Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.40/100
votes
306
Whiskybase ID
WB99298
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
24.07.2017
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Sherry & 30% Bourbon Casks
Casknumber
Batch 15
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
17/325
Added on
08 aug 2017 12:02 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 124.41

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

58 users have left 62 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.40 points.

  1. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  2. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  3. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  5. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Tomek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: sweet, dried fruit, herbs, delicate peat, sea breeze
    Taste: more sea here, fruit a bit withdrawn, slightly peaty, cherries
    Finish: grain, sea, fruit
    Grade: 5

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I was hoping for quite a bit more based on the reviews, but to me this is a standard SB12 CS with nothing special about it. Good, but not great, and not worth more than its original retail price.

    I prefer the 10yo OB.
    • Nose
      This is much as you'd expect from SB12 CS with the same label regardless of batch number, but luckily there is no rubber or other off notes to be found. Instead, underneath the usual SB smoke and dirty sherry, the marzipan, flints, butter and burnt circuits, there's a noticeable medicinal undercurrent that reminds me of Longrow. The end result is likable, but...
    • Taste
      ...I'm not on fire about this taste. It's good enough, but depth and complexity don't match a 90 point malt, without water or with. Chalky, funky, smoky, oily, and even sandy start. Then the sherry comes in, and finally the medicinal touch the nose promised. At 12yo it still feels a bit restless, though.
    • Finish
      Tight, peppery, oily finish. Dry licorice and faint chalk.

  9. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. elipszis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      salty
      iodine
      sulfur
      nettle tea
      vegetables
      black smoke
      toffee
      strawberry yogurt
    • Taste
      88 88
      salty
      vegetables
      sherry
      bitter!
      intense
    • Finish
      88 88
      black radish
      bitter
      medium short

  11. Tastingbros scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/04/21/another-springbank-little-duo/
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  12. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Schafranek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  14. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    it is special but i like it
    the nose has typical spring banknotes for me
    with water and time he wins
    • Nose
      Smoke, dirty, cheesy, a little more sherry, earthy, hay ?, damp forest floor after rain, dirty, sulfur, red notes, workshop
      with 1920s: warm, vinous, sherry, old oak (great)
      with water: slightly burnt sugar, sweeter, more earth, sour cherry compote / jam, minimal vanilla, sparkling, light cowshed, milk chocolate, great sherry
    • Taste
      soft, round, oily on the palate
      dirty, slightly chemical, pepper, bitter nuts, leather (tart / freshly tanned), slightly tart honey, workshop, light
      with water: softer, currant, becomes very nutty (peanut), tart, car tires, oil, slightly milky, sherry
    • Finish
      long
      Motor oil / workshop, bitter-nutty, oak (slightly scruffy), a lot of red berries (currant), espresso, minimal oak, rubber abrasion
      with water: oil, tart, sherry sweetness, workshop, dirty, a strange note that fits

  15. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Funk and fruit, with plenty of sherry richness, without muting the distillate underneath. Oranges and tobacco, nougat, raisins and cream, and smoky wet earth evolving into a spicy cinnamon finish.

  16. Roland7 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Lollipops, lemonade, citrus fruits, honey, cherries, green tea, cookies, marzipan, grain, wood shavings, paint, mastic.

  17. Макс scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  18. DennisV scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  19. Teresa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  20. etwa77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    totally in sync with Archer’s descriptors.. only to add my surprise at the lack of smoke and of the proverbial funk.. very clean, very elegant, very un-sulphuric whisky, if this is a word in malt-language.. a shit-ton of vanilla in the nose.. bitter sweet and savoury in the mouth and a very long and powerful finish on dark spices and ground coffee

    edit: the smoke and the funk.. they come after the bottle is left to breathe for awhile..

    excellent dram! + 1 point

  21. valasios scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: This follows on so nicely from the 12yo Kilkerran and that 10yo Edradour that we were initially convinced was Kilkerran’s 8yo [WLP]. This is the richest Springbank I’ve had for some time, boozy and bready with solid not overt sherry. With a bottle you’d discover all sorts within.

    T: Lush, rich husky > ppm. The strength sustains with dried fruits on the turn.

    F: A fruity barley base conclusion.

    C: Can you imagine this after 20 cellar years? Gorgeously rich, simples, faultless. Scores 89 points, easily.

  23. Palindrome scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I like this nearly as much as Batch One. Lovely sherry wood, although much of it is worn out from being refilled. This made the whisky very old school tasting. That practice seems to have been done quite a bit in the 70's. This left the spirit more free of wood influence plus I think bigger casks were used in the 70's oftentimes. I'm not saying big casks were used for this bottling, however. Just by way of comparison. This one doesn't have much wood influence. Very leathery. I sometimes like wood influence a lot, but in this case everything comes together nicely.

  24. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  25. TsiAI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 25 ℃

    Looking at Eyes: Golden smelling Nose: Obviously Shirley is on top, and Bourbon is pressed under him. At first, it was a large area of Shirley. The dried fruit, nuts (walnut crisp, roasted almonds), preserved fruit, jam cream cake, are orange to red fruits, slightly raw and lively. In the middle is the fermented dough, a trace of stinky mandarin fish, hairy tofu, the mild smell of blue cheese, and bacon stir-fry. At the end, a creamy smoothie of honeydew melon, fresh yellow peach, fig and coconut green (additional points) are extremely popular. A dozen minutes later, I heard about coconut sugar, red dates and souffle. The degree of integration is quite high.
    Taste Palate: Good milk, good milk, coconut sugar, double skin milk, fresh coconut meat, figs, all kinds of fresh milk products. Moderately sweet, dirty motor oil, a large pit that is regarded as a pile of debris, stinky tofu juice, a bit of salty bitterness, turbidity up
    Finish: Medium, spicy woody, toffee, greasy, orange-skinned wine Body: Medium, fat sensation, rich meat, chewy

    Nose: 88/100
    Palate: 88/100
    Finish: 87/100
    Body: 91/100
    Overall: 88.5 / 100

    Overall: The fighting strength of 5ml exceeds that of King Frieza, but it can actually be a little more dirty.

  26. penumbra scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fruits such as cherries, plums, etc. that have matured to their own branches, strong vanilla, malt, nuts, soda crackers, hard cake bottoms, and other common bourbon barrel flavors are more obvious than I thought. With each other, bananas, gummies, peppers wrapped in fat, whole milk, salt water, cherry syrup, tanned leather, overall, compared with the previous black label 12CS, it is significantly higher than honey and fruit sugar. Sweetness
    • Taste
      It is fuller and more oily.
      Honey, all kinds of fruit candy, mango, banana, vanilla, frosting, milk, salted butter, salted cheese, peat, pepper.
    • Finish
      Long-term, kerosene, caramel, salt, fruity.

  27. triskal83 scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      First impression glue for shoe soles or leather! Ok animal ..... I don't go to the cowshed with a pigsty (it doesn't smell of wet fur). The glue turns into bitter bile juice, my nose is directly above the slurry tank ....

      I have malt too, but ferment like an unbaked bread ...
      and truck tarpaulin / dirty vinyl I smell!
      (The pig transporter is here)

      Then comes sweet fruitiness, an approach of exoticism, but before that .... silage, hay, grass and herbs

      The smell does not say it about the taste, so let's go !!!
    • Taste
      88 88
      And then it gets really good, opens immediately in the mouth through the flowing saliva.

      Take 2 sweets (more 3 = 2x lemon + 1x orange) apricot, methol, candied orange zest, ripe pineapple, glucose, raspberry spirit I had in addition to the flavors already described, maybe also cherry and plum brandy.
    • Finish
      88 88
      No trace of musty, but the alcohol is there!
      Dextrose, apricot and menthol remain.

      Now that the glass is empty, the plum comes out properly and also raisins, lemon and orange peel with powdered sugar in the nose ...

      I am somehow thinking about Christmas stollen again ..

      .... beautiful whisky ....
      Beautiful transformations ...

      ..at least three metamorphoses, maybe even five if you take your time ...

      But for 90 points he should, in my opinion, be at least five years older.

  28. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N- The 'hmm, something special' from Springbank's kind of scents as usual. Deep and dark charred oak and edgy caramel that leads to broad zesty width. Thick plasticine, bold seasoned oak, heavy sherry with classic resin notes, zigzag with dried ripe citrus, peat and seasoned bung cloth nuances. Marsala Coffee and absolutely fishy mussel. Some curious floral, nail polish remover, antiseptic and bandage tape. (90/22)

    P- Hazelnut coffee, alluring sherry with buttery vanilla sweet. Puffy umami smokes swims on the good strength effortlessly, salted nut and perhaps also almond. (89/22)

    F- Long, a dram that make you thirsty, honey-ed brandy with dried fruits with carbon on the retro-hale. (90/22)

    B/B- 90/22

    Weighted Rate - 88pt

    Cr-1, Fr-2 Fl-2, Pt-2, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-2
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- The 'hmm, something special' from Springbank's kind of scents as usual. Deep and dark charred oak and edgy caramel that leads to broad zesty width. Thick plasticine, bold seasoned oak, heavy sherry with classic resin notes, zigzag with dried ripe citrus, peat and seasoned bung cloth nuances. Marsala Coffee and absolutely fishy mussel. Some curious floral, nail polish remover, antiseptic and bandage tape. (90/22)
    • Taste
      P- Hazelnut coffee, alluring sherry with buttery vanilla sweet. Puffy umami smokes swims on the good strength effortlessly, salted nut and perhaps also almond. (89/22)
    • Finish
      F- Long, a dram that make you thirsty, honey-ed brandy with dried fruits with carbon on the retro-hale. (90/22)

      B/B- 90/22

      Weighted Rate - 88pt

      Cr-1, Fr-2 Fl-2, Pt-2, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-2
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  29. IIIZIII scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  30. SFWC scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Sulphur.

  31. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Palindrome scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I think this is my favorite batch in a long long time. I've been buying the 12 CS'ers since they first came out, avoiding the sulfuric ones like the plague. The rest will always find a place on my shelf. This one is so old skool with vintage leather, just the right balance of spices. There's paraffin in there like the 16 Local Barley along with wet pumice, apple strudel, whipping cream, salt, caramel apple, ozone, and cinnamon.

    The palate is drinkable without water, but a little helps to round things out. I'm left with leather and paraffin on the tongue, moving from the back to the tip. Not as much side stimulation on the sides of one's tongue as with some older batches. This usually means more oak tanins.

    Marshmallow and drizzled caramel on ice cream also comes out with some water. If you drink it neat, you get some bitter grass sap, but that's just a few cells on the tip of your tongue giving up the ghost. Not to worry, there are more where those came from.

    Drinking good whisky is all about regeneration and culling the old for the new. The finish on this one can go sharp without water, as I've said. It almost tastes a little bit sulfuric, but this depends upon what I've eaten an hour or so earlier. Food and drink can affect the taste of a whisky. I think this one goes nicely with honey and butter on toast in the evening as a late night snack. It also goes quite nicely with English Breakfast tea and milk. I guess that sounds silly. I've had this dram in the morning, as well. It's a great "go-to" Springer. Stock up while you can. *Tea and crumpets optional.* So also is a copy of The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen:

    "There was a glow in the sky as if great furnace doors were opened. But all the afternoon his eyes had looked on glamour; he had strayed in fairyland. The holidays were nearly done, and Lucian Taylor had gone out resolved to lose himself, to discover strange hills and prospects that he had never seen before. The air was still, breathless, exhausted after heavy rain, and the clouds looked as if they had been molded of lead. No breeze blew upon the hill, and down in the well of the valley not a dry leaf stirred, not a bough shook in all the dark January woods. . . ."

  33. ConvalRen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very long finishing.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  34. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in a private whisky session. Thanks Cheah ST.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  35. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted this along side batch 16 (105550). This is very good overall. But the CS12 standard is exceptionally high and this does only just qualify IMHO.
    The best part is the powerful explosion of taste which we so love about this expression. The finish is it's weakest point.
    I liked Batch 16 better.
    I did a quick comparison with Batch 9 (my favorite so far) and I think that's still better in every aspect.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Salt, honey, crushed seashells, ginger, earth tones, hay, caramel, some red fruit, some yellow fruit, faint peat,
    • Taste
      91 91
      Powerful, strong, oily. Hay, then salt, then sweet honey, quickly followed by earth tones that fill the mouth, dragging some red and yellow fruits covered in caramel behind it. Then the Springbank peat covers it all
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, only slightly bitter and quite drying. The peat sticks to the mouth, the caramel comes in ever smaller waves, some over ripe red fruit dies in the back of the tongue. Hay and honey make a faint and short appearance.

  36. Beiredelarue scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Bottle already halfway. Maybe 6-9 months open. Not a connaisseur...
    • Nose
      87 87
      (Medicinal) Alcohol, Light, fresh, grass, flowery, some fruits, a hint of smoke, gets stronger after a while, very balanced
    • Taste
      86 86
      Alcohol, (Toasted) Bread, dried fruit, candy, sugarcane, spices & typical springbank smoke allthough gets a bit overpowered by the alcohol, bites on the tongue (even with water). Not very complex.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium to long, alcohol and some smoke, then finishes sweet. Dried fruits.

  37. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Bam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An extremely multi-layered malt, rightly idiosyncratic flavor combinations, certainly not for every day, but one in which you can still discover new things after 10 drams.
    • Nose
      First, a malty sweetness rises in the nose, followed by forest honey with fruity notes, peach, lemon and spices like ginger. After that, light smoke with maritime notes appears. A very own touch can be felt, Kuhstall. Damp forest floor. Echoes of milk chocolate. Slightly mineral.
    • Taste
      Pappsüß comes the whisky on the tongue, the forest honey is immediately there, the lemon and the peach, immediately afterwards a combination of smoke and oak. Both are clearly stronger on the tongue than in the nose. Incredibly beautiful, oily mouthfeel, slight tingle.
    • Finish
      Very astringent, the whole mouth contracts, the citrus notes are stuck in the cheeks, the tingling gets stronger. The spices and milk chocolate are getting more and more, and at the very end slightly bitter oak remains, unbelievably long.

  39. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An outstanding example of the capabilities of springbank. A funky and minerally dram that is yet inviting and comforting. Perfect balance between the savory and sweet aromas. This is my favourite edition f the 12yo so far, it reminds me of the older style of springbank. This complexity and balance is truly remarkable at this age. It's silky on the palate and does not require much water.
    H2H with batch 5 & 16.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  40. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  41. asmazda scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    For a 12 year old and the price this is fantastic.  Haven't tried many batches, but out of the 2017 and 2018 batches this one is in a different league.  I will try again with water and see if it helps more than it hurts.
    • Nose
      Initially cherry, vanilla, fresh cream, and peat, then turns tropical (mangos and bananas) with engine grease, some burnt caramel and mineral notes from time to time.  The nose is soft but quite complex.  Perhaps some water would make it sing louder, but I hate adding water.
    • Taste
      Cinnamon pecan sticky buns, malt and peat, mango, bitter walnut skin, and chili pepper.  Fairly rich and perfect level of peat, but not as complex as the nose and it's borderline too bitter (but much better than their core range 15YO I have had).
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, dark chocolate, salted caramel, and smoke.  

  42. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    www.mrbarleycorn.com
    • Nose
      Als erstes strömen helle Früchte in die Nase mit Aromen von Trauben, Aprikosen und Äpfeln. Gleichzeitig baut sich eine angenehme Süße auf, die von maritimen Noten unterstützt wird und so schön voll herüber kommt. Auch der Torfrauch ist deutlich zu vernehmen, aber er überlagert die anderen Aromen nicht. Mit der Zeit und etwas Sauerstoff ändert sich der erste recht fruchtige Eindruck recht deutlich erdigen Noten, Walnüssen und die Assoziation vom Geruch von Pappeln tut sich auf. Habe das noch nie bei einem Whisky gerochen.
    • Taste
      Schön ölig auf der Zunge und kräftig im Antritt. Wieder ist der Springer zu Beginn recht fruchtig und entwickelt sich dann. Sehr interessant. Die Nase wird anfangs recht gut widergespiegelt und ich finde die Aprikosen und Äpfel wieder. Natürlich ist da auch der Rauch. Es kommen mit der Zeit Butterkekse, Ingwer und Pfeffer, eine schöne Malzigkeit und leicht bittere Walnussaromen zum Vorschein.
    • Finish
      Lang, wärmend, ölig, Karamell, Honigsüße, mit einem langen Prickeln und leichter Bitterkeit zum Ende hin.

  43. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance.22 Excellent moth, for your money is so very good.88
    • Nose
      Baking, peanut shells, sour fruits, caramel, barley and a little peat.22
    • Taste
      Spicy, fruity and milky.22
    • Finish
      Finish is dry and spicy, the fruity quickly goes into bitterness, but a couple of drops of water it solve.22

  44. MGHOW scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Dry...peat...dry...peat...dry...peat.....give me some sweetness baby!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  45. MGHOW scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Just when you thought you knew what to expect from these 12 year old CS's from Springbank they throw this smoldering peat bomb at you.

    Totally different to any previous CS or even any Springbank I have ever tried, this is trying to rival Lagavulin 12 CS or Ardbeg for peat levels.For me it's a good effort but the dryness and lack of fruity sherry sweetness of the previous batches makes this one slightly harder work than previous batches.

    I'd give it 87.

  46. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasty, just delicious. The nose deceives and suggests an intense and fruity taste, but thought wrong! The without warning exploding pepper charge and the resulting sharpness make the palate and the tongue glow! Actually, I'm not a fan of sulfur notes, but in this bottling, the sulfur is pleasant and not disturbing involved. A fine and delicious filling, I like it.
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring musty and meringled aroma flows out of the glass. A few moments later roasting aromas and chopped nuts break through the initial "dirty" nose, followed by sweet fruits and a hint of butter biscuit. A scent of apricot, apple, honeydew melon and dates mixes with a hint of citrus and malted, slightly roasted cereals. Do I smell caramel and milk chocolate? A touch of sulfur arises and ends in musty cowshed and decayed wood in damp soil. Sweet and a little vanilla permeate again and again the subtle sulfur, the roasted hazelnuts and almonds become more dominant. With this tasty mixture of nuts, dark fruit and musty mold in the nose follows the first sip.
    • Taste
      Holla the forest fairy! For the first moment, the first sip runs harmoniously and mildly through the palate, until suddenly a charge of pepper and sharpness on the tongue suddenly explodes! The tongue and lips glow, black pepper and salt envelop the tongue and heat it up properly. Woody sharpness slides on the palate, tart wood tones exude their dark aroma. A little licorice and grapefruit penetrate the dominant wood elements, a touch of sulfur or mildew arises. A subtle smoky note and a pinch of earth or peat are distributed on the palate. Deep in the background are dark and dried berries, wet leather mixes with wet tobacco leaves and freshly brewed espresso. The subtle bitter aromas soon give way to sweet chocolate and spicy wood tones. The sharpness fades away slowly and with an aroma of old walnuts and dark chocolate, the taste goes into the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Tart, slightly bitter wood tones and intense milk chocolate start the aftertaste. The initially intense espresso aroma slowly gives way to the dark and old walnuts, the warm and subtle smoky notes become more intense. Sweet notes of fruit and chocolate alternate with sulfur, rotten oak and smoke. This very interesting and tasty combination sounds slow and leaves a fine nut milk chocolate note on the tongue.

  47. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Usually another high standard in this series.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, herbals, grass, waxy fruits, sherry and pepper.
    • Taste
      Powerful, creamy. Sweet fruits, peat and ash, pepper and salt.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, spicy.

  48. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  49. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Incredible nose on this one; rich sweet malt with thick vanilla with soft fruity sensation. Hard to stop noising.

    Palate; sweet full malty richness with condensed mango,  caramel, with light spices.Medium finish with richness that lingers with a touch of dryness on the end .

    A real beauty. No heat on the nose or palate. 

    The best bang for the buck as it was only $89cnd. WOW!

    Edit: I very slight bitterness has creeped in on the back end of the finish near the end of the bottle after 5 weeks of being opened. Score reduced down from 92 to 91.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  50. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  51. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting
    • Nose
      Almond paste, waxy, briny, pepper and nice sherry influence.
    • Taste
      Briny, exotic fruity notes, some raisins and dark chocolate. Spices like cloves and pepper. When taking a bigger sip: very powerfull and a whiff of sulpher. Classic profile!
    • Finish
      Drying with pepper, vanilla and some fruits.

  52. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. Erik1908 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Without a shadow of the doubt; this is Springbank. I had not opened a Springbank bottle for some time, but "this feels like coming home". I am not a peat lover (think Islay), but this peat stays very much in the background. It's there but does not want a seat at the front row. 

    The nose is great. The first taste as well as the body is a combination of a bit of peat combined with sweatness and some spicey flavours. The finish is mid-long. 

    Springbank has done it again.  

  54. Erik1908 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  55. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    They are not the same, but if 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.

  56. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another great batch, a very sherried one. A much cleaner and smoother sherry style than batch 14, completely different. 88/89. Still a great bang-for-your-buck Springbank.
    • Nose
      Cherry, mango, peat, pineapple, minerals, caramel balls in powder sugar and a whiff of banana.
    • Taste
      Cherry, peat, toffee, mango, pineapple and pepper.
    • Finish
      Mango, peat, toffee and dark chocolate.

  57. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October 2017]  The Springbank 12-year old Cask Strength editions are the best bang for your bucks you can get from this legendary distillery.  Some of them are truly great but all are above average (at least the ones I tried so far)...

    The colour is old gold and the texture shows slow legs and late tears.  The nose is delicate and complex on nice herbal-grassy-fruity aromas in great balance.  It is not bold but it is really interesting to explore.  The mouthfeel is excellent:  warming and coating with no distracting moments, I like that!  This is what careful distilled whiskies can offer (if the stills are not rushed to maximise throughput).  The taste is...delicious!  No, I do not describe it here - simply find it out yourself if you dare!  And the finish is long, barley sweet and offers the same high complexity as the taste (herbs, spices, fruits, sugars and more).  Water opens up both the nose and taste that offer even more aromas and flavours - but I like this dram both neat and reduced with some water.  This is a great example how a high quality whisky changes with water added but still stays a high quality dram.  

    I have to buy a bottle or two to save it for later.  Another great and affordable release of this lovely distillery.  ...and I will tell this to the staff in person at my next visit there - that is planned and booked already...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  58. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  59. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  60. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A fascinating whisky. In the basic character, the individual batches are not great, but you can always find something special that sets one batch apart from the other. Here it is a slight touch of Kuhstallgeruch, which underlines the otherwise otherwise characteristic filthiness.

    I like the 12CS.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A sneaky nose. The scent of dried apricots and dates, mixed with sea salt, pepper and curry spice and garnished with a vanilla pod weighs one at first for certain, one thinks of well-known 12CS terrain. But then: the previously dried fruit smell fermented now, wet hay and a light Kuhstalldunst make the nose nice and dirty. Still well peppered, now wet, loamy forest soil and wet dog. Juniper.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very strong, sherry-sweet start with a good portion of salt. Wild herbs and pepper provide the spice, honey and tropical fruits (tangerines, oranges) for the sweetness. In the foreground is the spicy seasoning, the fruits provide a flattering base and prevent tipping away into bitterness.

      Salty licorice and violet candies, leather notes and coffee beans.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, slightly dry, spicy, honey sweet.

  61. Goethe scored this whisky 88 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. This one lost some sweetness to batch 14.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Light smoke and cow dung (yea...some burned matches), oranges, some minerals, sherry, 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. Peaches, caramel, salt, oranges.

  62. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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