Single malt

Springbank 15 Years Old 2002 (47.2%, OB, Cage, F Sherry HH, 1 Bottle, 2017)

Springbank 15 Years Old 2002 First fill Sherry Hogshead

Whisky Review

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What they say

Distilled 10th May 2002 and filled into a Fresh Sherry Hogshead, stored in Warehouse 7, before a sample bottle was collected for the cage at Cadenhead’s Campbeltown store in 2017. Bottled at 47.2% ABV.

What I say

Another old note I thought I had written up a long time ago and clearly had missed. Part of a batch of Cage bottlings, this was the oldest and also matured ina fresh Sherry-seasoned Hogshead. Somewhat surprising than that the ABV has dropped to 47.2% after 15 years, clearly a rather active cask.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance:  Old Bordeaux (14/20), quick, medium tears leave fine legs.
  • Nose: Fruity and sweet, red and dried fruits, cherry, tannic, pickled walnut, raspberry coulis, raspberry ripple ice cream, malty and peaty.
  • Taste: Full of sweet and juicy fruit flavours, red berries, dried strawberry, raisin, raspberry, malty cereal barley, oak wood, mossy and earthy peat and woody oak coated in engine oil.
  • Finish: Long, sweet dried fruits and gentle peaty smoke.

Overall

A classic single cask expression that displays many of the qualities the official Springbank 15 year old is built on, a delight to sample this one.

Score 87/100

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