Hazelburn 13 Sherry Cask Matured

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A while back I mentioned some interesting Campbeltown releases, among them this one. I reviewed the other two, an 8 year old Kilkerran Cask Strength and this year’s Longrow Red release, but didn’t get round to this one for a bit. Unfortunately the heat has been getting the better of me and I’m not often in the mood for whisky.

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Longrow Red 13 Malbec Cask

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I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time. Ever year Springbank releases a Longrow Red, a cask strength longrow usually aged a little over 10 years, which has been partially matured in casks which previously held various types of red wine. Off the top of my head previous released have used port, pinot noir and shiraz.

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Longrow 2001 Springbank Society

IMG_20170616_112044Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/Scotchswap on reddit.

Been a while since my last update, unfortunately things have been quite busy so I haven’t really had much time so really sit down and enjoy some of the whiskies I’ve been meaning to try. Now that I have some time I was really excited to sit down with this one.

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Springbank 12 Fresh Port Hogshead

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Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

I’m always happy to get my grubby paws on a Springbank Society bottling. Particularly this one because it’s been matured in a port cask, a fresh one no less, and I’m a sucker for that peat/port combination, and because port matured Springbanks are not something I come across often. Let’s see what this does.

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Springbank 11 Local Barley

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Springbank kicked up a real fuss last year when they released a 16 year old Local Barley bottling. It was essentially reviving an older series of there’s where they made whisky using barley grown on the farms surrounding Campbeltown. The plan now is to release a bottling every year for 5 years each using a different variety of barley.

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Springbank 12 Burgundy

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Cracked this one open to kick off the weekend. I do love my Springbank, but their special releases have unfortunately become a bit of a hot commodity with those collector types, you know, the ones who will buy 2 crates of everything you can slap “Limited Release” or “Special Edition” onto and never open it because they buy whisky to *spit on floor* invest.

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Campbeltown Sans Springbank Night with Malt Mongers Israel

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Once again our whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel, met up at the Milk & Honey distillery for our monthly get together. This month’s theme was Campbeltown without Springbank. We’d recent had a dedicated Springbank evening and decided to try some of the other whiskies coming from the region (granted only one bottle was actually not from a Springbank associated distillery).

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