Springbank was established in 1828 on the site of Archibald Mitchell’s illicit still. One of the last surviving producers of Campbeltown single malts, the distillery produces three distinct types of single malt scotch whisky.
The most popular variety. Its standard bottling is a 10-year-old, distilled two and a half times, and is not chill-filtered, nor does it have colour added. Distilling whisky two and a half times is quite unusual, as it means that during the distillation process some of the low wines are collected before the second distillation, and then mixed back into the feints for another distillation. This means that some parts of the spirit have been through distillation twice and some parts three times. The spirit is then aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, although Springbank is experimenting with rum casks as well. The standard 10-year-old bottling is available at 46% volume. They also produce a somewhat darker 15-year-old and an 18-year-old. A 21-year-old variety of Springbank exists, but is increasingly rare.
A highly peaty whisky. Hazelburn Single Malt, the newest variety, was first distilled in 1997 and since bottled as a 10-year-old. In 2009 a 12-year-old variety was released. Hazelburn is a triple distilled, non-peated whisky, named for another now-defunct Campbeltown distillery.
Hazelburn is a triple distilled, non-peated whisky, named for another now-defunct Campbeltown distillery. The newest variety, was first distilled in 1997 and since bottled as a 10-year-old. In 2009 a 12-year-old variety was released.
Springbank is one of the few remaining family owned distilleries. The distillery is now in the hands of our current Chairman, Hedley G. Wright, Mitchell’s great, great grandson – the fifth generation of the Mitchell family to own and manage Springbank. Nearly all of its whisky is sold as a single malt, with little of it finding its way into blends. Most blends are produced by larger conglomerates who tend to use the single malts from the distilleries that they own in their blends. Springbank produces two of its own blends, 5 year old Campbeltown Loch.
Being based in Campbeltown, the once proclaimed ‘whisky capital of the world’, it is no surprise that many of the methods established by our forefathers are still applied in the distillery today.
Springbank is one of only two distilleries in Scotland to perform every step in the whisky making process, from malting the barley to bottling the spirit, on same premises. The other is Kilchoman Distillery who also grow their own barley.
While a few others still maintain the first step in the process, the malting of barley, Springbank also bottles their own whisky.
Drone Video from a busy and vibrant Springbank Open Day.
Longrow won Best Campbeltown Single Malt at the 2013 World Whiskies Awards.
Springbank Distillers Ltd
9 Bolgam Street, Campbeltown
Argyll, PA28 6HZ
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