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Springbank 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - 2021 bottling
Collectors note: Unlike previous editions, this version was released without a box. This is Springbank's contribution to saving the environment. Springbank's labels almost always arrive with minor wearing and markings, most often to the top of the front labels. This is unavoidable. If you are likely to be disappointed by minor label scuffing, we recommend you don't buy these whiskies.
What a difference time makes. It wasn't that long ago when Springbank was hit by the whisky crash of the 1980s. Forced to close from 1979 to 1987, they re-opened and pledged never to sell to third party blenders again, but instead maintain a modest output, building their success on single malts alone. That decision has paid off. Leading the charge is their entry level ten. Debuting in 2000, distilled two and a half times and peated to around 12-15 ppm, in his book, “101 Whiskies to Try before You Die”, Ian Buxton describes it as “Arguably the most traditional Scotch Whisky...a must have whisky if ever there was one”. Bourbon casks are primarily used for maturation, allowing the distillery character to shine through. Sherry casks are also employed for added body. The ratio usually falls around 60% / 40%, but that can vary between releases. It's this whisky that must set the bar for everything else Springbank make - and it does so with aplomb. Coastal, fruity, malty, medium to full-bodied and with a dry, peaty edge, it's hard to think of another ten year old offering as much substance and complexity. 46% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.