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Springbank distillery is one of the last surviving producers of Campbeltown Single Malts. The distillery, located on the southern Kintyre peninsula, produces three distinct types of single malt Scotch whisky.

Brands

• Springbank Single Malt is the most popular variety. It's standard bottling is a 10 year old, distilled two and a half times, and is not chill-filtered, nor does it have colour added. Distilling whisky two and a half times is quite unusual, as it means that during the distillation process some of the low wines are collected before the second distillation, and then mixed back into the feints for another distillation. This means that some parts of the spirit have been through distillation twice and some parts three times. The spirit is then aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, although Springbank is experimenting with rum casks as well. The standard 10 year old bottling is available at 46% volume, but a 100° proof bottling (at 57% volume) is also available. They also produce a somewhat darker 15 year old and an 18 year old. A 21 year old variety of Springbank exists, since 2012 there has been a 21 y.o. bottled every year.

• Longrow Single Malt is a highly peaty whisky. The standard Longrow is also a ten year old, matured in ex-bourbon casks, while a 14 and a 18 year old are also available. There are a few wood expressions (like experimental Tokaji-cask edition) available. Longrow won Best Campbeltown Single Malt at the 2013 World Whisky Awards.

• Hazelburn Single Malt, the newest variety, was first distilled in 1997 and since bottled as an 8-year-old. In 2009 a 12-year-old variety was released. Hazelburn is a triple distilled, non-peated whisky, named for another now-defunct Campbeltown distillery.

Ownership

Springbank Distillery is unique. It is the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland. Founded in 1828 on the site of Archibald Mitchell's illicit still, the Springbank Distillery is now in the hands of his great great great grand son, Hedley G. Wright.

Production

Owned by Mr Wright's J&A Mitchell & Co Ltd, Springbank is the only distillery in Scotland to carry out the full production process on the one site. 100% of the traditional floor malting, maturation and bottling is done at the distillery in Campbeltown.

It produces the most hand made whisky in Scotland, with traditional production methods being used throughout the process, and human involvement at each and every stage.

It is the only distillery in Scotland to have never chill-filtered, nor do we add any artificial colourings to any of our single malts.

Nearly all of its whisky is sold as a single malt, with little of it finding its way into blends. Most blends are produced by larger conglomerates who tend to use the single malts from the distilleries that they own in their blends. Springbank produces two of its own blends, Campbeltown Loch (5, 15, 21 ,25 and 30 y.o.) and Mitchell's 12 y.o.. Since 2006 they also produce a blend for the Edinburgh Festival.



Timeline

Stuart Robertson is the new manager since 2006

New manager  •  2006  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Brand: Glengyle

Brand  •  2000  •  Posted by chlinatele

Hedley G. Wright, the current Chairman of Springbank and great-great grandson of Archibald Mitchell, buys the Glengyle Distillery buildings, bringing Glengyle back into the hands of the Mitchell family line

Brand: Hazelburn

Brand  •  1997  •  Posted by chlinatele

Springbank Distillery’s newest whisky, Hazelburn, is first distilled

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Production started again

Just text  •  1988  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Springbank was mothballed in 1982

Mothballed  •  1982  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Special Occassion: Longrow

Special Occasion  •  1973  •  Posted by chlinatele

Longrow whisky is distilled at Springbank, proving that an Islay-style single malt could be produced on the mainland

Special Bottling: 50 Year old Whisky

Special bottling  •  1970  •  Posted by chlinatele

Springbank bottles a 50-year-old whisky, distilled in 1919

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Production resumes

Just text  •  1935  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Springbank was mothballed in 1926

Mothballed  •  1926  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Special Occassion: Glengyle

Special Occasion  •  1872  •  Posted by chlinatele

With demand for Campbeltown malts appearing insatiable, John’s brother William continues the family venture into the whisky trade and Glengyle Distillery is founded

Distillery details

  • Country
    Scotland
  • Status
    Active
  • Founded
    01.01.1828
  • Owner
    J. & A. Mitchell Co. Ltd.
  • Spirit stills
    2
  • Wash stills
    1
  • Capacity per year
    750000 Liters
  • Website

Whisky Details

Distillery location

Well Close
PA28 6ET Campbeltown
Scotland Campbeltown

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