Comparison between Springbank 21yo (2015) WID: 64003, Springbank 21yo (2019) WID: 127557 and Springbank 21yo (2020) WID: 165480
Different in color.
It's like that in the nose too. The 2015 is quite mineral, musty and somehow green. In addition, more yellow fruits, partly also citrus fruits. The Springbank notes are still there, but of course a bit more degraded than with more recent bottlings. The oak still looks relatively fresh. Also some wet leaves.
The 2019, on the other hand, has rather red, relatively sweet berry fruits with some residual acid. Sometimes the fruits also look like caramelized. The mineral ones are rather subtle here. The Springbank notes shimmer in the background. Then add some chocolate.
The 2020 is now even darker. More like plum jam. In addition, not yet completely dried tobacco leaves. Aromatic dark oak tones. One can only guess at the Springbank notes. But there is a certain filth.
In the mouth of the 2015, the oak is more in command, which also brings a noticeable flavor. Such a mixture of dry and fresh wood. But at first there is only a little sweetness and the yellow fruits. Then Springbank comes through. In the end something like cold smoke and musty wood.
With the 2019 it is a nice interplay between fruit, sweetness, spice and tart notes. After a certain time, the fruit, which is astonishingly lighter in the mouth than in the nose, and the sweetness less and the spicy and tart notes prevail. Not really bitter, but rather dry. A pleasant acidity and the slightly dirty notes are also in play.
For me, the 2020 will not taste as balanced as the 2019. Nice sweetness and fruit at first. Then the wood effect looks a bit rough and not so elegant. For me quite blunt and uncouth. In addition, salty liquorice, dark chocolate, tobacco and wood seasoning. In the finish something of the Springbank character.
So for me the 2015er is clearly the weakest of the three. I also just poured a small sip of 12 CS and diluted it with water. Even that looks fuller than the 2015 21er.
Then comes the 2020. It's kind of delicious. The nose is really good. In the mouth, however, it seems a bit too clumsy and unpolished, as the oak comes across relatively quickly and leaves little space for other things.
The 2019 is the most homogeneous whisky for me. Of course, it also got a lot of casualties, but that doesn't impose too much and leaves room for other things. So he is also the winner of this comparison.