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The Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown was established in 1828 and is, together with Auchentoshan, the only distillery to employ triple distillation (although according to the Springbank website, it's two-and-a-half-times distillation). Apart from the Springbank whisky, they also produce the Longrow and Hazelburn here.
This was my first whisky from Campbeltown (one of three distilleries, together with Glengyle and Glen Scotia).
This Springbank 10 Year Old with an ABV of 46%, is a mixture (marriage?) of dram from ex-sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks.
The nose is a nice mix of tropical fruit, dried grass and wonderful peat, some vanilla and a tad of seasalt. The peat dominates more prominently than I anticipated.
This is a full bodied dram, coating your tongue and mouth in a very pleasant way. The smokiness remains and is emphasized with some notes of nutmeg and chili peppers. The oak dries your mouth. The saltiness remains as well, albeit somewhat in the background.
The finish reminds me of the kind of chalk teachers used to write on blackboards with. It's only medium lenght but very nice. Sweetness and saltiness go hand in hand.
For a whisky of only 10 years of age, there is a lot going on. A rather complex dram, very much worthy of your attention. A little masterpiece.