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Springbank 1997 2nd Batch

Average score from 2 reviews and 8 ratings 86

Springbank 1997 2nd Batch

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  • Brand: Springbank
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 54.9%
  • Vintage: 1997
  • Bottled: 2008

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Springbank 1997 2nd Batch

Description: a 10yo, 1997 vintage edition from 2008, bottled at cask strength, waxy texture in the glass and fruity at first glance.

Nose: a mixed floral/fruity nose, main notes of barley, gooseberry, citrus, lavender and shoe polish, with a touch of mint (with water added: a more mineral bouquet, where the berry’s savor becomes more prominent, but the most noticeable addition is the aura of wood stain and peat)

Mouth: oily, dry and nutty, with peat smoke, roasted chestnuts, leather, pinch of sea salt on the palate with a touch of chocolate crumbles. (with water added: a more traditional farmy palate, like we’ve learned to expect from Springbank)

Finish: long and drying with notes from worn out oak and a touch of orange.

Verdict: a satisfying, clean dram by Springbank. The nutty character reminds of a Hazelburn, but the lightly peated and farm profile makes this a true son of Springbank. Clear winner, well within the contours of the traditional Springbank.

Nice. I'd love to get some of that cask strength farmy action.

Was this a bottle for duty free / travel retail / airport whatevers? This looks like the 1997 bottles I saw there a few years ago before I knew what was what. I haven't seem them there for quite a while now, and I really wish I hadn't missed the boat.

Not sure if it was part of the travel retail range at some point, it could well be. I found a bottle of an old former duty free HP 16yo, in the same shop.


cask strength, non chill filtered, no caramel.Sounds good.

this is the 2nd batch of springbank 1997 vintage, bottled at about 11 years old.

  • Nose: Harsher nose, initial sweetness but more phenol and salt, pepper, tar, savoury at the back. With water: phenol and maritime note remains now the harshness is balanced out by caramel toffee

  • Pallet: Thin mouth-feel, immediate sweetness, hot, pepper, salt peat, savoury nut (Brazil?) and malt flavours sour note at the end again. With water: spicier, pepper and ginger comes through really well with water more nutty flavours, sour note completely gone

  • Finish: more smoke, ginger, caramel, peat returns and a mouth-watering leathery feel, sour note there again, kind of old sock (probably a bit of foost) not great. With water: tingling, saltier than neat, same leathery feel, savoury note is now far more agreeable.

Mark neat: 8.2/10. With water

a really good dram, good introduction to cask strength whisky. when drunk neat that savoury/sour/old sock note isnt great but with water it adds great contrast to the sweet and maritime flavours. The nose is a bit harsh for me even with a couple of teaspoons of water but a really good dram for sure

scores below are with water.

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