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SPRINGBANK   8 years old 59.3 %      INFO          
Date distilled Dec 89
Date bottled May 98
Society cask No. code 27.43
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'No blushing bride'.

SPRINGBANK   12 years old 46 %       INFO        
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   12 years old 46 %  
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY               
Distilled 1978
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK  15 years old 46 %                 
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   21 years old 46 %                 
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   12 years old 46 %
Distilled july 1979
Bottled January 1992
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   C.V.46 %                   
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd.
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   10 years old 46%         
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd. Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   8 years old 61.1 %                 
Cask Strenght
Sherrywood matured
Distilled November 1985
Bottled July 1994
No additives
No chill filtration
No colouring
Wm. Cadenhead, 32 Unionstreet, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK  18 years old 43 %                 
Distilled 17.12.75
Cask No. 3596
Bottled 9.94
300 bottles
Van Wees, Holland

SPRINGBANK   31 years old 52.0 %      INFO       
Distilled Feb 66
Bottled Oct 97
Matured in Oak Bourbon Casks
Cask No. 1966
489 Genummerde flessen
J. & A. Michell & Co, Ltd,
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   11 years old 43 %                 
Distilled 10/3/89
Bottled 9/5/2000
Cask No. 104
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company N.L.

SPRINGBANK      16 years old 46%                
Vintage Single Campbeltown Malt Whisky
Distilled June 1979
Bottled Spring 1995
The Quaich Society
1000 bottles Springbank Distillery

SPRINGBANK   8 years old 46 %                 
Distilled November 1991
Bottled February 2000
CaskRef: MM 1829
Cask Type: Refill Sherry
Not Chill Filtered
Not Coloured
Murray McDavid Ltd, Glasgow and London

SPRINGBANK  31 years old 46 %             
Distilled February 1967
Bottled October 1998
CaskRef: MM 1315
Cask Type: Fresh Bourbon
Not Chill Filtered
Not Coloured
Murray McDavid Ltd, Glasgow and London

SPRINGBANK   9 years old 46 %                
Distilled December 1989
Bottled April 1999
Cask Ref: M M 1828
Cask Type: Bourbon
Not Chill Filtered
Not Coloured
Murray McDavid Ltd, Glasgow and London

SPRINGBANK   DA MHILE 7years old 46%       
The Spirit of the year 2000
Distilled June 1992
Bottled September 1999
1000 bottles
Soil Association Organic Standard
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd for Da Mhile

SPRINGBANK   15 years old 46 %     INFO           
Distilled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   1997                       
5 years old 45 %
Cask No. 169
Bottled 10/02
Non - Chillfiltered
Signatory Vintage, Edinburgh

SPRINGBANK   10 years old 57 %  INFO              
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   12 years old 58,5%                 
Cask type: Hogshead Barrels
Distilled December 1991
Bottled February 2004
Outturn 5986 Bottles
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   12 years old 54,6 %                 
Distilled 1989
Bottled April 2002
Hoghshead Barrels
Outturn 5700 Bottles
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown.

SPRINGBANK  13 years old 54,2%                  
Distilled 1989
Bottled February 2003
Port Pipes
Outturn 3120 Bottles
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown.

SPRINGBANK   12 years old 46 %                  
1828 - 2003 SPRINGBANK
Limited Edition
12000 Bottles
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd, Campbeltown.

SPRINGBANK   12 years old 54,7 %      INFO          
Date distilled December 1989
Date bottled August 2002
Society Cask No. code 27.49
Outturn 269 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'A boat's engine room'.

SPRINGBANK   1969                  INFO
34 years old 56,7 %
Single Campbeltown Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 12.2.69
Bottled 18.4.03
Matured in a Refill Butt
Butt No. 266
494  Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd,

SPRINGBANK   over 29 years old 53,4 %            
MILROYS's Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1965
Bottled 1994
Milroy's London
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

Distilled in Scotland by traditional methods
from copper pot stills bottled with no
artificial colouring, filtering or additives
Bottled 1999
35 cl bottle
Wm. Cadenhead, Campbeltown, Argyll

SPRINGBANK   25 years old 46 %               
Limited Edition
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd.
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK  11 years old 56.2 %    INFO               
Date distilled Dec 79
Date bottled Sep 91
Society Cask No. code 27.13
1000 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

SPRINGBANK   27 years old 52.8 %   INFO          
Date distilled Feb 65
Date bottled Mar 92
Society Cask No. code 27.21
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

SPRINGBANK   27 years old 57.9 %      INFO       
Date distilled 1965
Date bottled Jan 93
Society Cask No. code 27.22
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

SPRINGBANK   28 years old 46 %           
Distilled 3rd December 1974
Bottled 7th June 2003
Cask No. 2283
330 Genummerde flessen
Import klassischer Produkte:
Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft Bremen
J. & A. Mitchell & Company Ltd, Distillers
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK   28 years old 46 %           
Distilled 11th October 1974
Cask No. 1777
Bottled 7th June 2003
246 Genummerde flessen
Import klassischer Produkte:
Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft Bremen
J. & A Mitchell & Company Ltd, Distillers
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK    14 years old 55.1 %     INFO           
Date Distilled Dec 89
Date Bottled Sep 04
Society Cask code 27.53
Outturn 300 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Peppered strawberries'.

SPRINGBANK   35 years old 40,5%      
Cask Strenght Single Malt
Date Distilled: 05.1967
Cask No: 1943
Date Bottled: 11.2002
Fons et Origo
Numbered Bottles
214 Bottles
Duncan Taylor & Co, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

SPRINGBANK   16 years old 52,7 %       INFO       
Date distilled December 1989
Date bottled May 06
Society Cask No. code 27.62
Outturn 295 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
A fisherman's dram

SPRINGBANK    Aged 14 years 46 %   INFO                                        
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Campbeltown Region
Unique Whiskies of Distinction
Fons et Origo
Distilled 1993
Bottled 2007
Non-Chill Filtered, Non Colouring
Duncan Taylor & Co, Ltd, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

SPRINGBANK     Aged  THIRTEEN  Years  57,3 %            
Distillery region: Campbeltown
Individual Cask Bottling
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Date Distilled: 07.05.1993
Cask Type: Sherry
Cask Number: 155
Date Bottled: 15.05.2006
Un - Chill Filtered
Bottled at Cask Strenght
Number of Bottles: 258
Specially Selected and Bottled for Potstill - Austria
Dewar Rattray

SPRINGBANK   Aged 12 years  57.0 %   INFO                            
Distilled May 1996
Cask type: refill Hogshead / ex Bourbon
Society Single Cask No. 27.74
1 of only 193 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults,
Leith, Edinburgh
Stripped down

SPRINGBANK Aged 11 years 59,0 %    INFO                        
Society Single Cask No. 27.70
1983 - 2008
Distilled June 1997
Cask type Refill barrel / Ex Bourbon
Outturn 237 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Banoffee pie and sweet apples'

SPRINGBANK  9  years old   58 %                          
Distilled: October 1996
Cask Type: 7 years in Refill Bourbon /
2 years in fresh Marsala
Bottled: August 2006
Outturn: 7740 Bottles
Not Chill Filtered
No Colouring
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd, Distillers
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK         Aged 12 years 59 %     INFO                            
Cask Type: Refill Hogshead
1 of only 292 bottles
Society cask No: 27.75
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults,
Leith, Edinburgh
Premier league dram

SPRINGBANK     16 years old   46 %                                      
SINGLE  1 9 9 2  MALT
American Oak
Drawn from cask no. 71
Unchillfiltered - Uncoloured
Berry Bros & Rudd, St. James's Street, London

SPRINGBANK                     55,3 %                                                     
VINTAGE   2 0 0 1
Not Chill Filtered
Free of artificial Colouring
Distilled & Bottled by J. &  A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,

SPRINGBANK                EIGHTEEN                                                
Aged 18 years  46 %
Distilled & Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd

SPRINGBANK                11  Years old   55.1 %                                                                                  J. &  A.  MITCHELL'S
11 Years in Madeira Wood
Distilled  June 1997
Bottled January 2009
Outturn: 9090 Bottles
Distilled & Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,

SPRINGBANK  12 years old  54,4 %  
J.   &  A.  MITCHELL's
Cask type: 9 years in Refill Bourbon Casks
3 years in Fresh Claret Casks
Distilled: May 1997
Bottled: February 2010
Outturn: 9360 Bottles
Distilled & Bottled by J. & A. Mitrchell & Co, Ltd,

SPRINGBANK             Aged  12  years  58,5 %                  
Batch 2
Campbeltown Single Malt
scotch Whisky
Distilled & Bottled by
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd, Campbeltown

SPRINGBANK  Aged  12  years   55.3 %                         
Free of artificial colouring,
also  it is not chill filtered
Distilled & Bottled by
J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd, Campbeltown  

49,4 %     
Distilled Nov. 2001                  
No. of Bottles 9000
Bottled January 2012
Distillery Bottled                    
Not chill filtered
No added colouring
J. & A. Mitchell & Co.Ltd.
Springbank Distillery. Campbeltown

Aged  21 years   46 %                                 
Not chill filtered
No added colouring
Distillery Bottled
Distilled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd

 SPRINGBANK                                                                                                                                                Aged  13 years  57.2 % INFO:                                                                                                                             SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY                                                                                                            FROM  A  SINGLE  CAS                                                                                                                                        Date Distilled: 31st May 1998                                                                                                               Cask Type: Refill Gorda / ex Sherry                                                                                                    Society Single Cask: 27.96                                                                                                                         Outturn 792 Bottles                                                                                                                                            1 of 792 bottles                                                                                                                                         The Scotch Malt Whisky Society                                                                                                         The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh                                                                                                                                        Distinctive character and happy contradictions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SPRINGBANK  12 years old  52,7 %                                                                                                                                                         J. & A.  MITCHELL'S                                                                                                                       SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY                                                                                                                                                                                                WOOD  EXPRESSION  SINGLE  MALT                                                                                                         Distilled April 2000                                                                                                                                                         Cask type: 6 years in refill Bourbon Casks                                                                         6 years in Fresh Calvados Casks                                                                                                Bottled: October 2012                                                                                                     Outturn: 9420 Bottles                                                                                               Selected by Gavin M. Lachlan                                                                                                          Distillery Manager                                                                                                                                     J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd                                                      Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

Aged  12 years  53,1 %                                                    
Free of artificial colouring
Not chill filtered
Distilled & Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,

9 years old  54.7 %                                    
Single malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Type:                                                                                                                                                    4 years in Refill Bourbon Casks
5 years in Fresh Gaja Barolo Casks
Distilled: February 2004
Bottled: October 2013
Outturn: 11000 Bottles
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd.
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown


Aged  12 years 52.2 %                                
Distilled & Bottled by
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,

Aged  12 years  50.3 %                               2
Distilled & Bottled by
J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd,

Aged  16 years 56 %                                
Society Single Cask: Code 27.107
Distilled: 31st May 1998
Cask Type: Refill Gorda / ex Sherry
Outturn: One of Only 759 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
To the Manor born

Aged  12 years  54.3 %                      
Est. 1828
CAMPBELTOWN  SINGLE  MALT                                                                                                               SCOTCH  WHISKY
Free of artificial colouring
Not Chill Filtered
Distilled & Bottled
By J. &  A.  Mitchell & Co, Ltd

Aged  16  years  58.3 %                       
Date Distilled:31st May  1998
Cask Type: Refill Gorda / ex Sherry
Outturn: One of Only 738 Bottles
Society Single Cask: CODE: 2 7. 1 0 9
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Guns on the grouse moor

Established 1828
Aged 12 years 53.8 %                        
Campbeltown Single Malt
Scotch Whisky
Distilled & Bottled by
J. & A. Mitchell & Co. LTD

Established 1828
Campbeltown Single Malt
Scotch Whisky
Aged 13 years 46 %                            
Sherry Cask Matured
1 of 9000 Bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Distilled & Bottled by
J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd

Campbeltown, Argyll. Eigenaar: J. & A. Mitchell & Co, Ltd.

Springbank is gesticht in 1828 door een zekere Reid, die in financiële moeilijkheden kwam in 1837 en de distilleerderij verkocht aan Archibald Mitchell, schoonfamilie van Reid.
Springbank is een heel traditioneel werkende distilleerderij, het gehele produktieproces vindt plaats in eigen regie.
Springbank mout zelf, met een onderbreking van twintig jaar (1970 - 1990) men eest zelf, medewerkers graven zelf de turf en sinds kort komt de gerst ook weer uit de omgeving
Springbank heeft drie ketels en men stookt twee en een halve maal. Men werkt ongeveer op 25 % van de kapaciteit van 750.000 liter spirit per jaar.
Dit doet men om de markt voor Springbank niet negatief te beïnvloeden.
De gerst voor de whisky van Springbank wordt boven turf gedroogd gedurende zes uur, en boven hete lucht gedurende dertig uur.
Het water komt van Crosshill Loch, anderhalve kilometer van de distilleerderij verwijderd.
Men heeft een eigen bottellijn, waar ook de whiskies van Cadenhead, een dochterfirma worden gebotteld.
99 % van de whisky van Springbank wordt als single malt whisky verkocht.
De tegenwoordige eigenaar is Hedley Wright, een directe mazaat van de Mitchell's.
Roy Allan was de manager van Springbank gedurende veertig jaar en werd opgevolgd door John McDougall in 1986.
De brouwer is Hector Gatt.
De tegenwoordige manager van de distilleerderij is Frank McHardy (2000).
Springbank was gesloten van 1980 tot 1987, wegens de crisis die er toen (weer) heerste in de whiskyindustrie.
Springbank overleefde toen doordat de toenmalige marketing manager Gordon Wright, enorm inteerde op de voorraden whisky en Springbank heel goed verkocht, vooral in Amerika en Japan, Springbank werd toen een cult whisky.
Er werken 37 mensen en dat is heel veel voor een distilleerderij van deze omvang. In 1987 - 1988 werd er voor het eerst weer whisky geproduceerd.
Na een bouw- en verbouwperiode van achttien maanden onder de leiding van de toenmalige manager John Dougall werd in April 1992 de mouterij weer in bedrijf genomen.
Dit was van groot belang voor de tweede malt whisky van Springbank, Longrow, waarvoor zwaarder geturfrookte gerst wordt gebruikt.
Tegenwoordig wordt de turf voor Springbank gestoken op Islay. Springbank bottelt zijn whisky met 46 %.
In 1995 werd 'triple' uitgebracht, Single Scottish Spirit, bedoeld als trendy drank voor in bar's in de grotere steden. Gebotteld in 35 cl flessen en met een alcohol percentage van 60 %.

Het water komt van Crosshill Loch.
De Mash tun is 3,7 ton
De vijf Wash backs zijn elk 20.000 liter.
De Wash still is 10.000 liter, de twee Spirit stills elk 6000 liter.
Springbank Specifics:
Malting: 25 tons at a time. 200 tons malted per season
Peat: 50 tons puchases each year. Comes from Tomintoul
Peating levels: Longrow 60 ppm. Springbank 15 - 20 ppm. Hazelburn unpeated.
Mater: Crosshill Loch
Mashtun: 2.55 mash (10 hour mashing cycle.
Distillation: Longrow double distillation. Springbank 2 and a half times. Hazelburn triple distillation.
Frank McHardy, manger van Springbank in 2002: 'This place could make 750.000 litres spirit a year, these days it's making 160.000 - 170.000 litres. Hang on a minute, here's a cult whisky, which could sell all it made ten times over, being run at a quarter of its capacity? When you increase volume you start competing with Glenfiddich and The Macaalan, you have to have markelting bugets and you start being dragged into cut-price deals with retailers. We could double production but we'd lose our niche market and profits margins would be reduzed. That's dangerous for a firm our size. We have to make a margin. We've got 37 people working here!

1828 The Reid family, inlaws of the Mitchells founds the distillery as the fourteenth
in Campbeltown

1837 The Reid family encounters financial difficulties and John and William Mitchell
buy the distillery

1897 J. & A. Mitchell Company Ltd is founded.
William Mitchell founded Glengyle in 1872 and when he and John parted ways, John
Mitchell continued operating Springbank first alone and then with his son Archibald

1926 The depresssion forces the distillery to close

1933 The distillery is back in production

1960 Own maltings cease

1969 J. & A. Mitchell buys the idependent bottler William Cadenhead

1973 The first distillation of Longrow

1979 The distillery closes

1985 A 10 year old Longrow is launched as an experiment

1987 Limited production restarts

1989 Production restarts

1990 Longrow becomes a standard label

1992 Springbank takes its own maltings again

1997 First distillation of Hazelburn, a triple distilled and unpeated malt

1998 Springbank 12 years old is launched

1999 Dha Mhile 7 years old is the world's first organic single malt and is released as
a limited supply of 1000 bottles in a joint venture between Springbank and John

2001 Springbank 1965 'Local barley', 36 years old and 741 bottles, is launched. Barley
coal, peat and water are all obtained locally

2002 Number one in the series Wood Expressions is a 12 year old with five years on De-
merara rhum casks. Next is a Longrow sherry cask 13 years old. A relaunche of the
15 years old replaces the 21 years old which problably will not peappear untill 2010

2003 50 sets of six 20 cl bottles aged 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years old are launched
to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the distillery

2004 J. & A. Mitchell's main owner, Hedley Wright, opens Glengyle Distillery which has
been closed since March 1925
Mitchell's Glengyle Ltd manages the distillery which sells the whisky under the
name Kilkerran
Springbank 10 years old 100 proof is launched as well as Springbank Wood Expression
Bourbon, cask strenght, Longrow 14 years old, Springbank 32 years old, Springbank
14 years Port Wood with 2 years in Port Pipes

2005   2400 bottles of Springbank 21 years old take the market by surprise when they are
released in March. The next batch will not appear until in 2011
The first version of Hazelburn 8 years old is released 5th September
Longrow Tokaji Wood Expression is launched

Da Mhile is Keltisch voor 2000
John Savage - Onstwedder, een van afkomst Nederlandse boer, die van 1981 tot 1986 deel uitmaakte van het biologisch - dunamisch landbouwcollectief ' De Kleine Aarde ' te Boxtel, verhuisde naar Wales en begon opnieuw.
Hij leerde een Schotse vrouw kennen, trouwde en kreeg een droom, hij wilde de eerste biologisch - dynamische whisky maken.
Na een lange zwerftocht langs vele Schotse distilleerderijen vond hij Springbank bereid mee te doen.
De gehele distilleerderij werd gereinigd en in 1992 werd deze whisky geproduceerd, vijftien sherryvaten gevuld die eind 1999 zullen worden gebotteld.
'Da Mhile (pronounced da vee lay) is Gaelic for 2000. As an organic farmer it was my vision to create the first organic single malt Scotch whisky in the world.
I wanted it to be specially hand crafted, in time for the most significant New Year's celebrations in a thousend years. It was produced at the revered Spring-bank distillery in June 1992 and matured in sherry casks. Only Springbank could meet my exacting criteria to produce the purest malt one could ever hope to enjoy.
The whisky has been bottled without being chill filtered, a process which removes much of the flavour. There is no caramel added for colour uniformity. Da Mhile is a completely natural product and in my opinion the Millennium malt that truly is the real Uisge Beatha, 'The Water of Life".


Juli 2008

As a consequency of the continuing instability of basic raw material prices, which have
doubled within the last year, the management of J. & A. Mitchell and Company Ltd have
decided to cut back the production of new spirit at their Springbank and Glengyle Distilleries
until prices settle.

The state of the materials market will be kept under continuous review

The opportunity will be taken to carry out necessary maintenance work and create the in-
creased warehousing accommodation required for future development

In the short term there will however, regrettably, be a few staff redundancies

There will be no impact on the availability of bottles Springbank or the Kilkerran whisky
as the company has ample stocks of young maturing whisky which will enable it to con-
tinue supplying its home and export markets as normal

J. & A. Mitchell and Company Ltd

21 September 2009

This week was very busy at Springbank distillery: 60 tonnes of local barley, type
Westminster and grown by local farmer David Young at Langy farm on the south

The moisture content is arount 16 - 17 %

Stuart Robertson, manager and staff have been kept drying the barley and putting it
into storage for at least 3 months

During May and June 2010 the barley will be used for Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn

Springbank had to take hard decisions and decided to cut back production due to the high
cost of utilities and barley the last years


The Royal Burg  of Campbeltown is situated at the south end of the Kintyre Peninsula,
That long strip of Argyll which divides the Firth of Clyde from the Atlantic Ocean and
from where the back gardens of Irekand can be distinguished with binoculars on any
clear washing day.

In A.D. 503 at Dalruadhain, later called Ceann Loch Cille Chairian and finally Campbeltown,
Fergus established the parliament of the minute Celtic kingdom of the Scots of which he
was the first King.

It could hardly have been anticipated that he was to found a monarchy whose domains
were extend in time to cover all present - day  Scotland, Great Britain and eventually
large protions of the then  unknown world: Contemprary successors of Fergus are
crowned whilst seated on that same Stone of Destiny from which he ruled his unruly
little territories.

St. Columba lived here or three years teaching  Christianity for the first time on Scottish
Soil before he sailed to the Isle of Iona 1.400 years ago to within a few months.

It was from Campbeltown that Flora MacDonald sailed with her family for American in
1774, after having played her historic part in the closing chapters of the '45 rebellion
of "Bonnie Prince Charles".

In Campbeltown Exciseman Robert Burns wooed his "Sweet Highland Mary" at a time
when the small burgh was a centre of Scotch Whisky distilling.

The Scots have distilled Whisky here from the earliest times, for the drink is a Celtic
one and the skill of manufacture was a common property of the Western Highlander
and the Irishman.

The first written account of Whisky from this area is however, quite late , in 1591, and
it is in the records of the "Pursmaister"of the Thane (or Laird) of Cawdor: "In Taylone
(a village about 15 miles from Campbeltown) in September of 1591, " deliuret to
Makconchie Stronechormichels man same day that brocht the aquavytie vis viij d".

Shortly afterwards occurred the most important event in the history of Scotch Whisky:
The Statues of the Icolmkill ( 1609) : in order to combat the ill  effects of the behavior
of the Western Highlanders of imported Wines and Spirits, only the consumtion of
home made drink was permitted.

This resulted in giving Scotch Whisky such a boost that its fame spread to the rest of
Scotland as also did the traditions for making it, In the same year the first license
to produce Whisky coomercially in Campbeltown was awarded to John Boyll


Private distilling was not seriously tampered with till 1779 when the capacity of private
stills was reduced by law from ten gallons to two gallions. Two years later private dis -
tilling was declared illegal. Licensed commercial distilling was then subjected to increa-
sing taxation which discriminated against taxation which discriminated against the
Campbeltown distillers compared with theit east Highland and Lowland competitors
so that in 1797 legal distilling was not worth the trouble: this was the date of the last
license in Campbeltown for 20 years. It is as well to add that in the following three years
292 illicit stills were seized and destroyed by the authorities in Campbeltown.

Having killed their golden goose the Westminster Gouvernment tried several negative
an unsuccessful attempts at artificial respiration and it was only when they reduced the
duty to 9s.41/2d per gallon that the first legal distillery in campbeltown was restarted;
a further drastic reduction in duty in 1823 made legal distilling competive against
"smuggling" and then began the golden days of the Campbeltown distillers.

A  list of the Campbeltown distilleries :

1817  - 1924         Campbeltown Distillery
1823  - 1926         Kinloch Distillery
1823 - 1851          Caledonian Distillery
1824 - 1886          Meadow Distillery
1824 - 1896          Longrow Distillery
1824 - 1928          Lochh (h)ead Distillery
1825 - 1922          Dalaruan Distillery
1825 - 1925          Hazelburn Distillery
1825 - 1924          Burnside Distillery
1825 - 1934          Rieclachan Distillery
1825 - 1921          Kintyre Distillery
1826 - 1850          Union Distillery
1827 - 1852          Highland Distillery
1828 - 1952          Glenramskill Distillery
1828 - 1844          Argyll Distillery
1828                      Springbank Distillery
1828  - 1834         Broombrae Distillery
1830 -  1927         Albyn Distillery
1830  - 1926         Springside Distillery
1830  - 1860         West Highland Distillery
1830  - 1852         Lochside Distillery
1832  - 1925         Dalintober Distillery
1832 -                    Scotia Distillery
1834 - 1837          Thistle / Mountain Dew Distillery
1834 - 1926          Glenside Distillery
1835 - 1837          Mossfield Distillery

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1834 - 1847          Drumore Distillery
1835 - 1860          Tober an Righ / Toberanrigh Distillery
1835 - 1925          Lochruan Distillery
1844 - 1923           Argyll Distillery
                               this is another distillery as the Argyll Distillery founded in 1828
1868  - 1927          Benmore Distillery
1872  - 1925          Glengyle Distillery
1877  - 1923          Glen Nevis Distillery
1879  - 1923          Ardlussa Distillery

The Campbeltown distilleries were quickly able to corner the Glasgow market, a city with
which there had been a good smuggling trade, and thereby ensure the pre - eminence of
Campbeltown amongst the other  distilling areas of Scotland.

In 1897, 1.810,226 gallons of Whisky were made in Campbeltown alone. Success, however,
contained  the seeds of destruction and startling change overtook the trade in the earlier
portion of the present century.

There are probably several causes of the ensuing decline of the Campbeltown distilleries.

Speculators bought large quantities of Whisky causing overproduction which not only led
to their own ruin but also the ruin of several distillers (is there a present day lesson here ?)

Futhermore, it is feared that during the times of plenty some distillers, confident of their
Glasgow monopoly" became careless and produced inferior Spirit which they filled into
poor - quality casks. The result was that Whiskies once known by such phrases as "The
Hector of the West"and "The Deepest Bourdon of the Choir" gained the description of
" Stinking Fish ".

It is true that the distilleries which made such poor Spirit were the first to fail but in their
fall they dragged almost the whole Campbeltown trade with them.

The economic depression of the 1920s and "30s reduced the drinking capacity of Glasgow
so greatly as to emphasise overpoweringly the over production of previous years.

The East and Central Highland distillers were quick to make an entry into Glasgow and by
early  1930s had almost completely displaced the Campbeltown giants.

Only one distillery managed to survive the economic depression and the indiscriminate
Condemnation of Campbeltown Whisky: another distillery, after lying dormant for some
years, was able to restart trading under new ownership.

These two distilleries Springbank and Scotia ( renamed Glen Scotia are the only two  survivors of the 34 built in former years.


Although many of the warehouses of the old distilleries are still in use for various purposes
there is nothing left of the plant and little or nothing of the distillery buildings themselves,
only here and there the crumbling shell of a still - houise or tun - room reminds the Campbeltown people of their century - long boom.

Springbank and Glen Scotia have succeeded in overcoming the former Campbeltown stigma
and are appreciated and used by most blending houses, large and small. The even, centre -
of - the - palate flavor which made the campbeltown so famous is the early days is consideredby some to be indispensable in knitting together the many components of a modern blend. It remains to be seen wheter over the years the Campbeltown will again
resume its dominance of the whisky trade.


Springbank Distillery is situated in the heart of Campbeltown and the premises to - day,
comprise not only the original buildings of 1828, but also parts of the extinct distilleries
of Longrow, Riechlachan, , Union, Springside and Argyll.

It was originally the fourteenth distillery to be built in the golden days of the early 19th
century  but is now the senior and larger of the two remaining distilleries.

It is in the nearly unique position of being the only distillery left in Scotland which is ex -
clusively  owned and controlled by the original family of distillers.


The story of the Mitchell family is in a way a history of recent Campbeltown distilling
and it is impossible to give an account of Springbank Distillery without mentioning
several of the other distilleries of old Campbeltown.

Local records suggest that the Mitchell family came to Argyll with the second wave of
Lowland settlement about 1660. Many if the family were maltsters and, in the pre
Jacobite days , it must be assumedthat they were also distillers.

Some Mitchells were a little more colouful, for instance James Mitchell, a weaver in
Campbeltown, wasa rebel in the Marquis of Argyle's rising in support of Monmouth in
1685, but his error was counterbalanced by other members of the family, James and
Archibald Mitchell, another Archibald and his son Robert, who in 1692, are recorded
as being Fencible Men of Argyle: in other words they were members of the Home
Guard of those times.

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The history of the Springbank Distillery can be conveniently begun with Archibald Mitchell
( 1734 - 1818 ) a farmer near campbeltown and the great - great grandfather of the dis -
tillery's present  managing director. Archibald's sister married Hugh Ferguson, a maltster
so it is not surprising that Archibald (11) traded as a maltster, the business of his uncle/father - in - law, Archibald ( 11 )'s malt barns were on the site of the future Spring -
bank Distillery and were indeed to become  the original malting of the distillery.

Although it is known from the private ledger of a local coppersmith that Archibald operated
a still for Whisky, he never troubled to put himself on the right side of the law by taking out a licence; it was left to his sons, Hugh, Archibald ( 111 ) John and William and one of his daughters,
Mary, to bring themselves  within the law.

Archibald ( 111 )  was one of the original partners of Riechlachlan Distillery ( 1825 - 1935 ) where
he was later joined by his brother Hugh.

Springbank Distillery was built on the site of Archibald ( 111 ) 's illegal distillery in 1828, by the Reid
Family who were the in - laws of the Mithchells but, as the Reids soon found themselves in financial
troubles , John and Willam Mitchell bought the property in 1837 and thereby  restored their father's
distillery to the direct line of descent. The new and legal  form of J. and W. Mitchell made their first
sale on 14th November 1837, to one Isebela Brown of Campbeltown, who bought 24 gallons at 8s,
5d per gallon. This price included the government duty; the present price of a proof gallon of new
Springbank Whisky is 12 pound 7s, 5d, inclusively duty! Not all the new  firm's  customers were to
disappear into obscurity, like Isebel Brown during the first year of trading, on 8th October 1838, John
Walker of Kilmarnock, bought 112 gallons at 8s, 8d per gallon and all the world knows that this
John Walker 1838 is "still going strong". Samuel Dow of Glasgow, who made an earlier purchase on 12th March 1838 is another well - known name in the trade that has survived through the years.

However, trouble lay ahead, for John and William, who were farmers as well as distillers, quarreled
violently, not about Whisky, but about sheep. William left Springbank to join his brothers at Riechlachan Distillery, so John took his own son into partnership and thus changed the firm's name
to J. and A. Mitchell which it still remains. It should be noticed that William was not content to rest
in partnership with his Riechlachan brothers for, in 1872 he started  Glengyle Distillery as sole pro -
prietor. Neither , for that mather, did John  remain satisfied with Springbank and, in 1851, he was
one of three partners that bought out Tober an righ Distillery which had been build by his cousin
Alexander Wylie in 1835.

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The peat used to dry the malt is cut within a few miles of the distillery by the company itself.
Springbank can manufacture all its malt requirements and is one of the few distilleries in
Scotland that can do this. The dried malt is stored in metal bins before being ground into
A course flour or "grist ". The grist is mashed  with hot water in a large iron and copper tun
of convential type and the resulting sweet solution, the "wort "is strained  away from the
undissolved malt husks, the "draff "and is cooled by passing through a paraflow heat exchanger and run into the fermenting vessels the "wash - backs ". The unwanted  draff
is a high quality cattle food and is sold entirely to local farmers. The actual wash - backs are
made of Scottish "boat skin "larch wood, for it is the belief of the proprietors that a steel wash - back, although less expensive to install and maintain gives a distinct taint to the final Whisky, in an analogous manner to the distinctive tone given to a violon by the use of steel strings. In the wash - backs yeast is added to the  worts which then ferment to become a
sour Beer - like liquid called wash.

From this stage onwards operations are acutely watched by officers of H.M. Customs and
Exise to ensure that no alcohol goes into consumption without payment of duty.

The wash is pumped into a large copper still which is heated underneath and also simultaneously, by an internal coil through which superheated steam is passed.

This method of heating a wash - still is the traditional Campbeltown technique and has been
used at Springbank for as long as memory and records indicate; it is thought that no dis -
tilleries outside Campbeltown use this method. The hot vapours that are driven off the
wash are condensed again by passing them trough a long coiled "worm" of copper tube
which is cooled with running water. When all the alcohol has been driven off the wash,
distillation is stopped and the alcohol free "pot ale"  remaining in the still is run to waste

The collected distillate, known as the low Wines is carefully divided into two portions, one
of which is distilled again in a small "doubling still" to give "feints"which are mixed with the remaining low Wines and run into a third still where the final distillation takes place. A
large portion of the Spirit condensed in the final distillation is rejected and it is only an
accurately controlled "middle cut" that is run into the Spirit store for filling the customers

In spite of mechanization that has taken place in recent years all the vital processes in the
manufacture of Springbank Whisky have remained unaltered so theactual quantity of
Whisky produced to - day is only slightly greater than at the beginning of the century.

The water used for malting, mashing and cooling all comes from the Crosshill Loch which
Lies on the outskirts of "Whisky City" about one mile from the distillery.

Article written in the early nineteen sixties by Mr. Hedley G. Wright, the head of the family firm which owns the distillery. He is directly descended from the Mitchells.

2008 Springbank Distillers Ltd, Longrow, Campbeltown                                      

Frank McHardy director of production at Springbank distillery:

A specific variety from a single farm within 8 miles radius of Springbank is selected each

Examples of the barley types grown were in:
2006     Bere
2007     Heart
2008     Optic
2009     Westminster
2010     Belgravia
2012     we have some 20 acres of Bere barley being grown for us on a farm at Machrihanish
Which was in the early part of the 19e centuryused to be owned and farmed by a member
of the Mitchell family, the founders of Springbank distillery

Springbank was closed between 1982 and 1988


1591   The first reference to Campbeltown whisky is recorded in writing
1601   Campbeltown becomes a whisky smuggling centre and the illegal
            production of whisky, then also referred to as "Uisge Beatha",
            for "water of life"is rife.
1660s The Mitchell family, founders of Springbank, come to Campbeltown
            as settlers from the Lowlands. Some family members were already
1814   22 legal distilleries are now in operation in Campbeltown area.
1825   Archibald Mithchell becomes partner at Rieclachan Distillery and
            is  later joined by his brother, Hugh.
1828   Springbank is built on the site of the previously illicit still used by
            Archibald Mitchell and Springbank Distillery is officially founded,
            becoming the 14th licensed distillery in Campbeltown.
1834   As demand for Campbeltown malt increases, Archibald's sister
            Mary Mitchell, builds Drumore Distillery
1837    Brothers John and William Mitchell, Archibald's sons, take ownership
            of  Springbank,. Later, John takes his son into the business, forming
            the company J & A Mitchell.
1838   John Walker of Kilmarnock recognises the burgeoning profile of
            Springbank whisky and puchases 118 gallons.
1872   With demand for Campbeltown malts appearing insatiable, John's
            brother William continues the family venture into the whisky trade
            and Glengyle Distillery is founded.
1891   Campbeltown, with a then population of just 1,969 was reputed to
            be the richest town in Britain per capita.
1900s The turn of the century brings a change of whisky preferences and
            Springbank alter their production accordingly to make lighter whisky
            that was not as heavily peated, using coal rather than peat to dry malt.
1920   Some of the Campbeltown distilleries begin cutting corners to meet
            demand  for whisky, resulting in blenders turning their back on Camp-
            beltown and looking elsewhere for consistently better malt. One by
            one, these distilleries begin to close.
1925   Suffering from the recession at the beginning of the 20th century,
            Glengyle Distillery, after being sold by William Mitchell to another
            company, ceases trading.
1934   Rieclachan closes its doors, leaving only Springbank and Glen Scotia
            operating in the Campbeltown area.
1970   Springbank bottles a 50- year old whisky, distilled in 1919.
1973   Longrow whisky is distilled at Springbank, proving that an Islay - style
           single malt could be produced on the mainland.
1980s Another general downturn in the whisky business sees wave of distilleries
            close across Scotland. Springbank continues to sell whisky, though
            production is sporadic at best.
1989   Regular production resumes at Springbank as demand for whisky begins
            to grow.
1990s Springbank Single Malt's reputation takes off around the world.
            A spate of top quality bottlings are released which cement the
            distillery's repuatation for producing world - class whisky.
1997   Springbank Distillery's newest whisky, Hazelburn, is first distilled.
2000  Hedley G. Wright, the current Chairman of Springbank and great -
           great grandson of Archibald Mitchell, buys the Glengyle Distillery
           buildings, bringing Glengyle back into the hands of the Mitchell
           family line.
2004  The rebuilt Glengyle Distillery, the first new distillery in Campbeltown
            in over 100 years and the first distillery built in Scotland in the 21st
            Century, has its first distillation run. Campbeltown is once again
            reconised as a distinct whisky region.
2008   In the wake of rising stocks and soaring production costs, the distillery
            takes  a six - month break from production to allow new warehousing
            to be built, with the whisky - making process resuming in 2009.
2013   Springbank sells a bottle of the 1919 50- year old for 50.000 pound to
            a Chinese whisky collector.
2014   Today, Springbank is one of the only three distilleries operating the
            Campbeltown area and is the oldest independent family owned
            Distillery in Scotland.   

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