With everyone talking about the CV, the 10yo, the 12yo and the Cask Strength, one would almost forget there was a 15yo Springbank. Another dram from one of my favorite distilleries, located in the former whisky capital in the world: Campbeltown. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I’ve never had a bad whisky from this distillery before. And with their different styles for their three standard lines: Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn, they’ve shown us that they’re quite capable of creating a wide range of different expressions, each with a distinctive taste.
Nose: fresh nose, but a little waxy, dominant notes of orange peel, a whiff of honey, scents of iodine (seaweed) A second layer of subtle fruit, (pears, cherries, pineapple and bananas), sweet fudge, traces of sherry, leather, peat and oakiness.
Mouth: bitter and dry palate, a bit of smoke with a touch of lemon zest. Undertones of spice, soft notes of earthy peat.
Finish: Lasting and dry, elements of genever (juniper), lemon, leather and noticeable traces of peat and tar.
|I love Springbank and it was an excellent whisky, but I was not really blown away by it. It is not a real step up from the 12 or the 10yo. That being said, it doesn’t need to, it is an enjoyable smooth whisky with a most enjoyable nose. Not overly complex, but an artisan tour the force.|