The initial wave of flavors brings light, inviting smoke and medicinal notes. Beneath the smoke and medicinal characteristics, flavors of sherry, crisp green apple and dark, sweet fruits. I really dig the nose quite a bit.
Sweet and spicy are the two primary words that come to mind. Past that, peat smoke, bitter oak, bread and a hint of chocolate.
For a younger 15 year expression, the balance is surprisingly good. The alcohol is un-noticeable and the profile is centered slightly towards the spice.
The finish is long and lingering but as I sip more and more, it is namely a bitter oak.
After years of enjoying Springbank in a good variety of the aged expressions (10, 15, 18, 21), the Springbank 15 Year Old continues to be the best valued. You can’t really beat the $100 price tag of the 15 year old. The 10 year for $55, although good, is a bit youthful. The 18 year for $190 is amazing (and my preferred dram), the 21 year for $400 is amazing but not $400 amazing. The only gripe I have about the 15 year is the lack of a complex finish. To get that depth of finish, you’ll have to shell out $90 more for the 18 year, which in my opinion is well worth it. With all that said, this is a no brainer of a pick up.
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