Springbank 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Box without the big green S!
Bottle code
Added on
06 Feb 2009 12:18 am

Average value

€ 76.34

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 15-year-old

111 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.18 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    In all these years, I did never come across a bad bottling of Springbank. The 15-year-old expression is more sherried, and surprisingly peaty compared to its younger brother. On the nose, you get smoked salmon, confectionery and pipe tobacco. Hints of damp earth, cough syrup and parsley linger in the back. The taste is strong, austere and a bit fizzy with fresh ginger, orange peel and mineral peat smoke. Almost like a distant dream of Islay, whispering farewell in its long and slightly dry finish. Altogether, this is a rewarding Single Malt and a great value!

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    Thanks to Healthy Good for a sample of this nice dram.
    • Nose
      Nice Springbank nose, with that farmy touch.

      More savoury rich on sweet fruit than others I've tried lately.

      A hint of that "burnt electronic" I find in the 12CS, but not as articulated. This is more on burnt out matches and earthy peat.

      Mature cigar and some underlying fat nuttynness.
    • Taste
      Much more upfront on the peat compared to the nose.

      Herbal. Salt. Right amount of spice and suitable abv.

      Bold on cigar/tobacco leaf, with a touch of fresh orange citrus.
    • Finish
      Peat hangs in there to the slightly bitter drying end. Quite long, lingering on cigar leaf and realy dark chocolate.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    S 5
    An above-average sherry casked whisky but not a superb one, given the price. The complexity didn't carry through to the finish. Also, can be hard to recognise the "Springbank" notes in a blind tasting.

    N 26
    Raspberry chocolate
    Valid yet gentle Sherry note
    Quite some honey
    More tropical fruit when left to breathe

    P 24
    Tropical fruit (mango, etc)
    Wood spice (pepper)
    Touch of herb
    Mildly peated

    F 24
    Mid, dry, earthy finish with a mildly peated mouthfeel
    Touch more peated when left to breathe
    Hint of coastal note up and gone
    Chilli and peppery
    Dried fruit sweetness lingering

  6. kikist scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      sherry, dirty socks, dried plums
    • Taste
      87 87
      red apples, sourness, oak, spicy, salt
    • Finish
      84 84
      fresh meat, sweet, citruses

  7. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Excellent aroma, light, but very saturated with shades and half-tones, a wide palette of derivatives; the taste / finish is simpler, but very pleasant and open, a lot of dry herbs, very much like the Highland Park style, on the whole rather dry and austere.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, first nose - leather goods, mineral-metallic notes; spicy woody tones, old furniture, dried fruits - dried apricots, raisins, figs; dry herbs, sweet creamy shades - boiled condensed milk, fudge, toffee; some deep-frying oil, fried vegetables, milk chocolate, cappuccino, shortcrust pastry, some camphor and resin, coated tablets.
    • Taste
      Calm, rich, spicy oak notes, creamy sweetness, bark astringency, dry medicinal herbs, mineral-metallic tones, cappuccino, chocolate, pipe tobacco, ash.
    • Finish
      Soft, refreshing, delicate notes of oak, bark, light smoky aftertaste, ash, minerality, dry herbs, cappuccino, tobacco leaf.

  8. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Springbank 15, 46%. Consumed Oct 2019. Aroma is huge coal gas, paraffin lamp, stove, crystalline notes behind all of that, touch of ginger sweets, Foxes fruits boiled sweets. Interesting. Fairly muted. Taste is quite muddled with fruit and biscuit cancelling each other out, more of that slight coal gas vibe, thin squash and coal gas, faint chilli and rockpool vibes, touch of burnt egg but all sitting behind that semi fruity edge. It's ok ... quite interesting ... but there's something not quite right. 3.3/79

  9. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fine, whole, consistent whisky. Smoked and delicate. Big pleasure.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Pickled apples, smoked malt, peat, delicately, dust and cardboard, mineral, background smoke, sweet vanilla bun in powdered sugar, baked apple, a little salt, iodine, seaweed, sweet gum, vanilla, honey, tobacco, milk chocolate, pie with shortcrust pastry with berry filling.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Pepper, smoke, baked apple, smoked fish, sour red berries, moderately sweet, pinches receptors.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Warms, perfect dryness, smoked fish, baked apple, ash, long.

  10. dominikbraun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sweet lemon candies, effervescent tablets, tangy and fruity, yellow fruits, a little mineral, nuts, matches, lemon cake, herbs and a touch of oak.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86


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