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Springbank 15 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

Springbank 15 Year Old

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Springbank 15 Bottling Note

A 15 year old from the Springbank distillery with plenty of sherry notes and spice, dried fruits and nuts.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Fragrant with a certain richness. Notes of fruit salad and a hint of caramel, pineapple, guava and passion fruit lurk. There are notes of dried leather and old ropes. A hint of toffee sweetness and some granary toast.

Palate: Quite full and rich. There are notes of creamy fruit salad and more exotic fruit notes. There is palpable mastication from the oaked tannins with a hint of spice.

Finish: Fairly long with a gentle warmth.

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Springbank 15 Year Old Reviews

Single Malt Scotch 302

This is absolutely not a beginner's Scotch, it's a little rough around the edges. This whisky has a phenominal complexity, bottled at the right proof, 92, proudly not chill filtered, and extra full bodied. A real old time style whisky that makes you think about the wild west and rough guys getting in bar fights in the 19th century. Yeah it costs alot in the US if you can find it but this is kind of a unique product on the market and I am a retailer sitting on 4 bottles of this precious single malt and if no one buys it I will drink it all.

21st September 2020

There seems to be a batch variance...

A little disappointed with this one. I had a bottle of this about 5 months ago and it was sublime, this latest batch/bottle isn’t a patch on that first one. Shame as I’d come to expect more from this distillery. I’d say it’s a lot “thinner” than the one I had before, less resinous, which was a part of my original joy.

23rd August 2020

Unforgettable fragrance

The fragrance which develops around the palate immediately after swallowing the nectar is deep and complex and unforgettable.

28th June 2020

Classic Campbeltown funk

A true classic and exemplifies the Campbeltown style. This is really good stuff but might not be to everyone's taste. It's complex, smoky and has that Campbeltown funk - this is more to do with the way the stills are heated than a late cut. Slightly salty, slightly creamy, slightly fruity good balance of sherry and bourbon casks. Impressive.

2nd June 2020

I Don’t get it.

I see what the fuzz is about nosewise, but the finish screams a very late cut. Lots of sulfur compounds, wet dog, metal and blood.

29th May 2020

Spring time!

I believe many 15yo out there are underappreciated, and this is one of them. Love it the first time I tried it. Don't know much about making flowery tasting notes but I like it.

14th May 2020


A distillery that do everything from malting to bottling onsite and it results in a whisky that is head and shoulders above any other 15 year old , beautiful stuff.

7th March 2020

Complex and beautiful in time

Lacking in smell and flavor right after opening, but I know that a week after opening it comes alive. I let the first glass sit for hours, then I add water and wait so least 15 mins. When you know how to handle this one you will be rewarded. This Could explain the negative comments.

3rd February 2020


After visiting the Distillery last summer we tried 12 - 15 - 18 and 26 I think but 15 was by far best.

28th January 2020

Affordable perfection

Among the best 15 y.o. ever, and even better than many 18 y.o. whiskies. Creamy pears with a gentle sourness - that unique Springbank touch which makes me fall in love with the distillery - develops here both vibrantly and mature. Simply don't have any criticisms about the dram. Not a single one.

24th January 2020


simply exquisite.

13th December 2019

Not for me

The reviews about this one are completely wrong, I had a second opinion on it so it wasn't just me. Out of all the description of the nose, the only thing that was true was leather and old rope. I know whisky can be a personal thing from nose to taste and this will be sure to be someone elses favourite dram. I just think the description that sold this to me wasn't true. It's a shame, I was so excited to try this one. The bottle could last a while.

6th October 2019

Nice run

I like this run. No sulfur and fairly complex for a Springbank 15 OB at only 46%. You've got to watch out with the 15. It can run into some obnoxious sulfur depending upon the run. There's no telling which run MoM will get in next.

30th August 2019


This is such a fantastic whiskey. It’s complex and bold with notes of smoke, minty pine, candied fruit, spices, and sweet cream. Incredibly unique and very easy to drink too. Will always have a bottle on my shelf.

30th June 2019

see my review

I would sell my mother's eyes for a bottle of this nectar. (Please don't tell my mother).

30th June 2019

For all tastes

This has blown my mind a little. I love a well sherried whisky and don’t dabble too much with peated whiskies. What we have here, however, is a whisky that starts off with mellow smoke but finishes with sweet sherry. Absolutely delicious and will hopefully satisfy all tastes

19th April 2019

Good glass

It's a amazing 15yr. Need some time to open up, but when it's ready it's all you need. Creamy, fruity, spices lovely. My first Springbank and it's not the last

15th February 2019

In the continuity of the 10 yo, and still great !

First, very similar taste profile to the 10 yo. As a 15 yo whisky, it is sweeter, rounder with a very oily texture, which actually reminds me the Macallan Sienna for a bit... But the complexity is from another planet ! I just had a glass so far, I will need time to fully enjoy it I guess. I am Looking forward having another glass tonight...

8th January 2019


An immense, deep, unique whiskey, a 15 year old really at the top. Sip after sip, a pleasure.

31st December 2018

Just the ticket

A wonderful whisky that just deserves peace and time to enjoy it fully. Sweetness with a kick, honey and caramel with a bite. I always pour a glass after choir practice - just the thing to sooth the vocal chords and reflect on a good sing. Goes well with a good book too.

8th August 2018

#1 15yo

Probably one of the best 15yo whiskies out. Totally different monster from the 10yo. Old friction burned ropes on an old ship with a touch of tcp. This is a dram you really need time to sit down explore.

31st May 2018

Chewy full bodied complex and delicious

Needs a little time to open up. Full bodied, "chewy" (if that makes sense), very complex. Delicious.

22nd January 2018

Would like another bottle

Great long lasting finish of sherry and spice,a lovely drop

13th January 2018

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake. Hints of maple sugar

23rd July 2017


Need to get another bottle, excellent stuff!

14th April 2017


Cinnamon spicy, musky, vegetal note, light smoke, sweet rich fruits!
Just lovely!

27th February 2017

Creamy, salty, spicy, sweet.

Creamy, salty, spicy, sweet. Nice subtle sherry influence. Well rounded and balanced. The finish is a lovely dark chocolate and nuts.

18th January 2017

Springbank is the best buy

Amazing product. Top of the line if you like sherry matured.

17th January 2017


Make sure that it is aerated well before you taste and leave for 10 minutes in the glass. It has great balance with a most complex nose. MoM price is expensive compared with my local supermarket where it retails for GBP 53.00 and is available elsewhere online at GBP51.00

28th November 2016


Refined and full of Campbeltown character.

9th October 2016

Really off..

Trying to be positive about this one. But it's not great. On the nose, raisins, some soapy notes, and an acrid perfume bringing to mind vomit & flowers. Yep, vomit. I've had this bottle about 2 weeks now and left it open hoping to clear this up but it's persistent.

On the palate, yeah, a little bit of vomity acidic bite along with some sweetness. Complete dud of a bottle.

If you ever threw up in your mouth and thought "that wasn't so bad" this could be the whisky for you.

So my advice would be to purchase it somewhere you can try before you buy. Maybe if you find a good taster the other bottle in the batch will be good...

22nd September 2016

Atlanta scotch drinker

Returned from UK yesterday with a 50ml taster. Was shocked that I smelled Bowmore when I poured the glass. Thought it had been mislabeled. Tastes nothing like the Springbank 12 to me. If this one gets categorized as an Islay from Cambeltown, it gets troubling to categorize. At $100/bottle, I won't be returning to this misplaced dram.

15th July 2016


I have to agree with a reviewer who said that on blind tasting he could have mistaken it for an Islay malt...has that delicious sootiness - Mifune (EG)

8th July 2016

Original taste - superb nose

Can't praise this dram enough. Slight soot complex finish and some sublime sweet notes. Tobacco and new leather mixed in.

10th June 2016

Revisiting the 15 with a Sample from the "Chaps"

From a neat pour the nose was initially light and floral with a honeyed sweetness, hints of oats and digestive, vanilla, and salted caramel. As it opened up more notes came forth; late harvest raisins, tropical salad, banana creme, soft buttered pretzel and candied lemon zest.

The palate lacked something definitive. It was surprisingly thin yet oily, with a quick muddled taste of oak and spice shrouded in a sulphured maltiness that flashed into an extra long and minty finish.

I know batches can vary, and this was honestly nothing like the last Springbank 15 I liked several years ago... the menthol on the finish was a new note that I don't normally associate with Springbank. This sample was a tad bit heavy in the [first fill?] sherried influences, and lacked the core nuttiness and peat-kissed characteristics I love. Undeniably Springbank, and always an enjoyable dram, but this was a new experience altogether.

15th January 2016



12th January 2016

Don't be afraid to try it - great stuff!!

I'm sitting here writing this at a hotel, where a 2.5 oz pour of this stuff is only $17 US. I have been wanting to try this one for years, but I haven't been willing to pull the trigger on a $130 bottle without at least trying it once. Tonight I got my chance, and let me tell you, this is fantastic stuff. To me, it's really barking up the same tree as a Highland Park 18, in that it's got a delicious blend of rich sherry and mild peat smoke. Unlike Highland Park however, this stuff is bottled at 46%, and it's non chill filtered, which actually gives it a mouthfeel that is superior to Highland Park. Anyway, if you like that sherry/mild peat blended flavor, do not be the least bit afraid to pick up a bottle of this like I was. I regret that I didn't try it sooner. It's top notch Scotch, and very classy.

10th October 2015

Complex candy!

This is a delicious malt. Being relatively new to whisky, this is probably the most complex whisky I've had so far. It's quite incredible how much you can get out of this bottle, simply just by giving it some time in the glass and just a drop or two of water. Can't wait to try out some more bottles from Springbank!

16th March 2015


Great tasting notes on this Campbeltown gem, chaps! From a neat pour, every note listed above is spot on. Sometimes I can find a few different nuances coming thru in a tasting, but this Springbank 15 is everything above in a buttery smooth, well-balanced package!

27th February 2015

Grand dram

Buying this whiskey at a super price was the first suprise (38 GBP ). Second was how acurate the tasting notes from M.O.M are. spot on. getting Nose,notes of the traditional fruit salad sweets of old,tutti fruiti bubble gum, pinapple is there although not so obvious tiny hint of lavender slight peat influence.
Palate, peat slight tar,pear, rhubarb and custard sweets ,really well balanced, full flavour, . finish is smooth and rewarding recommedable.

30th December 2014


great cask influence. I always come back to try and chase more flavors. very complex but not too dense. slightly peated, good sherry notes. take your time with this one. very rewarding, maybe not so for beginners.

7th November 2014

Complex and traditional

Complex and traditional - there's so much going on: smoke, peat, ever so slightly sherried, all the descriptions read below and more. What is remarkable is the layers don't clash, but kind of weave in and out. You will pour a second glass to try and catch what's going on.

Very good indeed - a tad expensive but you certainly get what you pay for, although the bottle wont last long!

30th April 2014

Superb (if you get a good batch!)

When you get a good batch (for me, a darker vatting) this is top notch. 90 points.

6th January 2014

If there is a perfect whisky...

You may have just found it. The Springbank has been a coveted distillery for whisky lovers for many years, and this is the distillery's sweet spot. The 15yr reaches that perfect balance on all fronts; aroma, mouthfeel, palette and finish are never overpowering, endlessly intriguing and not easily forgotten. This is what great scotch is all about!

8th December 2013

Perfect Synthesis

I have never tasted a whisky that marries wonderful sweet and very rich flavors with darker flavors of peat (mild though), slight brine, leather, and tobacco smoke. Just mind blowing every time. I love this whisky but I love complex whiskies. This will not hit you like a traditional Islay but it will be more challenging than your Balvenie or Macallan...but that's what I a little from both sides of the world.

9th March 2013

Admirable, But Not My Taste

Certainly a lot of complexity to this one, that much is true. Got lots of the leather and old ropes on the nose, as well as a bit of fresh sawdust. Not so much on the fruits, though there was hint of the caramel mentioned. The main issue I had was that it was a little over-board on the alcoholic smell... I got to the subtleties eventually, but it initially hit me like whiffing a bottle of rubbing alcohol. The body was a bit light, as well. Bit of sugary oatmeal in the taste as well. Overall- a light bodied scotch with a wallop to it. Not to my taste, but certainly not bad by any measure. Would be a good one for a summer evening.

23rd December 2012

Superb Balance

This is truly an excellent whisky: as others have intimated, it has the sweetness and purity of a good Speyside and a good deal of the smoke from an Islay; Bunahabhain for instance.

I have to say this is certainly one of the most approachable malts i've tried in recent months, and also one of the most enjoyable.

For the price this is a superb everyday "within moderation lol" or even gifting whisky; any recipient would be pleased to get this!


21st January 2012


I love the smooth, sherried style whiskies like the Macallan, and I love the smokey Islay style even more. To me this whisky feels like the nearest one can get to a harmonious marriage between the two. A fabulous dram at a reasonable price.

9th January 2011

Now THAT'S whisky!

For me, this is the ultimate dram. Just the right amount of sherry ageing, with a hint of brine and Sam Brown belts. Coats the mouth fully. An absolute belter!

5th December 2010

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