Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Rare and selected Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Situated at the sea and surrounded by mountains, Campbeltown is a small town at the end of the Kintyre peninsula and was up in the mid-19th century the center of whisky production and through its protected location a stronghold for illegal distillers. As with license legally Whisky was to be fired, the city had at the height of 34 distilleries why she describes herself as whisky capital of the world. As the peat deposits in the area of ​​the peninsula were just the beginning of the 20th century and also there harvested grain was no longer sufficient for all distilleries, the production of whisky in this region was worth less and less and the Prohibition in the United States (1920-1933), whereas a large proportion of Campbeltown whiskys was exported, ensured that many distilleries had to give up and were closed.
Nowadays, there are only three active distilleries in Campbeltown, producing an aromatic and exceptional whisky that are Springbank, Glen Scotia and Glengyle. Of these, Springbank is certainly by far the most successful and best the best known. The distillery produces three different whiskys and it is placed on tradition in the production of single malts much importance that fillings are not chill-filtered and without color additives - unlike most other brands and one of the few distilleries in Scotland that in each step of the Whisky production itself performs, from malting barley to bottling the bottles.
The distillate is aged in former bourbon or sherry casks, although Springbank also experimented with rum casks. The ten-year standard bottling has 46% ABV, but also a filling with 57% ABV is available. Longrow Single Malt is a highly peated whisky. The standard filling Longrow is a ten year old whisky is aged in ex-bourbon casks, during a ten-year variation is bottled from a sherry cask. It is also an experimental filling of a Hungarian Tokaji cask available. Hazelburn Single Malt, the latest variant, was first produced in in 1997. Hazelburn is a triple distilled, not peated whisky without smoky aromas and tastes pleasantly light.

A few hundred meters from the Springbank distillery, a small road, stands the Glengyle distillery. In the early years of the new millennium, the company Mitchells was Glengyle Ltd. founded to renovate the Glengyle distillery and rebuild. Were over the next four years the building housed taking into consideration of preservation and the local conditions, on a new standard. Two new gigantic stills from Invergordon, mixing and fermentation tanks were installed with the other relevant equipment. Production in the new Glengyle distillery began in 2004. The whisky was launched of 2009. The whisky from the new Glengyle distillery is bottled under the name Kilkerran. This happens for two reasons: firstly, the confusion with a same Vatted avoid Malt, secondly, because whisky from Campbeltown are not traditionally named after a Glen.

The exception to this rule is Glen Scotia. Glen Scotia had been shut down on some phases of the last century, especially in the 1980s. The distillery was reopened with new facilities and is open to visitors. The distillery had a very stable existence in the 19th century. From 1832 until 1895, the original original license was valid, then the owners changed twice before it was decommissioned in the 1920s. For a while, the distillery belonged to the owners of the Scapa Distillery on Orkney, from across the country and the firm Gibson International, to the production in 1994 was set in turn. New owner was the Loch Lomond Distillery Co. Ltd. The buildings included the malt store and granaries are from the Victorian era and the distillery building is preserved in its original state. There are used two of the three formerly individual stills. The water comes from both the Crosshill Loch and from the distillery own well over 25 meters deep. Glen Scotia has 2000 barrels in stock, which are prepared for bottling of a fourteen year old single malts with 40% ABV. Glen Scotia is a slightly smoky, salty Malt with a very strong nose and a long finish despite the delicate structure.

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