Springbank 15 year old

Springbank 15 year old

Springbank 15 year old is single malt Scotch whisky that is aged in ex-sherry casks for at least 15 years, before being bottled at 46% alcohol by volume.

David Allan of the Springbank distillery says that Springbank 15 year old is matured in ‘ex oloroso sherry casks …which come from Miguel Martin in Jerez, Spain’. Despite the casks being from Spain, Allan clarifies that ‘a lot of wood used for sherry casks is actually American oak’.

Choosing the right sherry casks is vital to Springbank’s taste. If Springbak chooses the wrong cask, it will taint the spirit with undesirable off-notes and flavours. Allan says that Springbank selects the right cask by the way it looks and smells. He says:

Suitability [of casks] would initially be down to how the cask looks – is it water tight with no damage to its staves, bung hole, head etc. After that we would look at organoleptic properties – does the cask have any aromas that would suggest off flavours or undesirable characteristics that could negatively impact the spirit? If so we would reject that [cask]. While the ageing of spirit is scientific, there are also large parts that are still an ‘art’ so the whisky is monitored as it ages.

Springbank recommends that the Springbank 15 year old is best enjoyed after dinner, and they think that the whisky pairs particularly well with a good cigar. Allan explains that ‘many people have mentioned that the [Springbank 15 year old] goes well with a cigar after dinner because of the soft richness and notes of raisins, marzipan, tobacco and leather which many people get from the whisky’.

Malt Mileage Tasting notes


Malt Mileage Rating: stars 4.5

Type: Single malt whisky

Origin: Campbeltown, Scotland

ABV: 46%

Pair with: medium strength cigar with some spicy notes, such as a Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne cigar.

On the nose find cereals, freshly treated leather or suede, textiles and plenty of oloroso with white pepper, honey and raisin.The palate is sweet and powdery with typical oloroso sherry dryness, find spiced loaf, raisin, lots of honey and herbal cough drops. On the finish sugary herbal cough drops develop into cough syrup, with licorice, dates, nuts, caramel and soft wood smoke.

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