Whisky Reviews

Springbank 17 year old Refill Sherry Cask


Distiller: Springbank
ABV: 57%
Age: 17
Paid: $11.00 for a pour

Tasting Notes

Color: Dark Gold. Non chill-filtered and no color added. You can see the sherry casks in this one! I didn't get a photo of the bottle I had, but the photo I picked is a good representation of the color in the glass.

Pour: Neat in a Glencairn, rested for 20 minutes. Later added 15 drops of purified water.

Nose: Hits with a punch! Acetone, red fruits, tart and pungent. Sherry, citrus, spice, and Christmas cake all roll together with almond and summer barbecue to make for a truly unique nose.

Taste: Funky, industrial, tannic, tangy, sherried fruit. Menthol, raisins, smoke, green apple & strawberry tartness. This one starts with an explosion of flavor and dries out the sides of the tongue like a dry wine. Unmistakably Springbank.

Finish: Lighter than expected, but long! Peppery & malty coastal flavors increase while the fruitiness fades, funk stays front and center. Leaves a drying, astringent feeling on the sides of the tongue, which sounds bad, but I mean it in the best way. Fades to pleasant pepper & smoke. My wife and I agreed that the finish tastes like breathing in at the seaside.


This was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted! From the first hit of the nail polish remover on the nose, I knew I was going to love this Springbank. The complete and total difference between the nose, taste, and finish made for a confusing and complex dram that was truly fun to drink! I don’t think I’ve ever described a whisky as “fun” before, but this one demands that title.

A local pub was selling this by the pour for $11 (!!!), and I’m already planning a time to go and try this again. The bottle said it was 1 of 438 from quite a few years ago, so I’m guessing it will be hard to find, but if you ever do, this is a must buy for a Springbank fan or anyone who likes complex and unique whisky. I just wish I had more of this to review ;)

Score: 9

Ratings Scale Explained

1 | Disgusting. Get rid of it.
2 | Terrible. I would not drink this.
3 | Bad. Might work in a mixed drink.
4 | Bearable. Decent but probably won’t buy again.
5 | Good. Good whisky.
6 | Very Good. Very good whisky.
7 | Great. Would buy again.
8 | Amazing. Will try to keep this around no matter what.
9 | Incredible. Unique, complex, exceptional.
10 | Perfect.

Average Score: 7.33 - Total Reviews: 9

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