John Campbell presented as new Production Director and Master Blender of Lochlea Distillery

Laphroaig's longtime Distillery Manager moved from Islay to the Lowlands


John Campbell worked on his native home Island of Islay for more than 27 years. He has made a name for himself as Laphroaig's distillery manager. Now he has moved to the mainland, where he will head the team of the young whisky distillery Lochlea as a production director and master blender.

Lochlea Distillery in South Ayrshire has been producing since August 2018, using its own grain: The distillery is part of a 222-acres-farm. The first Lochlea Single Malt Whisky will hit the market in early 2022. The launch that was originally planned for this autumn had to be postponed due to delays in supply chains.

The chance to develop and define a new whisky

John Campbell says: “Moving over to the mainland and joining Lochlea Distillery is an exciting step for my career. It’s an opportunity to develop a whisky that is innovative and distinctive, with a distillery that shares my ethos on quality, environment and sustainability. Getting involved in the process from this early stage means I can help to define what Lochlea becomes. The next few years are going to be incredibly exciting for us and I’m looking forward to us creating something really special.”

Traceable quality from grain to whisky in the glass

David Ferguson, Lochlea's Commercial Manager, adds: “From our first meeting it was clear that John’s values aligned closely with ours as a business. His experience at Laphroaig in growing an iconic global whisky brand over the past 27 years is impressive. Though the most exciting part for me is that he brings new ideas, an emphasis on quality and an entrepreneurial streak which shone through with the Cairdeas bottlings he was responsible for.

Having full traceability from growing our own barley through to maturing every drop of our spirit on site is great, but just as important is the team we’re building to develop the brand. John is another fantastic addition and will undoubtedly help us fulfil the ambitious plans we have for Lochlea.”

A pictured report on the private blog provides some insight into the Lochlea Distillery.

Images: Lochlea Distillery