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Overall rating
86.15/100
votes
91
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2002
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Beige Label
Bottle code
020605
Barcode
6108541570052
Added on
25 Jan 2009 11:13 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 218,36

17 × in wishlist

91 × member ratings

282 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Springbank 15-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.15 points

  1. valery77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Soft peat, dried apples, prunes, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, fried nuts. Dried apricots. A little fresh wood. Sweet pastries. After standing, add a little noticeable sea motifs. 22
    • Taste
      86 86
      Medium, moderately dry. Apple bone, a little salt, sourness, smoke. There is something like dry sherry - Fino, or rather Manzanilla. 21
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long. Delicate smoke, bread crumb, mineral motifs. A little match-head. 22

      Good, balanced, very high quality whisky. Balance sheet - 22.
      Total 87

  2. krupoder scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Color: amber, slightly more saturated than samples of 2017 and 2013
    Aroma: wine, fermented grapes, peel of a green apple, unsweetened dried fruits, caramel, cigar tobacco.
    Flavor: wet cardboard, spicy, raw wood, dumplings (ashes), fruit, almond cookies.
    Aftertaste: Prolonged, warming, complex, spicy.
    Balance: good
    Rating: 85

  3. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A pleasantly strong malt from Campbeltown. The proverbial "dirty Springer note" is well traceable, although the flavor profile a whole corner "softer" and "round" acts as in Springbank 10th
    • Nose
      Nice strong with sherry, marjoram, thyme and some match sulfur. Later, a delicate bourbon fruit joins with a light mint fresh note.
    • Taste
      The Springbank comes nicely tingling, slightly sulphurous and then in an interplay of sherry, darker fruit and light vanilla notes in the mouth. It greets the damp forest floor.
    • Finish
      In the end, the Springbank remains beautifully spicy-gunpowder, herbs and a little oak finish the medium-long finish.

  5. Einfach_Supi scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Springbank 15 old vs. New Colour:

    Both identical bright amber

    Nose:

    The new 15 is very red-fruity sherry-heavy and somewhat exotic, wonderfully greasy smoke with beautiful sharpness, spicy herbs, savory sweetness, some medical notes at the very back.
    The old 15 comes significantly milder in the nose, there are no peppery notes of smoke, here comes through the fruity-sweet Bourbon, much pear, ripe apple, some rancid olive oil, soft water to honey.

    The new is clearly jagged in the nose, the old something is missing here the oomph, but he presents himself more complaisant, round ... where the new already neatly demands to dissect the flavors.

    Taste:

    The old comes beautifully sweet-oily in the mouth, light pepper notes on the edges of the tongue, then creamy pear, slowly slide into the bitterness, pelle of half-ripe mirabelle, strong espresso, no, Greek mocha.
    The new is almost sweeter on the tongue, again red fruit, sour cherry, currant, Acai, to the smoked bacon glazed with honey, pepper only in the back of the cheeks, a hint of bitter choco.

    The old man is almost too harmless, soft and sweet. The new shows itself from the best Springer side: greasy peat, juicy fruit in great harmony.

    finish:

    The old man is very bitter, a lot of men's chocolate, a little sweet, medium long.
    The new is sweet and fruity with coffee notes, medium long.

    Conclusion:

    The old 15er is not a bad whisky, but here Springbank has saved on the peat of the malt, he just has too little Pepp. The new is a flatterer with neat corners and edges. Lots of fruit and sweetness through the sherry portion, to the smoked bacon.

    Age 15's: 82 pts.
    New 15er: 85 pts.

  6. Landryn scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      70 70

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Moderator

    Nose and palate are OK but the finish is really strange - I don't like it actually. I compared directly to a Springbank 15yo from the 70ies with a black label and it was much better.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, ripe bananas, little smoke and leather, toffee
    • Taste
      Pretty oily and waxy, smooth, some citrusy notes, little smoky and leathery
    • Finish
      Rather short - as of a sudden it's flat, moldy and gone

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mango, apple, caramel, leather and banana.
    • Taste
      Apricot, leather, peat, toffee and pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat, apricot, mango and leather.

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