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 — Longrow
Longrow 10 years old 'Sherrywood' 46% (C)
Early 'Sherrywood' from Longrow, circa 2000, now discontinued. Longrow, the heavily peated expression from Springbank distillery, has been distilled every year since 1990. However, this particular sherrywood edition is limited and now very collectable.
Longrow is the name given to the peated whisky made at the Springbank distillery. The aroma starts with creamy desiccated coconut, white pepper and a hint of salty brine, with the peat smoke lingering in the background. Sweet and incredibly oily on the palate, it becomes peppery and dry on the finish, with smouldering peat bonfire smoke and a mu...