Springbank 08-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Online Tasting Week 2021
Stated Age
08 years old
Refill Bourbon + Fresh Pedro Ximénez Casks
Number of bottles
56.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
06 Apr 2021 12:06 pm by swk27844
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 423.80

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 08-year-old

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.46 points

  1. nhuber did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes officially released for 60£, but when shipped to Germany and you include the outrageous shipping fee, mandatory import duty because of Brexit and German vat and 15€ mandatory DHL handling fee plus credit card fees etc you end around 85€ with some rounding... Just saying, but needs to be considered.

  2. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The PX influence is a bit too strong here for my liking. The Springbank character hides in the background, and it's not a character I want hiding. The finish is short and youthful. I do hope it improves with time in the bottle, but at £60 it is decent. Initial impression is 87 points for me.

    Upon further tasting, with a touch of water, the palate is very tasty and somewhat viscous. The finish is still somewhat short for me, so I can't justify giving it a 90... But 89.

    Upon a third tasting; too much PX. 88, maybe 87 if I'm feeling mean.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. bahaa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Released for the Online Tasting Week 2021 for 60£

  4. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The color scared me, but it didn't turn out as bad as I feared. Although it lacks the mineral note that is so characteristic of Springbank (and which I am always looking for) and therefore cannot be identified as a Springbank, all in all it is a very good whisky, which the PX barrels both in terms of the color as well as the taste did a great job.
    • Nose
      89 89
      As in the Hazelburn 15yo OTW 2021, the sherry - how could it be otherwise with this color - is immediately in the nose, but finer and more reserved. Grapes, black cherries, raisin bread, leather, dark chocolate, nougat.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong and very sweet start, could well pass as a high-proof liqueur. Dry forest floor, grapes, black cherries, sweet blackberries and blueberries, marzipan, dark chocolate. Slightly spicy, not definable. Some salt comes from somewhere.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length, slightly dry. He stays very cute until the end. Cold coffee, dark chocolate, white pepper.

  5. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Old steward! What a great stuff!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Fat sweetness of raisins and dates, plus a direct Springbank touch, mineral and salty, the smoke is also present - certainly due to the youth, chocolate with blood orange, overripe plums, oily engine room
    • Taste
      92 92
      Chocolatey sweet, very creamy, nutty with nougat, the smoke and minerality are unmistakable, but here the barrel holds tight with plums, astringent at the back without drying out too much
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dry spice dominates at first, sweet chocolate with lots of coffee then stays on the palate for ages, definitely not a typical finish for an 8-year-old

  6. MichaelG scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Springbank 8 yo. fresh PX cask..

    Very aromatic, very soft for an ABV of 56.5% and very balanced ..
    The nose is spicy, very winey, sweet red sherry, some medicinal herbs, cough syrup, spices, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, light peppercorns.
    The taste is sweet, enveloping the tongue, black berry jam, licorice, cough syrup again .. but sweet (not nasty)
    Sulfur (matches) is completely absent.
    Very balanced, the springbank is completely hidden behind a sherry screen ..)
    There are light notes of polish ... but just a little bit ..
    Grandma's pharmacy from the chest of drawers, old candied candied fruits.
    Long finish, very pleasant and warming.
    This is one of the best whisky I've ever had..

  7. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Cacao powder. Leather and coffee. Dried fruits, such as raisins and sweet dates. Honey. Then I get a hint of oranges. Tobacco and diesel oil. A touch of old wood. Water: Blueberries and more oranges. Caramel, a farmyard note and black cherries.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, a bit too much for me. Sweet raisins and dates. A touch of smoke. Balsamic vinegar. Earl Grey tea. Honey and dark chocolate. Ahorn syrup too. Then I get oak, which is followed by a bunch of spices, cinnamon and a touch of black pepper. Water: The spices move a bit more into the background and it becomes a bit more fruity. This is a little bit better. It also adds oranges and minerals.
    • Finish
      Short and dry and rather spicy and it’s a bit bitter. Black coffee and wood. Tobacco too.

  8. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It's immoral ....... a bottle of 60 GBP to shell it for 260 GBP.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Released for the Online Tasting Week 2021. This one definitely had everyone talking about the colour and I can say that this dram is all thick, sweet, PX and very slightly Springbank. That given, it is a very good whisky in it's own regard. Value (£65.00) - 8/10
    • Nose
      The nose reminds me immediately of recent Glenallachie PX casks which have been matured in the very best quality of wood. Thick, syrupy treacle sweetness alongside a myriad of juicy plums, raisins and some blackcurrants. Then the PX influence of dark espresso and some balsamic vinegar show themselves. The slightest whiff of smoke. Some spice with white pepper as well.
    • Taste
      Immediately sweet on the palate. Packed full of Muscovado sugar and sticky toffee pudding. Raisins and dates with some fresh orange peel. That balsamic note returns again. A little minerality reminding us that this is a coastal Campbeltown dram. Espresso notes even more dominant now as the tannins appear.
    • Finish
      A continuation of the palate really, which I can only say is a good thing. Very sweet, slightly bitter and a touch drying with some white pepper heat throughout. Doesn't last as long as I would like it to but it is just an 8 year old whisky. On a plus side that mineral note really build up here.

  10. thijs100 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    It's almost like a glass of sherry with a few drops of Springbank.
    • Nose
      Plenty of blackcurrants, creme de cassis and aceto di balsamico, but that's the Pedro Ximénez influence. There's raisins, plums and dates as well. A sliver of smoke, embers and charred oak. But what happened to the Springbank character?
    • Taste
      Sweet and dry with a tinge of earthy smoke and some cracked black peppercorns. More of the sweet, sometimes acidic influence from the Pedro Ximénez cask, similar to the aromas described above. It's not unbalanced, but not exactly well integrated either.
    • Finish
      More of the same with a hint of dark chocolate. Long too.


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