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04 Jun 2012

Springbank 1970 (Adelphi)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Springbank

A Springbank 1970 bottled by Adelphi. For me this was the best dram at the recent Fulldram Supertasting, but I have to say the top-3 was so close together that I kept switching places before settling on a final ranking.


Springbank 33 years AdelphiSpringbank 33 yo 1970
(54,4%, Adelphi 2003, sherry cask #1622)

Nose: heavy sherry but in a very positive way. Surprisingly fresh fruity notes: baked apples, redcurrant jam, juicy plums, blood oranges. Then some dried fruits, mainly raisins and prunes. Pleasant raspberry vinegar syrup. Some tropical hardwood. Something ethereal. Lots of oak polish and wax. A very light whiff of smoke, even earthy / farmy touches after a while. Mouth: sweet and quite syrupy. Sour cherries, raisins, redcurrant. Waxy undertones, beautiful herbal touches (cinnamon, cardamom, clove). Hints of aniseed. Again more than just a hint of smoke. Turning towards bitter and sour balsamic notes in the end. Finish: very long, quite herbal, with the same dried fruits and restrained bitterness and mint.

This is definitely heavily sherried, with the obvious oak notes, but the flavours stay so rounded (and intense) that it seduced me almost instantly. With a little less sourness this could have been out of this world. Long gone I’m afraid.

Score: 93/100


Springbank 1970 (Adelphi) 5 Ruben Luyten 2012-06-04
  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    OMG. i think i would have liked that one, Ruben 😉

  • WhiskyNotes

    Perfectly clean sherry though, I’m afraid 😉

  • Mark H (WTF Blog)

    That does sound fantastic Ruben! What were your other top 2 from the tasting?

  • WhiskyNotes

    BenRiach 1975 and Clynelish 1974, check the link to the tasting report.

  • Johannes

    Tasted this one just the other day. Gave it 89 points. Maybe a bit disapointed.

  • Luc Timmermans

    One of my favorite old Springbank’s too. In 2003 it sold already for 225 EUR from The Whiskyexchange, which was quite expensive in those days.

  • Peter Krause

    We had it in several tastings back then and loved it – around the same score, maybe only 92, but that always is personal….

    P.S.: Did you read my comment about the Caol Ila MD?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Peter, I read your comment. The link is already in place: Keep up the good work.

  • Peter Krause

    Thank you so much, Ruben, I want to say the same to you, I love reading your page! Your link will be added as well. Now let’s taste :)
    And if you get the chance, come by here in Regensburg any time.



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