Campbeltown is located on the Scottish west coast on the Mull of Kintyre made famous by the Beatles with their song of the same name. This is not the only musical connection Campbeltown has and has a well-known Scottish Whisky song titled ‘Campbeltown Loch I wish you were whisky’ written by Andy Stewart, the 1st verse and chorus is as follows:
‘Now Campbeltown Loch is a beautiful place,
But the price of the whiskey is grim.
How nice it would be if the whiskey was free
And the Loch was filled up to the brim.
*Campbeltown Loch I wish you were whiskey,
Campbeltown Loch och-aye!
Campbeltown Loch I wish you were whiskey,
I would drink you dry.’
Find the full song at http://www.dranshu.com/2008/12/30/campbeltown-loch-i-wish-you-were-whisky/
Legend has it that in an area full of illicit whisky distilleries the locals used to hide their whisky casks in the loch tied with long ropes when the taxman came calling. When the taxman left the locality they would pull them in, this obviously led to damage and whisky would leak into the loch leading the locals to believe the loch over the years had become at least part whisky.
The Mull of Kintyre is part of an area known as Argyll & Bute and Campbeltown was once a massive whisky production area however US prohibition sadly killed off many distilleries. Tourism is now the largest industry in the area with golfing, fishing sailing the favourite pastimes. The whiskies here are usually strong on the nose, dry and with a hint of the salty sea air about them due to their locality. There are now sadly only 3 distilleries in production which are Springbank, Glen Scotia and the newly opened Glengyle. Springbank probably the most well-known produces the unpeated Hazelbank and peated Longrow.
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