Campbeltown 1997 (Whisky Sponge)

According to the label this is unblended triple-distilled Campbeltown whisky, which leads us to Hazelburn production at Springbank distillery (around 10% of their total output).

The second Whisky Sponge release after the excellent Glen Moray 1981.



Campbeltown 1997 - Whisky SpongeCampbeltown 21 yo 1997 (55%, Whisky Sponge 2019, bourbon barrel, 178 btl.)

Nose: a fresh, citric spirit with traces of Springbank. That means gravelly notes, chalk and a hint of aspirin but also more fruity notes. Lime, grapefruit, evolving towards pineapple and coconut cream. Light floral touches as well.

Mouth: same fruity core (this time bananas, peaches, sweet grapefruits and oranges) with chalky notes again, hints of wax candles, coconut flakes and spice (pepper, liquorice). Grassy touches, ginger and faint fragrant notes (potpourri style, but not quite). Not a classic combination but very interesting.

Finish: not too long, mostly on green fruits, coconut and bourbon wood.

I am generally not the biggest fan of Hazelburn but this is really good. It feels like a Springbank with added fruits. Around € 260, still available from Copper Monument.

Score: 88/100