Springbank 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Label Design (2017)
Bottle code
Added on
18 Feb 2017 3:22 pm

Average value

€ 96.95

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 15-year-old

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.40 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Springbank, we are told, bottle the 15yo four times a year. The only Springbank 15yo’s I’ve had previously were a fabulous old Green Thistle [89] and a private Fonseca cask [Blog88]. Hardly comparable.

    Back to the 15yo. 100% sherry cask maturation, the ppm figure [maybe] around 12-15. I reckon 60/40 refill/first-fill.

    N: Solid beginnings, more time needed as per usual. A soft sherried barley pong is all I noted.
    T: An unusual narrow/acute juicy arrival, strangely soft as if it’s been overly diluted or has spent 20 years in glass already. The story here however has not yet unravelled. If slightly thin/uneasy on the palate, it begins oozing through into the finish.
    F: And it goes on and on, oozing deliciously natural ppm’ed barley essence in an old skool way – as if it’s thought about breaking apart in the bottle already, but clearly hasn’t. How does it stay so dry without losing juiciness? I’m guessing that’s the sherry for you.
    C: Not sure I’ve ever tried anything so juicy and yet so ppm barley-dry. The most delicious ppm vibes too, really present without simply turning to peat smoke. Ideal whisky, and cheap as chips for under £60. With scoring ranging from 90 to 87, and feeling rather high-spirited, I’ll plump for 89 points.

  2. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Somehow I knew from the start how that would turn out. I didn't want to approach these Notes negatively from the outset. So I stay neutral and factual with this hype bottle. Still, a small "but" in advance: I'll keep it short. An expected "different" smoke note. My bottle code 19/456
    • Nose
      An overall maritime impression with a distinctly different smoke that is to be expected, along with fine spicy notes. However, it remains one-dimensional. But according to its name, I think a good nose. The recognition value is certainly very high. As the fans say: "... just a jumper".
    • Taste
      He is strong and intense in the beginning, which is what makes him. But in my opinion not balanced enough for the 15 years. There are better 15s out there. It provides a spicy sweetness and a peppery texture. Certainly a good malt.
    • Finish
      Already in the transition this dirty, earthy, spicy, salty note comes through, which I don't like at all in the form. Some might even call it a miss grade. It certainly has a unique selling point and is loved or avoided for it. In any case, those who like him are in the majority. I'm aware. I respect that. Thanks for the sample. But it doesn't make it onto my shelf. I have better ideas there.

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Compared to the sb 10yo it’s more mature, more complex and fuller bodied. What a whisky this is!! The 10yo is good stuff, 12yo cs is great stuff but this is a whole other dimension for me! Well worth buying a bottle.
    • Nose
      Wood driven nose. Earthy tones with mild spices and sweet tropical fruits. Slightly dry. Great stuff!
    • Taste
      Very delicate! Not so Woody as the nose may suggest. Dry sherry notes as well as some sweet, light Bourbon influences. Very well rounded and perfectly balanced. A quality dram this is!
    • Finish
      The finish is long and evolving. Sweet, bittersweet. Also a slight sour note in it after a while. Burnt wood, tropical fruits and again that earthy tone.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose: roasted almonds, salted cashews, eastern serundeng like spices (coriander, ginger, cumin, curcumin), a fruitsyrup like sweetness with lime and oranges, also a tiny amount of sulphur/spent matches (it's more like smoked ham actually).

    Taste: nutty, again the broad palet of eastern spices, pepper, oranges, lemon, lime, some grapefruit bitters and a smokey meatiness.

    Finish: long - oranges, grapefruit, faint smoke, spices, pepper, ginger and a mild woody bitterness.

    A big whisky with big flavours and a true bang for your buck, also a clear improvement over the last time I had the 15 yo Springbank (which already scored 87 points a few years ago).
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Devilspunchbowl scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A springbank totally in the nails, the influence of the casks goes wonderfully well with the heavy and smoked style of the house. I would say that this whisky has become a must. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: The influence of the sherry cask is present, bringing ripe fruit, roundness. Everything is fat and promises a lot of fun. The smoke and soot style of Springbank is here a little camouflaged, participates in all, but more discreetly. Slowly, lemon and ginger appear. Orange pulling on marmalade.
    • Taste
      Palate: Quite the opposite of the nose, it nevertheless has more spices. This says the fruity that includes both sweet and tangy fruits persists. Sherry influences this mouth with chocolate, notes of toast and fig. The soot thickens crescendo. Some dried fruits, hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      Final: The heavy peat is fully installed and oily. There is this bitterness from citrus fruit, from their skin. Small acidulous reminders, lemon juice.

  7. bert61nl did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: Rich and very fruity with lots of sherry tones to tempt you on the nose, Raisins chocolate and winter fruit cake mingle with the softest sweet smoke that grows in the glass. 

    Palate: Again the sherry cask has worked it's magic on this years vintage, Rich complexity arrives across the whole palate with Toffee apples rich fondant's with orange and sweet spices. Coco dusted soft sweets, warming gentle smoke and cherries.

    Finish: Long lingering elegance in a bottle. If you wanted a desert island dram then this is it. The rich fruits and coco last as a final embracing sweet peat smoke drives this dram on and on to a stunning finish.

    (notes from the distillery)

  8. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, I can't understand the hype. I don't particularly like this spring bench at all. One-dimensional, plus excessively woody-bitter on the tongue, which luckily settles down when you finish.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      73 73

  9. romantickizzel scored this whisky 60 points Member Junior

    Awful sulfur bomb batch and they really should not have bottled this. 2019 bottling riddled with sulphur and does not improve with time or oxidation in bottle
    My many bottles of tasting this is one of my worst to date
    Citrus and honey notes but totally overpowered yuk

  10. Apikalov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88


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