Campbeltown, during the mid-1800s, was the epicentre of Scotland's distilling industry, with 28 distilleries at one stage in the 1830s. Today, however, this number has dwindled to just three: Springbank, which also produces the peated Longrow and the unpeated Hazelburn; Glen Scotia; and recent addition Glengyle, home of Kilkerran malt. Read More »
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.
The fourth limited release of Springbank's Glengyle distillery's Kilkerran "Work in Progress" single malt whisky, although the tasting notes make it sound like they may be almost there, especially after it won the 'Best Natural Casks' award in the Daily Drams category at the 2012 Malt Maniacs Awards.
An eye-catching 2013 relaunch for Campbeltown's only distillery not owned and operated by Springbank. Glen Scotia's house style is generally medium-full with wisps of smoke and brine, but this 10 year old is at the more boisterous strength of 46%, the same as Springbank. The distillery has had to suffer being in the shadow of its famous neighbour for many years now - one suspects that this image overhaul will certainly attract attention.
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 Whisky Awards 2010.
A no-age statement release from Longrow. One of the three whiskies distilled at Springbank distillery, Longrow is generally peaty in comparison to its siblings. A well balanced whisky with some slightly medicinal notes.
Glen Scotia's 2013 reboot sees the familiar old 12 year old replaced by a radically different tall bottle decorated with one of Scotland's iconic hairy cows. Fans of the old 12 year old will be delighted to discover that the relaunched edition now packs more of a punch, with the strength having been upped to a feisty 46%.
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 2013 - the fifth 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.
Another fine malt for a Havana, Springbank 15yo has an almost bewildering array of flavours: dark chocolate, figs, marzipan, brazil nuts and vanilla are just some of the notes on show. Absolutely top-class. MAXIMUM 1 PER CUSTOMER
The 2013 relaunch and expansion of Campbeltown's Glen Scotia range saw the introduction of several longer-aged malts from the distillery, including this 16 year old which has been bottled at 46% in packaging depicting a Highland cow and the aurora borealis.
The 2010 official release for Hazelburn, Springbank's triple-distilled, unpeated single malt, which is now fully mature. It's quite a colour too, suggesting some sherry influence in the final make-up. Well-priced, we expect this to go quickly.
Very popular at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2012 this is a 12 year old Springbank distilled in April 2000 and bottled early in October 2012, matured for half the time in refill bourbon casks and half in fresh Calvados casks.
One of four aged expressions introduced into the Glen Scotia range during the brand's seismic 2013 relaunch, this exciting 18 year old bottled at 46% can be easily distinguished from its stablemates thanks to its bottle being a rather striking blue colour.