Is Springbank back to its pre-1980s greatness?
The 1990s were a great time to be a Springbank enthusiast. The distillery was closed for most of the 1980s, and the whiskies that were on the market were distilled in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of those whiskies were amazing, and there were a lot of different bottlings to chose from. And then, of course, there were also the the legendary Longow (peated Springbank) offerings from 1973 and 1974, which I am still savoring in my home bar.
When the post 1980s Springbank whiskies started being bottled at the beginning of this decade, I don’t think they were of the same caliber as previous decades. Some were good; others not so. They have, however, been steadily improving since then. So, my question to you is this:
Do you think the post-1980s distilled Springbank whiskies have now reached the same level of quality as the Springers distilled in the 1960s and 1970?