Glen Scotia distillery is situated in Campbeltown which itself nestles on the Kintyre Peninsula of Scotland’s west coast. Founded in 1832 by Stewart, Galbraith & Co the distillery enjoyed some early success, benefiting from it’s position on the High St of what became known as the Victorian Whisky Capital of the World.
The town’s good times were not to last of course. Poor management, low production standards and the closure of the local coal mine combined to bring this thriving industry to its knees and by 1924 things were looking grim for Glen Scotia. Just as the end drew near however, the day was saved (albeit temporarily) by local distiller Duncan MacCallum, owner of Glen Nevis and Kinloch distilleries. By 1928 however, the distillery was struggling again and the decision was taken to halt production. While Scotia re-opened two years later, the hard times had taken a toll on MacCallum.
By this time the once successful businessman had lost almost everything and on the morning of 23 December 1930 Duncan MacCallum left his house on Kilkerran Road and climbed the hill to Crosshill Loch, source of Glen Scotia’s water. There, he walked into the cold, dark water and was never heard from again. While Glen Scotia was under MacCallum’s ownership for just 6 years, it is entirely possible that the distillery would have been lost forever without his intervention in 1924. With that in mind, next time you raise a dram of Glen Scotia, why not toast the memory of the man who’s spirit is said to haunt the distillery to this day.
Glen Scotia came under new ownership in 2014 and has since relaunched with a full new range of expressions, including a rather fine 15 year old…
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Smell: 18 / 20. Vanilla, Caramel & Toffee, Biscuit, Apple & Orange. A touch of Wood and a little Smoke.
Taste: 18 / 20. Woody & Spicy on the palate with Gingerbread, Orange, Caramel and faint undercurrent of Smoke.
Value for Money: 8 / 10. Comes in around £55 in the UK, which for me is a decent price for what is a very nice dram.
Overall: 44 / 50. A good example of what Glen Scotia has to offer and more proof of the continuing resurgence of this great distillery.
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