Campbeltown Malts Festival 2015

Von der Springbank Society kam gestern ein Update des Festival Programms. Das klingt alles sehr verlockend, aber dieses Jahr wird das bei mir nichts. Aber ein wenig schwelgen darf man ja, oder? Also hier für alle Freunde von Campbeltown Single Malts das Festival Programm.

Ganz am Ende findet Ihr auch die beiden Festival Bottlings – Kilkerran Work in Progress 7

Festival Programm

We’re just getting everything into place for the events which will take place and we’re looking forward to meeting many of you very soon! Our Whisky Shop has recently undergone a major extension with walls being knocked down which lead to the shop next door and we can’t wait for you all to see it! 
I’m just sending out the break down of events once again with a few details added, including information on the special bottlings which will be available at the Springbank Open Day.

Wednesday 20th May 2015

From 10am – Glen Scotia Open Day
At 1pm – Springbank Society Tasting in the Malt Barns at Springbank Distillery – FULLY BOOKED. For any members who will be attending this event, please arrive at the Malt Barns for 12.45pm, ready for the tasting starting at 1pm. 
At 7pm – The Warehouse Dinner at Springbank Distillery – FULLY BOOKED. For members who are attending this, you should have already received an email with details about the evening. Please arrive at the Springbank Distillery gates for 7pm. 
At 9.30pm – Whisky Quiz at Whisky Mac’s Bar & Grill. This will be free to enter and teams of up to 6 will be accepted. There is no need to pre-book your team for this. 
As previously mentioned, the Ardshiel, Craigard House Hotel and Harbourview Grille at the Royal Hotel will also be hosting whisky related dinners for visitors who will not be attending our Warehouse Dinner on the Wednesday night. The menus are attached to this email so if you would like to book a table at any of the hotels, please contact them directly using the numbers at the foot of the menus. Please note that the Craigard House Hotel will be offering their whisky related menu from 19th-23rd May and not only on the Wednesday evening. 

Thursday 21st May

As you are aware, Thursday will be the annual Springbank Open Day with events kicking off in the distillery yard at 11am. The following activities will be taking place throughout the day and evening: 
From 11am-5pm: 
  • A range of masterclasses and warehouse tastings as follows:
* 12pm // Kilkerran Masterclass with Jenny Karlsson 
* 12.30pm // The Distillery Manager’s Springbank Warehouse Tasting (FULLY BOOKED) 
* 1.30pm // Springbank Masterclass with Ranald and guests 
* 2.30pm // The Distillery Manager’s Springbank Warehouse Tasting (FULLY BOOKED) 
* 3pm // Cadenhead Masterclass with Mark Watt and Cameron McGeachy
* 4.30pm // The Distillery Manager’s Springbank Warehouse Tasting (FULLY BOOKED) 
  • Free distillery tours 
  • A selection of over 25 stalls from local businesses 
  • The popular Warehouse Whisky Bar 
  • Fyne Ales
  • Music from local musicians 
  • Hot Food and Cakes 
From 6pm-9.30pm: 
  • Live Music in the yard from Kintyre Schools Pipe Band and popular local band THE WEE TOON TELLERS 
  • The Pizza ‚Volcano‘ selling hand-made pizzas 
  • Drinks tent selling a selection of whisky, spirits and Fyne Ales 
  • The return of the popular ‘Spooks Tour’ around the distillery warehouses 
A new addition to the day will be our ‘Blind Tasting Challenge’. This stall will be located in the yard and it will be £5 per go. There will be 4 different whiskies to taste and you will have to guess the type of whisky (they will all have been made at Springbank), type of cask and the age. Fiona and Janet from our distillery office will be in charge of this so remember to drop by and see how well you really know our whiskies!
You may notice that Cameron McGeachy will now be helping Mark Watt during the Cadenhead Masterclass. Cameron started work in our Campbeltown Cadenhead Shop at the end of March and will be doing various tasks such as conducting tours and tastings for visitors, working on the shop floor and also taking care of all our Cadenhead Club members. He will assist Mark in the Cadenhead Masterclass and is very much looking forward to the experience.
A reminder for anyone who has already booked tickets for the Masterclasses or Warehouse Tastings, there will be no ticket collection area at the Open Day this year. For the Masterclasses, names will simply be ticked off as you enter the Malt Barns so please arrive at the Malt Barns 15 minutes before your booked Masterclass begins. For the Warehouse Tastings with Gavin on Thursday and Mark on Friday, please arrive at the Distillery Office 15 minutes before the tasting is due to take place and the person in charge of the tasting will meet you there before heading round to the Warehouse. 
During the course of the day, some of our staff members will be circulating with short surveys for visitors to complete. It would be great if you could help us out by answering a few questions to get feedback on certain issues. The survey should only take a couple of minutes and everyone who takes part will be given a Springbank Pin Badge so it’s definitely worth your time! :-)

Friday 22nd May

In the last update, I told you we were looking into another activity to take place on the Friday as the boat trips could no longer take place because of the new marina not being ready in time. Unfortunately we were unable to secure another activity for this year so the final plan for Friday is:
At 11am: Architecture Tour of Campbeltown with David McEwan  (Free of Charge)  
At 12pm:   Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting with Mark Watt  (£25 per person)
At 2pm: Heritage Tour of Campbeltown with Alex McKinven  (Free of Charge)
At 3pm:   Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting with Mark Watt  (£25 per person)
Booking is essential for the above tours and tastings and there are only a handful of spaces still available on each so if you would like to book a place on any then please email me to asap. 

Springbank Open Day Bottlings 

We have three exciting bottlings which will be bottled especially for Springbank Open Day 2015. 
The first will be a Springbank 7yo which has been matured in a Fresh Sauternes Hogshead, bottled at 56.9% ABV with only 309 bottles available. This will retail at £50.00 on the day. 
The second will be a special Springbank 21 year old Claret-matured whisky with only 264 bottles available. This will retail at £250.00 on the day and if there are any leftover after Thursday, the bottles will be taken to our Campbeltown Cadenhead’s shop where others will be able to purchase it. The price for buying this after the day will be £280.00.
The third bottling is an Open Day special Kilkerran 9yo Rum Wood, bottled at 58.3% which is being sold in 35cl bottles and costs £30.00.

Upcoming Kilkerran Releases

2015 marks the final year of the Work In Progress series for Kilkerran Single Malt as next year for the twelve anniversary, we will bottle the first official 12 year old bottling. To mark the final year of the WIP series, we have two cracking new releases of Work In Progress 7. The first is the WIP7 Sherry Wood which has been bottled at 46% ABV with 12,000 bottles available worldwide. This will retail at £35.00 per bottle. The second is the WIP7 Bourbon Wood which has been bottled at a cask strength of 54.1% ABV with a more limited 6,000 bottles available worldwide. This bottling will retail at £44.00 per bottle. As always with the WIP series, Society Members will receive their 10% discount on both bottles which will make them £31.50 and £39.60 for our members. 
The bottles will be available from Thursday 21st May onwards but here is a sneak peak at the tasting notes for each to get your taste buds tingling…..
Kilkerran Work In Progress 7 Sherry Wood 
Nose:  Toasted pink marshmallows spinning around fresh rhubarb and green apples. Toffee and treacle adds to the sweetness but an earthy note keeps this whisky well balanced and not overpoweringly sweet. 
Palate:  Heather honey and digestive biscuits. Creamy milk chocolate, black cherries mix with oak and wood spice. A truly complex and interesting dram. 
Finish:  Dry nutty finish with some gentle peat lingering along with some further oak notes….delicious! 
Kilkerran Work in Progress 7 Bourbon Wood
Nose:  Immediate hit of lush green apples mixed with marzipan and hot baked vanilla buns. A gentle smoke hugs the fruit notes throughout. Let it breathe in the glass for a quarter of an hour and you are greeted by immense madagascan vanilla pod seeds in a warm full fat milk. 
Palate:  Puff of smoke mixed with tangy apple, yet elegant and mature – fantastically well rounded dram. 
Finish:  Long, smooth and luxurious. 
I’m going to be out of the office quite a bit over the next week getting everything organised for the festival but I will try to reply to all festival enquiries as quickly as I can. I will begin replying to all other enquiries and orders week commencing 25th May. 
Mairi Paterson
For the Springbank Society