1591, in fact, we record the first reference to Campbeltown whisky writing.
1601, Campbeltown becomes a whisky smuggling centre and the illegal production of whisky. It is also referred to as Uisge Beatha, Gaelic for ‘water of life’ is rife.
1660s, The Mitchell family, founders of Springbank, come to Campbeltown as settlers from the lowlands. Some family members were already maltsters.
1814, 22 legal distilleries are now in operation in the Campbeltown area.
1825, Archibald Mitchell becomes partner at Rieclachan Distillery and is later joined by his brother, Hugh.
1828, we build Springbank on the site of the previously illicit still. In addition, Springbank Distillery is officially founded, becoming the 14th licensed distillery in Campbeltown.
2014, Today, Springbank is one of only three distilleries operating in the Campbeltown area. Moreover, we are the oldest independent family who owns the distillery in Scotland. Learn about the place where our story began.
In fact, our distillery is located in Campbeltown, a picturesque Scottish town situated at the southern end of the Kintyre Peninsula on the glorious west coast.
The date as far back as 1828, combined with those that were used for the now distinct distilleries of Longrow, Rieclachan, Union, Springside and Argyll. As the only Scottish distillery to complete 100% of the production process on site, with human involvement at each and every stage, our distillery is busy and bustling.
It is a fact that no distillery in Scotland is as self-contained as Springbank. Our distillery manager led our expert team to carry out every tasks and complete it on site.