Springbank Society Newsletter
I hope you have all had a great Summer and the weather has been kind to you wherever you are. We were very lucky here in Campbeltown with some beautiful weeks of sunshine and it’s with weather like that we all really appreciate the amazing beaches and scenery we have on our doorstep. There has been an increased number of visitors around the town this Summer and it’s a great sight to see.
NEW SPRINGBANK WEBSITE
I’m extremely excited to tell you that we are now in the first stages of having a brand new, 21st century approved website designed for us! If you have visited our current website I’m sure you will agree that it is a little out of date and in need of a modern make over. Glasgow-based Graphic Design Agency, Made Brave will be designing the fresh new website for us and with a number of high end clients under their belt, we are confident they will be able to deliver a website which will reflect the quality of our products.
Andrew and Martin from Made Brave visited us at the weekend and spent two days shooting different parts of the distillery. From just glancing at a few of the creative shots they took, we know we are in safe hands with them. We hope to have the website up and running before the end of this year so I will keep you posted on the progress – I can’t wait to see how it looks!
CAMPBELTOWN MALTS FESTIVAL 2015
Following the success of The Campbeltown Malts Festival 2014, where Campbeltown’s three distilleries worked together to create a 3 day whisky festival, I am pleased to say that the dates for next year have been confirmed. Once again Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia will team up and will hold the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2015 from Wednesday 20th-Friday 22nd May. Like previous years, the Springbank Open Day will fall on the Thursday (21st) with a variety of other events happening on the Wednesday (20th) and Friday (22nd). As always, we have already been thinking of ways to make it bigger and better than the last and we would love your ideas on how you think we could do this! If you have any suggestions on things you would like to see or anything you think could work better then please so share! We would love to hear any feedback you have, although please don’t be too harsh as I may take it personally!
WHISKY SCHOOL DATES 2015
The dates for the Springbank Whisky School 2015 have now been announced and spaces are filling up quickly. For all our new members who maybe haven’t heard of it before, we started the Whisky School in 2007 and it’s where we offer enthusiasts the chance to come and work in the distillery for a week long ‘course’. During the week they will gain knowledge and experience in all stages of the whisky making process including malting, mashing, distilling and bottling as well as gaining some well earned ‘tasting’ experience!!
The dates for next year are:
Term 1: ” Week commencing Monday 18th May 2015
Term 2: ” Week commencing Monday 25th May 2015
Term 3: ” Week commencing Monday 1st June 2015
Term 4: ” Week commencing Monday 8th June 2015
Term 5: ” Week commencing Monday 15th June 2015
Term 6: ” Week commencing Monday 22nd June 2015
Term 7: ” Week commencing Monday 29th June 2015
To find out prices, availability or get some more information, please email Janet at email@example.com.
DISTILLERY SALES TEAM NEWS
We have been very busy at the distillery this Summer with both our day-to-day shop tours and Sales Team visitors. Visitor numbers during the Summer months have seen a steady increase from last year and it’s great to see so many people coming all the way to Campbeltown to visit us.
At the distillery, we are currently in the 5th week of malting which will take us up until Friday 31st October. After this, the guys will head up to Glengyle Distillery where they will start mashing on Wednesday 5th November until we break up for the Christmas holidays.
The Autumn and Winter months are always a busy time for the Sales Team who will be out and about at various shows around the world. Ranald, Melanie, David and Grant have their calendars full for the next few months meaning it will be a very quiet (and peaceful!) office for the rest of us!
I am also very excited to be working my first ever show at the beginning of October! I’m finally being trusted on a trip away and will travel down to London along with David and Grant for the Whisky Exchange Whisky Show which takes place on the first weekend of October. I will hopefully be able to bring a sample of the new Society bottling (due out in October) with me so I hope to see some of you there!
UPCOMING RELEASES INFORMATION ON CURRENT BOTTLINGS
We have recently bottled two new releases which will be hitting shops this week.
The first bottling is the third in the series of Longrow Red. You may remember in 2012 we released Longrow Red which was matured in Cabernet Sauvignon Casks and in 2013 we released a version which was matured in Shiraz Casks. The 2014 edition has been matured in Fresh Port Casks and is magnificent! It is 11 years old and bottled at 51.8% with 9,000 bottles available for worldwide distribution. The price for this is £55.00 and as a Society Member, you will get your 10% member discount, meaning it will cost you £49.50.
The tasting notes for the new Longrow Red are as follows:
Nose: Beautiful sweet fresh summer fruits. Creamy with a hint of peat and classic cigar box notes.
Palate: Very smooth and elegant, particularly for an 11 year old. Good peat influence with the port casks providing lots of juicy current notes: Lingonberries!
Finish: A soft oaty creaminess provokes thoughts of brie and cranberry on oatcakes. Long and sweet.
The second new release this week is the Hazelburn 10 year old which will join the Hazelburn 12 to make up the two core products in the Hazelburn range. The 10 year old is bottled at 46% and is made up of 100% bourbon casks. This will retail at £38.00 and members will of course get their 10% discount on this bottle making it £34.20. The tasting notes for this are:
Nose: Stewed pears and baked apples are followed by honeycomb and fudge notes.
Palate: A lovely and rich whisky with vanilla and honey flavours. Liquorice follows with a refreshing zestiness.
Finish: A refined milk chocolate cream finish which is oily and chewy.
We will be releasing another three exciting bottlings in October/November, including a new Society bottling, so as soon as I have more information on these I will send you all the details!
Earlier this year, we re-designed the packaging for the Longrow 18 year old so that it fitted in with the other products in the Longrow range. Now our Springbank 18 year old has also been given a make over with a more striking colour of purple being used on the label and packaging. The whisky is of course the same – it’s just been given a new look!
Over the past two years, prices at Springbank have only increased in line with duty. Unfortunately with increased production costs (water, oil, electricity, barley and casks are all more expensive than previously), it’s necessary to update our current retail price list. The 10 core products in our range along with their updated prices are listed below:
• Hazelburn 10yo: ” £38.00 (-10% Society discount) = £34.20
• Hazelburn 12yo: ” £50.00 (-10% Society discount) = £45.00
• Springbank 10yo: ” £38.00 (-10% Society discount) = £34.20
• Springbank 12yo: ” £47.00 (-10% Society discount) = £42.30
• Springbank 15yo: ” £53.50 (-10% Society discount) = £48.15
• Springbank 18yo: ” £78.00 (-10% Society discount) = £70.20
• Springbank 21yo: ” £180.00 (-£10.00 for Society Members) = £170.00
• Longrow: ” ” £38.00 (-10% Society discount) = £34.20
• Longrow Red: ” £55.00 (-10% Society discount) = £49.50
• Longrow 18yo: ” £84.50 (-10% Society discount) = £76.05
SHIPPING OUT-WITH THE UK
In the last newsletter, I told you that we had found a new shipping company who are able to ship worldwide for us. The service seems to working very well for almost all countries and we have had some very happy customers who have been impressed by the quick and easy service which has been provided. The main problem we have experienced is when trying to send to some states within the USA, as due to strict laws on importing, they have not been allowed into the state. At the moment we are having problems shipping to the following states:
• North Carolina
• New York
We are currently working on a way round this problem but unfortunately until we find a resolution we will not be able to ship to the above 9 states. If you live in a state which is not listed then it should be possible to get bottles shipped to you. If anyone would like another copy of the shipping prices for different countries then please let me know and I can get this emailed over to you.
Anyway, I think that is all the news I have at the moment so thank you for reading and I will be in touch in the next few weeks with news of the upcoming bottlings.
For the Springbank Society
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