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A great loss
Gavin D Smith charts the rise and fall of one of the largest distilleries in the Whisky City.
October 2009, Issue 83, page 32
A region once again (Campbeltown)
Robin Laing packs his bags and heads out to Campbeltown to find whisky production is thriving again
April 2007, Issue 63, page 54
An industry mourns
The whisky world has paid tribute to one of its biggest supporters – Michael Jackson–long time Whisky Magazine contributor, author, journalist and towering authority on whisky and beer. Here is a ...
September 2007, Issue 66, page 7
Are regional labels a dodgy area?
How important is regionalism to the character of whisky, and can broad generalisations be made? Ian Wisniewski considers
November 2004, Issue 44, page 56
There are numerous financial risks involved in establishing a new malt whisky distillery. But how do you make sure the whisky you produce is any good? Richard Jones reports
August 2006, Issue 58, page 28
Into the melting pot
The mash tun is a vital vessel,accommodating the conversion of starch within the grist into sugars,using a sequence of three,or even four waters at a progressively higher temperatures. But rather than...
December 2007, Issue 68, page 26
Everyone likes a birthday party. All your friends come round, there's food, and, if you're a distillery, plenty of whisky. Glengyle Distillery celebrated its fifth birthday with a global launch and c...
July 2009, Issue 81, page 8
The search starts again to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the first round of voting our focus turns to Scotland.
September 2009, Issue 82, page 6
That's the spirit
In the second of two articles on stills,Ian Wisniewskilooks at the critical role of the spirit still during the second distillation
July 2008, Issue 73, page 29
The dynamics of dynasty
Our writers look at several businesses across the globe find out if family owned is the secret? Does being family run mean slicker and more innovative, more adaptable; or does it put pressure on futur...
February 2012, Issue 101, page 12
The end of a long drive
Despite the distance, a trip to west coast can be very rewarding
October 2013, Issue 115, page 48
The last show in town (Springbank)
Campbeltown was once a thriving centre for whisky production. Now little remains. Is Springbank worth the journey? Our mystery visitor made the lengthy trek to find out
October 2003, Issue 34, page 24
The view from the top
More than 30 enthusiasts, including some distillery managers, made their way to the summit of Ben Rinnes recently. The group were there for the unveiling of a toposcope, or orientation plaque, which ...
June 2009, Issue 80, page 6
Whisky on the Web
New technology is being adopted by whisky companies. Richard Jones goes surfing
January 2005, Issue 45, page 38
Whisky Week tours Scotland Inspired by Homecoming Scotland's aim to attract as many folk from around the world as possible, Whisky Week was born to provide the very best tastings and dinners in the he...
October 2009, Issue 83, page 8
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 27.72 Springbank Harbour-side Harmonies
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 7 Lacks integration.
Cadenhead's Longrow 1996, 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40%
Campbeltown Loch 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A good, solid blend. Serve chilled, neat, with Loch Fyne oysters, pickled herrings and scallops.
Campbeltown Loch 25 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Easily drinkable but with a distinct regional character and plenty of flavour. This could become one of my favourite blends.
Chieftain's Choice Springbank 35 Years Old Single Cask Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 7 Springbank is a big whisky but the sherry here is even bigger, and wipes out some of the whisky's subtleties.
Hazelburn 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Good impact for a ‘light' whisky. Highly recommended.
Lombard Springbank 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Robust, but lacks the delicacy and structure of the best Springbanks.
Lombard Springbank 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Jumps and bites. This is the young Springbank, not yet the mature sophisticate.
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A belter. Highest recommendation
Longrow 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A beautifully composed whisky. Classic intense, Scottish flavours.
Longrow 10 Years Old, Sherrywood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Many blenders feel that second-fill sherry casks give a more balanced result than first-fill. This whisky is a lesson in that technique.
Longrow 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Far more interesting than the 10 Years Old versions. It has the freshness and vibrancy of a crisp cold and rainy morning.
Longrow Gaja Barolo
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 7 Longrow's bold character manages to boss the wine cask resulting in a fascinating combination.
Master of Malt Springbank 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 A buoyant character. Perfect to get you back on your feet on a crispy morning.
Murray McDavid Springbank 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The characteristic salt and coconut characteristics of Springbank are very evident in this bottling, but perhaps overwhelmingly so. I may need more time to understand this one.
Springbank 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Scores extra points for complexity.
Springbank 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 The nose is lighter and more subtle than the palate. A dash of water tones down the flavours. Disappointing.
Springbank 11 Years Old Madeira Wood 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10% 8 Substantial,multifaceted and complex. Highest recommendation.
Springbank 12 Years Old, Rum Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 More rounded and elegant than the earlier, 10 Years Old rum cask. I enjoy the Springbank rum cask whiskies very much, though not at the expense of the more traditional expressions.
Springbank 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Abelter. Highly recommended.
Springbank 1975 Limburg Whisky Fair
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.20% 8 Astonishingly citric.
Springbank 1989, Limited Edition Limburg Festival Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 9 Springbank in pyrotechnic form. The sherry doubles the flavours, but arguably also softens the Campbeltown character.
Springbank 1992, 7 Years Old, Da Mhile Organic
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Lively and refreshing, but the flavours have not combined and fleshed out as probably they will in another six or seven years.
Springbank 25 Years Old, Frank McHardy Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Springbank can sound like a fruit salad, but the whisky has a lot of authority.
Springbank Marsala, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00% 8 These strange combinations make me think of an unconventionally beautiful model like Erin O'Connor.
Springbank Rum Wood, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 7 Almost as if it is still coming together.
Springbank Vinatge 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.30% 8 I don't like to drink wood infusions !
Springbank Vintage, 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.20% 8 There's an uncompromising feral power to this. Magnificent.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Springbank
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 Sometimes the palate cries out for whiskies as direct as this, especially on cold days like today.
The Whisky Fair Springbank 1971 35 Years Old Sherry Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 8 Incredibly well balanced .Aninviting complexity. Alcohol is tamed. As luxurious as a rum. Yummy.
The Whisky Society Springbank
- Scotland - 52.60% 7 Appetising and generous.