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 »
A 1965 vintage official bottling of Springbank. This was released as part of the highly acclaimed and much sought after 'Local Barley' series. The label carries a lovely cartoon-type illustration of a farm and surrounding fields.
A legendary Longrow 1973, bottled at 50% in 1988 by Samaroli as part of their Fragments of Scotland series. This one is interesting as it's less smoky than the OB's of the same vintage (the first year that Longrow was distilled at Springbank), though it still scooped a huge 92 point score from Serge on Whiskyfun.
A 1967 vintage official bottling of Springbank. Aged for 10 years in a sherry butt, this is an incredibly deep colour. We're not sure if this is due to a very giving cask, or due to the use of paxorette which was common at this time.
A 1967 vintage Springbank from independent bottlers Murray McDavid. This was aged in bourbon cask 1314 before being bottled in August 1998 at 31 years of age and received 90 or more points from 5 of the Malt Maniacs on their monitor.
A bottle of historic 1973 vintage Longrow. This is the first year that Springbank distillery distilled Longrow, the heavily peated malt. We estimate this was bottled in the 1980s and is a real piece of history.
This 'Green Springbank' is legendary in collectors circles, not only for its curious colour, presumably the result of a full-term maturation in a rum cask, but also for its incredible flavours. Serge Valentin rated this bottling at 93 points on whiskyfun.
This is an official bottling of Springbank from the 1965 vintage. Released as part of the much sought after and acclaimed 'Local Barley' series. The label carries a beautiful illustration of a farm and surrounding fields.
A 1965 vintage Springbank. This carries the relatively common black label with white lower band which was used at the time. We estimate this was bottled in the 1980s, a decade when the distillery was closed for production.
A 1966 vintage official bottling of Springbank. This was distilled a few years after the distillery's own maltings closed and barely began to be imported from elsewhere. Springbank bottlings from this era are highly sought after.
Another legendary bottling in the always-impressive Prestonfield, this 20 year old Springbank 1967 received 93-94 points from Malt Maniac Serge Valentin on Whiskyfun and despite being from a multi-cask batch is now extremely difficult to find, having been bottled in the late 1980s.
A 1965 vintage official bottling of Springbank. This carries the common (for the time) black label with white lower band. This was distilled a few years after the distillery's own malting closed down for the first time.
A quite legendary sherried Longrow from the batch of stunning casks secured by the far-sighted Italian firm Samaroli long before cask-strength bottlings were de rigeur. This was one of the earliest Longrows, distilled just a year after production started at Springbank in 1973.