The latest batch of this ever reliable annual release from Campbeltown, now slated for a release twice a year. Unchill-filtered, uncoloured, and bottled at full strength from the cask, this is a purism that the whisky world is fawning over. The cask mix is 65% bourbon and 35% sherry. Initially you can smell the refreshing herbs of oregano and lavender. This is followed by the sweetness of marzipan, honeycomb and fizzy sweets. In a nutshell, there’s an aroma of freshly baked donuts and orange marmalade. It’s a lovely warm butterscotch sponge with Chantilly cream, as well as treacle, orange rind and salted pretzels. Then the typical Springbank coastal note of sea. Velvety and refined finish with salted milk chocolate and Maraschino cherries.
Springbank was founded in 1828 and it is now in the fifth generation of the Mitchell family to own and manage. The whisky is produced in their distillery based in Campbeltown, Scotland.
Scotch whisky is the name given to all whiskies produced in Scotland under strict rules that govern the production: “Scotch Whisky must, by law, be distilled and matured in Scotland in oak casks for at least three years and bottled at a minimum alcoholic strength of 40% abv. The robust legal protection of Scotch – vital to safeguard a spirit globally renowned for its quality – has grown over time.” It’s a proudly British industry – 93% of Scotch whisky is sold abroad and it alone generates 25% of all British food and drink exports, employing 40,000 people. The main focus of the fine whisky market are single Malts made in relatively small quantities in a batch process using a traditional copper pot. There are also Single Grain whiskies which are mixed with single malt whiskies but made on an industrial scale. The final type is blended Scotch whisky which is a mixture of grain and malt whiskies generally mass produced. Scotland is divided into various areas where the distilleries all make whiskies with distinctive geographical characteristics. Much like fine wine, even within these regions there is a great range of styles to be discovered and enjoyed by new and experienced drinkers alike.