This is the benchmark for peated whisky from the Scottish mainland. Campbelltown icon Springbank produces three malts, and Longrow is the heavily peated of the group. Oily with notes of malt, melted wax and a touch of dried figs greet your senses. Almonds and sea salt take over leading through a long finish with a touch of citrus. Simply gorgeous.
Now home to only 3 distilleries, Campbeltown was once known as the "whisky capital of the world" with as many as thirty active distilleries. Of the three remaining today, Springbank reigns supreme with their lightly-peated malt. In 1973 Springbank's chairman challenged the status-quo and tasked his team with crafting an Islay-style malt (heavily-peated) at their facility. The experimental whisky, codenamed Longrow, was a great success and has built a cult following, and in 1992 it was made part of the permanent lineup. Production remains limited to just a few thousand cases each year, with a minute amount making it stateside.