For a period, Campbeltown was the undisputed Whisky Capital of World, boasting over 30 distilleries operating simultaneously at its peak. Locally available peat, barley and coal, coupled with a quick steamship service to Glasgow meant this thriving industry lasted into the early 20th Century. Alas; ultimately (and perhaps inevitably) it proved unsustainable, and by 1935 the bubble had well and truly burst, with only Springbank and Glen Scotia distilleries remaining.
With the first distillation taking place in 1997, Springbank's triple distilled, un-peated Hazelburn expression was launched in 2005. Named after the original Hazelburn distillery, which was once the largest producing distillery in Campbeltown, and where the Grandfather of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru learned his trade; this light and fruity dram has proved a hit since its introduction.
The third and final release in Springbank distillery's Rundlets and Kilderkins series, this Hazelburn was left to mature in 60 and 80 litre casks (the Rundlets and Kilderkins of the title) between 2003 and January 2014. Small casks mean lots of wood contact and this combines the elegant Hazelburn with lots of wood influence for a sweet and oaky dram.
Distilled: November 2003
Bottled: January 2014
Age: 10 years old
Cask Type: Rundlets & Kilderkins
50.1% ABV / 70cl
Bottle Number: One of only 12,000 bottles released
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