Springbank Campbeltown Whisky Distillery
A real survivor of a distillery in a whisky making region which was once filled with Distilleries but only a few survive. Springbank is located near the wonderfully picturesque fishing village of Campbeltown where tourism has taken over fishing as the main industry, the ferries out to Islands is located just 5 minutes from Campbeltown. Springbank was founded in 1828 by Archibald Mitchell and it remains under his families control to this day. Predominately farmers it was Archiebald’s sons who took out the legal licence to distil whisky however it was likely in production long before this.
This Campbeltown distillery is regarded in unique as the whole whisky production process is completed at the distillery, even bottling which is highly unusual in these modern times (only Glenfiddich & Springbank). Furthermore local coal is used to fire the stills and floor malting & maturation is all carried out at Springbank. Another unique factor is only single malt is produced here and nothing goes into blended whisky, the 3 ‘brands’ produced here are Longrow, Hazelburn and Springbank. All three use different production methods and are un-chillfiltered. For Springbank whisky the malt dries only for 6 hours above a peat fire and for 24 hours by air alone. This means Springbank is less peated than most Campbeltown single malt scotch whiskies.
This distillery is run by just 4 staff who manage lovingly all aspects of whisky production.
Taste: Critics comment Springbank is better on the palate than on the nose, a comment it shares with Longrow from the same distillery.