In 1887, there were 21 licensed distilleries in Campbeltown, today there are only three, Glen Scotia being one of the survivors, the other Springbank with Glengyle reopening, after reconstruction, in 2004.
Glen Scotia was built in 1832 and is a small distillery, comprising one steel mash tun, six steel wash backs and a pair of swan stills. In 1930, a previous owner Duncan MacCallum committed suicide by throwing himself into the Campbeltown Loch and his spirit apparently still returns to haunt the night shift....
Some of the matured ethereal vapour, I have listed among my all time favourites.....
Glen Scotia Distillery
Glen Scotia 17yo Single Malt 46% Duthies
Honeycomb with a hint of a previous smoking, coconut ice, barley sugar with a touch of cereal poking through.
A little thin on the palate, the honey notes splash the tongue but then there is a huge grapefruit hit, salty with the barley drying on the finish...not the best example from this distillery. 78%
Glen Scotia 12yo Single Malt 43%
Honey'n malt. The cereal is dominant with lashings of vanilla and honey. A touch of new rubber in the background indicates the low peating levels.
Light and sweet initially on the tongue, then a sprinkle of pepper and a spoonful of salt season this maritime dram and leaves the palate with a lingering light smokiness. 82