Springbank Society: September 2020 Quarterly Newsletter – New Releases from Springbank and Kilkerran! – Scotch Whisky News

Springbank Society Newsletter  September 2020

The Springbank team are back to work!

After over four months closed due to Covid-19,  the distillery has now restarted operations. We have continued to follow Scottish Government guidelines and are taking a cautious approach to reopening to ensure the safety of both our staff and community. We look forward to seeing you all in person soon and shall keep you informed of our plans to restart distillery tours.

This month we have an update on our Virtual Malts festival plans, upcoming releases, a round-up of distillery news, letting you know what has been happening in Campbeltown over the last few months.

Distillery News

Where do we start? As with most of the country we locked down on the 23rd of March, with only a skeleton staff remaining on site to run down the maltings, mashing and distilling (it’s neither safe nor practical to stop our production instantaneously.) After that almost all of our staff were furloughed on 100% wages, with the exception of the Senior Management team and Directors who continued working to ensure the business ticked over and major projects were kept on top of to ensure we would be in the best possible position when lockdown ended – like most of you we didn’t think that would be 4 months later!

From a production point of view, we kept a close eye on the site and even had the condenser on Low wines still 2 replaced (it had begun to spring a few leaks after years of loyal service) and closely monitored the guidance to see when we would return to work, and how we’d do it safely.

We put together a detailed, phased reopening plan that included changes to ways of working, new PPE, Perspex barriers, reducing team sizes where possible and utilising the opportunity for staff to work from home to ensure the safety of our staff. The safety of our staff is always our number one priority, and it isn’t something we compromise under any circumstances.

Staff began to return to work from the 6th of July, ultimately leading up to us resuming full production on the 3rd of August. This has involved the bottling hall being split into 2 shifts and our production teams being 2 person ‘bubbles’ for each shift. Tomorrow (Friday 11th September) is the last day of the year we will be producing whisky at Springbank! We begin the transition up to Glengyle next week where will be working until the end of the year.

It has been great to welcome staff back on site and everyone has done a fantastic job of following the new protocols and procedures. We will continue to monitor and review our safety protocols and look forward to welcoming you all back to the distillery when it is safe and practical to do so.

Sales Team Events

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, all future sales team events have been suspended.  We will follow government guidelines and hope to be back on the road visiting as many of you as possible soon.

Please remember, the Events Section of the Springbank Website is updated whenever we have new information to share with you all.

Springbank Website – Events Page

Although the sales team have been grounded in Campbeltown for the time being we plan to make good use of the internet to spread the good Springbank word. If there is anything you would like to see from us in the meantime please get in touch.

Springbank sales team coming to your screens soon…

Campbeltown Virtual Malts Festival: 26th – 30th October 

Save the date!

You may have seen from social media that to try and make up for not being able to host our annual Campbeltown Malts Festival we have decided to host a virtual one instead in October.

This will be a 5 day online event with tastings exploring all of our brands: Springbank, Longrow, Hazelburn, Kilkerran and Cadenheads.

Tasting packs will be pre-sold so we can all enjoy a dram together on the day. In addition our annual festival bottlings for sale online. The sales team are putting the festival bottlings through quality control as we speak to ensure the highest standards.

Those who had tickets to the cancelled event in May will be offered the first opportunity to purchase tasting packs and bottles, thereafter Society and Cadenhead Club members and finally the public.

More details for this event will be announced closer to the date.

New Releases – Available from Friday 11th September.

Now that our bottling and despatch operations have resumed, we have a number of releases ready to hit the shelves of your favourite bottle shops.

Springbank 21yo 46%

This year we have selected an exciting mix of bourbon, sherry, port and rum casks to make up our legendary Springbank 21yo.

Nose

There’s a rich, sweetness to this edition, a combination of demerara sugar, treacle, orange rind and smooth milk chocolate.

Palate

Mouth coating and oily in texture with immediate dunnage warehouse and coastal influences coming through. It is lightly peated and less sweet in taste than on the nose, nicely balanced with oaky tannins.

Finish

The finish is long and rich with dried fruit flavours coming to the fore from the port and sherry casks. Raisins followed by roasted coffee beans and a lasting note of bung cloth. A true old-style Springbank dram.

Longrow 18yo 46%

The rich, smokey and complex Longrow 18yo is now ready after enjoying a maturation in bourbon, sherry and rum casks.

Nose

Initially rum soaked strawberries with a delicate aroma of peat smoke. Vibrant scents of pineapple, mango and lemon sherbet follow.

Palate

A lovely burst of sweetness and smoke like marshmallows toasting on peat embers. Rich flavours of sea salt, dark chocolate, raisins, prunes and molasses.

Finish

A pronounced peated malt note, like being inside the kiln after it’s just finished burning. Liquorice and the classic Springbank coastal influence.

And from our friends at Kilkerran Single Malt… 

Kilkerran Heavily Peated Batch 3  59.7%

The next addition of Kilkerran’s peat in progress is a 80% Bourbon to 20% Sherry maturation and still packs a punch of peat and tropical fruits.

Nose

The nose is bright with notes of citrus and smoked applewood. A true maritime coastal influence and hints of blackened, toasted marshmallow and tropical fruit sweetness. As ever, that familiar dunnage warehouse funk hangs in the background.

Palate

Initially biscuity and buttery, flavours of liquorice and fennel developing later. Sweet, fruity peat smoke gives way to a drier smoky peat, evoking that real, full smoky atmosphere of the working kiln room. An apple strudel note makes its way through and lemon sherbet flavours develop with every sip.

Finish

Long, well integrated peat smoke carries through. It’s remarkably complex throughout with the heavy peat smoke not overpowering. A malty, cereal character and more of a coastal influence coming through in this batch in comparison to previous editions.

All of the above mentioned whiskies will be available from UK and European retailers from Friday 11th September, although it will take longer to reach some destinations due to transit times.

Friday 11th September is also the launch of a Single Cask bottled for the UK market – Longrow 12Y/O Sauternes 56.9%.  Fully matured in a fresh Sauternes cask with 264 bottles available. This will be available from a selection of retailers throughout the UK.

Longrow Sauternes 12Y/O 56.9%

Nose

Cream soda, barley sugar, cinamon, brown bread and chocolate spread.

Palate

Sweet with tropical fruits, apricots, peaches and toasted almonds.

Finish

Finally the Longrow peat smoke comes through in a long and elegant finish with notes of cherry and blackberry.

October Releases 

Springbank 12 cask strength. 

The next edition of our biannual Springbank 12yo cask strength will be available soon. This edition features an array of cask types; Bourbon, sherry, burgundy and port and is already a favorite amongst the sales team

Hazelburn Sherrywood 13yo

Our annual release of sherry matured Hazelburn showcases the very best of Hazelburn in oloroso sherry casks and this year is no exception, available as a 13 year old.

We also have some exciting Kilkerran news; our much anticipated 16yo will be bottled shortly for worldwide distribution.  Please keep an eye on social media for further updates.

You can follow Kilkerran Single Malt on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Slainte,

Springbank Society
The Springbank Team

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