Springbank 15

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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.

 

Springbank 10

Springbank 10Springbank 10.  Non-chill filtered, 46% ABV.  A Campbeltown single malt. A tease of peat and smoke on the nose.  The palate has a surprising bite on first entry, sweet and sour, with a salty warm finish.

Makes me think that when I eventually get to Scotland, that the long drive down the peninsula to Campbeltown would be a worthy journey.  I have found something to like in the mild mannered neighbor to Islay.

Longrow 10

Longrow 10Longrow 10. A Campbeltown single malt from the Springbank distillery.  Mellow Peat and a hint of smoke with a teasing aroma of fruit, perhaps pear.  A smooth entry on the palate, medium dry finish, smoke and peat emerging.  A comfortable dram that sips like a mild Islay.

I did a bit of homework on the Springbank web site and they describe Longrow as an experiment in developing an Islay-like scotch.  The peat on this seems less sea salt influenced than those of the Islay offerings.