Longrow Campbeltown Whisky Distillery
Unfortunately Longrow distillery of Campbeltown is no longer with us closing its doors in 1896 however the building still stands housing Springbank Distilleries bottling plant. Springbank like Longrow is based in the town of Campbeltown on the western edge of Scotland on the ‘Mull of Kintyre’ made famous by the Beatles song of the same name. Although no more Longrow single malt scotch whisky lives on being distilled by the neighbouring Springbank distillery. Campbeltown used to boast and amazing 34 legal whisky distilleries meaning the town of less than 5000 people was known globally as the whisky capital of the world. However it fell from grace largely to the railways opening up access to the whisky of the Highlands and Speyside making these whiskies easier to transport. However Campbeltown distillers and business people were the authors of their own downfall being greedy and over charging while cutting corners in whisky production making their product inferior. Today only 3 Campbeltown distilleries remain with Glengyle only revived in 2004.
Longrow single malt scotch whisky is very different from Springbank single malt scotch whisky due to the different production methods used. The main difference is in the heavily peated taste of Longrow as the malt is all dried above a peat fire which Springbank is not. Longrow is also only matured in refill casks has double distillation. This in itself would not usually be of significance however Springbank is distilled 2.5 times. The 10 and 15 year old are the most common Longrow single malt whisky available however there are also some vintage and independent bottlings available.
Taste: Some say the 10 year old is like a weaker version of Talisker however with a little less peat, peppery.