Springbank is perched on the edge of Campbeltown Loch towards the bottom of the Mull of Kintyre in the West of Scotland, about three hours drive southwest from Glasgow. At one time the heart of the whisky industry, Campbeltown, a small town of around 5000 souls boasted an incredible thirty-four legal working distilleries and proclaimed itself t ... Read More »
Springbank 10's relatively light colour belies its richness of character. The nose moves from citrus fruits to pears and a hint of peat, while the palate shows touches of smoke, vanilla essence, nutmeg, cinnamon and the salty tang characteristic of the distillery. A winner at the World Whiskies Awards 2014.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Campbeltown Single Malt 12yo and Under
A pack of three 20cl bottles from the splendid Springbank distillery, showcasing each of the three different malts made at the distillery, including the peated Longrow and the 12 year old triple-distilled Hazelburn alongside the flagship Springbank 10 year old itself.
One of the first whiskies off the Springbank bottling line at the beginning of the year - the 2014 edition of their rightly popular 12 year old cask strength. A touch of Springbank's trademark farmyardy smoke with a hit of rich sherried fruit thanks to the oloroso sherry cask matured whisky in the mix.
It's taken over a decade, but here we have the second edition of Springbank CV. After the widespread acclaim for the Longrow CV released in 2009, and the distillery's recent renaissance after a couple of so-so years, we expect this to be one of the hits of 2010.
A 2004 vintage Springbank bottled at 9 years of age. The first four years was spent in refill bourbon casks, with the final five years maturation taking place in casks that were formerly used for Barolo from legendary producer Gaja.
Something of a curio, this one - a cask strength single malt from Springbank distillery, with more than a hint of smoke about it, suggesting it might actually be one of the distillery's other single malts. Strong and youthful, this is an assertive dram with notes of flax, wet peat, hay and pear eau de vie.
After the runaway success of 2007's first bottling, hopes were high for version 2.0 - so we were delighted to find another stunner. This is less sweet and more sooty and savoury than the first batch. A triumph, again.
A tremendous return to form for Springbank. This is a small batch of re-charred sherry butts and the results are terrific. Sweet toffee, smoke and spices, with great depth and length. Definitely one of the most welcome releases of the year.
A 1991 vintage bottling of Springbank, aged in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 12 years old. This was distilled the year before Springbnak reintroduced the on-site maltings, so would have been one of the last spirits to be distilled using imported barley.
The first edition of Springbank CV. A vatting of many different cask types and sizes, this was released in the mid 1990s. To quote Springbank themselves "What does CV mean? Chairman's Vat? Currriculum vitae? Cuvee of Vintages? It means whatever you want it to mean, enjoying the whisky is the most important thing".
A special bottling of Springbank whisky for the Springbank Society. This single cask whisky was matured in a Ex-Bourbon hogshead and bottled in March 2007 at 14 years old. Limited to just 265 bottles, this is a real collectors piece.