ONE of only three functioning distilleries in the former whisky capital of Campbeltown has expanded its range with the launch of an 18 year old expression.
Glen Scotia 18 year old was matured for 17 years in ex-bourbon casks before spending a final year of maturation in Oloroso sherry casks. It is bottled at 46% ABV and described as having rich vanilla flavours with a long, dry finish.
Glen Scotia, which is owned by Loch Lomond Group, dates from 1832 when more than 30 distilleries operated on the Kintyre peninsula. The only surviving distilleries are Glen Scotia, Springbank and Glengyle.
Master blender for Glen Scotia, Michael Henry, said: “Glen Scotia distillery is one of only three surviving Campbeltown Scotch whisky distilleries and much of the original design has remained the same over that time, with the stillroom, dunnage warehouse and fermenters all dating back to the 19th century.
“Glen Scotia 18 year old is bottled at 46% ABV, natural colour and is non-chill filtered ensuring the whisky’s rich smooth taste and distinctive flavours are preserved.
“On the nose you will detect the scent of sweet toffee, perfumed floral notes and an air of crisp saltiness.
“On the palate, it imparts notes of rich deep vanilla fruit flavour, with mild hints of apricot, pineapple and plump sultana.
“The finish is long and dry, with gentle warming spice. A true taste of Glen Scotia and Campbeltown.”
The release follows the May debut of the Glen Scotia 25 year old expression.