Campbeltown Loch is marketed by J & A Mitchell. They are also the owners of the Springbank and Glengyle distilleries. Insiders say this affordable blend is created with the single malts Springbank and Longrow with grain from Girvan in the Lowlands (which in turn is owned by William Grants & Son, who also own Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie). I tried it for the first time in 2014, but now was able to get a hold of a 2017 release. This is probably the most pale whisky I have ever seen.
It smells young. Very young. Apples, pears and some apricots with a very delicate hint of peat. Some fish oil and a jute sack in the background. But very soft if not too soft. It does nothing for me.
The arrival is soft and fresh, softly spiced – with a salty lining – but candy-like sweet. Barley sugar, apples, pears and again some apricots. The peat gives just a tad of smoke. Vanilla becomes quite big.
The finish is rather short, with the sweet smoke lingering the longest.
Very accessible card players’ whisky. Nothing earth shattering, but dangerously quaffable. Around 30 EUR.