Springbank distillery, founded in 1828 by Archibald Mitchell, is the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland and is now owned by Archibald’s great-great-great grandson, Hedley Wright. Springbank does all its own malting, matures all its whisky on site and does its own bottling, which is very unusual these days. Springbank has a capacity to make 7.5 million litres annually, but shocked the whisky world when it temporarily ceased production in 2008. Happily, production began again 6 months later, and the Springbank brands go from strength to strength.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Tangerine. Pears. Salt. Menthol. Caramelised pecan nuts. Light peat. Slightly dusty.
Palate: Immediately spicy, salty and lightly-peated, with vanilla, coconut, green apples, and a long macaroon finish
Retails for around £35-40