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Whisky Concerns



Glengyle: 750.000 litres
Springbank: 750.000 litres

J. & A. MITCHELL AND & C0, Ltd. Campbeltown

Scotland's oldest distilling family, opened their distillery in 1828 on the site of the
 previous illicit distillery of Archibald Mitchell.
It is unique amongst Scotland's distilleries in that all parts of the production process,
from traditional floor malting to bottling, are carried out in the one location.
It is the only distillery in Scotland to produce three different single malts, Springbank,
 Longrow and Hazelburn.
The hazelburn malt is dried over hot air only, no peat at all is used. Triple distilled.
Not Chill filtered, No added colouring.


Eaglesome was a deli and store operating in Campbeltown’s Reform Square. Up until its purchase by J&A Mitchell in the 1960s, it had no real focus on alcohol. Its new owner – which had operated Springbank distillery since 1897 – used Eaglesome as a means of importing cheaper coal for use at its nearby distillery, although it also transformed the business into more of a whisky specialist and independent bottler.

As well as bottling a range of blends, such as Campbeltown Loch and Eaglesome Blended, Eaglesome produced the Burnside single malt using whisky from Springbank – not to be confused with the Burnside Speyside blended malt.

It also bottled a series of vatted malt miniatures under the name Campbeltown Commemoration, which paid tribute to the region’s closed distilleries, including Glengyle, Drumore and Kintyre.

Springbank was first granted a distilling licence in 1828, and has been under the operation of J&A Mitchell since 1897.

By the 1960s the coal needed to fire Springbank’s stills needed to be purchased through an agent – it couldn't be bought directly. To avoid inflated agency fees, J&A Mitchell acquired Eaglesome Ltd., a high-end deli in nearby Reform Square, which it used as its own private coal agent.

The store had no real focus on alcohol, but under the ownership of J&A Mitchell this soon changed. During the mid-1960s Eaglesome began bottling and selling its own whiskies with a distinct Campbeltown theme.

In 1972 J&A Mitchell acquired independent bottler Wm Cadenhead, and the Eaglesome shop was eventually rebranded as a secondary Cadenhead outlet in Campbeltown, a stone’s throw from the company’s head office at 9 Bolgam Street.

In 1995 Eaglesome Ltd. was renamed Springbank Distillers Ltd, and became the sales and marketing arm of J&A Mitchell, responsible for selling the company’s whiskies all over the world. Not bad for what was originally a humble Campbeltown deli.


Campbeltown Loch

J&A Mitchell & Company (Current owner)
Mitchell's Glengyle
William Cadenhead
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