Glen Scotia

Glen Scotia Distillery


  • Founded: 1832
  • Status: Operational
  • Region: Campbeltown, Scotland – Campbeltown, Argyll PA28 6DS +44(0)1586 552288
  • Online: https://www.glenscotia.com/

History Glen Scotia Distillery was founded in 1832, and has been operating for approximately one hundred and eighty years. Situated in Campbeltown, one of the recognised 5 Whisky producing regions of Scotland and has a formidable pedigree. Campbeltown is a small town on the Kintyre peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, affectionately known as the “Wee Toon”, and the Victorian Whisky Capital of the World. At its peak in the 1800’s there were 21 distilleries in this small town with approx. 170 distilleries operating at that time in the UK (129 of those in Scotland) Campbeltown still has 3 operating distilleries; Glen Scotia, Springbank, 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 1837 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 horizontally across High Street which is a street in Campbeltown. In 2014, the distillery was bought by Loch Lomond Group who have since gone on to invest heavily in the site with the majority of the engineering work planned out and managed by the distillery manager, Iain Mc Alister. Glen Scotia currently operates with a staff of just seven employees. It is believed there is one manager, one shop manager and five distillery operators. Despite this, Glen Scotia is still one of the smallest in Scotland. The current annual production levels stand at around 500,000 litres and following significant investment, rising to 500,000 plus litres per annum.


The Whiskyphiles tasting notes

Official Bottling
  • Glen Scotia Select Cask 627 Glen Scotia 9 Years Old 2001 Select Cask 627 (2015) - Glen Scotia 9 Years Old 2001 Select Cask 627 (45%, OB, Bourbon Barrel, 330 Bottles, 2011) Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery Bottling: Official, Distillery Only ABV: 45% […]
  • Glen Scotia 10 Years Old (2015) - Glen Scotia 10 Years Old (46%, OB, 2012) Glen Scotia Distillery Loch Lomond Group 46% ABV £34.33 Score: 80/100 What they say: Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered. Tasting Notes: Colour: Light camomile […]
  • glen scotia 10 peated 46 Glen Scotia 10 Years Old Peated (2019) - Glen Scotia 10 Year Old Peated whisky review: A delicate balance of peat and lots of sweet influences, their is a little oily wax and masses of coconut and lychee. The result is one of those surprising whiskies you expect to be harsh on the palate due to the smoke on the nose - but instead it's like a creamed banana & tropical fruit smoothie. Some nice herbal woody influences too make this feel a lot older than 10 years! 87/100
  • Glen Scotia 12 Years Old (2015) - Glen Scotia 12 Years Old (46%, OB, 2012) Glen Scotia Distillery Loch Lomond Group 46% ABV £37.33 Score: 82/100 What they say: Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered. Official tasting notes: Colour: Barley […]
  • glen-scotia-14-year-old-tawny-port-finish-campbeltown-malts-festival-2020-whisky Glen Scotia 14 Year Old Tawny Port Finish (2020) - Full of jammy red fruits, peat smoke and oily coastal influences, mixed to perfection. 88/100
  • glen-scotia-15-year-old-whisky Glen Scotia 15 Years Old (2019) - Glen Scotia 15 Year Old whisky review: A robust, briny and oily Campbeltown expression with a delicate hint of smoke throughout. 86/100
  • Glen Scotia 16 Years Old (2015) - Glen Scotia 16 Years Old (46%, OB, 2012) Glen Scotia Distillery Loch Lomond Group 46% ABV £49.33 Score: 84/100 What they say: Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered. Official tasting notes: Colour: Lemon […]
  • Glen Scotia 18 Years Old (2015) - Glen Scotia 18 Years Old (46%, OB, 2012) Glen Scotia Distillery Loch Lomond Group 46% ABV £59.33 Score: 85/100 What they say: Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered. Official tasting notes: Colour: Liquid […]
  • glen-scotia-18-year-old-whisky Glen Scotia 18 Years Old (2019) - Glen Scotia 18 Year Old whisky review: Surprisingly light and creamy, this 18 year old expression is a polar opposite to the usual oily and dirty Campbeltown smoke. Delicious waxy/oily, coastal and sherried on an unpeated malt backbone. 87/100
  • Glen Scotia 21 Years Old (2015) - Glen Scotia 21 Years Old (46%, OB, 2012) Glen Scotia Distillery Loch Lomond Group 46% ABV £77.80 Score: 85/100 What they say: Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered. Official Tasting Notes Colour: Earl […]
  • Glen-Scotia-25-Year-Old Glen Scotia 25 Years Old (2017) - Glen Scotia 25 Year Old (48.8%, OB, 2017) Whisky Review Category: Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery Bottling: Loch Lomond Group ABV: 48.8% Cost: £274.49 What they say: Glen […]
  • glen-scotia-double-cask-whisky Glen Scotia Double Cask (2016) - Glen Scotia Double Cask (46%, OB, 2016) Category: Campbeltown single malt scocth whisky Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery Bottling: Loch Lomond Group ABV: 46% Cost: £36.64 What they say: GLEN SCOTIA DOUBLE CASK SINGLE […]
  • glen-scotia-double-cask-whisky Glen Scotia Double Cask (2018) - Glen Scotia Double Cask whisky review: More smooth and creamier than I remember from our last tasting, much more toffee character too which appears to predominate now giving great body and mouthfeel. 85/100
  • glen-scotia-17-year-old-2000-festival-edition-no-3 Glen Scotia Festival Edition No.3 (2019) - Glen Scotia Festival Edition No.3 whisky review: A very nice single cask expression Glen Scotia. There is a little fruity acidity and sherbety fizz but combined with the salt, spice and peat and also a slightly dusty old wood element this to me comes across more as slightly less active cask that has let the distillate shine through - rather than something overtly youthful tasting at 17 years old. This isn't all citrus and ex-bourbon vanilla, but has a sharpness to it that cuts across the palate like salt and chilli. 88/100
  • glen-scotia-victoriana-54-8-whisky Glen Scotia Victoriana Cask Strength Batch 001 (2019) - Glen Scotia Victoriana Cask Strength Batch 001 whisky review: Following the 18 year old, this one really stood out for me. Perhaps it was the extra ABV or the charred cask and PX influences? I don't really know why but I loved this one, maybe it was just the return to more classic coastal Campbeltown flavours...? 89/100
  • Glen-scotia-warehousemans-edition Glen Scotia Warehouseman’s Edition  (2019) - Glen Scotia 12 Years Old 2005 Warehouseman's Edition whisky review: Unctuous from nose to tail, this peated and Oloroso-finished edition still displays plenty of Glen Scotia distillate DNA. Honey sweet but balanced perfectly with salty maritime influences and a refreshing hit of mint in the middle. 90/100
  • Glen-Scotia-16-Year-Old Glen Scotia 16 Year Old (2017) - Glen Scotia 16 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive (46%, OB, 2017) Whisky Review Category: Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery Bottling: Loch Lomond Group ABV: 46% Cost: £75.00 What […]
Independent Bottling
Cadenhead
  • Glen Scotia 12 Years Old Duthies (2015) - Glen Scotia 12 Years Old Duthies ~ 46% (Cadenhead’s) Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £32.25 for 70cl Score: 83/100 What they say: Distilled at Glen Scotia and matured for 12 […]
Murray McDavid
  • MurrayMcDavidBenchmark Glen Scotia 24 Years Old 1991 Benchmark (2015) - Glen Scotia 24 Years Old 1991 Murray McDavid Benchmark (46%, Murray McDavid, 2015) Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery Bottling: Murray McDavid Benchmark ABV: 46% ABV Cost: £TBA […]
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • SMWS 93.57 Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of this! (2014) - Glen Scotia 21 Years Old 1992 93.57 Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of this! (58.3%, SMWS, Refill Sherry Butt, 407 Bottles, 2014) Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky 58.3% ABV, £84.90 for 70cl Score: […]
  • SMWS 93.61 CalMac welder’s tea break (2014) - Glen Scotia 14 Years Old 1999 93.61 CalMac welder’s tea break (58.3%, SMWS, Refill Bourbon HH, 281 Bottles, 2014) Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky 58.3% ABV, £53 Score: 87/100 What they say: […]
  • 93.94-web SMWS 93.94 The final trawl (2018) - SMWS 93.94 The final trawl whisky review: Yes! A fantastic Campbeltown malt whisky, slightly oily and fishy just as they should be. I loved this one and thought it was going to be my favourite of the tasting. 87/100
Wemyss Malts
  • WM_Strawberry_Ganache_1991 Glen Scotia 21 Years Old 1991 Strawberry Ganache (Wemyss Malts) (2013) - For the experience this was well worth the price. Sadly my budget doesn't stretch to a full bottle and these are likely no longer available to buy. I would definitely try more of the Glen Scotia range and they have just released a stable of multiple age ranges from the distillery of which the 12 year old I came across in travel retail [Brittany Ferries]. I am intrigued to see how intrinsic the strawberry element is within the Glen Scotia distillate, as I am sure it would lend itself well to much more than the sherry cask maturation/finish it enjoyed above. I'm sure a Glen Scotia will end up in my collection before too long! 85/100