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UM! Whisky Tour #73: Springbank (Part 1 of 3)

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Published on Feb 26, 2012

Gogsies Campbeltown Extrava'dram'za begins here. Campbeltown once boasted around 30 distilleries back in the first whiskey boom in the latter half of the 19th Century. But then two major disasters struck the industry; 1) the emergence of American prohibition (the only major export at the time) and 2) legendary tea-total PM David Lloyd George introduced a ridiculous tax on barley designed to stamp out alcohol abuse across the country. One by one the Campbeltown distilling dynasty collapsed with only two distilleries surviving to this day... the town is littered with remnants of its great heyday but more of that in a later episode. The next three episodes focus upon Springbank, thanks duly to a truly awesome tour that I felt needed to be uploaded in full...

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