New Longrow 18 Years Old and Hazelburn Oloroso 14 Years Old released
This year's bottlings of the two alternative Springbank brands available
The Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown produces a wide aromatic range of single malt whisky. In addition to the main brand Springbank with its slight smokiness, there is also the unpeated variant Hazelburn and the heavily peated Longrow completing the portfolio of the distillery. They are released every year in small batches and this month, two 2019er variants made their way into the shops: The Longrow 18 Years Old and the Hazelburn Oloroso Sherry Cask 14 Years Old.
Longrow 18 Years Old / 2019
The Longrow presents a very smoky character due to 50-55ppm of phenols in the malted barley. The whisky for the 18-year-old Longrow was matured in Sherry and Bourbon casks and bottled at 46% ABV. For last year’s Longrow 18 they used 60% Sherry and 40% Bourbon casks, this year's bottling was batched from 75% Sherry and 25% Bourbon casks. They give the single malt the following aromatic character (official tasting notes of the producer):
Nose: Tablet and salted jerky. Followed by heather, parma ham and smoked applewood cheddar.
Palate: Lemon zest, coffee beans, clotted cream, liquorice and cigar box.
Finish: Black cherries, cracked pepper, worn leather, salted roasted nuts and a damp camp fire.
Hazelburn Oloroso Sherry Cask 14 Years Old / 2019
This unpeated single malt from Springbank Distilllery is limited to only 9,000 bottles, aged exclusively in Oloroso casks. This whisky presents 49.3% ABV, the following tasting notes are given by the producer:
Nose: Fruit and nut chocolate, raisins and almonds. Followed by summer fruits, dark chocolate and pecan pie.
Palate: Leathery, raspberry coulis and milk chocolate. Freshly baked blueberry muffins and pear drops.
Finish: Salted caramel, pepper, coffee beans and the waxiness of banana peel.