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 »
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 Whiskies Awards 2014.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Campbeltown Single Malt 12yo and Under
A long-awaited ten year old release from Glengyle distillery, released as part of the Kilkerran Work in Progress series. This is the bourbon-aged expression and shows just how well the spirit is maturing.
The first ten year old release from Glengyle distillery, the sixth sherry-matured release in Kilkerran’s Work in Progress series continues the theme of the fifth, showing how their relatively youthful spirit is ageing. Not only a great way of seeing how the whisky is developing, but also a great dram in its own right.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The third and final release in Springbank distillery's Rundlets and Kilderkins series, this time it's triple distilled Hazelburn that was maturing in the titular 60 and 80 litre casks between 2003 and January 2014. Small casks mean lots of wood contact and this combines the elegant Hazelburn with lots of wood influence for an oaky dram.