- Springbank distillery was founded in 1828 and is one of the last surviving producers of single malt whiskies in Campbeltown region.
- It is located on the southern Kintyre peninsula.
- Springbank distillery produces three distinct types of Scottish single malt whisky: Springbank is lightly peated, Hazelburn unpeated and distilled 3 times while Longrow is their heavily peated brand.
- Owned by J & A Mitchell & Company, who also owns the Glengyle distillery along with Cadenheads independent bottling company.
Springbank is one of few distilleries performing each step of the whisky making process from on-site malting to bottling on their own. They have their own private bottling plant. And even though it’s labor intensive, Springbank turns their floor maltings by hand. Claiming that hand-turned floor maltings yield a malt that is better because it germinates more slowly. Opposed to pneumatic or machine-aerated commercial maltings.
Springbank is actually the only fully self-sufficient distillery in Scotland. The distillery uses 3 stills to create a not quite the triple, but 2.8 time distillation. First wash distillation produces so-called “low wines”, which are around 20% ABV. The 2nd distillation produces an intermediate distillate, around 35% ABV. While the 3rd still is charged with a combination of 80% of their double-distillate and 20% of the “low wines”. This creates the 3rd distillation.
So in their final spirit approximately 80% of the volume has been triple distilled, while around 20% has been double distilled. All of their bottlings are non-chill-filtered and contain no caramel coloring. The sourced water comes from the Crosshill Loch in the hills above the town. Springbank reduces its whisky to bottling strength on-site using the same Crosshill Loch water they used to produce the whisky.