Springbank 1969

Sherry Cask #7 70cl x 41.1% Volume Campbeltown single malt. Distilled 16 July 1969 – Bottled 14 April 2014

Whisky Magazine Issue 133 reviews

Review by Chris – 9.3 POINTS Nose: Classic, dusty, very mature, grippy but soft sherrywood tannins with Armagnac-esque prune, plum, raisin, sweet red grape, orange and walnut. French coffee, dusty violets and incense. Moist and juicy with a light coastal note. Subtle smoke, spices.
Palate: Mature, dried plum, prune, raisin in dark chocolate and soft sherrywood tannins. Violet potpourri, incense and oodles of dusty sherry spices.
Finish: Great length with the lightly salted dried fruit and sweet, violet incense and dusty peat lingering.
Comments: I’m lost for words !

Review by Joel – 8.4 POINTS Nose: What a surprise ! Briny, leather, currants, reminding me of being by the sea, Definitely oily and waxy with deep malty notes.
Palate: A delicacy, sweet barley, biscuits, freshly buttered toast, a bit of almond moving into orange and cacao nibs without ever forgetting the presence of this fine brine and faint smoke.
Finish: Oily and full bodied, crisp and oaky iodine.
Comments: Enjoyable from the first whiff to the last sip. One I could sip endlessly by a fire.

Distillery Information

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.