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Overall rating
87.33/100
votes
304
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

€ 71,55

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304 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 15-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.33 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 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. Beiredelarue scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Not very complex, but well balanced. I like the combination with sweet & peat. I prefer this one over the 12CS.
    • Nose
      90 90
      at first rubbery, earthy then tropical fruit, wood
    • Taste
      91 91
      (very) fruity, vanilla, some 'peat'
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium long, sweet

  7. Beiredelarue scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Not very complex, but well balanced. I like the combination with sweet & peat. I prefer this one over the 12CS.
    • Nose
      90 90
      at first rubbery, earthy then tropical fruit, wood
    • Taste
      91 91
      (very) fruity, vanilla, some 'peat'
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium long, sweet

  8. Beiredelarue scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Not very complex, but well balanced. I like the combination with sweet & peat. I prefer this one over the 12CS.
    • Nose
      90 90
      at first rubbery, earthy then tropical fruit, wood
    • Taste
      91 91
      (very) fruity, vanilla, some 'peat'
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium long, sweet

  9. iurado scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Not convinced for a Springbank. Peaty, moldy odor, which is reflected in the taste with wood and light fruit notes. Strong alcoholic grade. Finish medium
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. LeChiffre scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Strong-intense single malt with well integrated smoke note. Overall, but unbalanced and in the price range, there are better alternatives for me. Springbank 10J and 12J CS are better, if not outstanding.
    • Nose
      79 79
      soft smoke; spicy sweetness; Touch of maritime notes
    • Taste
      79 79
      strong and intense; peppery pungency; very spicy; Oak; smoke
    • Finish
      78 78
      very sparkling and spicy; persistently smoky; behind the sweetness, oak flavors increasingly appear; slightly salty; dirty earthy

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