Strength: 46 %
Springbank 15 is a taster's delight with its mish-mash of strong flavors. I usually agonize over what notes to assign a whisky, but here they jump out: sherry, salt, grass, cocoa, fruitcake, raisins, nougat. I'd especially emphasize the cocoa note which makes the palate surprisingly dry for a sherry monster such as this. Throw in some more Christmas flavors: marzipan, mince meat, nutmeg. The whisky is non chill-filtered and rich, but as with the 10-year-old expression, the finish is a little grassy. A little smoke, but not as much as the 10, and any peat influence is negligible. Overall, a great, complex whisky with big flavors, though I would give the edge to its younger sibling in terms of value for price. 93 points (A-).
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