Springbank 15 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 maltheads for its complex, full bodied maritime whiskies, made in the old school style.
Like a storm gathering off the Kintyre coast, the 15-year-old bottling, aged completely in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, is dark and ominous. Aromas of demerara sugar, dark chocolate, Christmas cake, almonds, toffee, and oak greet you initially, followed by a creamy palate: raisins, dark chocolate, figs, marzipan, brazil nuts and vanilla. The finish reveals the oak and sherry influence, with a smack of leather lingering for a good couple of minutes. Bottled at 46% abv.