Springbank 10 Local Barley [MYSTERY]

To recap: xile_ (his real name, really) had us all over for a mystery lineup. I brought brownies. That’s really not useful to the review. Well, I didn’t have them until the whiskies were done, and drank tons of water between each dram. Maybe that’s useful. Oh, and all of the whiskies were poured blind. xile_ bet I’d get two right. I showed him and… Continue reading Springbank 10 Local Barley [MYSTERY]

Glen Scotia SMWS 93.72 “BBQ outside a sweetie factory”

This is a continuation of my ongoing series that I’m calling “Scotch Malts, Wife’s Selection”, in which my wife goes through my backlog of SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society) samples that I haven’t reviewed yet, pours them blind, and then I review it blind. There was a time when Campbeltown was filled to the brim with distilleries. If you were an extremely wealthy person who liked… Continue reading Glen Scotia SMWS 93.72 “BBQ outside a sweetie factory”

Longrow 12 1996 Oloroso Single Cask

Thanks to /u/devoz for the sample. So Springbank owns Springbank, Longrow, and Hazelburn. In addition, the whole thing is owned by Cadenheads. To add confusion, they helped supply the capital for Glengyle, one of three Campbeltown distilleries, however have nothing to do with Glen Scotia, the other one. Following along? Okay. So Cadenheads sells to everyone and independently bottles from other distilleries around the world. Then Springbank… Continue reading Longrow 12 1996 Oloroso Single Cask

Longrow 14 Fresh Sherry Springbank Society

Thanks to /u/xile_ for sharing this dram. The Springbank Society is an ancient order who dedicates themselves to the great old ones who happen to enjoy whisky and eventually will douse the world in madness. That’s a lie based on a mixture of truth and a psychological horror genre that has grown in the last few years. You will not go insane by drinking this. Well, unless… Continue reading Longrow 14 Fresh Sherry Springbank Society

Springbank 12 1996 Single Cask Oloroso Sherry Butt

Thanks to /u/smoked_herring for this dram. Springbank. Can they do anything wrong? News at 11. Oh, wait, I write things like this. I can’t wait until 11. Also it’s international. I didn’t think this through at all. A few years ago Springbank released their 12 year old single cask series. Different cask types, a simple label, full details, and cask strength. Of these, the sherry casks were:… Continue reading Springbank 12 1996 Single Cask Oloroso Sherry Butt

Springbank 8 Fresh Sherry Springbank Society

Thanks to /u/xile_ for sharing this one with us. Springbank is now the leading distillery for fermentation time, with 110 hours. Most places do between 40 hours and 3 days, with some doing a few more than that. The result is evident in Springbank’s quality, and for that they should be praised. The true reason I bring this up is I find young Springbanks have these nice,… Continue reading Springbank 8 Fresh Sherry Springbank Society

Hazelburn CV

Thanks to /u/cake_my_day for this sample. When I first started drinking different whiskies and reviewing them, I slowly heard about Campbeltown. To give an idea of how little most knew about it, when I took the Scotch Whisky Tour in Edinborough, the tasting didn’t include anything from the region. Yes, the place with one of the largest collection of whiskies on the planet didn’t have anything from… Continue reading Hazelburn CV

Springbank 11 Local Barley

Thanks to /u/devoz for sharing a sample of this one! Terroir is a joke told by a silly man. We know many distilleries that use the same river, and they didn’t taste the exact same. The reason, is of course, they use different barrels, different methods, different mashbills, and finally, different barley. However, what if someone used a different, local barley, and did everything the same.… Continue reading Springbank 11 Local Barley

Springbank 9 Barolo Wood Finish & 12 Burgundy

Thanks to /u/boyd86 for the sample of the Gaja Barolo. So I drink a nice Springbank, then I realize I have two more Springbank samples. And I want more Springbank. Because… Springbank. But why review them together? Because both of them had some wine influence in them. So it makes sense to do one of those SBS that I hear about. That makes sense, right? I… Continue reading Springbank 9 Barolo Wood Finish & 12 Burgundy