Springbank 08-year-old

Overall rating
88.39/100
votes
175
Whiskybase ID
WB180542
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Online Tasting Week 2021
Bottled
01.04.2021
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon + Fresh Pedro Ximénez Casks
Number of bottles
1160
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
21/63
Added on
06 apr 2021 12:06 pm by swk27844
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 596.25

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Whisky reviews for Springbank 08-year-old

44 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.39 points.

  1. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  2. kanpai79 scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    cherries, raisins, chocolate, dried fruits, peppers. Well-integrated alcohol, tart finish, sweet-spicy medium. 22-22.5-22.5-22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice dram, good combination of subtle peat and sherry influenced fruitiness. Only in finish some sugar sweet notes pop in, a bit too sweet, but overall a nice whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Full scent, some subtle peaty note, tar, licorice, woodsmoke, red fruits, plums. Then some sour fruits, cigar tobacco.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pretty smooth now, with some spicy layer underneath. Some subtle peat and plums, red fruits. Malty, siruppy. Berries.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pretty smooth, some subtle peaty and ashy notes, woodsmoke, pines, plums. Middle long. Then some sugarsweet notes as well, which I associate with PX influence.

  6. DrunkDude scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    scbp-4761, the taste of yellow fruit in the taste should be there, but it is covered by the sherry bucket. The body of the wine has eaten the benefits of young people, and also eaten the losses of youth. The quality is presented as the first-class modern Shirley barrel, which is only a small difference from the extremely good. I have to say something about association, Laphroaig 1981 dark sherry.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Smell and oily smell, excellent experience. Sour bamboo shoots, Tonga beans, molasses, heavy roasted coffee, micro-heavy esters and micro-sawdust, cigar leaves, sea water, raisins, wooden boxes and pharmacies, seem to give some hints of tropical fruits after waking up. 90
    • Taste
      89 89
      The style is heavy and the taste is strong, like pineapple vinegar. After that, it highlights heavy salt, slightly sugared Isatis root, heavy Italian style, molasses, some wood chips, coffee aroma, and slightly dark chocolate. It is a pity that the wine is slightly sharp at the entrance, but the flaws are not concealed. The middle and late segments are full of fat, strong wine, and less irritating, oily, and the touch is very strong in butter. b91p87
    • Finish
      90 90
      Slightly astringent, with more molasses, tannins, water-soaked wood aromas slightly emerging. In addition, there are more medicinal soup, brown sugar, dust, bitterness, and pharmacy smell. 90

  7. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    he didn't like me that much
    I didn't notice much of the Springbank
    like any sherry malt without the DNA of the distillery
    it takes time and water should be used with caution
    • Nose
      Glue, dirty, slightly mineral becomes more, sour cherry, salty, sweetness increases, sherry (different than usual), a little smoke, banana
      with water: dirtier, a cheesy note, herbs but no aromatic herbs

      from 1920s: something stings, a lot of glue / solvent, slightly rotten eggs, raisins, sweetness
      with water: sweeter, more of a chemical note, cheese note
    • Taste
      oily, creamy, soft
      Sweetness, sherry, raisin, dark caramel, you notice the alcohol, a hairy note, workshop / oil, Pepsi cherry or Dr Pepper cherry is coming

      with water: softer, very pleasant, oak, cola increases
    • Finish
      medium to long
      Sherry and sweet

      with water: bitter and oak

  8. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Tasting notes based on a 2cl sample from the "Springbank New and Forthcoming Releases - Virtual Tasting 2021" tasting pack. Based on the sample I decided not to get a full bottle, and although this was an interesting dram, there is no way I could recommend this at current secondary market prices.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Quite closed at first - mostly dark dried fruits. Water brings out a meaty, leathery scent. Sort of reminds me of old kola cubes. Other similar aromas of cured ham, salt, tobacco and oil come through with repeated nosings.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A great combination of smoke, sweetness and savoury - a bit like a rack of BBQ ribs. Toasty, bacon, soot, old musty furniture.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long alcohol burn but not overpowering. Nice fruity sweetness with a bit of coffee. For an 8 year old whisky, very impressive.

  9. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very dark chocolate, Nutella, plum compote on the nose. The jumping bench character is indeed a little difficult at first. Only comes out with water. A similar appearance in the mouth, slightly sharply calibrated. Very good, but extreme sherry bomb. Almost killed the Springbank !!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. McMoulis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  11. Макс scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. sphinx scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  13. Bart-msb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Liqueur in all its manifestations
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  16. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Interesting profile - the taste is better than the nose
    • Nose
      87 87
      Mushrooms, soy sauce, little earthy, hints of acacia honey, toffee, some dried fruits, whiffs of tobacco, little meaty, hints of chocolate
    • Taste
      89 89
      Little punchy, oily, liquorice, subtle sweetness, more dried fruits, little earthy notes, pepper, spices, little nutmeg, chocolate, cooked fruits, little orangy, citrus fruits - not bad
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, burning, spicy, pipe tobacco

  17. erwinnlim scored this whisky 86 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.

  18. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    23 22 21 22
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    Something not standard. Much better than the last Local.
    3222'89
    • Nose
      Powerful and sturdy. Young. Cherry pits, cocoa, almonds, raisins
    • Taste
      Sweet (lots of sherry). Raisins, figs, dates
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, sweet (even sugary). Sun-dried fruits, woods and spices

  20. 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.

  21. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very much on chocolate, dark fruits, hint of tobacco, it’s dark sherry but I don’t find it overpowering, very enjoyable

  22. swk27844 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dried fruits, plums, notes of salt, maritime, small smoke, liquorice, cinnamon, typical Springbank characteristics in the background. Alcohol not too much in your face. Very delicate!
    • Taste
      Cherries, plums, cinnamon, dark chocolate, pipe tabacco, raisins, and a little smoke at the back.
    • Finish
      I thought this finish would be a lot dryer, but it is not! Medium length, warming, sweet notes from the dried fruits, and something earthy.

  23. OJK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Quite sweet but restrained on the nose. Comes alive on the palate with caramelised fruits, candied mint and softly smoked chocolate. A short toffeed fruit finish. Very enjoyable but not necessarily distinct, although more complex and less sickly sweet than the colour would suggest.

  24. erikz scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I was really looking forward to this one, was able to get a sample from the community. To make a long story short: the Springbank profile is drowned by the PX. No bourbon notes (for me) to be found from the other casks. Water also doesn't release the Springbank character. It tastes good, but it could have been produced by any of the many distilleries in Scotland. The casks used were excellent, but they killed the profile. For this reason I'm only scoring this 83, seems like the xx-th hyped whisky. For next time just use 10% PX and 90% bourbon casks, it will make things a lot better believe me.

  25. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  26. saothangbay scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Total disappointment. This is a sherry, not a whisky
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  27. stefsel111 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  28. 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.

  29. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  30. whiskyclick scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Although the nose is total disappointment (basically watery sherry), taste has much more to offer. On the palate you don't have that heavy sherry influence, just fruits and sweetness (when left longer in the glass). On the finish you can feel a bit of wood and slightly peat, but it misses Springbank signature.
    Although not our cup of tea, if you are heavy sherry fan, you're gonna love this.

  31. Dominique69 scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

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

  32. Sander79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  33. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Looks older
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  34. Lcluy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  35. 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.

  36. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  37. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  38. 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

  39. 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..

  40. 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.

  41. whiskytornado scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  42. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    very powerful nose, quite sweet, tobacco, leather
    taste: high powered chocolate dark sweet butterscotch
    finish bitterness and dry a bit
    overall, very nice dram though :)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. 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.

    01/05/21
    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.

    28/05/21
    Upon a third tasting; too much PX. 88, maybe 87 if I'm feeling mean.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  44. bahaa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Released for the Online Tasting Week 2021 for 60£

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