Springbank 14-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bourbon Wood
Stated Age
14 years old
Fresh and Refill Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
55.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
17 Aug 2017 6:43 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 413.00

81 × in wishlist

559 × member ratings

1411 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 14-year-old

107 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.94 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. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    These distillates from 2000+ are really a few steps up from the 1990s. Give me more;-)))))))
    • Nose
      89 89
      first and second fill bourbon nose, thus sweetness and fruitiness (yellow fruits), which gets more refined the more the dram breathes, with peat peat peat but less smoke that reminds me a bit of Bowmore Vintages since 2000 and that’s a very good thing. Some samples (empty) of Bowmore handfills come to mind with I would love to compare head to head but can’t. Even some bandages appear.
    • Taste
      90 90
      More fruits appear on the palate and I meander between apples, pear, mirabelles, ripe peaches and a slice of mango and then peat sets in followed by some smoke. Full bodied but still with an attractive waist line;-)
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is looong. Peat and fruits stay with me, then the smoke goes up the chimney and the fruits linger on and on and basically refuse to leave: the fruits that stayed forever.

  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. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 89 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    Back to one of my favorite distilleries, this expression matured in ex-bourbon casks. The nose is mineral and briny, unfolding with vanilla, dried herbs and vegetal peat smoke. On the palate, spicy-dry and peaty flavors compete with sugar-coated, zesty and citric notes, all well-measured and pleasing. Squeezed lemon, ginger and whiffs of peat linger in the long finish. If only these bottles were still available at reasonable prices!

    RATING: 4.2/5.0 stars ≙ 89 pts → FIRST-CLASS [+]

  5. Dirk scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Coconut, sweet and buttery on the nose. Black crusher pepper, a touch of peat and again sweetness in the taste.

  6. 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
      91 91
      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
      90 90
      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 cookies, honey, heather, spices (thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, juniper berries). Is getting increasingly dry.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and dry, spicy and woody, mineral, slightly honey sweet.

  7. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky 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

  8. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tried after 3 years. Good springbank. The taste is very elegant, hearty. The finish is long. 22-22.5-22.5-22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Shogun8888 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Some vanilla sweetness and yellow fruit (ripe banana, peach), but also gentle peat and brine. Plenty of wet rocks and some ozone, accompanied by straw and burlap.

    Taste: Oily, tasty, and just pretty brilliant stuff. Gentle peat and whispers of brine. A tad salty. Also fruity notes of oranges, peach and lime zest, as well as vibrant pink grapefruit. Great balance.

    Finish: Lingering, gentle whispers of peat. Fruits. Long.

    Just a wonderful, incredible whisky. Such a complexity on the palate, with a fruitiness I haven’t often encountered yet in a Springbank. My favourite so far of this edition of the Blind Tasting Competition.

  10. Palindrome scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Well, this bottling had a lot of potential for the purist, but alas the bourbon cask wood used was obviously bedraggled. Yes, we are likely talking about casks that were far from "fresh" bourbon (well, maybe one in the bunch to impart a vanilla finish).

    I find the description of "fresh and refill bourbon" to be a bit of a stretch. We're talking a 9000 bottle yield, after all. None of those casks were leaky or prone to sharing too much with angels, mind you. The ABV is plenty high for 14 years. The wood was just plumbed tuckered out.

    Nose: Dunage warehouse, old tired wood, vanilla, touch of sulfur, unripe orchard fruits, hemp rope, raw eggs, dark chocolate.

    Palate: Bovine methane, a touch of peat, old tired wood, pond scum (as in green algae), citrus, ginger.

    Finish: Medium in length, more cow effluvium, mud, funk, vanilla.

    This farmy, dank, funky, stanky dram would have been much better with more in the way of FRESH bourbon wood, instead of last call for alcohol beaters that are a bit long in the tooth and on their last leg.

    I could use this dram as a litmus test for "taste." Literally. If anyone goes on and on about its virtues. . . .

    Even Serge's 87 makes me feel nostalgic. In the good ole days, he would have shredded this bottle. Although, in all fairness, he kind of does shred it a little, despite his generous score: "You're also chomping on cactus leaves and burnt broccoli."

    Then again, Serge liked the broccoli note of a more recent Jura Chap 7. I didn't have the nerve to pull the trigger on that Jura, even though it sounded intriguing.

    Do I regret buying this Springbank? No, but I regret taking the time to find one.

    Although in all fairness, it wasn't all that hard to find. For a limited release, quite a few bottles were floating around for a while with no takers. Until lockdowns took care of that problem (bored thirsty mouths with ample surfing time).


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2021

Forgot your password?