Kilkerran, 60.3%

Price: $95.00 Issue: Spring 2011 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

Visit Springbank's tasting room and you'll find distillery-only bottlings of all three whisky styles produced by the Campbeltown distillery. But it's this malt that will probably attract the most interest. Glengyle was officially re-opened in 2004, and in recent years Springbank has released a work in progress each year. What makes this unusual is the fact that the maturing malt is held in a cask which is kept at least half full, and each year it is topped up with malt from 2004, through the solera method. This year, then, the oldest malt is six years old. The nose definitely suggests a work in progress, and is immature, rootsy, and meaty, though some orange and citrus fruit notes are there, too. On the palate there's plenty to be encouraged by, with some spearmint and menthol, developing fruitiness, earthy peat, and distinctive salt and spice.