Like many single malt lovers I’m a big fan of the Springbank distillery and the Springbank 15 is one of the reasons I’m such a big fan. Located in the Campbeltown region of Scotland, Springbank is one of the last remaining distilleries in a region that used to have over 30 distilleries and was once the “Whisky Capital Of The World”. You could basically skip from one distillery to the next back in the day.
Today though, there’s no “basically” about it. You actually can skip from one to the other as Glengyle is owned by, and built on the the same property as, Springbank and Glen Scotia is a scant .03 miles away which is a mere 6 minute skip down Lochend St. No, I’ve never been to the ancestral home of the Springbank distillery, I just looked it up on Google maps to see how close it is to Glen Scotia.
Springbank 15 Years Info
Region: Campbeltown, Scotland
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon & ex-Sherry
Age: 15 years
Springbank 15 Years Review
A bit of sherried malt, fruit, oily nuts, graham, toffee, spice and a bit of smoke and citrus with an earthy underpinning. A lovely dynamic aroma.
Sweetly malty with notes of graham crackers, cocoa, spice, ash, nuts and dried fruit accompanying. A bit of earthy peat picks along with some sherry notes up as it heads towards the finish.
Long, sweetly malty, fruity, nutty and a bit of smoky char.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Nicely balanced, medium – almost heavy – body and a warm slick feel.
Springbank 15 Years has a fun sweet and earthy aroma; a robust sweet, spicy and earthy palate and a finish that pulls it all together. It’s something that I enjoy drinking, though the $100+ price tag keeps me from picking it up and keeping it at home on a regular basis. I’m not saying it’s a terrible value by any means, I’m just saying there’s whisky I like a bit more that I can pick up for a bit less and so I do. Though if you’ve never tried the Sprinkbank 15 I highly recommend you do.
Springbank 15 isn’t a peated whisky, Springbank 15 isn’t a heavily peated whisky and as such I don’t always pick it up. It seems like some times it contains no peat, sometimes a little and sometimes a “moderately noticeable” amount. I’ve always attributed this variation to leftover peat from a Longrow run or an amount of Longrow malt being used in a batch, but a frequent reader and commenter confirmed it’s a lightly peated malt (~8 PPM like Ardbeg Blasda).
SCORE: 87-89/100 (B+, not consumed at home)
Springbank 15 Review - Score Breakdown
- Nose - 87
- Palate - 88
- Finish - 88
- Balance, Body & Feel - 87
Springbank 15 Years is a lovely whisky that might be a tad pricy, but for the most part it’s worth it.