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Springbank Local Barley 11 (53.1%)

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Springbank Local Barley 11 (53.1%)

This expression is the second in a series of Local Barley expressions done by Springbank, following the excellent 16 year old (reviewed here). This expression is made from Bere barley, while last year’s was made from Prisma. Knowing that bloggers will, invariably, bitch about prices and value for money, the company has released the following…

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SWA Outlaws Triple Distillation in Scotland – Auchentoshan, Springbank and Mortlach Threatened

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SWA Outlaws Triple Distillation in Scotland – Auchentoshan, Springbank and Mortlach Threatened

The SWA banned triple and partial triple distillation in Scotland to distinguish it from the booming Irish whiskey category. Auchentoshan may have to close, and Springbank and Mortlach face costly adaptations to their production process, potentially doubling prices on all Springbank whisky as triple and partial triple distillation gets banned in Scotland effective 1 May 2018. Distillers…

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Kilkerran 12 Years Old (46%) and a Visit to the Distillery

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Kilkerran 12 Years Old (46%) and a Visit to the Distillery

The Glengyle Distillery was part of the historical glory of Campbeltown, when the city was the capital of whisky making in Scotland. At the time, 34 distilleries were operational in this rather small town, all working in close proximity to each other. In fact, different members of the Mitchell family had three distilleries next door…

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

Facebook is full of secret whisky associations, and the most secretive of those, with only 104 of the most discerning whisky nuts, is the WFFA. While I can’t say any more about the group, since one can’t ask to join it, and as two of the three rules the group has were taken out of Chuck Palahniuk’s…

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Springbank 13 Year Old – Starkicker – Fresh Port (44.5%)

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Springbank 13 Year Old – Starkicker – Fresh Port (44.5%)

Springbank whisky is good. That’s not news to anybody. What’s slightly more surprising is the plethora of “officially unofficial” bottlings Springbank puts out. This is one of the less known series put out by the distillery, and there have been three bottled so far: A 20 year old matured in a sherry pipe and finished…

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Springbank 10 (46%) – Different, but Oh, So Springbank

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Springbank 10 (46%) – Different, but Oh, So Springbank

I visited Budapest last week. Sadly, it’s not a great whisky destination, as there are no real whisky bars in the city, nowhere to go to find some exotic drams. Although there is a pretty good whisky shop there, called Whiskynet, with a nice selection and pretty good prices. If you are going to be…

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Springbank 15 year old Fresh Rum Cask (46.5 ABV)

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Springbank 15 year old Fresh Rum Cask (46.5 ABV)

It seems that my opinionated review of the 16 year old Local Barley on Friday ruffled some feathers at Springbank, and I got quite a bit flack for suggesting that the distillery was in any way unfair in its pricing strategy. So much so, that I published a very (very!) rare clarification on the blog…

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Springbank Local Barley 16 Year Old (54.3%)

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Springbank Local Barley 16 Year Old (54.3%)

Springbank’s craft needs no further mention on this blog. Still making whisky the way it was made 100 years ago, and remaining a major employer in Campbeltown, many whisky connoisseurs would name Springbank as their favorite distillery. In fact, in an informal poll taken in a whisky fanatics Facebook group I belong to, it came…

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Springbank and Jamaican Rum…A Match Made in Heaven

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Springbank and Jamaican Rum…A Match Made in Heaven

The cage at the Cadenhead’s shop in Campbeltown holds endless wonders, many of them single barrels bottled for sale at the shop or held in a cask to bottle your own cask. My friend Yori has two bottles of Jamaican rum matured Springbank. The first is a Springbank matured in a Jamaican rum barrel and the…

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Did You Get to Choose A Single Cask Springbank to be Bottled for Your 18th Birthday?

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Did You Get to Choose A Single Cask Springbank to be Bottled for Your 18th Birthday?

Potstill is Vienna’s premier whisky shop, and to celebrate owner Mario Prinz’s daughter Briana’s 18th birthday the shop bottled a single barrel bottling of a lovely 17 year old Springbank which Briana herself chose. The bottle was distilled in her birth year and bottled before her birthday from a refill sherry cask. This isn’t a…

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