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 Springbank from the Local Barley series. This range of bottlings is highly acclaimed and incredibly well sought after. The bottlings were produced using locally sourced ingredients, claimed to be within 8 miles of the distillery.
Over the years Springbank Local Barley has become quite the sought-after whisky, some even say that their finest whisky is amongst these bottlings. Each release is made using locally sourced materials, which Springbank claim are all from within an 8 mile radius of the distillery (except the casks of course).
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 30 year old bottling of Springbank. We estimate that this was bottled in the 1990s, meaning it is likely some of the spirit was produced using barley from the on site maltings, which closed for the first time in 1960. This is presented in a delightful wooden box.
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.