Whisky Tasting: Springbank

I was recently fortunate to be offered a late place a tasting, hosted by the Wright Wine company of Skipton. The Whisky was at this time, relatively unknown to me; Springbank.

Probably one of the oldest independent family owned distillery’s left (well, their website tells me it is), I knew they were the real deal; carrying out all aspects of the process from malting onwards. After this, i knew little, expect for it being a respected dram..

The format for Whisky tasting is great I think. Every one i go to is slightly different – and that’s down to the speaker. They always approach in their own way – be it technical, passionate or simply about the whisky.

For Springbank, Frank McHardy took centre stage and had the floor enthralled. Detailed, amusing, passionate – he offered everything, despite a temperamental laptop.

As with all tastings, we were faced with a fine selection to taste. I’m writing this without my notes, but for those of you not in the know, alongside the Springbank brand, are Longrow, Hazelburn and Kilkerran.

Springbank
Offered 2 1/2 times distillation (yes, the 1/2 is important) and we sampled 10yo (mainly bourbon casks) as well as (i think) 18yo as well as the wonderfully named Rundlets & Kilderkin.

Kilkerran
We sampled the lovely WIP (Work in progress) 3 – well priced at just over £30 and very drinkable.

Longrow
Double distilled and peated.!

Hazelburn
12 yo. Named after one of the old Campbeltown distilleries, this is lighter than Longrow.

There’s far more detail to these than I can offer, but that’s all part of the journey. It goes hazy through conversation, opinion and appreciation.

The end result is a great respect – not just for legends of Whisky such as Frank McHardy, but of Springbank. It’s come as no suprise to me that the Campbeltown area is a recognised whisky producing area in the same way that Lowland, Highland, Islay etc are..

And as for whisky tasting – just look at the list above. Well worth it.

Excellent stuff.

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