About Springbank Whisky Distillery
750 000 litres
Well Close, Campbeltown, Argyll PA28 6ET
The Reid family, in-laws of the Mitchells (see below), founds the distillery as the fourteenth in Campbelltown.
The Reid family encounters financial difficulties and John and William Mitchell buy the distillery.
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.
The depression forces the distillery to close.
The distillery is back in production.
Own maltings ceases.
J. & A. Mitchell buys the independent bottler Cadenhead.
The distillery closes.
A 10 year old Longrow is launched as an experiment.
Limited production restarts.
Longrow becomes a standard label.
Springbank takes up its own maltings again.
First distillation of Hazelburn.
Springbank 12 years is launched.
Dha Mhile (7 years) is the world’s first organic single malt and is released as a limited supply of 1,000 bottles.
A 10 year old is launched.
Springbank 1965 ‘Local barley’ (36 years), 741 bottles, is launched. Barley, coal, peat and water are all obtained locally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Springbank Vintage 1997 and a 16 year old rum wood are released.
The distillery closes temporarily. Three new releases of Longrow - CV, 18 year old and 7 year old Gaja Barolo.