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Reviving Campbeltown

Once dubbed as the whisky capital of the world, Campbeltown went from over 30 to just 3 active distilleries in the region. Those who survived are determined to keep their spirits high. Quite literally, in quality and quantity. This flight serves 3 of the finest whiskies from Campbeltown.

Hazelburn 10 Year Old

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Campbeltown
Country Scotland
Distillery Springbank
ABV % 46
Aged 10
NOTES:
RM388.00

Lessons in the Dram

Just how many complex flavours does whisky have?

Over 100! Twice more than its siblings - cognac and rum. Vodka doesn’t come close. That’s 100 for whisky and 5 to 10 for vodka. Whiskey lovers, be proud.

Description

Third is a charm for this Campbeltown dram. The 10-year-old is part of the Hazelburn core range that’s famously known for triple-distilled Single Malt scotches. It is beautifully aged in bourbon casks, giving it that mild vanilla taste. The Hazelburn range is one of the three distinct whisky styles from Springbank distillery.

Tasting Notes

Sight
Straw gold
Nose
A fruity scent takes the lead. There are fresh pears and toffee apples, a dollop of honey and drops of vanilla.
Palate
The fruit-forward scent remains awakened in the corner, giving way to a wonderful mouthfeel of vanilla and chocolate honeycomb crunch. What a happy sip!
Finish
Concludes with a good oily finish and a sweet sensation.

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Lessons in the Dram

Although made in Scotland, more than 95% of Scotch whiskies are matured in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels. The remaining small percentage ages in European ex-sherry casks. As they say, sharing is caring.

Description

Hats off to Kilkerran, who is an all-rounder in flavours. Smoky, savoury, sweet, and spicy all checked with just the right balance.

Precision is its middle name. Released in 2016, the Kilkerran is bottled exactly 12 years after the first drop in 2004. 70% of this lightly peated whisky is aged in ex-bourbon barrels. 30% in ex-sherry casks. The colour we see is au naturel, and the Single Malt is not chill-filtered. It’s as authentic as whisky can get.

Kilkerran is a Gaelic name for the first settlement in Campbeltown, then known as Ceann Loch Cille Chiara, where the devout monk Saint Karren had his religious cell.

Tasting Notes

Sight
Harvest gold
Nose
Strong oak notes, accompanied by dried fruit pudding and marzipan, decorated with toasted marshmallows and cherries on top. A small presence of peat tiptoes in the background.
Palate
Starts fruity, highlighting citrusy notes, most notably the orange zest. The mouth then embarks to discover the sweetness of vanilla and honeycomb, the salty edge of butterscotch, and an unexpected taste of digestive biscuits. An enjoyable journey from start to end.
Finish
Ends where savoury meets sweet. A classic Campbeltown dram with oily and salty notes, paired with smooth, velvety lemon meringue.

Springbank 10 Year Old

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Campbeltown
Country Scotland
Distillery Springbank
ABV % 46
Aged 10
NOTES:
RM418.00

Lessons in the Dram

Did you know that each cask has a different volume?

A bourbon barrel can hold 200 litres of liquid while a hogshead stores about 250 litres. A sherry butt and a port pipe have the capacity to store 500-600 litres of spirit each, twice more than the previous two.

Description

The Springbank 10 is quintessentially Campbeltown with its harmonious mix of peaty coastal notes and fresh fruits, amongst other complex flavours. It is aged in both bourbon and sherry casks, which gives the scotch great depth.

Springbank distillery is one of the three survivors of what was a bustling whisky town. Out from the distillery comes three unique ranges of Single Malts: Springbank, Hazelburn, and Longrow. For collectors, the three musketeers make a complete set, complementing each other in taste and character. Fortunately or unfortunately, Springbank seems to be churning out a limitless number of bottles for every one of their Single Malts. Well, that’s one way to revive a dying whisky region.

Awards

Gold
Campbeltown Single Malt 12 Years and Under – 2014 World Whiskies Awards

Tasting Notes

Sight
Amber gold
Nose
Big on the oak. Offers a distinctive fragrance of heather honey, guava, and a handful of exotic spices. There’s smoke gently floating about.
Palate
Luxuriously sweet and creamy, with marzipan, cigar boxes, and smoky notes modestly seated on the sides.
Finish
Wraps up with puffs of smoke, drifting away to reveal the hidden sweet cider and toasted barley.
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