Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A visit to... Springbank


One of the few distillery which's making everything on their own. From malting to bottling and labelling. And you can feel that the people put their heartblood into their work... the result is one of my favorite whiskys beside the Islay stuff.

I am talking about Springbank, which is producing Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn Single Malt Whisky. The special thing - and also the big difference between those three whiskys is the following:
  • Longrow is distilled 2-times after the malt has been dried 48 hours with peat smoke.
  • Springbank is distilled 2.5-times (the faints will be put back to the second distillation step) after the malt has been dried for 6 hours with peat smoke.
  • Hazelburn is distilled 3-times and the malt is unpeated.

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Malting floor



Peat





The storage "computer"


Malt mill



Casks


Spirit safe










Warehouse

Warehouse

Warehouse

Inside the bottling hall



After the fantastic tour I also had a tasting at the Cadenheads Shop in Campbeltown which made the whole Springbank experience really perfect. good hosts with a great selection of whisky, I felt like a little kid in a toy shop...




  • Hazelburn 12 yo., Bourbon Cask



    • Kilkerran 9 yo., Bourbon Cask


    • Springbank 12yo., Calvados Cask


    • Longrow 11yo., Roundlets & Kilderkins


    • Longrow Peated


    • Longrow 9yo., Open Day 2012

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    06/05 - Beer, BBQ and... CIGARS, Day 3


    Day 3 started a bit later. People were exhausted from the day before... I heard comments like "too much food", I cannot imagine why...

    Anyhow: we met around 10 at the location and while enjoying some coffee and homemade cake we also smoked some more excellent cigars. I had a Diplomaticos No. 4 from the 70s and a Montecristo No. 4, Dunhill Selection also from the 70s.

    Cleaning up was done quickly with everybody's help and in around midday the people left to hit the road for the way home.

    Even though the weather was really crappy this weekend with pouring rain during big parts of the days, we had a great time and I am sure it wasn't the last time that we'd a BBQ and cigar weekend like this...

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    Report of day 1: http://bit.ly/292Y32N

    Report of day 2: http://bit.ly/29b86Bb

    Sunday, June 19, 2016

    06/04 - Beer, BBQ and... CIGARS, Day 2


    Day 2 starting, after a short night, with bacon, eggs and homemade Mexcio style sausages. A while ago a made a few kilograms of sausages therefore I had the idea to bring some of those for breakfast... and the people liked them! In combination with the fresh eggs from the Eichhof in Balgach and some bacon, it was a perfect starter in a new day... followed by an excellent Montecristo Millenium Robusto and a Jeroboam bottle of a Bavarian beer (shared with all, not only for me...).

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    On of the first things before I started to prepare the breakfast was to fire up all of the 4 Big Green Eggs, because I had to prepare some more stuff for lunch and dinner. Babyback Ribs and Chicken Wings for lunch, Pulled Pork, Brisket and Baked Beans for dinner. I think the amount of meat was slightly to much (well, 2 or 3 had to cancel their participation on short notice) but I didn't want to run out of meat, leaving back the people with a hungry stomach... therefore we'd around 8 kg of each. Plus 4 kg of Baked Beans. Guess what: nobody was hungry anymore in the evening!






    One of hte highlights on the schedule for Saturday was a beer tasting with Swiss craft beer. Initially I planned to make it together with the guys of Bierfactory but finally they'd to go to a beer festival in Lausanne. Due to this it was up to me to tell the people something about all the different beers we had... I hope I explained everything correctly. Here's a list of the beers we tried:
    • Bierfactory Hymn Bier (Sour beer with raspberry)
    • Pilgrim Osterbier (Weizenbock)
    • Liechtensteiner Brauhaus Bockbier
    • Liechtensteiner Brauhaus Coffee Stout
    • Bierfactory Nein Finger (Chocolate Porter)
    • Pilgrim IPA
    • Bierfactory Fatal Error (Double IPA)
    • Pilgrim Imperial Stout
    • Bierfactory Vladibier (Russian Imperial Stout)
    • Bodenseebräu Trappattoni (Belgian Style)
    • Pilgrim Triple
    During the beer tasting I smoked a Partagas 160 Grand Pyramid from the special humidor, it went very well with all the different beers....




    After all that beer we were in need of some more food... maybe not all of us as we had a very good lunch but the brisket, the pork and the beans were ready to be eaten. So I called for another round of food which luckily everybody liked! But all were really full afterwards and took a nap or went away for a walk... of course we also enjoyed some more excellent smokes like a Dunhill Mojito or a Trinidad Torre Iznaga from the Book humidor 2006.







    Report of day 1: http://bit.ly/292Y32N

    Report of day 3: http://bit.ly/290F0VJ