherry-heavy whisky and still in tap strength ...

    For the current price of about 56 euros, there is probably nothing comparable with such a good price / performance ratio ...

    I do not know how many users forgive such bad marks for price and presentation ... they are missing a blinking LED lighting ... or an exciting marketing story ...?

    Thanks Springbank ... keep it up

  90. seebaer scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      79 79

  91. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  92. MadScientist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  93. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  94. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  95. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    springbank 12 has never disappointed me and neither does this one but from my first impression I´d say this is not as good as the latest few batches.
    thanks matthias for the sample
    still 89/100
    • Nose
      you can immediately tell it´s springbank 12c.s. provided you´ve had some of the older batches.
      sooty and earthy, quite some peat smoke, dirty lemons, not as dirty as in some older batches, hints of oak. and there are some funny effervescent aromas after a while. I have the impression it needs a bit more time than the older twelvers.
    • Taste
      creamy to oily, very fresh on  lemons and mandarins, the fruit is really lovely but gets drier rather quickly. rather ashy then.
    • Finish
      could be longer to be honest and it´s a little dry

  96. natter1957 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Highly recommended Springbank, strong first impression, could be a little longer in the finish. Sherry present, but well-embedded in the Springbank's typical flavors. A dram who can accompany you throughout the evening.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      83 83

  97. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: it is reminiscent of a walk in an autumn forest full of pines and chestnut trees, before the aroma returns to the iodine content of a Campbeltow malts with a hint of peat flavor: a great richness balanced between lemon jam on toast and caramelized roasted marshmallows not to forget the aromas of vanilla and pepper, a meaty dram to lick your lips (notes of the distillery)

  98. bert61nl scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes

    Nose: Forest full of pine and chestnut trees with iodine and a hint of peat

    Palette: rich citrus marmalade on toast and toasted marshmallows, hint of vanilla and pepper. Meaty.

    Finish: Viscous, with salty edge. Ham join marinated in a honey sauce.

    (from the distillery)

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