Kilkerran 12

Kilkerran 12

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenglye

Region: Campbeltown

46% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and sherry casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, sweet malt, gentle smoke, green pepper

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Green pepper, vanilla, oak, malt, butter, and honey

Finish: Medium warmth and length, pepper, malt, oak, vanilla, gentle smoke and a bit of fruit

Thoughts: I surprised at how defined the green pepper was to my palate, it doesn’t have the funk of a Springbank, or peat of your typical Islay, but it’s a great entry level malt

Score: 82 out of 100

Glen Scotia Ruby Port Finish 10-Year

Glen Scotia Ruby Port Finish 10-Year

Price: $55 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glen Scotia

Region: Campbeltown

57.8% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in ruby port casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla cake, honey, smoke, alcohol, salt, and port wine

Feel: Full and sort of an oily playdough feel

Taste: Pepper, smoke, malt, charcoal, citrus, berry, honey, vanilla, and oak

Finish: Good warmth and length, peat, red fruit, salt, raspberry, and smoke

Thoughts: A nice blend of smoke and fruit, with a surprising amount of port influence for the only 6 months it finished in those casks.

Score: 83 out of 100

Longrow Red 13 Malbec Cask Matured

Longrow Red 13 Malbec

Paid: $105 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Springbank

Region: Campbeltown

51.3% ABV

Aged For: 13 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon for 12 years, finished 15 months in fresh Malbec barriques

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Amber with a red tinge

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oranges, strawberry, liquorish, earthy, costal spray, peat, caramel

Feel:Full bodied

Taste: Fruits and berries followed by vanilla cream, cranberry, cherry, smoke

Finish: Long lasting, medium warmth, leather, pepper, butter cream, smoke, dried oranges

Thoughts: If you like berries and citrus smothered in peat smoke, this release is for you. The vanilla cream is a nice backdrop with just the right amount of pepper.

Score: 87 out of 100

Hazelburn 8 Cask Strength

Hazelburn 8 CS

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Springbank

Region: Campbeltown

56.5% ABV

Aged For: 8 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Light gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, malt, oak, vanilla, salt, and dried meats with alcohol scents

Feel: Oily

Taste: Spicy, peppers, vanilla, oak, leather, chilies, funk, tobacco

Finish: Salty, with vanilla, oak, chilies, earth, Long and warm finish

Thoughts: I can see the appeal this has, but I have found I like a lot a wine cask influence on Springbank distillate. I also Prefer the heavily peated Longrow line the most. It’s a well made scotch, just not a scotch for my palate.

Score: 78 out of 100

 

Longrow Red 11 Fresh Port Cask

Longrow Red 11 Port

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Springbank

Region: Campbeltown

51.8% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 11 years

Cask Type: Fresh port casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Earthy peat, raspberries, salt, port, vanilla, citrus, cinnamon

Mouthfeel: Rich, full bodied

Palate/Taste: Thick fruit, strawberry, blackberries, plum, port, caramel, smoke, peat

Finish: Gentle warmth, medium length, leather, citrus, funk, smoke, and spice

Thoughts: I can easily see why this is one of the favorite red releases, it’s a lovely balance of fruit, smoke, and funk.

Score: 88 out of 100

 

Longrow 9 Single Cask Sauternes

Longrow 9 Sauternes

Paid: $115 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Springbank

Region: Campbeltown

58% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 9 Years

Cask Type: Sauternes (I think first fill)

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Golden Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Lime and citrus, salted raspberries, tangy, peat, ginger, and pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Toffee, peat, apples, citrus, cinnamon, sour funk, earthy.

Finish: Medium warmth and long finish, chili peppers, leather, tangy smoke, funk, and sour grapes.

Thoughts: It’s got a sour citrus tang going on that’s truly unique and tasty. Not something I’d reach for every day, but still great. Slightly overpriced here in the U.S. but I support Springbank’s methods and transparency enough to swallow the cost.

Score: 86 out of 100

Longrow Peated

Longrow Peated

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Springbank

Region: Campbletown

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon (Could be other casks similar to the CV but I couldn’t confirm)

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, gentle smoke, vanilla, brine

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste:Sweet vanilla, and pepper with a hint of smoke

Finish: Medium length and warmth, oak and barley malt with seaside air

Thoughts: A little less complex than the CV, lacking the same minerality, but still good.

Score: 84 out of 100