At the southern end of the Mull of Kintyre sits Campbeltown, once regarded as "The Whisky Capital of the World", due to the number of distilleries based there. Today there are only 3 distilleries operational in the town - Glengyle, Springbank and Glen Scotia.
The Campbeltown style is broad and distinctive through all types, from light and delicate through to heavily peated and rich. There is often a briney note in these whiskies, and a character to that is best described by the Scots themselves: foosty, like the musty, earthy smell of warehouses, and old wood.
Campbeltown Region — Kilkerran
Kilkerran 'Cask Strength' 8 years old 56.5%
Selected from a small batch of ex-bourbon barrels, this Kilkerran 8 year old cask strength expression shows the wonderful old-fashioned characteristics of this Campbeltown distillery. Malty and biscuity to start, it builds on a leathery aroma, with pipe tobacco and afternoon high tea notes of sponge cake, clotted cream and key-lime pie. A warmin...
Kilkerran 12 years old 46%
This is the first expression outside of the distillery's popular 'Work in Progress' series and is a watershed moment for the team in Campbeltown. The nose and palate are both so distinctly 'Campbeltown' - slightly foosty (dusty old warehouses) and spiced to start, with hints of dried fruit, malt biscuits and a lemon/citric note. Throughout there...