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Springbank 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.25/100
votes
221
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 15
Bottled
24.07.2017
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Sherry & 30% Bourbon Casks
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

€ 88,05

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 12-year-old

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

  1. 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

  2. Archer scored this whisky 89 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 that underlines the otherwise otherwise characteristic filthiness. I like the 12CS.
    • Nose
      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 fruits now smell fermented, 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
      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 flavor, the fruits provide a flattering base and prevent tipping away into bitterness. Salty licorice and violet candies, leather notes and coffee beans.
    • Finish
      Long, slightly dry, spicy, honey sweet.

  3. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Dris scored this whisky 90 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

  5. 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.

  6. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.
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      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Schnappsdrossel 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.

  8. SFWC scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Sulphur.

  9. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 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. . . ."

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