Springbank 18 Years Old

Whisky Review: Springbank 18 Years Old (46%, OB, 2014)

  • Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Springbank distillery
  • Bottling: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
  • ABV: 46%
  • Cost: £90


What they say

A rusty copper colour, our 18-year-old is full of authority and is truly a classic, full-bodied dram. With a delicious nose, this whisky will tempt you in and hold your attention as you uncover its unique palate and finish.

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose: Rich and creamy, developing into vanilla, ripe fruits, marzipan followed by hints of sherbet, almonds and strawberries
  • Palate: Thick and oily, fruity and mellow; gives way to a sweet liquorice and aniseed flavour as it opens up
  • Finish: Sweet and chocolatey with some coconut, the finish is long and consistent with a pleasant smokey tingle

What I say

Sampled 16th January 2015 during Woodwinters Springbank sampling evening with Grant MacPherson from Springbank Distillers

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark burnished copper (11/20)
  • Nose: Malty, earthy, red fruits, peach skin, figs, dates, molasses, toffee oak and cocoa
  • Taste: Smooth, leather, spiced cinnamon, pepper, aniseed, dates, figs and molasses, dark chocolate with sea salted caramel
  • Finish: Long, spiced/drying, tannic leather and fruits persist


A little spicier than the beloved (of us) Springbank 15 Years Old. A touch of pepper and Aniseed in the 18yo and too much oak influence perhaps found us enjoying this one a fraction less than the 15yo but it is still very enjoyable. I missed some of the earthy/dirty peatiness that I really love in Springbank whisky.

Score 88/100

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