Posts Tagged “Springbank”

An Indie Springbank 18 Year Old – Sherry Meets More Peat Than expected

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An Indie Springbank 18 Year Old – Sherry Meets More Peat Than expected

I’ve been tasting quite a few Whiskybroker bottlings lately (with reviews of a Tobermory 20, Arran 18 and Linkwood 24 on their way) and , and last night opened my latest acquisition from that independent bottler, an 18 year old Springbank which came out of a sherry hogshead. The Whiskybroker is really just that, and…

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 5 – One of the First Longrows Ever

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 5 – One of the First Longrows Ever

Longrow is Springbank’s peated line of whisky, which was begun in the 1973. It’s named after the old Longrow distillery, which operated next door to the Springbank distillery from 1824 through 1896. In fact, Springbank’s bottling facility is the warehouse of the old Longrow distillery. This masterclass is, of course, about the independent bottlers, and…

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 3 – Springbank’s 1967 Barrel of Fruit

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 3 – Springbank’s 1967 Barrel of Fruit

The third independent bottler to be examined was the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Founded in 1983 by Phillip “Pip” Hills’ group of friends who shared the cost of buying a cask of Glenfarclas (hence its being distillery number 1) in 1978, creating a growing syndicate of people sharing the cost of the casks. By 1983 membership…

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Springbank Goes to the Peat Shop: Longrow 18 Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank Goes to the Peat Shop: Longrow 18 Whisky Tasting Notes

Springbank is one of those distilleries that always raises the interest of maltheads. There’s this fascinating combination between craft distilling and old time traditions, unbroken since the 19th century, together with an almost playfulness with experimentation with different wood finishes and styles. Of the three Springbank brands – the Sherry and light peat of Springbank,…

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Tasting the New Glenfiddich Trio – Part I: Glenfiddich Vintage Cask Whisky Tasting Notes

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Tasting the New Glenfiddich Trio – Part I: Glenfiddich Vintage Cask Whisky Tasting Notes

Readers of this blog will find it not surprising that had my relationship with Glenfiddich been on Facebook, it would have been classified as “it’s complicated”. On the one hand, I have a special place in my heart for that first love, that green, mysterious, triangular bottle in the black tube I first saw when…

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Springbank Week – Part VI: Springbank Vintage 1997 (Batch 1)

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Springbank Week – Part VI: Springbank Vintage 1997 (Batch 1)

The casks composing this expression were personally chosen Springbank’s Director of Production at the time, Frank McHardy, and Distillery Manager Stuart Robertson. Frank McHardy is one of the most highly respected master distillers in the industry, who retired last year after a long and fruitful career in the industry spanning almost four decades. He started working…

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Springbank Week – Part V: Springbank 9 Year Old Gaja Barolo Wood Finish Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank Week – Part V: Springbank 9 Year Old Gaja Barolo Wood Finish Whisky Tasting Notes

Barolo is an Italian red wine, name specific to a region of Piedmont around the commune of Barolo. It’s produced form the Nebbiolo grape in the  province of Cuneo and is a bright red, with darkening hues as it ages. Interestingly, a “purist” war is also waging in the Barolo community over the use of smaller barrique…

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Springbank Week – Part IV: Springbank 18 Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank Week – Part IV: Springbank 18 Whisky Tasting Notes

Today’s post brings us to the Springbank 18. To be fair, I got to the 18 after the very interesting Vintage 1997 and the Gaja Barolo finish, and must admit that it came a bit short of its younger brethren, which is very surprising. There is sherry on the nose, but a good deal of vanilla…

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Springbank week Part III: Springbank 15 Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank week Part III: Springbank 15 Whisky Tasting Notes

The epitome of tradition is to be found in this expression, fully matured in sherry casks. As I mentioned in the post reviewing the 12 Year Old Cask Strength, my choice of the best Springbank expression is between these two – the 15 or the 12 Cask Strength. The Springbank tasting I took part in…

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Springbank Week – Part II: Springbank 12 Cask Strength Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank Week – Part II: Springbank 12 Cask Strength Whisky Tasting Notes

I love going to tastings I don’t host. Seriously. It’s fun to hear other people talking about whisky, and especially when the lineup includes whiskys not available here. One of the whisky shops that regularly brings bottles not imported into the local market is Wines and Flavors, and they held a Springbank tasting the other…

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