Mark and I have over 40 years experience in the Scotch Whisky industry between us and, after many years of working for other people, we decided that now was the time to strike out on our own.
We established Campbeltown Whisky Company Ltd. in January this year and, thanks to an incredibly successful Crowdfunder campaign, will be bottling our first cask (for Crowdfunders only) under our own independent bottling brand, Watt Whisky, in August of this year. This will be followed by our first general release later in the year.
Our home in Campbeltown
Campbeltown, as many whisky fans will know, has a rich distilling heritage. Once home to over 35 distilleries, there are now 3 continuing this great tradition. Despite the vast numbers of distilleries that have been established here over the years, to our knowledge there has never been an independent bottler established in the town (Cadenhead’s moved here in 1972 from Aberdeen), until now anyway.
We’ve chosen Campbeltown as a base, not just because of its great whisky heritage but also because it is our home! By setting up our business here, we hope to add to the already impressive whisky offering for visitors and to contribute to the local community and economy.
We hope to see you in Campbeltown soon to share a dram of Watt Whisky with you and introduce you to our lovely part of the world.
Kate & Mark Watt
Mark Watt, Director
Mark started off at the renowned Quaich Bar in the Craigellachie Hotel at the tender age of 18 before moving to the big city and gaining experience at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Royal Mile Whiskies while studying for his marketing degree at Edinburgh Napier. He then headed up the Sales Team at Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Ltd. before moving to William Cadenhead Ltd. where he became Director of Sales, with full responsibility for cask selection.
Kate Watt, Director
Kate has worked in Sales & Marketing at two of Scotland’s finest family owned distilleries. Firstly at Springbank in her home town of Campbeltown then at Glenfarclas in Speyside. She was responsible for key export markets, mainly in places she speaks the language (France, Spain, Italy, etc). In recent years, she has been hosting tastings and walking tours in Campbeltown.