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One of Campbeltown’s three remaining whisky distilleries has revealed its keenly anticipated Campbeltown Malts Festival release for 2021.
Independent distiller Glen Scotia has released a ‘very special’ 10-year-old limited edition single malt with a Bordeaux red wine cask finish.
The expression has been created under the watchful eye of distillery manager and master distiller Iain McAlister using a series of exclusively unpeated distillations from 2009 to 2011, before being matured in first fill bourbon barrels.
The casks have been vatted together before finishing in hand-selected first fill Bordeaux red wine casks from the Medoc region for five months.
The Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2021 limited edition has been bottled at cask strength and is non-chilled filtered. With an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 56.1 per cent, the expression offers notes of classic fruits and spices.
On the nose, the scent of crushed red berries can be detected, along with floral notes of rose and violet, heather honey and a maritime breeze.
On the palate there is a honeyed sweetness with vibrant strawberry and apple, toasted vanilla and a hint of lime citrus. The finish is long, with the warming spice of cinnamon and aniseed.
Mr McAlister said: ‘The release of our Glen Scotia Festival limited editions has become a keenly awaited fixture on our calendar and I’m confident this year’s expression won’t disappoint.
‘The 2021 Campbeltown Malts Festival limited edition perfectly encapsulates Glen Scotia’s signature style, taking influence from its rich history and coastal location, while the deliciously warming flavours from the Bordeaux casks add a unique twist to this exceptional single malt. I’m confident this expression will sit proudly in any whisky lover’s collection.’
The annual Campbeltown Malts Festival is a celebration of Scotland’s fifth and smallest malt-producing region and its whisky-making heritage. Campbeltown was once home to more than 30 distilleries and has been recognised as the ‘whiskiest’ place in the world.
The town’s three remaining distilleries — Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia — typically welcome thousands of visitors from around the world to the three-day whisky festival, with a day dedicated to each distillery.
Like last year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the festival will be hosted virtually and will take place online from June 7.
Last year, the virtual whisky festival was well received, with Glen Scotia’s programme of online festival events attracting more than 10,000 whisky fans from across the world.
Mr McAlister added: ‘The Campbeltown Malts Festival is the highlight of our events calendar and, although we are disappointed the festival can’t go ahead in its physical form as we had hoped, we are looking forward to celebrating the whiskiest place in the world once again with our fans across the world as they join us online, whilst raising a dram to Campbeltown.’