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Springbank 18 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

Springbank 18 Year Old

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Springbank 18 Year Old Bottling Note

This is the second edition of the established mauve-packaged 18 year old Springbank. The multi-award-winning Campbeltown single malt has been matured in ex-bourbon casks, so expect a big, coastal, oily flavour from this one.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Toasted bananas, honey and bakewell tarts with coastal hints. Quite oily.

Palate: Big, spicy and gutsy, with notes of chilli, pine, citrus, aniseed and rich fruits.

Finish: Long, salty, chocolate caramels with hints of smoky fruit.

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Springbank 18 Year Old Reviews



3rd June 2020

Cambelltown FaN

Their Cask Strength 12 leave this dead and it's cheaper.

29th October 2019

U B Chillin' The 18?

The 18 is a bit weak for me. I was never in love with the first editions either. I like my Sprinbanks like my sports cars: at full strength. I had my mechanic reprogrammed the computer in my latest Beamer, and uI sually don't buy 46 AVB Springbanks, althought that's way better than 43 percent, which is feeble unless the Scotch is very old, in which case, it's acceptable. I've had quite a few 18's in my cabinet at home over the years. They were nice and very pleasant, especially at around 75 pounds back in the day.

As for "chills," I like this vid about "things found on ice": . As for Springbank 18, I see that a lot of people have weighed in on whether or not to chill the Charlie Dickens out of it.

I think chillin' a Springbank 10 is far out, as is mixing a ten into a cocktail. Way cool. But chilling an 18? No way Jose Cuervo. And that goes double for pouring an 18 in a cocktail.

Farbeit from me to tell anyone what to do. If a man wants to stare into the sun and blind himself, that's his business. If a man wants to dive off a cruise ship whilst ambling chugging merrily past Antarctica, that's his business. The world is an overpopulated place.

Now if that man was a friend of mine, or even an acquaintance, then I would fight like hell to keep him from jumping overboard. For sure. And I would certainly pull him out of the sun before he went blind, and book him an appointment with my shrink.

Now, that said . . . If a man wants to put ice or whisky rocks into his glass of Springbank 18, this might be best done while staring into the sun right before jumping into the frigid waters of Antarctica. But I would still be friends with him, of course. I'm no judger of my friends. Well, I am, but I keep my judgments to myself and STHU.

It's not even a good idea to chill a 12 year CS Springbank unless it happens to be one of the ghastly sulfured batches, such as 17. I hate sulfur and disagree with calling it gunpowder or match sticks. IMO, it's just sloppy whisky making in which the sulfur used to keep casks from growing feet and walking away (due to mildew etc) wasn't done right. I bought a few Batch 17 Springbank 12 CS's and was very disappointed with them, but they went nicely in cocktails WITH ICE.

12th July 2019

I Gave This My Best Shot

This 18 yr is just not for me. I have tried it twice and both bottles ended up going down the drain. Now, I like the 15 yr old quite a bit and just tried the 21 yr bottled in 2018 which I really thought was outstanding. I think Glen Scotia 18 yr with the sherry finish is a far better malt by far.

9th April 2019


Long finish, the extra years smooth out the rough edges of the 10 & 15 yr old. Balanced and complex this is worth every penny. Going to be hard to make this one last.

19th December 2018

Whisky lover

Hi there, it's just perfect whisky. The balance is rich and i love it...

29th September 2018

A little different from earlier batches

This is the 2018 edition and it differs a bit from earlier batches since it’s 100% bourbon casks. The nose reminds me a little of the Kilkerran 12 but with a little less smoke. Some gooseberry and vanilla with the classic coastal springbank touch behind. The taste is full and oily with some wood elements and vanilla again with something metallic and sweetness and then it gets very dry with salt and coconut in the finish. Really nice but I like earlier batches more and the reason for that is that Springbank (and Longrow to for that matter) is my favorite whisky to drink in the fall but this lacks a bit the dark elements of damp leaves, leather and dark fruits that I find in the earlier batches. This is more of a springwhisky for me, no pun intended. Still very nice, I love the big and oily moutfeel with the salt in the finish.

15th September 2018

Nice malt but too pricey

My review is for a 2017 bottling of this Springbank 18 yr old. I tried this scotch back in 2013 or so and had to throw it sink so I must have had a bad bottling. I decided to give it another go and was glad to have purchased this one again. But, while it is a fine malt, I find it highly overpriced in the USA as many other 18 year olds are just as good for a lot less money. Actually, I thought the Hazelburn 13 yr Oloroso Cask was much richer with more flavor than the 18 yr old. I liked the light peat of the 18 yr old and usually don't go so much for peat. I doubt I will buy another Springbank 18 yr old.

14th January 2018


Demanding whisky-definitely not for beginners.Real treasure for experienced whisky drinkers.

7th January 2018

Easily among the best 18 yr scotches!

Get a bottle if you can find one. I've tried many 18 yr bottles, but this one of the best i've had ever had.

10th June 2017

Savor the Springbank 18.

Fantastic dram. Sweet fruit, but not overpowering sweetness. The piney flavor and the long lingering finish really set this one apart. I love Balvenie Doublewood 17 as well, but this is every bit as good while being a little more complex. Excellent. Cheers Springbank!

7th May 2016


Simply amazing, can't get enough of this one

20th March 2016


Drink the damn whisky how you like, even if that means adding water, adding ice, or chilling it. Whatever you like! Just no mixing this! Can't imagine it would be very good mixed anyway.

24th November 2015

Bob Mac

Just had a bottle given as a present. Midway through my first dram which I treated as I do all single malts. A dash of chilled bottled water and a small ice cube. Wonderful with rich flavouring and a lingering finish.

1st August 2015

One more weighs in about chilling a Springbank 18

It's not snobbery to advise against chilling this high quality and expensive whisky any more than it is snobbery to advise against putting a wool sweater in the dryer

29th June 2015

Is it just me?

I know this distillery has a cult following but I have still yet to find an official bottling of this that has matched a SMWS bottling I had that has been head and shoulders above the 10/12/15/cv/cask strength and now the 18 yo. Now don't get me wrong they are well made and enjoyable enough but I still fail to get blown away by this. Distinctive earthy, oily oatmeal I would expect from Springbank, add in some spicy coconut with some smoky strawberry and berries, anise and some peppery sweet pine oak but for me this just fails to live upto the hype. The Whisky Flaneur

15th March 2015

Brian Morton

Thought I had died and gone to heaven. Must be the pride of Campbeltown. A real beauty. Glad we managed to acquire a bottle

3rd February 2015

regarding chilling...

I think there's an argument for ice and it's all about dynamics. Just take it slowly. The cold whisky's flavours are a bit dead, but you have the nice 'shock' of the cold. Now, don't swallow!.. wait, your mouth warms the whisky - boom, the flavours reveal themselves. Too much snobbery around cold whisky. Chocolate however is crap when chilled.

27th January 2015

Third Edition?

I've tasted the second edition of Springbank 18. It was pretty good. Now, all we have in my town are the white lettering on dark background label(third edition). Anyone taste this edition? What do you think?

22nd January 2015

It won't "open it up"

My point was not that "very nice" has no right to do as he pleases with his money. If he wants to chill an expensive bottle of scotch, all power to him. I simply took exception to his statement that chilling a Springbank 18 "opens it up nicely." It doesn't and that is misleading. I stand by my original statement that it will close it tighter than a puckered oyster. Rocks or ice,chilling has the same effect on a great whisky like this beaut.

16th February 2014

"Very Nice" Strokes for Folks

I drink it neat, and think it's excellent as such, but... if "very nice" likes it best chilled, who is anyone else to say otherwise? I would like to suggest that we would all be better served by opining on the dram, rather than the reviewers. That said, my opinion of the dram is I find it rich, oily, luscious, and complex. To me, a very good value, if spendy. I personally like it better than the 15, if only for a depth that I don't find in the 15. The 15 is very good, but I prefer the 18 and will go the extra coin for it. But that's just me. Sláinte!

7th February 2014

'Very Nice' was wrong

Whisky rocks might not be as disastrous as actual ice, but chilling the whisky will still ruin part of the flavour and aroma. So the critic was right in this case. Just drink it room temperature, that's the way to treat a good Whisky, or as a Distillery manager in Scotland once told me: we drink Whisky to warm us up, if you need cooling down, jump in the Loch.

26th January 2014

"very nice" was right

He didn't say he drank it on the rocks (over ice), he said he drank it "on whisky rocks," which are completely different. Whisky rocks chill the whisky without adding ice or water. It makes for a chilled (not cold) drink, neat.

2nd January 2014

"very nice"

Mr. Very Nice: drinking an 18 YO Springbank on the rocks will not "open it up nicely." It will close it tighter than a puckered oyster. Ill advised strategy. This whisky deserves better treatment than ice. Neat is the way to go

22nd December 2013

Worth the money

In doing some serious side-by-side tasting of this versus the 15-year-old; this came out clearly on top. The difference is significant and by my wallet, worth the extra money. If you like this one, I would also suggest the Hazelburn 12-year-old, and the 19-year-old single cask 482 which I preferred over the 15 year old.

5th April 2013

Very Nice

Just got a bottle for my 18th wedding anniversary. My first bottle of Springbank, matter of fact the first 18 yr old to grace my cabinet. I have had many other single malts, mostly 12 yr. My experience of flavors of this tiny dram runs the gammit from everything described in the other reviews with a subtle smoke at the end of the palate that lingers. This is the best dram I have had to date. I drank it on whisky rocks, no ice, no water added and I found it to open up very nicely on it's own.

6th March 2013

Very Nice

Just got a bottle for my 18th wedding anniversary. My first bottle of Springbank, matter of fact the first 18 yr old to grace my cabinet. I have had many other single malts, mostly 12 yr. My experience of flavors of this tiny dram runs the gammit from everything described in the other reviews with a subtle smoke at the end of the palate that lingers. This is the best dram I have had to date. I had my dram on whisky rocks, no ice, no water added and I found it to open up very nicely on it's own.

6th March 2013

Yes, that will do nicely

Got a bottle for Christmas and have just opened it and it is very interesting. Heavy on the aniseed at first but leave it a little time and it has come on lovely. Nice hints of honey coming thro' now. Yes this will do nicely indeed.

15th February 2013

Salty volleyball

Nose: sea salt, Bakewell tart, floral blossoms.

Taste: hint of late autumnal fruits (e.g. Blackberry, slow and mulberry). Passive smokiness. Like playing volleyball on the beach.

Concluding remarks: splendid light participant of the springbank collection.

2nd February 2013


I am a Springer fan 100%. I really, really enjoy the 18 year. Having said that, I do not believe that it is worth the extra money. Buy the 15.

5th December 2010

The best of the bunch

Just finishing a flight of 10, 15 and 18 and have to say, the 18 comes out way on top. Lovely soft, rich mouthfeel, somewhat oily and with the trademark springbank notes. Will definately be picking up a bottle or two of this when I have the cash!

23rd July 2010

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