Glen Scotia Distillery was founded in 1832; located in Campbeltown, one of the recognized five whisky producing regions of Scotland, the distillery has a formidable pedigree.
Campbeltown is a small town on the Kintyre Peninsula on the west coast of Scotland. It is affectionately known as the “Wee Toon”, and the Victorian Whisky Capital of the World. At its peak in the 1800s, there were 21 distilleries in this small town with approximately 170 distilleries operating at that time in the UK (129 of those in Scotland) Campbeltown still has three operating distilleries: Glen Scotia, Springbank, and Glengyle. These distilleries give a remarkable insight into the history of making whisky in this remote, once prolific, whisky making region of Scotland.
Glen Scotia was formally known as Scotia when it was first founded in 1832 by Stewart & Galbraith and Company. Stewart & Galbraith Co. ran the Distillery for almost 60 years.
Notable industrialist Duncan MacCallum purchased the distillery in 1891 and he constructed the large frontage (Malting Floors) which run along High Street.
The distillery was bought by Loch Lomond Group in 2014.
The current annual production levels stand at around 500,000 liters and following significant investment is expected to rise above that.
The new revamped Glen Scotia range has been simplified down to five core Single Malt expressions:
15 Year Old – 46% ABV
Victoriana – 51.5% ABV
18 Year Old – 46% ABV
25 Year Old – 48.8% ABV
Double Cask – 46% ABV
These have all been created to keep to an authentic ‘Campbeltown Malt style’ culminating in the Victoriana where the distillery has aimed to re-create a modern interpretation of classic Victorian Campbeltown Malt. Glen Scotia Distillery also regularly produces ‘special’ bottlings to celebrate local events, such as the centenary anniversary of the local Campbeltown Picture House.
At the 2015 Campbeltown Malt Whisky Festival, the distillery launched a Single Cask Distillery Edition with 197 bottles coming from a single cask and only made available from the distillery shop in Campbeltown.
Glen Scotia Double Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky (46%)
This Campbeltown single malt is finished in a combination of first-fill bourbon barrels and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks.
Sounds nummy, let’s see!
Glen Scotia Double Cask Scotch Whisky
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