At one time, Campbeltown in Kintyre, Argyll had more that thirty distilleries and was considered the whisky capital of the world. Now there are just three of which Springbank is the best known and last night at our whisky tasting group we had the pleasure of sampling some of their varied and interesting range. Those tried were the 10 year old, 15 year old, claret wood 12 year old, a cask strength 12 year old and a product called CV which doesn’t have an age statement. We also tried the 18 year old which may be a bit pricey at over £60 per bottle but awfy nice!
Usually at these tastings there will be one or two whiskies perhaps not up to the standard of the others but this wasn’t the case last night. Each and every dram had a great complex flavour and the quality was consistent whether from sherry, bourbon or wine casks or a combination.
If I had to choose one I think my preference would be for the 18 year old which has a sherry flavour vying with the traditional Springbank elements of smokiness and brine.
One of the members of the whisky group last night asked about a particular bottle of Springbank on sale at Loch Fyne whiskies. If you go to their website and scroll down to the Springbank OB WB 1919 / 51yo 46%alc, it might put the price of the 18 year old into some perspective!