The Springbank Family of Whiskies

Springbank & Co: Scotland's Finest

Springbank is unique for one very important reason: there are few distilleries in Scotland that do their own malting, of those there is only one that malts 100% of their barley - Springbank. If it were a wine, it would be a Chateau Bottled Claret of finest quality.

Springbank is Scotland's oldest legal distillery having had its license granted in 1828. Quite remarkably, it is still under ownership of the founding family, and is only one of two distilleries in Cambeltown which survived the ravages of prohibition in the States, which killed off 30 or so others in the town.

As a young lad I spent my summers in Cambeltown having grandparents who lived in the town, and have always grown up with the knowledge that Springbank is the best distillery in Scotland (therefore, the world). Now, middle-aged and old enough to appreciate these things, I totally concur.

Each bottling of Springbank is a unique product. The classic, of course, is their 10 Year Old which has pretty much year-round availability. Everything else, however, is a little less readily available. The 15YO comes and goes, the 12YO Cask Strength has to be grabbed when you see it. The 21YO is as rare as hen's teeth: and highly sought after. There is commonality between all of these and that's their unique-to-Springbank distillation method - 2 and half times as they call it, and all are gently peated.

Then there are the others versions. Longrow is fully peated and distilled, more conventionally, twice. Normally available as a no-age designated version with the occasional rarity such as the very limited 18 year old, which is now in stock

The final product from Springbank is Hazelburn which is the non-peated, three times distilled version. Try to imagine Campbeltown Whisky married to Irish Whiskey, and that will bring you close to the style of this. Also one of Springbank's rarities which comes and goes, so grab it when you see it.

Then, there is Kilkerrran. This is a separate distillery which the Springbank owners re-opened in the early 2000s, previously known as Glengyle. Kilkerran is made with the same attention to detail as Springbank - no chill-filtering, bottled at 46%, like all the others, and a supreme example of finest Scotch.

Richard Ballantyne MW

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  1. Campbeltown Loch Blended Scotch Whisky
    £19.99
    Campbeltown Loch is a rare bargain in the world of whiskies. Bottled by Springbank Distillers, the oldest distillery in... Learn More
  2. Longrow Peated
    £39.99
    Longrow is made at Springbank and is their highly peated version.Twice distilled, and carries the brinyness of... Learn More
  3. Kilkerran 12YO Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky
    £39.99
    Kilkerran was rebuilt in 2004 on the site of the former Glengyle Distillery in Campbeltown which was closed in1925. Now... Learn More
  4. Springbank Campbeltown Malt Whisky 10YO
    £39.99
    Springbank is Campbeltown's most famous export and perhaps Scotland's greatest Malt Whisky Distillery. A unique... Learn More
  5. Springbank Campbeltown Malt Whisky 12YO Cask Strength
    £54.99
    Springbank's latest release of 12 year old Cask Strength is aged in 70% Sherry and 30% Bourbon casks. Another of their... Learn More
  6. Springbank Campbeltown Malt Whisky 18YO 2018 Release
    £89.99
    Sprinbank's 18 Year Old is the kind of whisky that gets whisky afficionados whipped up into a frenzy. Always extremely... Learn More
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