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Springbank distillery, located in Campbeltown, is unique in more than one way. The only distillery in Scotland to carry out the entire production process on one site, this oldest independent family owned place was founded in 1828 on the very location where Archibald Mitchell's illicit still stood. Today the Springbank distillery is proudly and legally run by his great great great grand son, Hedley G. Wright. It produces the most handmade single malt in Scotland with every step of the traditional floor malting, maturation and bottling being carried out at the distillery itself. No artificial colourings are added to a Springbank Whisky (distilled two and a half times) nor is it ever chill filtered.
And as for the water source which is so crucial to the out come of a single malt, Springbank's waters can be traced back to the pure, mineral laden springs that find their way down the northern slopes of the 1155 feet high Beinn Ghuilean mountain. And last but not the least, Springbank is probably the only distillery that produces three different single malts using three different production methods.
The perfect introduction to the Springbank range, the 10 Year Old is matured mostly in bourbon casks, emphasising the distillery's character; the 10 Year Old is considered by many to be Springbank in its purest form with its salty, briny flavour. Complexity is the key word here. Yet the combination of this Springbank matured in bourbon and sherry casks remains perfectly balanced from first sip to the full, rich finish.
Tasting Notes: The experience starts with a nose of orchard fruit (pear) with a hint of peat, vanilla and malt, a palate of malt, oak, spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla essence and a finish that is sweet with a lingering salty tingle.MRP: Rs.9900
Complex is a word which is often used to describe the whiskies from Springbank and never is this more appropriate than in the case of the 18 Year Old expression. Matured mainly in bourbon casks, but with an additional bit of sherry cask influence, Springbank 18 Year Old is a perfect balance between finely distilled spirit and a long maturation in high quality casks.
Tasting Notes: Full of authority. Rich and creamy at first, the nose develops to reveal vanilla, ripe fruits and marzipan before hints of sherbet, almonds and strawberries tempt you onwards to the first mouthful. The whisky has a palate of a classic full bodied dram. Thick and oily in texture with an extremely fruity and mellow taste which gives way to a sweet liquorice and aniseed flavour as it opens up. The finish is sweet and chocolatey with some coconut, long and consistent with a pleasant smokey tingle.MRP: Rs.18900