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“Two distilleries in one great tour. Fabulous tasting.”

Springbank Distillery
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Campbeltown
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Owner description: Springbank Distillery is one of the main visitor attractions in Campbeltown, Kintyre. It is one of three distilleries remaining in Campbeltown which, in the 19th century, was classed as 'The Whisky Capital of the World'. Established in 1828, Springbank is the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland and is the only distillery in Scotland to carry out the full production process on one site - from the traditional floor maltings through to the bottling.
Reviewed July 11, 2011

We visited Springbank and Glengyle distilleries (both owned by the same independent company and only a few minutes walk apart) as part of a full on long-weekend of distillery tours.

We had been given a treat the day before with a visit to Glengoyne and so expectations were high for this visit. We weren't to be disappointed. We arrived slightly early for the tour we had booked and wandered around the courtyard for a few minutes. We were lucky enough to have a chat with the general manager and a couple of members of staff during this time.

Then Jim arrived. Straight away you could see the twinkle in his eye - Jim is a legend! He took us on one of the most knowledgeable tours into whisky distillation we have ever had. He sensed our enthusiasm and it seemed to spur him on. He opened up to us in a really positive sense and really gave us an insight into the distillery and the industry.

Springbank itself is a well run, well presented distillery in a centre-of-town location. Not the most attractive from the outside but once inside it is a wonderful tour.

We were then taken to Glengyle distillery, owned by the same company, which was just around the corner. Jim explained to us that this distillery currently only produces for a very short period every year - around a month. The same men move from Springbank and work here during that time. Apparently then love it at Glengyle because, as it is a new distillery, everything is in one place and easily managed.

It was sad and strange to be in a distillery with so much investment and so much attention to detail, but which only produces for 4-5 weeks a year.

Jim then showed us to the Cadenhead shop in Campbeltown which is where the tasting took place. We were given a taste of 7 or 8 drams by the shop manager who allowed us pretty much free reign over which ones we tried. At the end of this we all took the opportunity to bottle our own whisky direct from a cask in the cellar area (cost extra).

Overall we spent well over 2 and a half hours and had a great time. The tour cost £20 which is great value considering the amount of time spent. Thanks for a great time all!

3  Thank si_j_peacock
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Reviewed September 17, 2010

My wife and I took this tour although neither of us are scotch drinkers. It was very interesting and very well done. It is a small distillery where things appear to be done as close as possible to the old methods. I have only taken one other distillery tour and that was many years ago, but I remember it as being much less personal and a more modern, antiseptic look at distilling scotch. My wife even tried some of the scotch afterwards and admitted to feeling better after having done so!

4  Thank rifrog
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Reviewed September 7, 2010

We looked at Springbank distillery from the outside, and had trouble finding the shop where the tours can be booked.. It is in a completely different street at the Whisky Shop.

I decided not to take the tour, as I was visiting distilleries elsewhere in Scotland. I now know this to be a mistake, as this distillery is one of the few to demonstrate the whole process of Whisky production.

So, even if you've seen a distillery before, take this tour.

3  Thank alias_Ned_Flanders
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