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Springbank

The Springbank distillery produces three uniquely different Scotch single malts: Longrow, Hazelburn and Springbank. The difference is achieved by using Springbank's three stills in different combinations as well as adjusting the peat levels. Longrow is the most traditional of the three; well-peated and distilled twice. Hazelburn is bereft of peat and enjoys a triple distillation and Springbank is lightly peated and, rather curiously, distilled two-and-a-half times. Both Hazelburn and Longrow have been revived recently after a few years of silence and both are named for ancient distilleries adjacent to the site.

The buildings at the Springbank distillery are traditional and quite compact, though the facility boasts an onsite maltings which meets all of the malted barley requirements. The distillery sits in the centre of Campbeltown, a decidedly misunderstood Scotch whisky region. The malts from Campbeltown tend to be rather dry and a little briny, though much loved by connoisseurs. The distillery has a small capacity; just 750,000 litres annually, but nonetheless Frank McHardy, the production director, has deemed today’s Springbank market to be saturated. Accordingly, in 2008 distillation was temporarily halted, though the rest of the work continued.

Springbank was founded in 1828 by the Reid Family who subsequently went through financial hardship and, less than a decade later, John and William Mitchell acquired the distillery. In spite of the recent closure, there are plenty of releases on the market; Springbank were an experimental distillery and there are many wood finishes as well as the three varieties of single malt.

Springbank Whisky Distillery

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About Springbank Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01586 552085

Distillery Founded

1828

Distillery Capacity

750 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Campbeltown, Argyll

Distillery Owner

Springbank Distillers

Distillery Address

Well Close, Campbeltown, Argyll PA28 6ET

Distillery Website

www.springbankdistillers.com

1828

The Reid family, in-laws of the Mitchells (see below), founds the distillery as the fourteenth in Campbelltown.

1837

The Reid family encounters financial difficulties and John and William Mitchell buy the distillery.

1897

J. & A. Mitchell Company Ltd is founded. William Mitchell founded Glengyle in 1872 and when he and John parted ways, John Mitchell continued operating Springbank first alone and then with his son Archibald.

1926

The depression forces the distillery to close.

1933

The distillery is back in production.

1960

Own maltings ceases.

1969

J. & A. Mitchell buys the independent bottler Cadenhead.

1979

The distillery closes.

1985

A 10 year old Longrow is launched as an experiment.

1987

Limited production restarts.

1989

Production restarts.

1990

Longrow becomes a standard label.

1992

Springbank takes up its own maltings again.

1997

First distillation of Hazelburn.

1998

Springbank 12 years is launched.

1999

Dha Mhile (7 years) is the world’s first organic single malt and is released as a limited supply of 1,000 bottles.

2000

A 10 year old is launched.

2001

Springbank 1965 ‘Local barley’ (36 years), 741 bottles, is launched. Barley, coal, peat and water are all obtained locally.

2002

Number one in the series Wood Expressions is a 12 year old with five years on Demerara rum casks. Next is a Longrow sherry cask (13 years). A relaunch of the 15 year old replaces the 21 year old.

2004

J. & A. Mitchell’s main owner, Hedley Wright, opens Glengyle Distillery which has been closed since March 1925. Springbank 10 years 100 proof is launched as well as Springbank Wood Expression bourbon, Longrow 14 years old, Springbank 32 years old and Springbank 14 years Port Wood.

2005

2 400 bottles of Springbank 21 years old take the market by surprise when they are released in March. The next batch will not appear until in 2011. The first version of Hazelburn (8 years old) is released 5th September. Longrow Tokaji Wood Expression is launched.

2006

Longrow 10 years 100 proof, Springbank 25 years (1,200 bottles), Springbank 9 years Marsala finish, Springbank 11 years Madeira finish and a new Hazelburn 8 year old are released.

2007

Springbank Vintage 1997 and a 16 year old rum wood are released.

2008

The distillery closes temporarily. Three new releases of Longrow - CV, 18 year old and 7 year old Gaja Barolo.

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An old and rare edition of Springbank 10 year old, definitely one for the collectors. This features the old, cream-coloured packaging and, of course, classic Campbeltown flavour.  More info
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Bottled at 100 proof (57% abv), a superb 10 year old from Springbank, released in March of 2004.  More info
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An old, rare edition of Springbank's 10 year old, 100 proof whisky. At 57% abv, this packs quite a punch too, with a lovely rich flavour with hints of smoke and citrus.  More info
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A 10 year old from Campbeltown. This single cask Springbank was distilled in June 1994 and matured for 10 years in refill butt number 1492 before bottling in October 2004 by Douglas Laing. This Old...  More info
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A half bottle of Springbank's classic 10 year old. This was aged in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info
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A 1990s bottling of Springbank 12 Year Old. A fantastic Campbeltown whisky from a sought after period in the distillery's history.  More info
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12 year old Springbank from Cadenhead's new range of bottlings - the Duthies range. All are non-chillfiltered and have no colouring added.  More info
A cask strength 1991 vintage from the Campbeltown distillery, Springbank, matured for 12 years in a bourbon cask.  More info
From the NC2 range from Duncan Taylor - a range of whiskies that are non-chillfiltered and non-caramel coloured. This was distilled at Springbank in 1996 and bottled in 2009.  More info
NC2 is a reference to the fact that these whiskies are neither chill filtered nor have any added colouring, just pure whisky! This was distilled at Springbank in 1997 and matured for 12 years in a...  More info
This is Springbank spent six years in refill Bourbon casks then six years in fresh Calvados casks.

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Springbank aged for 12 years and bottled at 58.5%abv without chill-filtration. This is Campbeltown's premier whisky delivered at full strength for maximum impact, water may be advised.  More info
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A staggeringly good cask strength edition of the 12 year old Springbank. 60% matured in first fill and the remainder in refill sherry hogsheads. A favourite amongst Campbeltown whisky fans already.  More info
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Campbeltown has had a turbulent history so it comes as no surprise that Springbank is one of the few remaining distilleries on the Mull of Kintyre.  More info
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This is a superbly oily, coastal 12 year old cask-strength single malt from the Springbank distillery in Campbeltown. This is the fifth batch.  More info
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The sixth batch of Springbank's 12 Year Old Cask Strength features a slightly lower abv than previous releases, but it still does a fantastic job of displaying fantastic Campbeltown whisky with some...  More info
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Batch 9 of Springbank's superb 12 Year Old Cask Strength single malt Scotch whisky has arrived - party hats and confetti are not optional for this! A prime example of top Campbeltown whisky, bottled...  More info
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A very rare decanter bottle of Springback from way back when. The bottle is labelled "26 2/3 fl oz", this is a 12 year old from the Campbeltown based distillery, it has a little ceramic miniature...  More info
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A 13 year old Springbank matured in cask 123, which as you may have gathered from the 'slightly' dark hue, was indeed a sherry cask. Bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range, this is a...  More info
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This Springbank was distilled in 1996 and was bottled from an ex-sherry barrel by Douglas Laing for their Director's Cut range of single malt whiskies.  More info
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A release of 16 year old springbank from the Old Malt Cask range, bottled at a healthy 50% abv from a refill hoggie.  More info
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