The Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Campbeltown
Run 100% by hand, the only computer in the building is a chalkboard keeping track of which grain bins are full. Most of the equipment is almost as old as the distillery itself. They still use an open-top cast iron mash tun, still floor-malt their own barley, and still use the grain mill they purchased about 100 years ago. Springbank produces 3 different styles of single malt.
Springbank, which is lightly peated and distilled 2.5 times, Longrow, which is heavily peated and distilled twice, and Hazelburn, which is unpeated and triple distilled in the Lowland style.
Springbank quick facts: -Currently using Concerto barley sourced from the East coast of Scotland. -It takes them about 6 days to malt barley. -Mashing a single batch takes about 10 hours. -Mash is fermented in 6 different washbacks holding 21k liters each, made from boat skin larch. -Ferment takes 72-100 hours depending on the spirit. -Annual production is about 80% Springbank, 10% Longrow and 10% Hazelburn. -Springbank comes off the still between 60-76 abv -Longrow between 58-69 abv -Hazelburn between 63-79 abv
We also visited the Glengyle distillery. Malt produced there is labeled as Kilkerran. Currently only runs for about 2 weeks per year. Springbank also owns the Cadenheads independent bottling operation. Those casks are stored throughout the Springbank warehouses.
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