Lots by Springbank at Sotheby's
392LotSPRINGBANK 50 YEAR OLD ORIGINAL BOTTLING 37.8 ABV 1919Springbankspringbank 50 year old original bottling 37.8 abv 191924 October 2019 | Sale Price 266,200 GBPEstimate 100,000 – 140,000 GBP24 October 2019 | Sale Price 266,200 GBPThe Ultimate Whisky Collection24 October 2019 | 10:00 AM BST | London
292LotFIRST FILL OLOROSO SHERRY CASK OF SPRINGBANK DISTILLERY 1991Springbankfirst fill oloroso sherry cask of springbank distillery 199124 October 2019 | Sale Price 54,450 GBPEstimate 50,000 – 65,000 GBP24 October 2019 | Sale Price 54,450 GBPThe Ultimate Whisky Collection24 October 2019 | 10:00 AM BST | London
388LotSPRINGBANK 24 YEAR OLD LOCAL BARLEY SERIES 60.7 ABV 1966Springbankspringbank 24 year old local barley series 60.7 abv 196624 October 2019 | Sale Price 8,712 GBPEstimate 3,000 – 4,000 GBP24 October 2019 | Sale Price 8,712 GBPThe Ultimate Whisky Collection24 October 2019 | 10:00 AM BST | London
As the pride of Campbeltown, and one of Scotland’s most collected whiskies, Springbank is famed for its traditional approach to whiskymaking with iron mashtuns, wooden washbacks, direct fired stills and worm tubs all in operation in one form or another. Springbank’s distillate, made using medium-peated home-malted barley since recommissioning its floor maltings in 1992, is an interesting one as after its long fermentation it is partially triple distilled yet despite this its new make is remarkably viscous. The balanced, slightly smoky style of Sprinbank contrasts other two distillates from this distillery: Hazelburn, which has no peat at all, and Longrow, its heavily peated expression.
Now home to only 3 distilleries, Campbletown used to be the beating heart of Scotch Whisky production, described by Alfred Barnard as “Whisky City”. In total 33 distilleries were founded in Campbeltown over the years and many more illegal stills provided by local Coppersmith Robert Armour. In fact, the wealth of local resources and infrastructure such as a coal mine at Drumlemble, a regular Glasgow ferry for barley shipments, and nearby peat bogs made distilling affordable and accessible. This also led to several different styles, from triple-distilled spirit to coal fire-kilned barley, but the most notorious of Campbeltown flavours was that of Islay-style peat. A trip through modern day Campbeltown is like a ghost train ride through whisky history with old maltings, warehousing and distillery buildings punctuating every turn. The sadly closed Hazelburn distillery plays a large role in the history books of not just Scotch Whisky, but also Japanese Whisky, as this was the workplace of Masataka Taketsuru while he lived in Campbeltown in 1920. Another now silent Campbeltown distillery, Longrow, which sadly closed before 1885, is also kept alive in name by Springbank, who operate their bottling hall within Longrow’s old bonded warehouse. Longrow’s name is dedicated to their most heavily peated spirit releases.