Springbank 10 Year Single Malt Scotch
Springbank Distillery is the oldest independent, family-owned distillery in Scotland, legal distillation beginning in 1828. The chairman is Hedley Wright, the great, great grandson of John Mitchell, the first legal distiller of Springbank whiskey. There are few Scottish distilleries that still malt their own barley, but Springbank is the only distillery which malts 100% of its own barley, using traditional floor malting. The whole production process: malting, milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation, maturation and bottling, happens on one site in Campbeltown. This is unique in Scotland. With a character all of its own, thanks to the use of lightly peated barley and a unique two-and-a-half-times distillation process, Springbank is beloved by malt-heads for its complex, full bodied maritime whiskies, made in the old school style.
The 10-year-old is a great introduction to Campbeltown style. Matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, it is beautifully balanced all the way through. Aromas of orchard fruit, especially pear, with a hint of peat, vanilla and malt. The palate follows with barley fruit, oak, spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, all with a wonderful full and oily texture. The finish lingers on your tongue with a salty swagger, and you've become an apostle of Springbank, just like that. Bottled at 46% abv.