Campbeltown is one of the regions of Scotland which has the right to mark its own whiskey. The region got its name in honor of the city of the same name, founded here in 1609 by Archibald Campbell, a descendant of an ancient Scottish family.
The small town soon grew to a large municipal center, and the successful production of whiskey played an important role in this.
The region is located in the southern part of Kintyre Island, in a picturesque location with a truly magnificent view of Campbeltown Loch Bay. The peculiar privacy caused by the geographical location, as well as the free spirit of the local expanses inspired the residents to start the production of their own type of whiskeys.
Campbeltown region’s whiskey was produced in large quantities. In total, at the end of the 19th century, 30 enterprises operated in this area. Given the small area of the region, there was the largest number of producers of whiskey compared to other regions of Scotland.
Campbeltown Scotch was incredibly popular, however, the location of trade routes influenced the establishment of sales markets. Most of the drink was delivered to the United States, where alcohol acquired the status of elite and was actively bought up by representatives of the nobility.
However, the crisis in America, which, due to its scale, received the deplorable name of the Great Depression, as well as the adoption of the Prohibition Act, forced Scottish manufacturers to stop working with the Americans. As a result, most distilleries could not quickly rebuild, and many of them were closed.
Campbeltown’s whiskey today is produced by three enterprises that successfully revived the former glory of this region. Their share is only 0.9% of total production. However, these companies focus primarily on quality, so they are in no hurry to increase the amount of alcohol they produce
The style of Campbeltown’s whiskey type is is close to the profile of Islay’s whiskeys. This is not surprising because the areas are not far from each other and both are characterized by being islands.
Campbeltown’s whiskey is distinguished by its recognizable salty smack and intense peaty hues. Experts note the “stability” of his bouquet, in which the overall gamut of colors tastes smooth and confident. These whiskeys have high alcoholic strength, but it is soft on the palate due to the whiskeys’ smooth, silky structure.