John Campbell

Distillery Manager

Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is distilled on the remote island of Islay off the West coast of Scotland.

John Campbell was named Laphroaig’s distillery manager in 2006, fulfilling a 12-year-old ambition. He is the first Ileach (native of Islay) to run Laphroaig in its 190 year history. Since joining Laphroaig in 1994, John has worked across the whole distilling process both at Laphroaig and in distilleries including Tormore, Miltonduff and Ardmore.

In July 2001 John returned from Speyside to take up the post as Laphroaig's Brewer. He has since taken the lead to upgrade the distillery and produce a number of successful limited edition bottlings to support the 'Feis Ile' (Gaelic for Islay Festival).

In addition to his role as Distillery Manager, John plays a lead role in promoting Laphroaig around the world. This includes running the distillery's "Friends of Laphroaig" program, which today boasts a 500,000 strong membership from over 150 countries. John Campbell grew up in the shadow of Laphroaig, and now, he's running the distillery!

Established in 1815, Laphroaig is the world’s best selling Islay malt whisky and is known to be the most richly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies. The distillery still owns its own peat moors and produces its own maltings. Its whisky maturation warehouses directly face the sea, which contributes to the very characterful whisky it produces.