Time to forget about the 21 year old as this is an excellent bottling in its own right. "Sherry-led with rich toffee, dark chocolate, mandarin and a little smoke" said Arthur. 46% alc./vol.
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Volume: 750 ML
Category: Single Malts
Age: 15 Year Old
Current Owner: J&A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Production Capacity: 2,000,000 litres.
House style: Fruity, lightly peaty with coconut notes and an oily texture.
Springbank is probably Scotland's most traditional distillery. It is run by a descendent of the family that founded the company in the early 1800's. The John and William Mitchell had a background of illicit distilling before they founded Spirngbank in 1828.
The town that houses Springbank, Campbeltown, was once home to about 30 distilleries. Prohibition in the United States saw some distilleries falter after rushing to produce sufficient quantities of spirit with the result that quality fell. The Crash of 1928 compounded problems and with the following closures over the years. There are now just three Campbeltown distilleries: Springbank, Glen Scotia and Kilkerran, which the Springbank team opened in 2004.
Springbank runs its whole production process in-house from the cutting of peat and malting of the barley through to the partial triple distillation process and the bottling of the final product. Every year, the distilling apparatus is cleaned out and the heavier malted Longrow is produced before reverting to Springank again. They also make very limited amounts of triple-distilled Hazelburn, proving themselves to be innovators as well as traditionalists.
Their whisky is never chill-filtered, so all flavours, aromas and textures are retained. It has legions of supporters across the globe, and a prominent internet whisky chatroom gave the classic 21 year old bottling the top honours in an all-time favourite whisky poll. This bottling is now unavailable and is increasing in value at auction like many others from this fantastic distillery.
Nose: Orange, lots but not too much sherry, touch of smoke, dried apricots, crystallized orange. It does actually have the classic gorse/coconut note Iíve been missing in Springbank for years!
Palate: Pretty smoky, salty, fishy (in a good way!), leather, a little bit of freshly ground black pepper. Fruitier with water & creamy.
Finish: DryÖ long finish, polished oak. You donít want it to end.
Overall: Very impressive. Good amount of sherry, nicely balanced. Smoky for a Springbank.
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