Springbank 10 Years Old (46%, OB, 2014)
- Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
- 46% ABV, £32 for 70cl
- Score: 84/100
What they say:
The original Springbank whisky has been distilled legally on the site of the present distillery since 1828, and probably illicitly since well before then!
Known and loved amongst whisky enthusiasts the world over, Springbank is produced using lightly-peated barley and a unique two-and-a-half-times distillation.
This gives the whisky a character all of its own, making it stand out as a must-have dram on anyone’s shelf.
Produced using the most traditional of production techniques, from floor malting all the way through to the bottling stage, Springbank can best be described as a “hand-made” single malt.
The classic Springbank complex, rich character can be found throughout the various bottlings available: the 10 year old is matured mostly in bourbon casks, emphasising the distillery’s character; the 100 proof 10 year old is considered by many to be Springbank in it’s purest form with its salty, briny flavour; the 15 year old, matured in sherry casks, is a fine after-dinner dram full of sweet, rich flavours like dark chocolate and raisins.
Springbank 10 Year Old 70cl 46% ABV
Matured 60% bourbon 40% sherry cask
The perfect introduction to the Springbank range. Complexity is the key word here. Yet the combination of Springbank matured in Bourbon and Sherry casks remains perfectly balanced from first sip to the full, rich finish.
Nose: Orchard fruit (pear) with a hint of peat, vanilla and malt.
Palate: Malt, oak, spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla essence.
Finish: Sweet with a lingering salty tingle.
What I say:
Our fourth dram of the WOLS 13/14 session tour of the regions was the Springbank 10 year old from the Campbeltown region
Smoky peat, fragrant fruit and vanilla, delicate malt
Smokey peat, malty cereal barley, salty sea-spray, spices
Long malty and smoky