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Whisky Wednesday #17: Longrow 11 - Springbank Society Bottling

After a bit of a hiatus during a very busy few months, #WhiskyWednesdays are back! 🥳🥃

We thought we would return with a banger of a dram. 🤘The Springbank distillery in Campbeltown is a beautiful, highly traditional site, even still with its own malting floor. They like slow fermentations, using local barley wherever possible, and backing the local community (we also like their politics, but that’s by the by). 😉🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Springbank has a bit of a cult following, not least for the most heavily peated of their ranges, dubbed Longrow - with limited releases selling out in less than a few seconds because they are so damned good. A couple of years back, we were lucky enough to get our hands on a bottle of this beautiful 11 year old single cask society bottling from refill, re-charred sherry butts, for a subtle yet beautiful sherried influence.

🗒️ The palate starts with a fantastic caramelised, chewy fruity goodness, bananas, apricots, and baked plums. There is a caramelised brown sugar, almost a light chocolate note, round the edge of the palate with a nice char holding together the centre and the finish. There’s a little bit of acidic fermented dried grape from the sherry to provide a bit of texture, and a nice sliding introduction to the slightly medicinal quality of the peat. The finish is long, moderately charry, and sweet; more of that sweet caramelised fruit, plums and dates, than anything. This is a bold yet very accessible dram, chewy sweet peat. Delicious. Slàinte! 🍌🍑🍫🍇🔥🥃


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