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Springbank 10 Year Old

Between Campbeltown and Cooley

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@dbkReview by @dbk

27th Nov 2010

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The Springbank 10 year-old is my first ‘serious’ foray into Campbeltown territory, but it has quickly made me a convert. This is a remarkable malt, and has replaced several others as my preferred daily dram.

On the nose, I find sea breeze, vinegar reducing on the stove, and an almost visceral texture of creamy, fudgy brownies. Marshmallows, pastry glaze, sweet coconut, and wafts of peat all figure prominently.

The palate is at turns sweet and salty. The peat comes through more boldly, with a hint of sherried sweetness, and again some fudge and coconut. It is delectably malty, with a finish reminiscent of spiced rice pudding.

This is a delicious, complex, well-balanced whisky. Interestingly, I uncovered a similar flavour profile in an Irish whiskey, the Connemara Cask Strength Peated Single Malt, in an earlier review (connosr.com/reviews/connemara/…). Direct comparison yields notable differences, but they nevertheless seem like kindred ‘spirits,’ if you’ll pardon the pun. Springbank is known to distill their whiskies 2.5 times, a step closer to the traditional Irish method, whereas Connemara distills their whiskies only twice (and peats them, no less), a step closer to the common Scottish method. Perhaps they are finding common ground and, having met in the middle, have hit upon some of the most enjoyable characteristics in malt whisk(e)y. This is wonderful stuff!

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8 comments

@lucadanna1985
lucadanna1985 commented

I was planning to pick up a bottle of the claret wood cask strength expression, your review has made me even more interested in this little known distillery...

9 years ago 0

@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

Hi @dbk, Springbank 10 has been one of my all-time favorites ever since I discovered it. And, even though the distillers claim there is no difference, I enjoyed even more, the previous bottles with the older rounded black and orange-border label. I'm glad you discovered Springbank!

9 years ago 0

@drinix
drinix commented

Another positive review...this definitely seems like a malt to try. It deserves the top of my list!

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Interestingly, Ralfy notes in review #179 (www.youtube.com/watch) that he sees an affinity between Longrow (also distilled at Springbank) and Connemara. Go figure!

8 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

So many whiskies to try! This Springbank looks interesting and I have been wanting the Connemara Cask Strength for some time too.

8 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

They're both good 'uns, @Victor! Let us know how it goes...

8 years ago 0

@drinix
drinix commented

I recently noticed quite some similarities between Springbank 10 and Bunnahabhain 12, especially on the nose. I have to add, that my bottle, of Springbank, probably derives from a lesser peated batch (I had a sample of Master of malts a couple of months ago and much more peat came through in that one!). Anyone else?

7 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Interesting, @drinix. The only Bunnhabhain 12 I've tried is the previous incarnation—and I have to agree with Ian Buxton's description of it as 'anodyne'—so I haven't noticed any real similarities between it and the Springbank 10. Perhaps the newer version (which I've heard is a substantial improvement) is closer in style.

7 years ago 0

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