Monday, November 29, 2021


The Ayrshire based Lochlea Distillery, has announced the appointment of former Laphroaig Distillery Manager John Campbell, as its new Production Director.

John will be heading up the production team ahead of the release of the distillery’s inaugural release, which is set to launch in early 2022.

Lochlea Production Director: John Campbell

Moving to the mainland after 27 years working on his native Islay, John will bring his extensive experience and innovative ideas to help shape the future of the farm based Lochlea Distillery.

Commenting on the news, John Campbell, said: “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.”

Lochlea Distillery, is the result of a £6m investment. Planning of the purpose-built facility started in 2014, with everything from the groundwork and foundations, through to installation of the still house equipment, taking four years to complete. Production started in August 2018, with the first casks filled and stock laid down in their on-site warehouse.

Posted by Steve Rush