As my journey into whisky continues I find myself falling in love with more and more distilleries and Glen Scotia is just the latest in a long line..
Glen Scotia Distillery
Located in the Campbeltown the distillery was founded in 1832 by two families ( the Stewart’s and Galbraith families ) who ran the distillery until 1895 when Glen Scotia was sold to Duncan MacCallum who in turn sold out to the West Highland Malt Distillers in 1919.. MacCallum buys the distillery back in 1924 after West Highland Malt Distillers go into bankruptcy.
Glen Scotia Distillery is closed just 4 years later and owner Duncan MacCallum unfortunately commits suicide 2 years later in 1930.. Production starts again in 1933 after being taken over by the Bloch Brothers..
Jumping forward to 1984 when the distillery once again closes its doors and sits silent for 5 more years until Gibson International takes over control from Amalgated Distillers Products in 1989 before selling out again in 1994 to Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd who mothballed the distillery once again..
Loch Lomond Group takes control of Glen Scotia in 1999 and re starts production with the help of Springbank and the rest of the history is still been written !!
Glen Scotia 25 year old
Distillery.. Glen Scotia
Age.. 25 years
Cask.. First fill Bourbon ( Finish )
This is Naturally Coloured and NCF..
Nose.. A gentle start that eases into Coastal notes, fresh fruits and a subtle smokey note… Fresh apple peels mingle with candied orange, caramel, poached pear and ripe banana.. Soft spices eventually rise through with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg being complemented by tobacco leaf and an earthy dunnage warehouse aroma..
Palate.. Initially fruity before the spices make an appearance, plenty of earthy notes with that coastal element also showing up..
Finish.. Warming spices with a drying feel..
Thoughts.. A real interesting whisky that delivers exactly what you want from a whisky associated with Campbeltown..
When you first crack open a bottle of what is after all classed as a “flagship whisky” you can certainly have a few pre conceived ideas of what to expect and thankfully this expression does not disappoint !! A touch of elegance that meets Sophistication is a perfect description for this whisky..