|Distillery||Springbank, Glen Scotia, Glengyle|
|Bottler||Springbank Distillers Ltd.|
|Serie||100% Scotch Whiskies|
|Cask Number||Bottlecode 22/150|
With hugs to everyone at Cadenhead's Whisky Market Cologne/Köln. Now, I just see that this is actually a blended malt – I used to believe Campbeltown Lochs were blended Scotch, no? Looks like this one's made out of all single malts in Campbeltown, namely Springbank, Glen Scotia, Hazelburn, Macallan, Kilkerran/Glengyle and Longrow (spot the odd one out!) Colour: white wine. Nose: young, starting citric and chalky, with some lemonade and kiwi juice. Then there's sourdough, a fresh pack of lemon drops, yellow Haribos and a little lime grass. This one should repel any mosquitos, perhaps even Campbeltown's famous – and voracious - midges. Mouth: very good, with a similar chalky, doughy and lemony development, supplemented with a little fresh mint, green pepper and tiny roots and saplings (quinoa?) Finish: rather long, on pretty much the same flavours and with a smokier signature. Longrow, I presume. This wee chemicalness too… Comments: a fully naked Campbeltowner, undisguised and maskless. Very cool proposition, and certainly a true 'regional malt'. Perhaps for your favourite hipflask rather than for your most expensive crystal sniffer (a.k.a. fishbowl).
pringbank has become so popular, hyped even, that people are now even chasing after the distillery’s most budget (and I use that term with the utmost respect) expression. Campbeltown Loch Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is, of course, not a pure Springbank release. But it’s a product from the distillery’s owners, J&A Mitchell, and includes a good chunk of Springbank distillate.
All five malts from Campbeltown, Scotland’s smallest whisky region, have been used to produce Campbeltown Loch Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. There are only three distilleries – Glen Scotia, Glengyle, and Springbank. The latter produces three different styles: unpeated (Hazelburn), medium peated (Springbank) and heavily peated (Longrow). This blended malt matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, but from the looks of it, the ex-sherry casks have had the upper hand.
Nose: A touch of rubber-y, dirty sherry, but nothing to worry about. It goes well with the barbecue smoke, paprika powder, raisins and a whiff of orange zest. Also some crushed mint.
Taste: Nice and oily mouthfeel. Just deliciously soft, earthy smoke with a touch of damp oak, cured meats and tobacco. Then a whisper of eucalyptus, juicy red fruits and a decent salinity too. Finally just a pinch of black pepper.
Finish: Medium to long. Slightly dry. Lingering touches of oranges, barbecued smoke, and mineral notes.
I know this consists of all Campbeltown malts, but it's also reminiscent of Benromach. Coming from me, that's a big compliment. Having said that, the Campbeltown Loch Blended Malt has an undeniable Campbeltown DNA. Or I should say, J&A Mitchell DNA. Oh, and did I mention what great value this is?