Glen Scotia 24 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Glen Scotia 24 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glen Scotia Distillery

Glen Scotia Distillery, which is situated in Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsular, was founded in 1832 by Stewart Galbraith & Company under the name of Scotia Distillery.

Prior to the passing of the Excise Act of 1823, which sanctioned the distilling of whisky in return for a license fee of £10.00 and a set payment per gallon of proof spirit, Campbeltown, due to the remoteness and the inaccessibility of the area was home to over 100 illicit stills.

Campbeltown was certainly one of the first centres of commercial distilling and had a reputation to rival Speyside. Between 1880 and the 1920s, there were thirty four working distilleries, producing some 2 million gallons of spirit per annum. Campbeltown vied with Elgin in Speyside as the whisky capital of Scotland.

Glen Scotia is one of the last three great Campbeltown survivors. The others are Springbank, and Glengyle Distillery which went back into production in January 2004.

The distillery is said to be haunted by the ghost of a previous owner, Duncan MacCallum who bought the distillery in 1924. He committed suicide in 1930 after losing a fortune in a crooked business deal. He drowned himself in Campbeltown Loch, later made famous in a popular song by Scots entertainer, Andy Stewart. The singer dreams that the loch is full of whisky, not water, and tries to drink it dry.

In 1928 the distillery was closed, as did so many of its neighbours, and later reopened in 1933. In 1954 the distillery was sold to Hiram Walker who sold it on to A. Gillies & Company who became part of Amalgamated Distilled Products Limited in 1970.

The distillery was again closed in 1984. In 1989 it was purchased by Gibson International who went into receivership in 1994 and production again ceased.

The current owners are the Loch Lomond Distillery Company who have since refitted and recommenced distilling.

Campbeltowns are traditionally full-flavoured and full-bodied whiskies, famous for their depth of flavour and for their slightly salty tang in the finish.

Current Owners         Loch Lomond Distillery Co. Ltd.
Location                  Campbeltown, Argyll
Water Source        The Kilbride Dam
Stills            1 x Wash stills & 1 x Spirit stills
Capacity per year           750,000 Litres alcohol

1832      Established by Stewart Galbraith & Co.
1919      Purchased by West Highland Malt Distilleries Ltd.
1924      Sold to Duncan MacCallum
1928      Closed until 1933
1954      Acquired by Hiram Walker.
1955      Sold to A Gillies & Company
1970      Became part of Amalgamated Distilled Products  Ltd.
1984      Closed
1989      Purchased by Gibson International.
1994      Acquired from receivership by Glen Catrine Co. Ltd.

Distilled at
The Glen Scotia Distillery in February 1992.
Bottled in Glasgow April 2016
Aged 24 years in Madeira Wood.
Un-chill filtered, no artificial colouring.
49.5% Alcohol by Volume.

The house style of Glen Scotia is a lightly smoky, salty malt however after further maturing in a Madeira hogshead there is a subtle difference between this expression and the Oloroso bottling. Perhaps a drier finish.
Where as with the Oloroso bottling one might detect dark chocolate and sultanas. When in fact with the Madeira version perhaps toffee and bubble gum is noticeable. Both expressions are quite complex and difficult to categorize.  You can still detect the maritime influence coming through.