APRIL'S MONTHLY DRAM DROP
These two amazing drams offer a range of aromas from soot to citrus, cherries and marmalade. With a slightly oil texture most peaty whiskies must have a balancing sweet spot and this month with the weather just starting to cool down we thought these two drams would be a great start to the cold season. Located behind a church, up a narrow and winding road is the Springbank Distillery.
An amazing Campbeltown distillery which is known for its self sufficiency. Malting, distillation and maturing and bottling all taking place at the Springbank location, the only Scottish Distillery to have everything under one roof. Springbank Distillery was officially established in 1828 on the previous illicit site of Archibald Mitchell, great-great grandfather of the present Chairman, Mr. Hedley Wright. it's a balance between retaining the old ways while looking forward to the future that intrigues most about this distillery.
Whilst bourbon casks are mainly used for maturation of Springbank malts, allowing the distillery character to shine through, a number of sherry casks are also used for added body. Complexity is the key word.Springbank 15 Years Old Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Like a storm gathering off the Kintyre coast, dark and ominous, yet tastes so good. The richness comes from the high percentage of sherry casks used in maturation.
This is a truly classic Springbank, best enjoyed after dinner, or with your favourite cigar. 100% Sherry cask.Our second dram comes from the Scottish Islay region. A 'mystery release' distilled in 2007 and matured in a refill hogshead then finished in a Bordeaux red wine cask. Bottled at cask strength and only 326 bottles worldwide, North Star say to expect notes of "sweet soot and ash, smoked cherries and marmalade, as well as sweet citrus and the reek of peat on the finish.
NORTH STAR Islay, Scotland Single Malt Whisky
Islay 2007 Aged 10 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky – North Star
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SPRINGBANK DISTILLERY Campbeltown, Single Malt Whisky
Springbank 15 Years Old Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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the details on this months dram drop
This independently bottled North Star single malt was the creation of an undisclosed distillery on Islay. It was aged for 10 years from October 2007 to February 2018 in a refill hogshead then has been finished in a Bordeaux red wine cask. Bottled at cask strength and only 326 bottles worldwide.
Nose, Taste, Finish |
Lot's of mineral and ashy. Citrus and freshly cooked crumpets with raisins.
Cherries, raspberries, cranberries combine well with salty sea air and a slight sooty smoke.
The citrus and smoke are back with more red fruits.
Non chill-filtered matured in Refill Bordeaux Wine Hogshead Finish
North Star Spirits is a Glasgow based company priding itself on bottling finest whiskies, gins, rums and bourbons. All of their products are small batch, no chill filtration and always at cask strength.
Like a storm gathering off the Kintyre coast, dark and ominous, yet tastes so good. The richness comes from the high percentage of sherry casks used in maturation. This is a truly classic Springbank, best enjoyed after dinner, or with your favourite cigar. 100% Sherry cask.
Nose, Taste, Finish
Sherry, dark chocolate, Christmas cake, almonds, toffee and oak.
Creamy, raisins, dark chocolate, figs, marzipan, brazil nuts and vanilla.
Oak and sherry notes sustain, mingling with hints of leather.
A truly classic Springbank that is perhaps best enjoyed after-dinner.
Campbeltown is one of Scotland's four recognised whisky-producing regions, and is situated on the mull of Kintyre some 240 km from Glasgow, south of Islay. Due to the exposed, coastal location of the town, Campbeltown whiskies have their own distinct character defined particularly by an oily, briny quality.
The Double Cask is matured in the finest first fill bourbon barrels before being finished for up to twelve months in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks producing this outstanding single malt whisky that provides the perfect balance of rich spicy fruits, overlaid with the characteristic sea spray and vanilla oak finish for which the house of Glen Scotia is famous.
Lemon, citrus and butterscotch notes Amber. Very sweet. Initially it is all creme caramel, caramelised fruit sugars, wood sugar, toffee and fudge before some apple and peach come through. In time a charred note of bourbon with a pleasing dusty dryness. Has some power.
Sweet start and quite fat and though the alcohol gives a little tongue-tingling buzz the result is a good mid-palate weight. The dry distillery character is there still, but there is now depth to counter. Water slightly dismantles the different elements, but adds some dried mint.
Deep and dark.
The specific casks, chosen by Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder, are mostly a combination of fresh and refill bourbon barrels though Anthony also selected three 2008 Oloroso Sherry butts to add additional layers of rich cooked fruits to balance with the lighter citrus and vanilla of the bourbon barrels. All previous Vintage expressions have been matured exclusively in Bourbon barrels.