Springbank are high regarded amongst whisky fans/critics. The reason for this is because they keep every aspect of their production process in house, which is rare from what I have researched. They let you spend a week working as part of their team allowing you to get involved in every part of the whisky production process. I am pretty certain it is quite expensive but I am unable to confirm as I can not find a price. Springbank are located in the Campbeltown region which I believe was a whisky hub in the past but not anymore. The only other distillery that springs to mind in the region is Glen Scotia and Glengyle. Springbank also produce Hazelburn and Longrow, which are peated and unpeated single malts. Springbank is considered to be one of only a few single malts on the market that resemble what old school whisky use to be like, however I am unable to verify that as I have not tried single malts from the 60’s-80’s.
Whisky: Springbank 10 Year Old Single Malt, 46%
Nose: Zest, herbs, grass, lemon icing sugar, malt
Taste: Bitter citrus ring, salt, sherbet fizz, ,grapefruit, black pepper
Finish: Bitter oak, dark fruits, oak
Summary: Astringent is the best term I can think of to describe this one. It has a different profile to most single malts I have tried. I get a coastal feel and the mix between bitter citrus rind to savoury salty type flavours is quite enjoyable. I found that given time and some water that more fruitiness comes to the fore, although it did take me quite some time to get this, hence the lack of any real fruity descriptors in my notes. I would strongly recommend giving this one time and a few drops of water. I will be looking out to try the rest of their range.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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