Springbank is owned by J & A Mitchell & Company, who also own Glengyle Distillery and bottler WM Cadenhead. The distillery was first licensed in 1828, and these days it produces about 750,000 litres of spirit each year.
Three different brands of single malt are produced here: Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn - each with a different distillation process. This is the only distillery in Scotland where every step in the whisky-making process - from malting to bottling - is performed in-house.
Springbank is a peated whisky distilled two and a half times in a complex scheme (similar to Mortlach in Speyside). This makes for a really interesting spirit with great depth of flavour.
Longrow is a heavily peated whisky that's been double-distilled. Named after a now-closed distillery, the standard bottling has no age statement, and they have regular releases of experimental casks. They also do an annual release called the Red Edition using a different type of red wine cask every year.
Hazelburn is an unpeated triple-distilled whisky. First distilled in 1997, there are regular 10- and 12-year-old releases.
Springbank offers some of the best distillery tours in Scotland - it's the only place you can get behind the scenes of the malting process as well as seeing the distillery itself.
- A basic distillery tour (with a couple of drams to taste)
- A dedicated tasting session
- The "Wee Toon" tour, which includes a walk around the town as well as two distillery visits, a whisky tasting and lunch
- The Barley to Bottle tour - our personal favourite - this starts with a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery before moving on to the warehouses for a short tasting. The highlight, however, is the chance to create your own personal whisky by blending together different samples of Springbank. Lunch is also included!
The best place to buy the Springbank single malts is the Cadenhead shop in Campbeltown (see below).