100th Review: Springbank 10 Year Old


Somehow I’ve reached my 100th review here at whiskyreviews.net and I felt that I should choose a real cracker for the occasion. Since I like to focus on the affordable side of the whisky world it seemed fitting to mark the occasion with one of my favourite distilleries’ entry level 10 year old…

Springbank was founded in 1828 when a smuggler named William Reid applied for a distilling licence. Reid found life difficult on the right side of the law however and in 1837 the business was sold to John Mitchell who, along with his son Alexander, accounts for the J&A Mitchell name that still appears on Springbank labelling today.

Springbank lies right in the heart of Campbeltown, a town that once homed nearly 40 distilleries. Today though, there are only three… Glen Scotia, Glengyle and Springbank.

While Springbank is easily the most successful, it has not all been plain sailing.  In 1979 all production at the distillery ceased and the future seemed uncertain at best. Then a new era dawned in 1987 when Hedley Wright, great-great-grandson of John Mitchell, re-commenced production, halting all supply deals with blenders in the process and focussing instead on Springbank as a single malt brand.

This strategy seems to have paid off with the brand commanding fierce loyalty from its devoted fans all over the world. In addition to the Springbank single malt, the distillery produces two other brands… Longrow and Hazelburn but it is the original which commands the most recognition and arguably the most praise.

The 10 year old is bottled at 46% and is bottled un-chill filtered and without the use of caramel colouring.

Smell: Coastal nose with Brine and Sea Salt and a touch of Earthy Peat Smoke with Malt and Green Fruit.

Taste: Pepper, Honey and Cereal with Peat Smoke, Sea Salt and Lemon.

Value for Money: Great value at around £35 – £40. You really can’t go wrong at that price.

Overall: 45 / 50. About the scores…

Quite simply, Springbank are one of the best in the game and this is a strong competitor for the best ten year old on the market.

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