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Springbank 14-year-old

Overall rating
87.85/100
votes
333
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bourbon Wood
Vintage
11.2002
Bottled
08.2017
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Fresh and Refill Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
55.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
17/390
Barcode
610854002909
Added on
17 Aug 2017 6:12 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 137,00

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 14-year-old

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.85 points

  1. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is again a substantial craft presentation. Very reserved at the beginning this Springbank keeps marching on in the glass. The palate is indisputable a Springbank (sweet gentle smoke, farm, cow dung, minerals). With some water you even get some tropical fruits. The higher ABV is very well covered into this Springbank layer beauty.Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Light smoke and cow dung (yea...some burned matches), green apple, grass, lemon, wet hay (maybe cookie dough), salted fudge, some vanilla.
    • Taste
      The farming smell/taste keeps on going, some smoke (very fruity), lemon (also some oranges), sweet salt and minerals.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Smoke, cow dung, Springbank farm.

  2. Okto-Bull scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Direct comparison with https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/101282/clynelish-1997-gm Both distilleries have an almost unmistakable character for me. The jumper is earthy, dirty and stormy. The Clynelish is finer, more filigree and a little more elegant. Whether the candle wax is? Wait ... I'm just smelling a candle ... Nope, for me this is not a candle wax. No idea what it is, but for me it is not wax ...
    In the nose, the Clynelish shows me more his Brennereicharakter. The jumper is; at least in the nose; rather interchangeable. Clear point for the Clynelish ...
    The Clynelish is very full-bodied and mouthwashing in the taste. Again, he shows his typical character. At first, the jumper is rather reserved in taste, but after a bit of time caramel and fudge get through. For me the type of oak is missing, that I like so much else. In taste, the malts are almost at eye level, for me, the Clynelish wins but again for a breath.
    The finish of the Clynelish is medium long and gives me a tick to citrus-fruity with a fair amount of pale wood. When Springer comes in the finish finally what I like the malts from the distillery so. It is wild, dirty and beautiful woody. Unfortunately, he gets a bit too bitter towards the end. Here are both on the same level.
    For sure, both are delicious, but somehow I expected more. Both were potential buyers for me. Good that I have ever got a sample before

  3. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A classic Springbank Bourbon bearing in the style of the earlier Wood Expressions. Good! But basically not surprising.
    • Nose
      Vanillin and crushed storage apples. Wet hay transports classic dirty spring notes as you would expect. Springbank smoke, on the other hand, is barely perceptible in the nose, a little closed. A few drops of water you can try, but bring less opening than I had hoped and are therefore for my taste, as so often, rather unnecessary.
    • Taste
      On the palate, the alcohol pushes powerfully, tingling on the tongue, is not so perfect and round involved, as you know that of many other jumpers, even if the subsequent mouthfeel can certainly go through as supple. Just that, perhaps a little 'overpowering' Aspect brings the Malt meanwhile clear edges, which should meet with wide acceptance among the connoisseurs, because only one zero has none, I have recently learned. Slightly vanilla smoke clothes the mouth and also gives hints of cream caramel. The undoubtedly existing fruitiness is limited to a few domestic apples and pears. A few pickled mandarins appear - with some goodwill - also to the fore. Very straightforward, honest, if not overly complex Bourbon storage that makes no secret of her age. If you appreciate the medium-long maturity in the category twelve to sixteen years, that is exactly right here. Still much strength but any (metallic) Fehltöne the youth are long gone clean matured.
    • Finish
      Medium long, quite strong, just hot finish, which reminds the alcohol strength.

  4. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A very very good Springbank. Great balance and very enjoyable. Good without water, but also nice with a few drops of water. Yup, another great Springbank release.
    • Nose
      Lemon, peat, and a little bit of dieseloil at first. Then some vanilla. A hint of pineapple, and a thin layer of icing sugar. Sweet ripe pears as well. Later also some tropical fruits, like bananas. A bit briny too. With water: More lemon and oranges. Super, super nice!
    • Taste
      Rather sweet and fruity at the beginning. Guave and oranges. A bit of mango too. And some sugar. a hint of caramel maybe? A nice layer of peat. Later some grapefruit which gives it just a bitter edge, but certainly not unpleasant. With water: Even sweeter and fruitier, the bitter edge is gone.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather long. Some peat and fudge. And grapefruit too.

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    The presentation is not 90... but I wount let a standard bottle design drag down the superb contents.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Maurice_casqueteer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    malt, a little iodine, strong spices, a grassy side, some fruit on the tangerine cooked and cold, and back smoke.
    • Nose
      87 87
      malt, sweetness on the palate, multiple scents with wood, fruity herbs, a little dust, honey and ashes.
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Pollenflug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring the freshly opened bottle, the Springbank presents itself a little introverted and slightly impetuous in the glass. I give the malt a good ten to fifteen minutes to develop. Gradually, the various flavors reveal themselves: The typical Springbank dirtiness is present, followed closely by strong vanilla tones, salty caramel sweets, freshly cut green apples, pears, lemons and hay. In the background, a very delicate smoke flag is noticeable. The strong alcohol content (55.8%) always indicates its strength and could be better integrated for my feeling.
    • Taste
      The power of the malts also dominates the taste: the high alcohol content puts the tip of the tongue in a pincushion for a short moment before the Springbank floods the entire oral cavity with a soft and smooth texture and lines it with a wonderful sweetness. The sweet and fruity smoke can develop better in terms of taste. Plenty of vanilla, caramel, honey, mineral notes (salt), apples, pears, lemons, oranges and hints of spicy oak extend the aromatic skeleton. By adding a few drops of water, the malt is a little more fruity and harmonious, but without noticeable loss of power. Overall, the Springbank is not an overwhelming complexity monster with 1000 facets, but with a crystal-clear line.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, still powerful and warming. The finish starts with a small pinch of pepper on the tip of the tongue. The vanilla sweetness and bright fruits (especially oranges) are gradually fading. With a pleasant hint of smoke, mineral aromas and spicy hints of oak wood sounds of the Springbank. The palate produces a slight dryness.

  9. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A great bourbon barrel matured Springbank. Very exciting nose, great onset on the tongue (and after the start he even accelerates again) and a long finish, in which much of the nose and mouth can be found again. Class.
    • Nose
      Initially tingling alcohol in the nose, but passes quickly and is not really uncomfortable. Behind the alcohol hides a sickly note, old gauze bandages perhaps. Wet, old cellar. Mineral. Very slightly smoky. Bacon. The smell of rain on stone. Fresh green slice, straight cut green apple (Granny Smith). Some honey. Great nose! No sherry keg there, which could cushion the Springbank's filthiness with its fruity sweetness.
    • Taste
      Quite different then on the tongue. At the beginning almost creamy, at least nice "viscous", creamy, bold. Lots of dry wood, freshly tanned leather, dried tobacco leaves. Butter biscuits, honey, heather, spices (thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, juniper berries). Is getting increasingly dry.
    • Finish
      Long and dry, spicy and woody, mineral, slightly honey sweet.

  10. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice, again a delicious jumper!
    • Nose
      Tender maritime smoke, vanilla, menthol, coconut milk, cut grass, green apples, herbs, honey, lime juice, slightly "dirty" - Springbank halt :-)
    • Taste
      Creamy, again vanilla, black pepper, plum compote, heather, pear juice, nuts, tender smoky, honey and caramel. HM delicious!
    • Finish
      Warming, nutty, black pepper, dark chocolate, some espresso, medium-long

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