A brief introduction to the Springbank Distillery:
Springbank, one of only three distilleries in Campbeltown, is renowned for its independence and tradition. All aspects of whisky production – from malting through bottling – are done at the distillery in Campbeltown.
Springbank have never chill filtered, nor colored, their whisky. Interesting to note as well, that the Springbank Distillery produces, by various methods, three distinct single malts (Hazelburn, Longrow and of course, Springbank).
At one time there were more than 30 legal distilleries in Cambeltown. Sadly, that number has dwindled to three. On a positive note however, the Springbank family are doing things to make themselves stand out. Their fierce independence and traditional methods are heroically admirable in an age of increased automation. Technique and old world morality mean less than nothing though if the whisky is not up to scratch. I am happy to say that is nowhere near the case with Springbank.
This particular whisky has moved around a wee bit throughout the course of its maturation. Born in the stills of Springbank, it was casked for 7 years in bourbon, moved to claret (bourdeaux) casks for 3 years, then into sherry wood for 2 more before finally finding a home in the bottle. And just as I find that someone well-traveled is often a much more rounded individual, this whisky seems to have greatly benefited form its nomadic existence.
The years in wood have been very kind, imparting a beautiful deep mahogany hue. Those with a bent to the aesthetic in their whisky will certainly admire this in the glass. Sexy.
Those with a more…utilitarian approach will be tickled pink at the 54.4% abv, and hefty mouth feel. It is uber-rich and oily with a beautiful coating quality.
The nose is sweet and redolent of caramel toffee, chocolate and vanilla well met with some smoke and spicy peppers. There is a bit of fruit, predominantly apple, as well. Beautiful, really.
The palate is more than pleasing, but can’t quite meet the expectations set by the nose. The smoke and sweetness are still apparent, and pushed to the forefront through the heavy alcohol. Delicious, if not quite up to its olfactory counterpart.
One of the great releases in the Springbank line.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt