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Glen Scotia

Glen Scotia Distillery

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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.

Glen Scotia Whisky Reviews:

  • Glen Scotia 10 Years Old ~ 46% (Glen Scotia Distillery) - Review: Glen Scotia 10 year old single malt scotch whisky Glen Scotia Distillery – Loch Lomond Group 46% ABV, £34.33 for 70cl from Master of Malt Score: 80/100 What they say: Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered. Tasting Notes: Colour: Light camomile tea Body: light fresh and full of vitality Nose: It opens slowly with aromas of […]
  • Glen Scotia 12 Years Old – Duthies ~ 46% (Cadenhead’s) - Glen Scotia 12 Years Old – Duthies 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 years in oak casks (small batch) before producing 786 bottles at 46% ABV, bottled by Wm Cadenhead’s as part of their Duthies range. What I […]
  • Glen Scotia 12 Years Old ~ 46% (Glen Scotia Distillery) - Glen Scotia 12 year old single malt scotch whisky Glen Scotia Distillery – Loch Lomond Group 46% ABV, £37.33 for 70cl from Master of Malt Score: 82/100 What they say: Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered. Official tasting notes: Colour: Barley Sugar Body: Light and fresh and more complex than the (new) 10 year old. Nose: […]
  • Glen Scotia 14 Years Old 1999 93.61 CalMac welder’s tea break ~ 58.3% (SMWS) - Glen Scotia 14 Years Old 1999 – 93.61 CalMac welder’s tea break Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky 58.3% ABV, £53 for 70cl from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Score: 87/100 What they say: On the nose, the sweet charabanc of sugar puffs, Crunchy-nut cornflakes, fudge cookies, honey and chocolate flapjacks collided into the savoury wall […]
  • Glen Scotia 16 Years Old ~ 46% (Glen Scotia Distillery) - Glen Scotia 16 year old single malt scotch whisky Glen Scotia Distillery – Loch Lomond Group 46% ABV, £49.33 for 70cl from Master of Malt Score: 84/100 What they say: Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered. Official tasting notes: Colour: Lemon Tea Body: Deeper with subtle spice Nose: Initially sweet toasted malt, digestive biscuits and honey […]
  • Glen Scotia 18 Years Old ~ 46% (Glen Scotia Distillery) - Glen Scotia 18 year old single malt scotch whisky Glen Scotia Distillery – Loch Lomond Group 46% ABV, £59.33 for 70cl from Master of Malt Score: 85/100 What they say: Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered. Official tasting notes: Colour: Liquid honey Body: Subtle mellow richness Nose: A good balance of sweet and bitter fruit underpinned […]
  • WM_Strawberry_Ganache_1991 Glen Scotia 21 Years Old 1991 – Strawberry Ganache ~ 46% (Wemyss Malts) - ‘Strawberry Ganache’ Glen Scotia 21 Years Old 1991 (Wemyss Malts) Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £100 for 70cl Score 85/100 What they (MoM) say: From http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/glen-scotia/strawberry-ganache-1991-wemyss-malts-glen-scotia-whisky/ With the alluring name “Strawberry Ganache”, this is a 1991 vintage from Wemyss Malts. It was distilled at Glen Scotia before maturation in a single cask for 21 […]
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society Glen Scotia 21 Years Old 1992 93.57 Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of this! ~58.3% (SMWS) - Glen Scotia 21 Years Old 1992 – 93.57 Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of this! Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky 58.3% ABV, £84.90 for 70cl Score: 86/100 What they say: The nose was both interesting and appealing appeal from sherry-soaked Christmas cake honeyed apricots balsamic-glazed pears spun sugar dark toffee and gorse flowers; and interesting thanks […]
  • Glen Scotia 21 Years Old ~ 46% (Glen Scotia Distillery) - Glen Scotia 21 year old single malt scotch whisky Glen Scotia Distillery – Loch Lomond Group 46% ABV, £77.80 for 70cl from Master of Malt Score: 85/100 What they say: Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered. Official Tasting Notes Colour: Earl Grey tea. Body: Medium weight with a smooth texture. Nose: Fresh citrus and tangerine flavours […]
  • MurrayMcDavidBenchmark Glen Scotia 24 Years Old 1991 – Benchmark ~ 46% (Murray McDavid) - Review: Glen Scotia 24 Years Old 1991 – Murray McDavid Benchmark Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery Bottling: Murray McDavid Benchmark ABV: 46% ABV Cost: £TBA Score: 88/100 What they say: Benchmark GLEN SCOTIA 1991 Autumn 2015 On the Kintyre Peninsula, on the west coast of Scotland, in the heart of […]
  • Glen Scotia Select Cask 627 Glen Scotia 9 Years Old 2001 Select Cask 627 ~ 45% (Glen Scotia Distillery) - Review: Glen Scotia 9 Years Old 2001 Select Cask 627 Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery Bottling: Official, Distillery Only ABV: 45% Cost: £45 Score: 85/100 What they say: Single cask bottling, matured in oak casks, no chill filtration, no colouring. Cask No. 627 Date Distilled: 5th November 2001 Date of […]
  • glen-scotia-double-cask-whisky Glen Scotia Double Cask ~ 46% (Loch Lomond Group) - Review: Glen Scotia Double Cask Category: Campbeltown single malt scocth whisky Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery Bottling: Loch Lomond Group ABV: 46% Cost: £36.64 from Master of Malt What they say: GLEN SCOTIA DOUBLE CASK SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Our Double Cask is matured in our finest oak barrels then finished in a combination of first fill […]
  • Glen-Scotia-25-Year-Old Glen Scotia 25 Year Old ~ 48.8% (Loch Lomond Group) - Whisky Review: Glen Scotia 25 Year Old Category: Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery Bottling: Loch Lomond Group ABV: 48.8% Cost: £274.49 buy from Master of Malt What they say: Glen Scotia 25 Year Old The whisky has been gently matured in our finest American oak barrels before being married in first fill […]
  • Glen-Scotia-16-Year-Old Glen Scotia 16 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive ~ 46% (Loch Lomond Group) - Whisky Review: Glen Scotia 16 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive Category: Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery Bottling: Loch Lomond Group ABV: 46% Cost: £75.00 What they say: Glen Scotia 16 Year Old The whisky has been gently matured in our finest mix of bourbon and oak American barrels before bottling. The […]
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