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At one point, Campbeltown was the whisky capital of the world, boasting more than 30 different single malt distilleries.
Indeed, there was so much whisky in the town that it was immortalised in a folk song, the chorus of which went: "Campbeltown Loch I wish you were whisky, I would drink you dry!" Unfortunately, American Prohibition hit the region hard, and the number of distilleries dropped to just two: Springbank and Glen Scotia. These two have been joined recently by Glengyle, which bottles whisky under the name Kilkerran.
Campbeltown is located at the end of the Kintyre peninsula, found to the west of Glasgow. Surrounded on all sides by the sea, whisky made in this region has a distinctly maritime tang and often features a wisp of peat smoke. The Campbeltown hallmark flavour is as a particular "earthy funk" flavour that is only found in this region...