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Region Profile: Campbeltown

Mon, Jul 10, 23  |  scotch whisky whisky

Campbeltown Scotch Whisky

The Campbeltown region of Scotland is located on the Kintyre Peninsula on the country’s west coast. At one time a home to over 30 distilleries, Campbeltown now has only three active distilleries: Springbank, Glen Scotia, and Glengyle.

Campbeltown Scotch Whisky has a distinct character and is known for its complexity, depth, and maritime influence. The coastal location and proximity to the sea plays a role in shaping the flavor of Campbeltown whiskies. Historically, Campbeltown whiskies were highly regarded and often referred to as the “whisky capital of the world.”

Often exhibiting a combination of characteristics, Campbeltown whiskies can have unique flavor profiles. They can be peaty, though not as intense as Islay whiskies, and may have a briny or salty quality due to the sea air. Campbeltown whiskies are often described as oily or robust, with flavors of malt, nuts, dried fruit, and a hint of spice.

The most well-known distillery in Campbeltown is Springbank, and it is highly regarded for its traditional production methods. Performing every aspect of the whisky-making process on-site, from malting the barley to bottling the final product, Springbank whiskies are known for their complexity, featuring a range of flavors including fruity notes, earthy tones, and subtle smokiness.

Glen Scotia is another distillery in Campbeltown that produces a variety of whiskies, offering expressions with different flavor profiles, including peated and non-peated options. They are often characterized by their fruity and spicy notes, with hints of vanilla and oak.

The newest addition to the Campbeltown whisky scene is Glengyle, also known as Kilkerran. After being closed for several decades, they have revived whisky production in the area. Glengyle whiskies tend to be lightly peated and exhibit flavors of citrus, malt, and a touch of spice.

While no longer the hub for whisky production that it once was, the whiskies produced in Campbeltown continue to be appreciated for their unique and distinct qualities. Campbeltown whiskies offer enthusiasts an opportunity to explore a style that is often regarded as niche within the broader Scotch whisky landscape. 

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