Springbank 15, 46% ABV, non-chill filtered.
It has been a while since I last sampled a dram of Springbank. The Springbank distillery is family-owned and located in the Campbeltown region. Back in 2014, when I was first trying my hand at tasting notes, I wrote a bit about Springbank 10. As brief as my notes are these days, I was even less verbose back then!
Now, I am trying my hand at capturing the quality of Springbank 15. This single malt whiskey is finished in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
On the nose I first get the scent of sherry that is complemented with a citrus element – perhaps orange peel. There is also a subtle peat element. The first sip brings buttery sherry balanced with light peat and sea salt. I find a little smoke on mid-palate. It is smooth and balanced throughout. Finish is moderate and dry, with a tease of peat smoke.
I find myself wondering why it took me so long to get back to a Springbank whisky again. It is a really fun dram. It does not have as much peat as Islay whisky, I recall reading that it has about 8 PPM, but it has just enough to tease my tastes for a peated whisky.
Sometimes, when I try a single malt whisky with this age profile, I do not find the combination of taste and balance that I anticipate. However, I do not find that disappointment here. The overall profile of this whisky is very pleasurable. I will not take so long to visit it again.