Springbank distillery

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Region: Campbeltown
Owner Independent
Founded 1828
Status Operational
Water source Crosshill Loch
Number of stills 1 wash
2 spirit
Capacity 750,000 litres[1]
Age(s) 10-year-old
12-year-old (cask strength)
Cask type(s) Bourbon
Age(s) 10-year-old
Cask type(s) Bourbon
Age(s) 8-year-old
Cask type(s) Bourbon

Springbank distillery is one of the last surviving producers of Campbeltown Single Malts. The distillery, located on the southern Kintyre peninsula, produces three distinct types of single malt Scotch whisky.


  • Springbank Single Malt is the most popular variety. Its standard bottling is a 10 year old, distilled two and a half times, and is not chill-filtered, nor does it have colour added. Distilling whisky two and a half times is quite unusual, as it means that during the distillation process some of the low wines are collected before the second distillation, and then mixed back into the feints for another distillation. This means that some parts of the spirit have been through distillation twice and some parts three times. The spirit is then aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, although Springbank is experimenting with rum casks as well. The standard 10 year old bottling is available at 46% volume. They also produce a somewhat darker 15 year old and an 18 year old. A 21 year old variety of Springbank exists, but is increasingly rare.
  • Longrow Single Malt is a highly peaty whisky. There is also an experimental tokaji-cask edition available. Longrow won Best Campbeltown Single Malt at the 2013 World Whiskies Awards.[2]
  • Hazelburn Single Malt, the newest variety, was first distilled in 1997 and since bottled as an 10-year-old. In 2009 a 12-year-old variety was released. Hazelburn is a triple distilled, non-peated whisky, named for another now-defunct Campbeltown distillery.


Springbank is one of only two distilleries in Scotland to perform every step in the whisky making process, from malting the barley to bottling the spirit, on same premises: the other is Kilchoman Distillery who also grow their own barley. While a few others still maintain the first step in the process, the malting of barley (which is becoming more rare), Springbank also bottles their own whisky.


Springbank is one of the few remaining family owned distilleries. Nearly all of its whisky is sold as a single malt, with little of it finding its way into blends. Most blends are produced by larger conglomerates who tend to use the single malts from the distilleries that they own in their blends. Springbank produces two of its own blends, 5 year old Campbeltown Loch.

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  1. ^ "Springbank Whisky - Buy Springbank Whiskies Online - Master of Malt". Retrieved 2014-10-3.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Longrow wins Best Campbeltown Single Malt award". Retrieved 2013-05-10. 


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Coordinates: 55°25′31.5″N 5°36′31.9″W / 55.425417°N 5.608861°W / 55.425417; -5.608861