Our whisky

Clan Campbell Scotch Whisky, crafted in the pure Scottish tradition, is made of the finest malt and grain whiskies distilled and aged in Scotland in oak casks. Clan Campbell is produced to exacting standards following, tried, and tested, traditional processes which respect the heritage of our land.

Whisky Making Process

Malting

Barley is the cereal most commonly used to make whisky. During the malting process the barley is soaked, germinated, and dried to become what is simply known as ‘Malt’. Malt is bursting with starch which will be converted into sugars in the next stage of the process.

Mashing

The mashing process is all about releasing the sugars from the Malt. The Malt is finely milled to become ‘Grist’ which is then mixed with hot water in a vessel called the Mash Tun. In the Tun, natural enzymes do their work and convert the starch from the Malt into an array of sweet sugars. The resulting liquid is called ‘Wort’ which is packed full of sugar but no alcohol. To create alcohol, we move on to the next step.

Fermentation

During fermentation natural yeast is mixed with the sweet wort in a vessel called a Washback. Over a period of 3 days the yeast converts the sugar into alcohol creating a fruity strong beer called ‘Wash’. Wash is definitely not Whisky though! We need to strengthen and purify this beer so it’s on to the next stage.

Distillation

In this stage we convert the Wash into a crystal-clear spirit. Two consecutive distillations in distinctively shaped Copper Pot Still concentrates the alcohol and creates the malty, fruity, and sweet flavors that we associate with whisky. The spirit is colorless though. To impart color and other key flavors the next stage is crucial.

Maturation

Now we need to slow down and be patient. The spirit is filled into wooden oak casks and left to rest for over 3 years. The spirit interacts with the wood gaining color, complexity, and mellowness. We like to share our whisky though and 2% per year evaporates from the cask into the atmosphere. Affectionately known as the ‘Angels Share’.

Bottling

When the time is right, the casks are hand selected for bottling and we can finally raise a glass of whisky and enjoy it however we choose.

Malting

Barley is the cereal most commonly used to make whisky. During the malting process the barley is soaked, germinated, and dried to become what is simply known as ‘Malt’. Malt is bursting with starch which will be converted into sugars in the next stage of the process.

Mashing

The mashing process is all about releasing the sugars from the Malt. The Malt is finely milled to become ‘Grist’ which is then mixed with hot water in a vessel called the Mash Tun. In the Tun, natural enzymes do their work and convert the starch from the Malt into an array of sweet sugars. The resulting liquid is called ‘Wort’ which is packed full of sugar but no alcohol. To create alcohol, we move on to the next step.

Fermentation

During fermentation natural yeast is mixed with the sweet wort in a vessel called a Washback. Over a period of 3 days the yeast converts the sugar into alcohol creating a fruity strong beer called ‘Wash’. Wash is definitely not Whisky though! We need to strengthen and purify this beer so it’s on to the next stage.

Distillation

In this stage we convert the Wash into a crystal-clear spirit. Two consecutive distillations in distinctively shaped Copper Pot Still concentrates the alcohol and creates the malty, fruity, and sweet flavors that we associate with whisky. The spirit is colorless though. To impart color and other key flavors the next stage is crucial.

Maturation

Now we need to slow down and be patient. The spirit is filled into wooden oak casks and left to rest for over 3 years. The spirit interacts with the wood gaining color, complexity, and mellowness. We like to share our whisky though and 2% per year evaporates from the cask into the atmosphere. Affectionately known as the ‘Angels Share’.

Bottling

When the time is right, the casks are hand selected for bottling and we can finally raise a glass of whisky and enjoy it however we choose.