Jul 102014

Today’s post brings us to the Springbank 18. To be fair, I got to the 18 after the very interesting Vintage 1997 and the Gaja Barolo finish, and must admit that it came a bit short of its younger brethren, which is very┬ásurprising. There is sherry on the nose, but a good deal of vanilla points to some of it being aged in ex bourbon casks.

Photo Credit: www.allthingswhisky.com/

Photo Credit: www.allthingswhisky.com/


Springbank 18 (2nd Edition) (46% ABV, NCF, NC)

Color: Copper with slow legs.

Nose: Licorice, honey, plum, light peat and sherry notes.

Palate: Oily and full bodied with notes of mango, pepper and clove.

Linger: Long and peppery.



Although being an 18 Year Old, I find this expression less appealing than both the 12 Year Old Cask Strength and the 15 Year old.

I might be a bit weird, but this isn’t the only example in which I prefer younger expression over an older one in the core range of some distilleries (Highland Park and Glenfiddich come to mind).

  7 Responses to “Springbank Week – Part IV: Springbank 18 Whisky Tasting Notes”

  1. yup same for me too.
    plus i prefer the 15 year from bowmore,glenfarclas and glendronach to their 18 year sibblings.
    i guess i have a semicheap taste ­čÖé

    • Manny,
      I view it as judging each whisky on its merits, and choosing based on the liquid, not the label.

  2. […] but nothing really outstanding here. Having had this expression together with the Springbank 18 (reviewed here), I think it would be safe to ask if 18 is just too old for Springbanks, making the┬á12-15 year […]

  3. Nice review. We tried this 18 yo a while ago and it was good, but also prefer the younger expressions.


  4. […] Springbank 18 (2nd Edition): Nicht so ansprechend wie die beiden Vorherigen. Hier geht es ihm wie auch bei den ├Ąlteren Abf├╝llungen der Core Range von Highland Park und Glenfiddich: Auch hier bevorzugt er die ein klein bisschen J├╝ngeren. […]

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