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Overall rating
87.92/100
votes
118
Whiskybase ID
99092
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
175th Anniversary
Vintage
2003
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
540
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
shoplabel
Bottled for
Aberdeen Shop (Tribute)
Added on
01 Aug 2017 12:44 pm by Whisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 256.25

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118 × member ratings

181 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 2003 CA

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.92 points

  1. Tuboo scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    So that’s what a ‘sulphured’ dram tastes like. Oh well, no matter, this is still a very solid, interesting and complex sherried Springbank. Without all these reviews telling me it’s ruined by sulphur, I would have just taken it for its individual character: I guess that means I’m not so put off by sulphur, and I understand if you are, but for me this is a perfectly drinkable, highly enjoyable, tasty and unique funky Springbank that ticks a lot of boxes. A great experience.

  2. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    He passed after the SB Claxtons .... He clearly can not make the weight.
    It's drunk, it's not bad.
    A good daily dram.
    • Nose
      Initially butter, acidulous fruits, light woody ... With a slightly dirty side to see earthy.
      After aeration it is more saline and mineral on the eggshell.
    • Taste
      Alcohol that kick a little taste buds.
      There are black fruits, tart, spices, pepper. The whole is dry overall. With ventilation the same.
    • Finish
      Average length, woody and acidulous. A vegetal tip is also walking.

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An excellent mole, the aroma is simply masterpiece, then slightly simpler in taste, but densely, densely, although more traditionally sherry, without deviations from the main line; finish on the step below, very lightweight, although over time corrected.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, spicy wood, old solid furniture, furniture varnish, old leather goods, polish, wax, flower motifs, sweet nutty-creamy notes - fondant, boiled condensed milk, fried nuts, baklava; dried fruits - dried apricots, apples; pipe tobacco, peaches, wet wool, light sulfur notes, burnt Bengal lights, leaves are very soft, velvety, complex and deep.
    • Taste
      Saturated, powerful, bright, furniture varnish, old leather goods, dried mushrooms, metallic sour, light bitterness of dark beer, burnt rusks, burnt caramel, pu er.
    • Finish
      Light, dry, unsweetened prunes, kvasnoe wort, pu er, coffee with sour, in development becomes more dense, pepper is shown.

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Buuuh, Sulphur. Expected much more of this.The tasting of all 10 bottlings for the 175th was rather dissapointing (100ml samples, 5 people and all of us were quite disenchanted). Hey, Cadenhead, is this the best you can offer for this occasion? If so, why taste anything Cadenhead in the future? I think this is a big opportunity missed for building great faith in your products in the years to come. And somehow I refuse to believe this is the best you can do.

    My rates for the 175th anniversary shop bottling incl. Aberdeen:
    Tullibardine 82 (really?)
    Glenburgie 85
    Springbank 85
    Pulteney 87
    Teaninich 87
    Bowmore 87
    Laphroaig 88 (a shame for a 1998)
    Cooley 89
    Bruichladdich 89
    Arran 90 ( who would have thought this would be number 1?)

    Please, not all Germans like sulphur, i.e. Tullibardine/Springbank. There were so many beautiful bottlings of late, why this now? What did you bottle for the 150th? Worlds apart. Sadly.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Gregers scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Different taste profile on this one for sure, I can see other reviews had issues with sulphur, I only had a minor issue with that, but found it to be rather a smoky fizzy lemon cocktail.

    Review: https://youtu.be/VPPZom_KJ2g
    • Nose
      82 82
      Light grassy, hayish notes, toffee, light vanilla, not getting a lot of sherry notes, just maybe a bit of fig jam. Custard, Pickled plum or cherry, acidic fruit. Very light, overall. After tasting some light sulphur and ashes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Alcohol is fine, but right off the bat it's basically a smoky lemon fizz! How bizarre, I can actually feel the bubbles. It's really very different, but I can't say it tastes bad. Sweet lemon oil, smoke, and bubbles. Second chew is very dry, and the texture becomes very thick and oily. Is this really a Springbank? Smoke keeps building up, which is nice, but the lemonade character is odd. Custard and toffee joining in, not bad, but actually feels more like a cocktail or whisky liquor than a whisky. Third chew is even drier, with more black pepper and some oak, cherries, more toffee, and ripe pear skins. A lot better now, it was truly bizarre to begin with.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Light smoke, lemonade, toffee, custard, pear skins, unripe bananas. Not bad, actually a good finish.

  6. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. STL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good little peaty Sherry! A Springbank, really? We are rather on a Longrow
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Sylvia scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

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

  10. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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