Glen Scotia’s triple treat at malts fest

​Glen Scotia donated a limited edition bottle for Dalintober primary to raffle. With Claire MacPherson, the P7s running the stall were: Jamie-Leigh Allen, Brook Oxborrow, Liam McMillan and Dion Maguire.

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By Hannah O’Hanlon

Whisky lovers enjoyed a triple treat as Glen Scotia rolled out three limited edition single malts at last week’s Campbeltown Malts Festival.

The Glen Scotia 2000 single cask festival bottling, selected by a panel which included whisky expert Charles MacLean, made its debut.

Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018 limited edition Ruby port finish.
Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018 limited edition Ruby port finish.

Just 147 bottles of the ‘beautifully balanced’ 18-year-old, which combines maritime notes with a buttery vanilla sponge base, have been made available and they can only be purchased directly from the distillery, for £150.

Guests at the Glen Scotia Whisky Dinner, which launched the festival on Tuesday, each received their own exclusive single malt.

The Glen Scotia Whisky Dinner single cask bottling, combining subtle peat with a sweet spiciness before a salty and distinctly maritime finish, was distilled in 2010.

Making its first international outing at the festival was the Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018 limited edition Ruby port finish, priced at £45.

Distilled in 2008 and matured in first fill bourbon barrels before being finished in Ruby Port casks for six months, the non-chill filtered liquid was then bottled at cask strength, 57.8 per cent alcohol by volume.

Peated and smooth, the limited edition 10-year-old single malt is sweetened by red fruits before delivering a long finish tinged with a dry saltiness.

Only 6,000 bottles have been made available worldwide, with orders already in from markets including Germany, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Iain McAlister, Glen Scotia Distillery manager, said: ‘This year’s festival was extra special as it followed our recent double golds at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018.

‘We’ve long championed craftsmanship at Glen Scotia, and our time-honoured traditions are now being recognised as more and more people seek to engage with craft drinks and discover new brands.’

The Glen Scotia 25-year-old single malt, launched at last year’s festival, was recently crowned a double gold medal winner at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018, along with the Glen Scotia 18-year-old single malt, which was also a newcomer in 2017.

In addition to releasing new expressions, Glen Scotia distillery laid on an expanded festival events programme this year.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the distillery hosted dunnage tastings as well as free distillery tour, while cooperage demonstrations and tastings were also available, and stalls offered a variety of craft items and local produce.

Glen Scotia donated a limited edition bottle for Dalintober primary to raffle. With Jamie-Leigh Allen, the P7s running the stall were: Claire MacPherson, Brook Oxborrow and Liam McMillan.  25_c22glenscotia01_Dalintober_pupils_raffle