One of the last remaining distilleries in Campbeltown, Glen Scotia is little known but creates big drams.
Their Glen Scotia 15 Year Old was brought out in 2015 and represents a new era for the distillery.
Glen Scotia have a long history in distilling, having been around since 1832, back when Campbeltown was a flourishing Whisky town.
It was one of the most densely populated regions in Scotland, a title which is now held by Speyside.
Unfortunately, when the Americans decided they were going to ban fun (or Prohibition, as the historians call it) Glen Scotia, and the majority of distilleries in Campbeltown and on a larger scale Scotland, shut down.
With no one drinking Whisky across the pond, there wasn’t much of a market.
Glen Scotia opened up now and again in the decades after World War II, but it wasn’t until 2000 that it was bought by Loch Lomond and given a new lease of life.
The Glen Scotia 15 Year Old
One of only a few official releases from the distillery themselves, the Glen Scotia 15 Year Old is really excellent. If the Americans had tasted this they would never have gone for Prohibition.
This single malt has been matured in American oak and is the perfect addition to your Scotch Whisky Collection.
The nose opens with notes of intense sweetness and lots of fruit. It has a great variation of flavour, with lots of different flavours appearing.
Apricots, peaches, cinnamon and a hint of oranges come through, with a little zesty tang.
The palate is rich and complex. Lots more fruits, with hints of raisins and orchard fruits. These are chewy and easy to get lost in.
Some oak wood with a little bit of malted grains also appears. This adds yet more complexity and a lovely sweetness.
Smooth caramel wraps everything up and melts into the warmth of the oak.
The finish is really bold, with big fruit notes and lots more oak.
This is a great Whisky from Glen Scotia, and a wonderful example of a Campbeltown malt.
It would make a brilliant addition to any Scotch Whisky collection, especially if you’re building one representative of the regions.