Campbeltown

Springbank 18 yo

December 28, 2010
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A quintessential Springbank with a silky mouthfeel, very complex with lots of flavours to discover. It can act both as a winter warmer and a summer refreshment. – Rating: 88/100

Hazelburn 12 yo 2010

November 12, 2010
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The new version is lighter and more floral that the 2009 release. Unfortunately it has lost some of the richness and complexity, so overall I prefer last’s years edition. – Rating: 84/100

Kilkerran Work In Progress 2010

November 7, 2010
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This malt is considerably lighter and more fragile than the rather robust 2009 release which it can’t quite match in my opinion. – Rating: 80/100

Glen Scotia 1974/2005 Signatory

September 9, 2010

The marvelous nose makes lots of promises but there is a subliminal soapiness on the palate that destroys all hopes of getting to enjoy a fine aged Campbeltown malt. – Rating: 72/100

Kilkerran Work in Progress 2009

July 19, 2010
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The youthful freshness is quite prominent, but at only five years this malt already has an amazing balance and complexity. – Rating: 83/100

Springbank 10 yo

May 27, 2010
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A great balance of flavours, accessible enough for an everyday dram but with a complexity that keeps it interesting for a long time. – Score: 86/100

Longrow 10yo 100 Proof

March 3, 2010
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Most enjoyable and suprisingly little peat. In a blind test I might have guessed “Cask strength Hazelburn” because is has that typical spicy orange profile. – Score: 88/100

Longrow CV

February 12, 2010

About as spicy as the Springbank CV, but here the peat acts as a strong counterpart. Sweetness and fruitiness are enhanced by a few drops of water. Nice! – Score: 84/100

Springbank CV

February 11, 2010

The nose takes a while to open up and actually becomes very pleasant, but the palate cannot quite live up to that. The spicyness is too dominant for my taste as it is not sufficiently counterbalanced by the other flavour components. – Score: 74/100

Hazelburn CV

February 10, 2010

A wonderful fresh whisky with a lot of complexity. – Score: 86/100

Springbank 2001/2009 Small Casks

January 18, 2010

This is Springbank’s interpretation of the Quarter Cask, and it’s a successful experiment. My favourite Springbank so far (although I haven’t had too many yet). It is surprisingly peaty with both a youthful punch and a mature complexity. – Score: 89/100

Hazelburn 8 yo from 2007

January 15, 2010

Nice and fresh with strong citrus note. Not bad, but I definitely prefer the 12yo. – Score: 80/100

Hazelburn 12 yo 2009

December 8, 2009

Very full flavoured and complex, very dry but not really bitter. I like it very much. – Score: 88/100

Springbank 1995/2008 Murray McDavid

August 4, 2009

The nose is exceptionally good, the palate is slightly wearker. But still a great whisky, well-balanced and complex – Score: 88/100

Springbank 15 yo

August 4, 2009
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Complex with a strong wood influence, A bit too spicy for my taste. – Score: 79/100