Springbank 15 Year Old

Springbank 15 Years is a sherry matured expression. The distillery tasting notes seem to indicate a lot of Oloroso character, but I found it hard to get this. Maybe they are relying mostly on refill casks.



Springbank 15 Years OldSpringbank 15 yo
(46%, OB 2015)

Nose: even more mineral than the 10 or 12. Wet chalk, aspirin, graphite, some metallic touches. Light hints of antiseptics. Very flinty and austere with some coastal hints as well. Leather. Over time it moves towards light toffee and almonds.

Mouth: oily, almost entirely on mineral notes, with an overpowering bitterness. Walnuts, grapefruit skin, quinine, herbal liqueurs. There’s an orange sweetness, lime and some sugary cereals to fight back, but they don’t manage to find a nice balance against the bitterness.

Finish: long, dry, slightly harsh, with a similar bitterness.

Sure, this is a highly instructive example of the Springbank profile, but for me it goes a bit too far, loosing some of the drinkability and pleasant sides of the excellent 10 Year Old. Around € 75.

Score: 82/100