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Springbank 10 Year Old

The two-and-a-half-times distilled little masterpiece

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

6th Mar 2010

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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.

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5 comments

@jdcook
jdcook commented

Springbank does produce some fairly distinctive drams. Down at the Lark distillery they purchased a Springbank barrel and matured it themselves releasing it as a 16 year old (half of which they kept at cask strength). A truly awesome dram - I might drop down and purchase a glass this arvo and review it.

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@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

@jdcook: I agree. BTW, what does 'this arvo' mean? (sorry, not a native speaker and always eager to pick up slang)

9 years ago 0

@LeFrog
LeFrog commented

@markjedi1 'this arvo' is a colloquialism commonly used in Australia for 'this afternoon'

:-)

9 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Ah, thanks for the clarification, this arvo :-)

9 years ago 0

@LeFrog
LeFrog commented

You've got it now Mark, perfect.

It's like watching an episode of The Flying Doctors :-)

9 years ago 0

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