This evening, I am posting some images and information on whisky distilling in Campeltown, Scotland.

Historically, there about 30 distilleries in Campbeltown which led to it being designated a whisky region in its own right. However, due to a combination of industry problems and poor grade whisky the region is now limited to three working distilleries, namely Springbank, Glengyle (both under same management) and Glen Scotia

Arguably, Springbank is now the leading producer with its products in great demand owing to management’s strcit adherence to tradition. Springbank produces three different malts: Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn. Glengyle has only recently re-started and hence the product is some years from market.

The following images are from Springbank distillery.

Here is the maturing whisky in barrels

Copper stills

Whisky safe where an expert will determine how heavy the whisky is before entering the cask.

Washbacks where fermentation occurs. Once the wort (sugary liquid) has begun fermentation and has an alcohol content it is classified as ‘wash’.

Tour Guide at Mash Tun where grist (ground barley) is converted to ‘wort’.

The next two images are of the malting area where barley is converted to malt in the traditional way.

The following two images are of Glenbank’s sister distillery, Glengyle.

Campbeltown is somewhat remote but definitely worth a visit. Visitors can fly or drive but, sadly, no ferries at present.

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