Sherry Cask #15
75cl x 40.6% Volume
Campbeltown single malt.
Distilled 16 July 1969 – Bottled 29 July 2014
Delightful, slightly salty dimension to this whisky. It develops into a beautiful, well balanced, creamy finish.
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 review – 90.5 POINTS
Nose: massive oak – enough to kill most other malts from 100 paces. But lurking is an intense salty barley concentrate: not a nose for the lily-livered.
Taste: again, the oak is first to show and in force. But the barley remains firm, even inveigling some softer sugars into the fray, some of them vaguely honeyed.
Finish: a little mocha and malt shake; the oak has retreated, defeated, allowing the softer tones to stretch;
Balance: Springbank is one of the few distilleries on this planet to absorb this degree of tannin and still present something that delights.
Founded in 1828 the distillery lays claim to being the oldest family independent owned distillery in Scotland. Located east shore on the Mull of Kintyre, Springbank sees the whole process of whisky production taking place at the distillery. From malting its own barley, peat is cut by distillery staff, malt is dried on the kilning floor and the whisky is matured and bottled on-site. Water is sourced from the Crosshill Loch. The Springbank Distillery has never chill filtered or artificial colourings to its Single Malts. Springbank is regarded to be in a class of its own with a thick, rich and briny quality and a minimal iodine influence. Its character has a smoky, woody aroma and a flavour profile that hints of peat and other coastal influences. Develops beautifully to a full, well-balanced, rich and creamy finish. Using different distillation methods, the distillery does produce a heavier peated malt whisky called Longrow and a malt called Hazelburn. Springbank is a light-to-medium peated whisky.