Springbank Distillery was founded in
1828 and is one of the very few distilleries that is still
owned by descendants of its founders - the Mitchell family.
It is one of only two Campbeltown distilleries, out of thirty-two,
that were in production at the beginning of the century. There
are some distinctive features with Springbank that some believe
contribute to its excellent quality and reputation. For example,
its whisky is distilled three times instead of the customary
two times. It also refuses to chill-filter the whisky before
bottling, and it re-distills the foreshots and feints separately
instead of adding them to the low wines in the distillation
run. Its bottlings are done on the premises of the distillery
which is very rare these days. In addition to Springbank,
this most extraordinary distillery produces another single
malt by the name of Longrow which is produced from malt that
is wholly peat-dried. The extremely heavy peat and smoke character
of this malt is reminiscent of Scotch single malts from a
century or two earlier. The bold and adventuresome attitude
that embodies the Springbank administration sets it apart
from the rest of the industry. The astute connoisseur of the
Scotch single malt is always alert for the next "surprise
malt" from Springbank.
12 year old, Cask-strength
||Dark, deep amber.
||Full, rich, ripe,
with a robust sherry sweetness.
rich, full, round and well-balanced. Sherry sweet with
fruity and brine undertones. A real treat and a
and lingering. Complex with some sweetness and a hint
of the sea.
21 year old
||Full, round and
||Some peat; sweetness,
with a hint of brine and iodine.
||Long and lingering,
sweet with a touch of salt.