Whisky Tasting

Straight From the Cask.

As many whisky aficionados know, Campbeltown has a long and storied history as one of Scotland’s principal whisky producing regions—in its heyday at the turn of the twentieth century, it was the largest whisky producing town in the world, with 34 different distilleries. However, the combination of Prohibition and the Great Depression in the United States eventually led to most of the distilleries going out of business. Today, the town is still home to three distilleries—Springbank (Scotland’s oldest family-run distellery), Glengyle and Glen Scotia—whose high quality offerings are known and appreciated by whisky lovers around the world.  A visit to Campbeltown should be on the “must do” list of every serious whisky lover, especially during this year’s Campbeltown Whisky Festival (details below).

Just a short walk from the distilleries, The Royal Hotel is pleased to welcome whisky clubs, societies and all who love whisky to stay with us and experience the world of Campbeltown whisky.  Through Springbank Distillery, the hotel can arrange tours of the Springbank and Glengyle Distilleries and other sites of whisky interest, tastings in Springbank’s Tasting Room and even a special tour with Frank McHardy, Springbank’s legendary Director of Production.  The Royal Hotel also offers private whisky tastings and can arrange whisky-themed dinners hosted by our own Whisky Ambassador, David McDowall.

[For a history of whisky in Campbeltown, see http://www.springbankdistillers.com/note/]

21st and 22nd of May, 2014

Expanding on previous year’s Springbank Open Day, Campbeltown’s premier whisky festival will celebrate all three of the area’s fantastic distilleries: Glen Scotia, Glengyle and Springbank.  The event includes free distillery tours, master classes, local craft stalls, live music, special bottlings, and much, much more!  The festival kicks off an exciting weekend in Campbeltown, which will host both the Kintyre Songwriters Festival and the Mull of Kintyre races that weekend.  This is one weekend in Campbeltown you will not want to miss!  Some details of the festival’s events below.  For more information, email mairi@spingbankwhisky.com.

Wednesday 21st May 

12 noon / Free tour of Glen Scotia Distillery

1.30pm / ‘The best of 10 years’ Society Tasting – exclusive to Springbank Society Members

2.30pm / Free tour of Glen Scotia Distillery

4.00pm / Glen Scotia Masterclass – £25 per person & includes Glencairn glass

Thursday 22nd May 

11.30am / Cadenhead Masterclass with Mark Watt & Grant Macpherson

12 noon / The Distillery Manager’s Warehouse Tasting (3 drams)

1.30pm / Glengyle Masterclass with Jenny Karlsson 

2pm / The Distillery Manager’s Warehouse Tasting (3 drams)

2.30pm / Springbank Masterclass with Ranald Watson 

4pm / The Distillery Manager’s Warehouse Tasting (3 drams)

Masterclasses cost £25.00 each and include a ‘Springbank Open Day’ Glencairn Glass  Email mairi@spingbankwhisky.com for more information.