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Overall rating
87.41/100
votes
578
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label Design (2017)
Bottle code
16/515
Added on
18 Feb 2017 3:22 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 79.85

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 15-year-old

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.41 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/campbeltown-malts-festival-2019-springbank-open-day/

    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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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. 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)

  6. Devilspunchbowl scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  7. Nordberg scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    What a fun experience. A unique flavor profile and something that doesn’t draw an immediate comparison to the 10 year or 12 year. A nice mix of maritime, funky, and sherry. A truly great single malt.
    • Nose
      sherry notes, warm, orange syrup, potted soil, salted caramel, old matches
    • Taste
      orange soda/cough syrup, sherry, creamy, salty, that Springbank funk
    • Finish
      salty oranges soaked in wood.

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/04/bottle-polishing-2020-spring-springs-with-springbank/

    Having just reviewed a recent [late 2019] batch [WLP], here are two bottle reviews of the official 15yo I bought in June & August 2019 respectively.
    This bottle was going down so quickly, I soon bought a second bottle a few weeks later. As seems prevalent these last few months, I’m down to the last few drams before taking a single note, but with the second bottle, I won’t be without!

    N: Gentle, slightly drying fruits and smoky wisps, Initially Ben Nevis & Port Ellen-esque with a slightly sulphury/pongy minerality, some mouldiness, sooty dried rolled oats, scorched earth, wet clay, ceramic vases,… but this whisky changes by the minute, and radically as the weeks pass. I also get that cracked oak vanilla note unique to early batches of Glen Scotia’s 15yo funnily enough – more coincidence than a regional quality or a conveniently shared cask order to the peninsular.
    T: Initially very quiet/shy, soft and gentle even a suggestion of subduedness. yet it’s never thin. This all changes over time, unusually perhaps, becoming more assured and present as the weeks pass. Stylistically then, we’ve an incredibly moreish fruity sherried and smokey malt but the sherried cask element took its time to show [to my palate]. What then emerges is a rather predominant note of bitter lemon kept in tin cans alongside a faint-yet-certain liquorice note, rosehip tea, soot, and oak smoke. Later, it’s decidedly waxy=briny, slightly plastic-y and sulphury in the best way possible.
    F: Delicious relaxed finish on smoky toasted fruit-steeped oak. Months later, that bitter lemon note digs its heels in, accompanied by more sootiness and a light smokiness. Against expectations, there’s very little farminess.

    C: A cracker of a whisky, just as I’d experienced in Campbeltown in May of the same year [WLP189].

    BOTTLE #2

    N: Compared to the previous bottle, this one is firmer & crisper from the off and also sweatier/saltier with a sweet & creamy > farmy < sulphury note – the sherry casks far more obvious up-front than with bottle #1 [initially].
    T: I find this bottle firmer and crisper on the palate too, and appearing more youthful than the previous. Strangely I’m missing the softness and slightly subdued nature of that first bottle. I might let this one sit out a few weeks to open up, and indeed a few weeks later – whereas the first bottle did the opposite – this one begins to soften. Water brings out the lightly smoked & oaked maltiness whilst red fruits appear without being blatantly attributed as indicators of sherry cask maturation. Slightly waxy > sooty > briny on the turn – all rather natural/candid as is the Springbank way.
    F: A little pepperiness with some bitter & sour lemon from the oak. Bitter & slightly salty sooty lemon coats the underlying barley in keeping with bottle number #1, yet with more minerality at the tail. Dry oaky smoke, a touch of toasted Shreddies, only a farmy hint and that slightly sulphury minerality holds out till the last. Under it all, barley sugar-Smarties casings remain true.

    C: Though some particular differences from bottle to bottle remain, the sibling resemblance between these two same-batch bottles was startlingly clear. It just took [me] some time for those qualities to converge comfortably.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/cadenheads-chiltern-street-christmas-2019/

    Considered one of the best batches the shop has received in a while. Indeed, I’ve found the 15yo been excellent all year.

    C: Very sherried, bordering too rubbery for my palate, yet still, with that desirably familiar heathery/barley dry, naturally savoury-sweet grassiness on the palate and a soft roughness overall which is certainly part of Springbank’s unique charm. Another super batch indeed.

  10. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    really nice but I'd probably pick the 10yo on 7 days out of 10? or indeed the 12CS (batch depending). 6/10 (holding it to SB standards)
    • Nose
      a bit old school! stewed plums, wood chippings (funky damp ones), freshly cut green apple, all of it gently smoked.
    • Taste
      soft yet tangy arrival. funky wood chippings, a pleasant measure of gunpowder and struck matches (no sulphur bomb), dried oranges, fresh peaches, bitter herbs and peels (grapefruit), and a substantial dirty side with oily rags, with those green apples appearing in the finish.

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