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Springbank Quarterly- November Newsletter 

For the members of our Springbank Society,

Summer is certainly behind us now as autumn has heralded its arrival with a combination of a chilly breeze and series of storms over the past few weeks. Consequences have included the relatively trivial (Springbank Towers are absolutely freezing) to the more serious (the high rainfall has caused a landslide on the A83, closing the road and leading to a diversion of 58 miles).  It could be a long, cold winter… guess we will have to enjoy a few drams to warm ourselves up.

In this Quarterly Newsletter we shall discuss some Distillery news, bring you exciting new bottling announcements and update you on our Sales Team’s upcoming trips and events.

And for UK based Society members, we are going to point you in the direction of a recent TV programme focusing on Kintyre – information on that can be found towards the end of this email.

Distillery News

The production year started afresh in August and it’s full steam ahead here in Campbeltown.  This year production will increase to 400,000 litres between both Springbank and Mitchell’s Glengyle distilleries. Five years ago, annual production was 125,000 litres in total so output has increased significantly over this period. Kilkerran will be produced at Glengyle distillery for 3 months this year, so the future is looking very exciting for our sister distillery. The malt barns are back in operation too and the distillery staff have been malting local barley for the last few weeks.

The distillery shop is beginning to look like it has always been there. The new warehouse being built between Springbank and Glengyle now has foundations and a cement floor in place. This is a long term project and we will provide updates to members as the construction continues. This monster racked warehouse will be a sibling to the other 2 racked warehouses we have, warehouses 6 and 15. We’re looking to forward to learning the number of this warehouse, safe in the knowledge that it can’t be any more confusing than the current situation where there are 8 warehouses in total but the numbered warehouses go up to 15.

Since we are discussing Distillery news, now seems like a good time to announce the release of 2 upcoming bottlings; 1 from Springbank and 1 from Glengyle.

Springbank 9 YO Local Barley 57.7%

The much anticipated 4th annual release of Local Barley from Springbank Distillery. A 9yo whisky at 57.7%, this offering is the penultimate release in our series of 5 annual Local Barley bottlings.

Kilkerran 8 YO Cask Strength 56.5%

Also coming soon: the newest edition of Kilkerran 8yo cask strength. This 56.5% abv release comes from our sister distillery, Mitchell’s Glengyle, the home of Kilkerran Single Malt.

You will all receive a Newsflash email to announce the launch date very soon to give you a chance to get your hands on a bottle or two. Also included in this Newsflash email will be a request for you all to not post any product details on social media as this counteracts the effect of members getting to know about launches in advance. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Next Society Bottle

Although the next Society exclusive release is not scheduled for release until February/March of 2019, we thought we would let you all know about the changes we will be implementing then. We have been aware that our existing methods of ordering and paying for bottles has become antiquated, slow and, due to the Society’s increasing membership, difficult to manage on our end so we have decided to make a change.

If you are a member of the Cadenhead Club run by our friends at Wm Cadenhead’s you will know that they recently entered the 21st century by allowing members to pay online for Club bottles and we are delighted to say we are following in their footsteps – thanks to feedback from members we have decided to adopt an online ordering and payment system in the interest of fairness and practicality. Long time members will be aware that occasionally we have to make changes to the way the Society is run due to its growing size and this is one of those situations.

Further details will be released nearer the time.

Events: Where can you find our Sales Team?

Over the next few months our dedicated and hard working Sales Team will be travelling the globe spreading the word of Springbank (+ Kilkerran) and sharing a few drams with you all.  Below is a list of dates, places and events detailing what our sales team will be up to in the near future.


10th: Glasgow Whisky Festival – Grant Macpherson will be in attendance at the Glasgow Whisky Festival. Join Grant in Glasgow as he shares drams of Springbank, Longrow, Hazelburn and Kilkerran. Full details on the show can be found here.

10th & 11th: Spirits in the Sky – David Allen and Mitch Graham will be in Belgium for Spirits in the Sky. Find out more details on one of our favourite events here.

15th-17th: Malta Whisky Festival – Ronan Currie and Mitch Graham travel to Malta for Market and Account visits on the 15th before attending the show on 16th + 17th. We are also hosting a tasting on each night too.

22nd-25th: Whisky und Rum Schiff – Melanie Stanger is in Zurich representing Springbank at Whisky & Rumschiff Zurich.

23th & 24th: Dublin Whisky Festival – Grant Macpherson takes the first of two back-to-back trips out of the UK (he is heading to Zurich at the end of November) as he attends the Dublin Whisky Live event.

24th: Drambusters – Ranald Watson will be at Drambusters Whisky Festival in Dumfries on Saturday 24th November. We look forward to seeing you all in Dumfries.

23rd-29th: South Korea Tasting Tour – Ronan Currie will be in Seoul, Korea for Market and Account visits between 23rd and 28th November 2018. Further details can be found on our website.

26th-30th: Sales Manager David Allen and Mitch Graham are in the Netherlands for a sales tour on the week commencing Monday 26th November.

29th – 1st December:  Whiskyschiff Zurich Albisgutli – Grant Macpherson will be in Zurich at the end of November for Whiskyschiff representing Kilkerran Single Malt. For full details – click here

Events taking place further in the future will be included in the next Quarterly Newsletter and, 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

Social Media

You can follow Springbank on Social Media:

Facebook – Official Springbank Whisky

Twitter – @Springbank1828

Instagram- springbank1828

You can follow Kilkerran Single Malt on Facebook and Instagram too.

Finally, if you are missing Kintyre, we recommend catching up on Paul Murton’s excellent series, Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs, series 2, episode 6, Decline and Fall which takes you on a picturesque and informative tour of the Kintyre peninsula. You can find it on the BBC iPlayer (originally broadcast on BBC 2, Monday 15 October at 7.30pm).  Unfortunately, this is only available to those living in UK.

Thanks for reading the Springbank Society Quarterly Newsletter of (late) autumn 2018.

As usual, if you have any questions or queries you can contact us via email at the following address –

Goodbye for now…

But you’ll be hearing from us again very soon!

Springbank Society
The Springbank Team

Springbank Distillers

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Bavarian Whisky Tasting: Purgeist November 16th, 2018 – Bavarian Whisky News


Friday, November 16th, 5-7 PM: 

Bavarian Whisky Tasting: Purgeist

Pürgeist Bavarian hop-flavored whisky is a hopped whisky inspired by the Bavarian tradition of distilling beer. It is a dry and smooth sipping whisky that showcases the characteristics of both malt and hops. As delicious as it is unique, Pürgeist is made with no caramel color, no chill-filtration, no climate control, and no mass production. As such, this ‘low-tech’ whiskey is only available in very limited quantities.

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BenRiach & GlenDronach Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO November 10th, 2018 – Scotch Whisky News

TWS Benriach

Saturday, November 10th, 2-5PM: 

Scotch Tasting: Benriach and Glendronach

Treat yourself to a traditional single malt scotch tasting featuring Benriach and Glendronach. Presented by distillery representatives and our own in-store whisky experts, scotch connoisseurs and newcomers to the the world of traditional scotch are sure to enjoy this tasting.

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Westland Distillery at The Whisky Shop #SFO – American Whiskey News


Saturday, November 3rd, 12-3 PM:

Westland Distillery

Whiskey Ambassador Trent Simpson presents a variety of Westland’s award-winning releases!

Made from natural and local ingredients, each Westland expression honors the traditions of distilling and adds something new and distinctly American. Every whiskey is underscored by Westland Distillery’s signature house style – a sweetness and ease on the palate accompanied by a fruity and complex but ultimately grain-focused finish worthy of distinction among single malt whiskey.

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Announcing WhiskyFest 2019 Dates! – Whisky News


The Whisky Lounge – Blind Islay Whisky Tasting – Scotch Whisky News


The Whisky Lounge – Blind Islay Whisky Tasting

 Once again the seasons turn, summer sun fades into the riot of autumn colours! Temperatures drop and darkness closes over the lands as Samhain approaches and Cailleach Bheur (The Queen of Winter) rises to ascendancy! We wrap up and huddle together to keep winters chill icy fingers from our bones.

Fire provides warmth and light and we are drawn to it naturally! Gone are the cold refreshing drinks of the summer and we crave for something to warm us through and through. What better than Uisage Beatha? In particular, those wonderfully aromatic and intense whiskies hailing from the Isle of Islay. Steeped in mystery and peat and reminiscent of the fires that birthed them, they are the perfect companion on a chilly evening.

Join us as we celebrate with some of the Isle’s finest drams, liberated from The Whisky Lounge’s vaults for your libationous pleasure!


Whether it be the sublime dry, sea air aromas and fresh oily peatiness of Caol Ila or the wonderful dark smokey and intense rich earthiness of Ardbeg. With eight working distilleries and yet only around 3000 inhabitants, Islay’s lifeblood positively courses with whisky.

Back for its ninth jaunt, we will be sampling six of the island’s finest in our Blind Islay tasting this November. In keeping with the Stygian and mysterious nature of the nectar you will be sampling, the tasting will take place in “the blind”. Not until you have tasted and reviewed, in leisurely and amiable company, with the succour of one of The Whisky Lounge’s informed missionaries, will we reveal which whiskies have been partaken of.

In past years this has been one of our most highly anticipated tastings of the years series. Come, genuflect at the altar of Islay and raise a dram or six of the Isle’s finest whisky!


November 17

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Blind Islay Whisky Tasting – Newcastle


Friar St

Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4XN

November 21

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Blind Islay Whisky Tasting – Sheffield

The Sheffield Tap

Platform 1B, Sheffield Station

Sheffield, S1 2BP

November 28

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Blind Islay Whisky Tasting – Liverpool

Fly in The Loaf

13 Hardman Street

Liverpool, L1 9AS

November 29

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Blind Islay Whisky Tasting – London

The Marlborough Arms

36 Torrington Place

London, WC1E 7LY

November 30

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Blind Islay Whisky Tasting – Manchester

The Britons Protection

50 Great Bridgewater St.

Manchester, M1 5LE

November 30

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Blind Islay Whisky Tasting – York


114 Micklegate

York, YO1 6JX


Milroys Women’s Whisky Night – Scotch Whisky News


Women’s Whisky Night

Tuesday 6th November – 6.30

This November, the kindly people from Edrington Beam Suntory will be gracing the bar at Milroys for the monthly Women’s Whisky Night. The brands on show will be from Auchentoshan, Bowmore, Macallan, Highland Park, Laphroaig and several other treats and delights. Do not miss this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in the industry from these brands.


Run by women. For women.

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Other Tasting Tickets

Milroy’s of Soho
3 Greek Street
London, England W1D 4NX
United Kingdom





Lukasz Dynowiak, Global Brand Ambassador at International Beverage, will be coming along to present our next whisky tasting on Thursday 22nd November and the whiskies featured will be from two of the five distilleries that form the Inver House Distillers portfolio.

One of these is the Old Pulteney distillery, located in Wick, Caithness, whose extreme northerly coastal location and adherence to traditional distilling (with some quirky twists) contribute to this maritime malt’s distinctive profile.  The whiskies we will be sampling are the new core collection, which includes their flagship 12 year old, the mellow and smoky Huddart, the rich and smooth 15 year old and the rather indulgent 18 year old – with the latter two being matured in both bourbon and sherry casks.

Also making an appearance will be two expressions from the Knockdhu distillery.  The whisky itself was renamed as anCnoc in the 1990s (to avoid confusion with Knockando), and, as with Old Pulteney, traditional production methods are at the heart of this Highland single malt.  Fruity and spicy with accompanying honey overtones, this is a delicious whisky that we are going to sample in both its unpeated and peated forms.

Tickets are £15 per person and will be available to buy online from 12.00 noon on Friday 19th October.  Please note, no bookings will be taken before this time and because of the high demand for these tickets the maximum number per booking is 4.

N.B. These events get booked out very quickly so make sure you go online to book yours as soon as they are released.  If you do miss out then please contact us to register your interest and we will add you to the reserves list for any returned tickets.

See below for all the details and if you have any queries just contact us.

Fran and Ken
Arkwrights Whisky and Wines


Diageo 2018 Portfolio Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO October 26th, 2018 – Scotch Whisky News


Friday, October 26th, 5-7PM:

Scotch Tasting: Diageo

The distributor behind some of the world’s best loved scotches, Diageo returns for a final tasting at The Whisky Shop! Johnnie Walker, Lagavulin, Talisker, and Oban are just a few of the many single malt scotches in Diageo’s impressive portfolio. Pourlist yet to be finalized – RSVP for updates.

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Burns Night at Victoria Caledonian Distillery – Canadian Whisky News


Burns Night at Vic Caledonian – early-bird pricing

Robert Burns Season is fast approaching, and as you know, we have sold out the last 2 years! As a Caley Clan member or Founder-Owner, we thought you would like advance notice of ticket sales; this year will of course be bigger and bolder and we know you don’t want to miss out!

Staying the same this year is the ticket price of $125, however if you pay for your tickets before St.Andrews Day (Scotland’s patron saint) November 30th then tickets will be only $115 each!! Perhaps your inner Scotsperson is smiling right now :).

Please see the attached poster for more details, and either visit the distillery, or
call (778) 401-0410 to reserve your seats. You’ll want to tell us how many are in your group so we can sit you together, and if you desire a wine substitution for the whisky. Sorry, but we cannot do food menu substitutions.

Seats are limited, so we hope you’re lucky enough to get your tickets before they sell out!

Slàinte mhath!

Graeme Macaloney PhD., PEng., FIChemE.
Founder, President & Whisky Maker
Victoria Caledonian Distiller & Twa Dogs Brewery
Facebook: @VictoriaCaledonian; @TwaDogs; Twitter: @VCaledonian; @TwaDogsBeer


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