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Springbank 11-year-old

Overall rating
88.25/100
votes
629
Whiskybase ID
WB92450
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Local Barley
Vintage
02.2006
Bottled
02.2017
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
100% Bourbon
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
53.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Bere barley from Aros Farm (Peninsula, Kintyre)
Bottle code
17/65
Barcode
610854002664
Added on
08 feb 2017 5:54 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1372.25

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 11-year-old

99 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.25 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Parallel tasting with Springbank 12 CS Batch 14, 54.2%. No question, a spring bank. Even a well-made, you can see from the somewhat artificial citrus note in the nose. If you like, you can also pay for the 109, - (issue price). But you do not necessarily, the recurrent 12 CS is at least equivalent.
    • Nose
      You have to give him some time in the glass. After some waiting time, during which part of the slightly stinging alcohol has disappeared, a strong citrus note of non-natural origin (toilet duck) appears. In addition, the nose is mineral, maritime, slightly salted. Honey makes for a more natural sweetness after a while.
    • Taste
      Even when starting on the tongue, the citrus note from the nose can be found again. Here, however, it could also come from a lemon and not from a cleaning agent. Also the maritime touch from the nose comes here again, the Malt acts, despite its 53.1%, fresh, airy, light. The alcohol is very nicely involved. Grated almonds and walnuts are coming, also oak is to be guessed. The malt becomes drier.
    • Finish
      Long and dry, with citrus, almonds and slightly bitter herbs.

  2. djmaxliving scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    More barrel influence with oak and spice being represented here, compared to the later release.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Good maturating, balance and more rounded with fresh fruits, some green apples and subtle hints of smoke lingering in the background. The alcohol comes and goes.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Vanilla Ice Cream, unripe pear, yeast, sugar, oaky and slightly spicy.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long with tanning oak and pepper.

  3. penumbra scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    It ’s really great. To tell the truth, the proportion of different flavors in a cocktail can be said to be determined by people, but some combinations of flavors are beyond the imagination of delicious or difficult to drink. The whisky flavor combination depends to some extent on luck , And then still understand the beauty of it only by experiencing it firsthand.
    • Nose
      The overwhelming smell of malt, biscuits, peat and the like were completely suppressed. Milk and oil and damn cucumbers can also be said to be green apples.
    • Taste
      The Genting characteristics that I understand, the malt, ore, and lipid are particularly balanced, a little salty, hay, and smoke.
    • Finish
      For a long time, the malt soaked in fat still has a small amount of salt.

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pretty simple and very focused on cereals.
    • Nose
      Very cereal nose, barley, Kellogg's, biscuit.
      A base of citrus, lemon, lime.
      A little margarita. Strawberry, butter.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it's a little more lively. Lemon, lemon, lemon. Cereals. Brown sugar.
      Fresh mint, pepper, fresh grass.
      Yeast. Saline.
    • Finish
      Final on citrus fruits, yeast.

  5. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Another substantial craft presentation by Springbank but compared with the 16y LB this one lacks of some age. The alcohol is a bit dominant on the nose but keeps vanishing with time in the glass. A few more years would have made this fellow a bit rounder.Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Green apple, grass, lemon, hints of smoke, hints of salted fudge, minerals, some "farming Springbank" in the back, cookie dough.
    • Taste
      Springbank farming (some cow dung), some smoke, lemon, minerals, salt, honey, some spices.
    • Finish
      Medium. Oak, smoke and Springbank farm.

  6. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Ok for drinking. Overal a bit young and lax complexity and I don't like the dry finish. Purchased sample.
    • Nose
      Citrus, soft briny notes, pepper, some smoke, marshmallows, herbs and some nuts - walnuts.
    • Taste
      Citrus, pepper, briny - salt, some wax, honey and later a fresh fruity note - apple.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with pepper, vanilla and a touch of smoke.

  7. Gregers scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Decent bottling, develops well over a few chews, but it never reaches the sky.

    Review: https://youtu.be/nfEYJd-G2Kw
    • Nose
      82 82
      Very light nose. Lemon oil and cereals, honeysuckle, icing sugar, farmy notes, yeast.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Alcohol has some bite, it's quite warm, but it's also very light on the palate. Barley, cereals, some oak, lemon juice, it's quite astringent. Notes of cucumber. Second chew brings more sweetness, muscovado sugar, more lemon, more smoke, a bit of yeast, cured ham, a touch of bacon, brine. Third chew is meatier and fuller, richer flavoured with ginger and more smoke. Here it's actually really not bad, but it's still lacking some oomph. Lots of umami notes - farm, yeast, cured ham, bacon. and tons of cereals.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Light smoke, lots of umami, lemon juice, cereals, some toffee sweetness and brine. A bit short.

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not a bad, dense and well-knit whisky, classic bourbon profile with woody, mineral and grain dominants, the palette is rather modest, but the derivatives are bright, juicy, which partly compensates for the lack of depth and complexity.
    • Nose
      Discreet, damp, untreated boards, wet wood dust, crushed grain, sharp mineral notes - stone chips, fresh brickwork; lemon peel, some floral tones and honey.
    • Taste
      Powerful, intense, oak, vanilla, sweet lemonade tones, pepper wave, lemon peel in tea, ginger, tobacco, new leather goods
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, oak, tobacco, grain, ginger, red pepper, vanilla, lemonade notes, leather goods, light mineral and industrial shades, ash.

  9. InbhirNis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at the Ardshiel Hotel in Campbeltown.

    My first experience of Local Barley - memorable, if not entirely straightforward.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Immediately recognisable as SB - briny edge, some lanolin and dandelion. Slight suggestion of cigarette smoke.
    • Taste
      91 91
      An explosion of unusual flavours, I get curry leaves and onion up front. Huge savouriness, gorse flowers. There's a touch of sulphur, but it's an asset here. Water adds distinct lemon notes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium-long, sweetens slightly, charcoal and wax.

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The nose is a little prickly at first then the white fruits arrive, apple, lemon, dash of lime, pineapple, pear.
    Even with a few drops of water the palate is harsh at first so i added some more which improved things but this lacks balance pure and simple, this is a young rough Springbank .
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      77 77

  11. Lorion scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The nose is interesting, but personally I don't like it that much. The palate, on the other hand, fits me much better again. 80 points in total.
    • Nose
      70 70
      I have a fruit in my nose that is quite incentive: physalis. The sweetish acidity is unmistakable. There is also some fresh hay. Some raw wood.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, full and creamy. Honey, yellow apples, hay. Vanilla is also there.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length and honey sweet.

  12. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky, sweet- and fruitiness dominate over a nice powerful body. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruity and sweet, some alcohol present but not disturbing at all. Very ripe fruits, apples. Then a lot of warm sweetness, waffles.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pretty some power and pepper, but also a creamy thick structure. Sweet, honey, orange, peach. Very full and rich.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still some power, sweet fruits, peach, orange. Pretty long finish, honey. Warming.

  13. Ro_Loe_10 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Citrus, honey, vanilla, saltiness, green apples, biscuits, oily and floral, beautiful nose
    • Taste
      88 88
      Light and easy drinking, fresh fruits, ginger, sweet vanilla and slightly salty
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, fresh, sweet

  14. kanpai79 scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  15. SimonOHA scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant to drink.
    • Nose
      Round and fresh nose, on yellow fruits, fatty cereal, vanilla biscuit.
    • Taste
      Mouth on apple with honey, very lemony, cereals with vanilla. Sweet yeasts. Fresh and very slightly minty, camphorated spices.
    • Finish
      Final on sweet yeast and a hint of melted smoke.

  16. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Butter notes, heather, apple marmalade, peaches, grain

    Taste: Sensitive marmalade and grains from the first sip. For this creamy taste. Unfortunately, the notes are buried and you have to look for them in taste
    Rating: 88 | 100 Quite long finish with grain flavor. Generally, for a whisky so young it is good. Interestingly put together. While drinking it, you can feel like you are sitting somewhere in the field, for example

  17. hzs275 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. geriud scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  20. whiskytornado scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  21. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  22. neus007 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  23. bvrsky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  24. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    the fruitiness in the 10 becomes somewhat restrained and more polished in the 11.. more bitter notes, a little more austerity, more mineral and oily than the 10.. having already tried the 16, i can see it developing from the 11, but could not from the 10 (hence my complete surprise at the monumental complexity of LB16 compared to the joyful fruitiness of LB10).. i keep associating this to an over 20 yo, well made bourbon-matured Ben Nevis.. no, i don’t think it’s an equivalent of the 12 CS.. it is a bit special this.

  25. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  26. torstenB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting dram - i get very strong whiffs on rhubarb.

  27. Lebenswassertester did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Citrus fruits kiwi, later ripe fruits apples and pears
      fruity, soapy, flowery, fresh
      Coconut, grain
      and of course the range of sulfur aromas typical of Springbank - which also dominate the finish, evaporate over time
    • Taste
      bitter - salty

  28. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Oily very much in citrus fruits, not very peaty, very nice

  30. gaboruso scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  31. matfrl scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  32. ldcsh scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

  33. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    21 22 22 22 87

    young, beautiful and well balanced ...

  34. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Cube PL scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Vanilla oil, warm butter biscuits straight from the oven, sweet milk pudding, touch of warm caramel, summer dried fruits. Later the sea breeze arrives, hints of salty air in the background, iodine. A bit of wet-oak touch, some wet raisins, spicy honey - thus waxy notes. Very very warm dram!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oak!, grass, malt, toasted barley, some wax on the tongue, sweetness disappear quite fast, to leave dry, woody feeling. Some hazelnuts over the zesty lemon&mineral breathe somewhere in the background. Shortly after followed by marine notes and some iodine. Alcohol - not disturbing at all, nicely hidden under the load of taste.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Woody, waxy, citrusy, a bit spicy - like freshly grinded white pepper. Medium long to long, nicely warming!

  37. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Ostap scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Extremely strong, juicy, delicious. Drinks just fantastic! Whisky candy.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Mineral, smoked and sour peat, farm, baked apple, oatmeal, meat note, sulfur, lime with salt, Duchess candy, honey, green apple, medicinal herbs, tropical fruits. He needs to be given time to break up.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Saturated, fruit, citrus, berry, scattering of Skittles, peppers, sweet tropical fruits, honey. Super!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Candy, long lasting, warming, citrus, honey. Juicy!

  39. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  40. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruity, yeasty, a bit young. Less smoky and mineralic than the regular Ten.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Thick, oily, buttry. Sweet and smoky. Top notch.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Ash and pepper with lime juice.

  41. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  42. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An 11 year old from the limited "Local Barley" series - a very good jumper!
    [Color] bright gold;
    • Nose
      mild, fruity (pear, lemon), sweetness, honey, malt, vanilla;
    • Taste
      sweet, strong start; full saffron ripe pear, apricot, some seasoning (ginger?);
    • Finish
      medium length, sweet and fruity finish; long, sweet aftertaste;

  43. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    No detailed notes, but feels more 'clean' than the 12yo CS releases due to lack of sherry. For the relative youngster it is, I like its vivid aromas and oily, heavy body. I'm surprised by how instantly likable this is, and could see myself buying a bottle even though the price is a bit askew when compared to the 12yos.

  44. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  45. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 636: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yRszJGmCNs (88/100).

    "It's still just a little fresh, a little bit nippy. It just needs more time in the cask to settle down a little bit. 13 years would probably really suit this."

  46. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Amazing complex nose, fruity and sweet, everywhere in the mouth and even more so with some water... In the way to perfection considering the age, has easily beaten older Springbanks in the tasting.

  47. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  48. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  49. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  50. hans1971 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  51. drinki scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Very beautifull dram. Nice noze and body. A bit creamy on the finish. Quite. A good surprise for a 11 YO
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      84 84

  52. Glennie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Citrus, some peat, mild oak, cereals, fresh tropical fruit, grassy and slightly mineral.

    Taste: Fruits like mango, papaya and sweet oranges. Icing sugar and som vanilla creme. Towards the end some spicyness. Perhaps ginger and/or mild chilli.

    Finish: Some sweet fruitiness with a little spice. Medium length.

    Takes water well. Improves it.

    Nice dram. OK price/value at the original retail price.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  53. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I prefer the 16 years old Local Barley from 2016 but this 11 years old is a solid release once again.

    Tasting not from september 2017.
    • Nose
      Mineral notes (wet stone, pencil shavings), plasticine. Lemony and oily. Smoky.
    • Taste
      Sharp and mineral at first. White wine and a pinch of salt. Afterwards it's slightly creamy with some vanilla and smoke in the background.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, peppery.

  54. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  55. McKen did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      Lemon, Apple, Mango, Malted barley, Vanilla, Salted butter, Smoke.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, Pepper, Menthol, Honey, Pear, Smoke, Orange.
    • Finish
      Oak, Vanilla, Pepper, Smoke.

  56. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A Springbank for Springbank fans
    • Nose
      Mineral onset with tangy orange peel, maritime, Nimm2 sweets, the mineral Brennereicharakter pushed itself more and more past the citrus notes, towards the end pure freshly squeezed orange juice, lemon scent fresheners, water makes it orangiger and it comes finally a trace of vanilla
    • Taste
      Citrus, mineral, a trace of smoke, the pure Springbank power comes slowly, slightly peppery, with water a bit ashier but also creamier
    • Finish
      Slight bitterness, slightly dry, light smoke and above all a lot of orange peel and typical Springbank character

  57. Tim Kubi did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A nice whisky for balmy summer nights.
    • Nose
      Apple paired with a bit of lemon and a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      Pleasant on the tongue despite 53.1%. As with nosing, the fresh apples are to taste. The lemon comes a little behind the apples. More smoke than nosing that blends well with the fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium long and very refreshing

  58. Nikilema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  59. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very close to the 89 point. Young but well balanced flavors and ratios with a nice dose of peat.
    • Nose
      It takes some minutes to open it. Oily salty peat. Green apple peel and grilled citruses. Farm.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Citruses, banana, white wine, oil. Salt, pepper and peat, then smoke and ash.
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, oaky.

  60. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  61. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  62. MarcoWe65 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  63. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Superb!
    Enthusiasm 5/5
    Whisky n ° 1424
    • Nose
      Mineral peat evoking chalk. Lemon. Grapefruit ? Freshness Moderate peat so typical. A fruity touch that is gaining momentum: yoghurt with peach. Of honey.
    • Taste
      What a touch! Almost milky. Floury fruits. Finally I mean jelly fruits mixed with grist! Perfect integration of alcohol.
      The addition of water gives it even more relief and intensity.
    • Finish
      Spicy and delicate.

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

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

  65. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  66. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not super spectacular but a well balanced and attractive young Springbank. Cmpared to the 16 year old version of course there is a bit missing but both of them are very different so I would buy both. Of course the price evolution is making it difficult to have this one as a "daily" dram but the try of it is definitely worth it.
    • Nose
      First I would have not guessed on Springbank when having this dram in the nose. But after some minutes the Springbank influence comes through :-)

      green apples, lemon and only decent peat
    • Taste
      oily bananas, minerals & honey 
    • Finish
      nice finish where you do not have bitterness of the young dram which was my fear

  67. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2017/springbank/springbank-11-years-local-barley-review/Nose: sweet and floral, with big hints of orange marmalade. Fresh eucalyptus, tiny hints of glue as well. A little green banana and lemon zest, wet gravel. Green tomato. Some faint perfumed notes as well. It seems to show less of the peaty and oily notes of the 16 Year Old Local Barley. Mouth: nicer, it’s got something of an Albariño wine, with aromatic fruits and sharper minerals and salt at the same time. Rather creamy. White grapes and custard. Stronger peat now. A little tobacco. Light minty / herbal notes in the end. Finish: medium long, malty, peppery, a little green with more narrow aromatics.

    As often producers make sure the first bottling of a new series is cracking. This 11yo Local Barley is less special and not entirely up to its older brother, but still a very good dram which shines mostly on the palate. Looking forward to the third expression next year. 

  68. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  69. ZwiJo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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

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

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

    Not bad at all but definitely less characteristic than the last Local Barley bottling (1999 16yo) - more green and citrus fruits but almost no smoke, leather, etc.

    Not enough to justify buying a whole bottle
    • Nose
      Intense, green apples, carambola and other green fruits, like tangy white wine, hints of citrus fruits as well, just whiffs of smoke and maltiness - pretty ok
    • Taste
      Very punchy, very oily and creamy, the typical Springbank minerals, limes and stones, lots of grapefruits - not bad

      With water: much smoother but not much more taste
    • Finish
      Long, burning and pretty zesty

  72. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I usually don't score the price but I will give this one a minus one. Absolutely ridiculous for the age. So an 89. Very nice, no doubt, with your typical Springbank oiliness and funk. This is not better than the 12 cask strength, but the finish is slightly longer and more balanced than the 12. 

  73. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  74. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  75. MikerG2k scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  76. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  77. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  78. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes delicious. The Springer character is here. This earthy, dirty note that I like so much. But he needs a lot, a lot of time in the glass ... and water. Then it is delicious and opens. No idea what the issue price was. Stand now (mid-April '17) 125 € are called up to 185 € ...
    • Nose
      Hui, that tingles and sticks first in the nose. The alcohol has, you realize. After that comes a puff of lemon. Fresh and spicy. Could be lime, too. So, now the alcohol is gone and now comes caramel, vanilla and toffee. In addition a dirty / earthy note. Maybe salt (we have now learned that the salt settles at the edge of the stills when distilling). Ok, he needs time in the glass. Only slowly opens the malt and does not release more flavors, but enhances the existing. Where, possibly there is still Klostein type "citrus freshness". The cloister disappears quickly again. Then vanilla and toffee come into their own. Yes cool! 1! With water that gets through really well. Now straw and cowshed come to it.
    • Taste
      Here less alcohol than expected. Almost aloof ... STOP! STOP! 1 !! The alcohol is there, but must first build up. But still remains in the bearable area. Again, vanilla, toffee and fudge. With a sincere touch. Nice oily and voluminous on the tongue. Again, an earthy taste. The water does not detract from the taste. Now, the alcohol is really only in the background to guess and makes room for vanilla, earth and toffee.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length and spicy with a penchant for bitterness. Hui and the oak tree will end up nicely again at the end. Here's lemon again. I missed the taste. Mitt the lemon comes out better.

  79. Bishlouk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Although overall it is a good whisky, this Springbank 11 year old Local Barley also has some traits that I personally like least: bitterness, too much spice, balance sawtooth, and pretty noticeable youth. Not completely convinced, suddenly.
    • Nose
      Vanilla and malt. A slight mineral smoke, limestone, develops more and more. White fruit is trying to show itself, but is struggling.
    • Taste
      A fruity bitterness quite marked at the beginning of the mouth. Apple, apricot, and a lot of malt. Spicy spices drumming at the bottom of the mouth. Bitterness fades, supplanted by spices.
    • Finish
      The limestone resurfaces. A freshness is revealed in retro-olfaction. Then a bitter drought settles.

  80. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  81. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Broad and elegant seaweed and marine notes tells it is surely from a
    seaside distillery. Creamy salted butter and bread-y. As it opens up,
    warm blanket of thick honey with some citrus.

    P- Full and explosive on palate, as the marine notes subsides, lifted with solidly sweet earthiness and camphor. F- Medium length, delicious sweet chewy spirits with puffy pepper.
    Despite missing some usual styles of "Springbank", a quality dram
    indeed.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  82. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    An ordinary vanilla-driven Springbank with some hot (peppery) moments.  The finish is rather short.  With water it improves significantly (especially on the palate), but still stays somehow simple.  Easy to drink, but way to pricey...

    If you bought this as an investment be cautions:  My best guess is drinkers will not pay more than 60-80 Euros for it once the current whisky bubble bursted...

    PS:  Do not get me wrong - if you like this and you are willing to pay
    more than 150 Euros to enjoy this dram this is absolutely okay.  But if
    all the really delicious whiskies stocked in private collections all
    over the world flood the market (in a bubble burst, as happened with the new economy dotcom-shares in 2000) the prices will adjust to pre-boom
    levels...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  83. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A vibrant, well-balanced young Springbank. That some pay over 250 euros on auctions for this bottle is crazy, but it is well worth its initial retail price in my opinion, even though it's a lot for an 11YO.
    • Nose
      A fresh whiff of citrus which I don't associate with Springbank. But then that familiar thick, fatty, warm blanket. Honey, peat, mango, some vanilla and spice. Eventually pastry. With water there's more citrus again.
    • Taste
      Blood orange, almost like in a good Littlemill. Quite peppery as well. Honey, peat, vanilla, mango and a little grass.
    • Finish
      Peat, honey, vanilla and mango. 

  84. Bretorianer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This version does not match the 16 year old from the previous year, but is still really good.

  85. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Reviewed in my blog:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/03/27/springbank-11-local-barley/
    • Nose
      Originally sour when I first opened the bottle. That went away and no evidence of it now, about 3 drams in. Very active nose. Quite a lot of citrus oils, particularly lemon. Along with it quite a strong but at the same time light malty note. Apple juice. Green herbs, lemon verbena, sage. Salted butter and some wisps of chemical smoke.
    • Taste
      A little bit aggressive. More lemon oil. Salt. Butterscotch. Tobacco smoke. More of that light malty note. Asian pear. Aromatic green herbs, menthol, wintergreen. Some bitter wood. Cookie dough. After a while some leathery flavours develop.
    • Finish
      Long. Slightly bitter wood. Bitter apple. Leads into grassy herbs and malt and then a long lingering note of chemical smoke.

  86. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is certainly not on the same level as the 16 Year Old from last year. Nonetheless, this is a highly enjoyable whisky made by high standards.
    • Nose
      Almond oil with some fairly big citrus notes (lemon), but also damp leaves and minerals. There's more fruit here, like apples and galia melon. Surprisingly not much smoke, but there is a nice amount of wax.
    • Taste
      Fat, oily and mouthcoating. Sweet arrival, but continues on big citrus notes, but rather more bitter oranges now. Lots of cigar tobacco, a distinct peatiness, menthol cigarettes, as well as a nice salinity. Lots to love here.
    • Finish
      Lingers on citrus and menthol, with a touch of peat smoke and ashes.

  87. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  88. zormik scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  89. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well born, he has character but too young to assert himself fully. The fan of the distillery that I appreciate, but recent releases aged in bourbon barrels are much better.
    The price / quality ratio offered by Springbank is not good at all. Not enough to give in to the current madness.
    • Nose
      At the opening of the sample it smells strongly the distillate, then a burn of alcohol. 5 seconds later, a veil of smoke characteristic of the 10yo arrives, then it does not sting, it is melted and it will remain so. I guess the freshly bottled bottle that did not stay long on a shelf, so it's not so bad for this first meeting.
      Simple nose
    • Taste
      There is body, power helps. Interesting things are fleeting but do not stay in the mouth. We feel a register a little different from the 10yo. Some citrus at first and a sweet bitterness in the end.
      Alcohol very well integrated.
    • Finish
      Short, the distillate dominates.

  90. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    hot! But you have to like Bourbon barrel storages, otherwise you are simply wrong. Water and time help him. This is something for Springbank fans. More clearly you can hardly pack the Brennereicharakter.
    • Nose
      A plethora of malt, bread, dry meadow, pineapple and very light mango, honey, behind it flashes coffee through and through, then comes more and more of the salty Springbank character, with water is more smoke but also the yellow fruits are more present
    • Taste
      Yellow fruits come to my mind, creamy and yet with the salty oncoming, which one expects, very light smoke, also coffee here and with time a little oak, with water he gains in creaminess without losing strength
    • Finish
      In the medium-long finish, all palate aspects are again, yellow fruit and coffee are superficial, water intensifies the impressions

  91. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  92. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    this is a striking whisky in my opinion. you can discuss about the price but not about the quality in my opinion. I think I like it even better than last year´s 16yo.
    92/100
    • Nose
      what´s sure is that this is a spirit driven whisky. young and fruity with a thick layer of smoke that´s very soon to become thinner. I have had three different whiskies made of bere barley and they were all very fruity with a very recognizable smell and taste and Iḿ quite sure this springbank has this special smell but it´s not as easy to find here.
      while I´ve been typing the whisky has improved a lot in the glass, so give it time to breathe.
      it´s more the slender kind of a springbank, not as fat and sooty/ashy as so many others. reminds me of a good white wine which is always a good sign in my opinion.
      different citrus notes, unripe peaches and some gooseberries. clean and fresh and somewhat laser-like. just a hint of vanilla and  icing sugar. just a hint of oak.
      now as the smoke has totally vanished it really reminds me of the younger unpeated caol ilas or a lowlander, let´s say littlemill.
    • Taste
      now we´re talking of springbank again. the fruitiness and the smoke play a good match. the sootiness has arrived,too. the bere barley is very easy to taste and there is a slight bitterness from the oak.
      lovely!
    • Finish
      long, sooty, slowly drying. very clean

  93. peatlover99 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Abbey Whisky are giving a bottle away via a competition on their site! Finishes at the end of the month. http://www.abbeywhisky.com/blog/win-bottle-springbank-local-barley-abbeywhisky/

  94. Srontgorrth scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not
    impressed at all. Don't get me wrong - it's a well-made, decent bourbon-cask
    matured whisky with citric/honey/vanilla/earthy/maritime notes. Found some
    similarities to other brands (Benromach Organic comes to mind), but maybe
    that's just me. 82/100

  95. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Another excellent Local Barley release by Springbank but to me the price tag is just too steep for this age. No matter how good it is, for 100+ euro's I will buy something else instead. The "Springbank Hype" seems to go on and on and everyone seems to be affraid to miss out on his bottle. That's exactly what the distillery wants. High demand to justify even high(er) prices. The current prices listed here on Whiskybase (150+ euro's WTF?!?) are just ridiculous with many bottles still arriving in the stores. Excellent dram nonetheless and I really enjoyed my 3cl sample!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  96. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: elegant aromas of jam and honey, then slightly mineral - freshly baked bread with sweet banana and salty caramel
    Taste: the flavors are reflected in the taste - incredibly creamy with a balanced sweetness of marshmallows, vanilla sauce and honey - salty notes of licorice and popcorn behind, a bit of peat
    Departure: long finish with nutty notes, clear walnut and hazelnut, some marzipan (Springbank)

  97. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Yes, there is a lot of fuss about this bottle, and yes, it may be a fair amount of money for this age. However, it delivers. It's a complex, coastal and fierce whisky that was very well made.
    • Nose
      Quite complex. It has influences from the spirit, but also from maturation, which makes this nose very interesting to say the least. There is a pungent citrus (mainly lemon) nose from the spirit. I expect quite some power in this dram. Then, there is a solid base of malty aroma's, with buns from the oven, a little wax, and cereals. The peat is not so much present, and doesn't really give its distinct aroma. Instead, it gives this (also typical for Springbank) earthy smell of humus, mud, tobacco and a workshop. The wood gives us some mild level of creamy vanilla and toffee, but mainly subtropical fruit like peach and apricot.

      The longer you let it rest in the glass, the earthier it gets. 
    • Taste
      An excellent arrival: a full body, with a pleasant sweet feel, with a decent level of acidity in the mid palate and leading to a mildly bitter end. Of course, there is a decent level of salinity, which gives this dram such a distinct taste.
      There is a complex mix of salted caramel, tobacco, earth, even some peat, peach and other fruits, marzipan, vanilla and a wee bit of pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, pleasant and lingering. It's an even match of salted caramel, earth, almonds, and pepper. The fruit has gone to the background, but that's no problem. 

  98. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    "We are aware of the likely high demand for this product, driven by what we hope is the quality and desirability of the whisky itself. However, we are aware of the secondary demand for these bottles amongst whisky collectors and the manner in which that can drive prices up very quickly. With that in mind, we would like to make the following points:

    The prices we have set should allow most bottles to be sold at a price between £82.50 and £90.00 within the United Kingdom, or an approximate equivalent of that in export markets. We do not set Recommended Retail Prices (RRPs) and leave it up to each retailer to set their own prices as they see fit.
    We acknowledge that pricing upwards of £80.00 may be seen as expensive for an 11yo whisky.
    Due to the success and popularity of the previous Local Barley, we feel we could have set our pricing much higher for this release if we were purely concerned about maximising profit. However, we decided to sell the whisky at a price which will allow Springbank drinkers around the world to purchase a bottle, open it and enjoy the contents while at the same time making sure we as a company make a reasonable amount of money from our product.
    There is a dramtically increased cost in producing whisky from barley grown in Kintyre compared to other parts of Scotland. This is mostly due to three factors: the cost of sourcing the barley itself is usually higher; we have to “work harder” with the barley during the malting process in order to be able to turn it into whisky; we get a lower yield from the local barley (approximately 10% fewer litres of alcohol from each tonne of barley).
    There can be price variations from country to country due to alcohol duties, sales taxes, shipping costs and currency fluctuations, so the price band mentioned earlier could change slightly. However, with certain exceptions, these variations should not manifest themselves in retail prices massively above those stated above. If you are in one of those countries where the system for distributing and selling alcohol leads to higher prices, then if you want to take on your provincial, state or national government then we’ll be on your side.
    We have no control over other companies’ profit margins and make no attempt to dictate how others should run their businesses but we do wish to emphasise that the whisky will be available around the world at reasonable prices in due course, even if not immediately due to the aforementioned shipping times.
    We express no judgement on the practice of “flipping” (buying bottles and immediately making them available on the secondary market) other than to re-iterate that this whisky will be distributed around the world over the coming weeks, albeit in relatively low numbers in comparison to the expected demand, and at prices much closer to what we would consider reasonable than those we have already seen on some websites."
    -Springbank Distillers

  99. Dalwinnie scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Tasting notes:

    Nose: Freshly baked bread with sweet notes of sun dried bananas to contrast with the salted caramel topping

    Taste: The promise given in the nose delivers, a lovely creaminess and sweetness of grapes, custard, honeycomb and marshmallow.

    Finish: There’s a nutty quality about this, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts as wellness an air of indulgence, rich and buttery with an elegant finish that keeps on giving. From the sprinkbank site

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