Let’s take a look at the Glengyle distillery, home of the delicious Kilkerran Single Malt. A range of natural-coloured and non-chill filtered whiskies are to be found here, the kinds of drams that have a rich complexity to them.
Every stage of production occurs in Campbeltown. Crosshill Loch supplies the water, the barley is traditionally floor malted at nearby Springbank and then the award-winning magic happens at Glengyle.
In total, approximately 650 casks are filled at the Glengyle distillery annually, with signature editions being the 8, 12 and 16 year old Kilkerran.
What does the first world war and the prohibition have to do with Campbeltown? Well, those two factors depleted the demand for Campbeltown’s production. Once upon a time, this area boasted 37 distilleries and as a result, became one of the most prosperous parts of Scotland.
Whisky flourishes here for natural reasons. By Scottish standards, the climate is mild and temperate due to the Gulf Stream. Secondly, you’ve got excellent soil fertility and an abundant supply of peat. Thirdly, the crystal clear waters are absolutely top-notch for creating incredible tipples.
What else made this a prime spot for whisky? Great local talent, a fantastic natural harbour for shipping as well as strong canal and rail links. Today, you can get a taste of the heritage and sample some of Campbeltown’s breathtaking beauty at the same time.
Once dubbed the ‘Whisky Capital of the World’, the burgh (meaning town or borough) of Campbeltown is still a force to be reckoned with when it comes to rich and robust whiskies. You’ll discover smidgens of salt, smoke, fruit, vanilla and toffee all immersed in the diverse distilleries here.