Springbank

Posted 22 January 2018

Campbeltown stalwart Springbank was one of only two distilleries (along with Glen Scotia) to survive the depression and post-war period. Nowadays, the distillery has reached the heights of cult status – the speed that its releases fly off the shelves matched by the general high quality and consistency of its expressions. The CV series was commenced in 2008 with the release of Longrow CV (which we’ll be taking a look at tomorrow). Since then, it’s been joined by additional expressions of both Springbank and Hazelburn – reflecting the three different styles that the distillery produces.


Posted 31 July 2017

Campbeltown was once labelled 'The whisky capital of the world’. At one point there were 28 distilleries, though in 2017 little remains of all but three of these  – Glengyle, Glen Scotia and Springbank. Of these three, Springbank is the only facility which has been in constant operation since the 1820’s and is also one of Scotland’s few distilleries which is still family owned. Three 'types of whisky are distilled at Springbank: Hazelburn which is unpeated and triple distilled, Longrow which is is heavily peated and double distilled. and Springbank itself which is lightly peated and described as being distilled two and a half times.


Posted 02 May 2018

Wine casks can be a tricky thing. Tricky to get right in terms of the balance between spirit, wood and particularly tannins, but also tricky for some whisky enthusiasts to fully appreciate – they can be rather divisive things. The use of wine casks has grown exponentially over the past 20 years – and this trend doesn’t seem to be abating anytime soon. But, for every great marriage of whisky and wine, there’s another which doesn’t quite hit the same high spots. Campbeltown’s Springbank regularly utilise wine casks from a fairly broad range of grape varietals. And more than most, they tend to make it work.


Posted 25 September 2017

Springbank are going through a real purple patch. Interesting finishes, excellent cask selection, fair pricing and a very high quality underlying distillate. It’s little wonder that the distillery has built up a clamouring worldwide fan base. Alas, with success comes a downside – releases shift in no time at all, and you really do have to be quick on the draw to nab new limited expressions. Ah, the price of fame.


Posted 25 October 2017

J & A Mitchell & Company not only keep the flag flying for Campbeltown whiskies with both the Springbank and Glengyle distilleries under their wings, but they also own William Cadenhead’s, Scotlands oldest independent bottler. It was not all that long ago that Springbank was largely disregarded or panned as an obscure whisky – my how times have changed – critical acclaim, legendary status for some expressions, and releases that fly off the shelves. This is Springbank in 2017.


Posted 13 June 2017

What do you get when you cross Springbank with Bruichladdich? The terroir of whisky (broadly: it’s relationship to a specific natural place) has become quite the talking point over the past decade. Whilst arguably more applicable to wine-making, some distilleries have experimented with local barley strains in an attempt to translate a real sense of place into their products. Both Springbank in Campbeltown and Bruichladdich on Islay have run different barley strains through their stills to produce diverse malt spirits which they believe express their terroir. So, if terroir is in the barley can it also derive from the location of maturation?


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