A limited-edition bottling to commemorate the festival, which is held annually in the town where the distillery is located to honour the area's rich heritage, has been unveiled by Glen Scotia.
The Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival single malt this year is an 11-year-old that has been mildly peated and matured for a full year in white port barrels.
The annual release for Campbeltown Malts Festival is a limited edition single malt whisky that is highly anticipated by whisky enthusiasts. Each year, Glen Scotia creates a unique expression for the festival, showcasing the distillery's signature style and creativity. These releases often feature special cask finishes, unique blends, or other experimental techniques, making them a must-try for any whisky collector or enthusiast.
Availability: Limited edition
Appearance: Natural colour
Age: 11 Years
Filtration: Non-chill filtered
NOSE: Warming spiced stone fruit with a lighter lemongrass flavour and a little mineral undertone, nearly like stewed white peach & cloves.
TASTE: Molasses, caramel sweetness, more fig and prune aromas, waxed wood, and spice from sandalwood.
FINISH: A lengthy, aromatic aftertaste in the mouth.
The tasting notes by the Glen Scotia team are summarised as: "The malt is brimming with bright spiced orchard fruit flavours interwoven with a signature Campbeltown soft smoke and sea salt."
The Virtual Experience
For this release, Glen Scotia imprinted a QR code on the whiskey packaging, allowing those who couldn't go to the "Victorian Whisky Capital" to immerse themselves in a brand-new digital experience.
The virtual video experiment, directed by OurWhisky creator and award-winning spirits writer Becky Paskin, takes viewers on a sensory tour of the dunnage warehouse and surrounding area.
Iain McAlister, the master distiller and distillery manager of Glen Scotia, walks with her as the two of them explore the unusual Campbeltown surroundings.
Glen Scotia continues to look for innovative ways to introduce Campbeltown to audiences all around the world with this initiative, which comes after Becky and Iain's Whisky Experiment live at the Malts Festival the previous year.
“As our fan base continues to grow around the world, we wanted to find a way to give those who might not be able to join us at the Malts Festival this year a rich experience of our home. The Whisky Experiment is just that, and provides a fascinating approach to whisky tasting, as Becky encourages us to reconsider what’s in our glass again and again, as the environment transforms in front of us. I love that it can be done time and time again with any Glen Scotia dram, wherever you are in the world. This year’s Festival Release is another superb, limited-edition that showcases the scope of what Glen Scotia can offer; the white port cask finish provides something interesting and different for us, while still maintaining that wonderful fruity, robust, and subtly saline Campbeltown signature profile.” ~ Iain McAlister, Glen Scotia master distiller
“We had such a brilliant time at last year’s Festival bringing to life the sights and sounds of Campbeltown through the medium of whisky, and we wanted to share this wonderful, sensorial experience with everyone. The idea behind the Glen Scotia Whisky Experiment is guided by the way our sense of taste is dictated by the environment we’re in; so, what we taste in our glass will be affected by our setting, and Campbeltown is a fantastic place to recreate. This is a chance to rip up the rule book on traditional whisky tasting notes, have an open mind, and find new possibilities, which is the most exciting part – drams can be completely re-imagined.” ~ Becky Paskin
Buying The Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival Whisky
This 2023 limited-edition release was created by the specialists that created Scotland's "Distillery of the Year 2021," and it is another bottling that maintains true to the traditional Campbeltown essence.
The 70cl bottle, which has a 54.7% alcohol by volume (ABV), retails for ~£65 and is offered for sale online and in specialty stores all around the world.
About The Campbeltown Malts Festival
The Campbeltown Malts Festival is an annual celebration of whisky held in the town of Campbeltown, Scotland. The festival takes place over several days and includes events such as distillery tours, tastings, masterclasses, and other activities related to whisky and Scottish culture. Campbeltown is known for its whisky heritage, and the festival showcases the town's rich history and traditions in whisky production. The festival is a chance for whisky enthusiasts to meet with distillers, sample rare and exclusive whiskies, and experience the unique character of Campbeltown whisky. Each year, participating distilleries release special editions of their whiskies exclusively for the festival, making it a highly anticipated event for collectors and enthusiasts alike.
About Glen Scotia
Glen Scotia is a whisky distillery located in the Campbeltown region of Scotland. The distillery was founded in 1832 and has a long history of producing high-quality single malt whiskies. Glen Scotia is one of only three remaining distilleries in the Campbeltown region, which was once home to over 30 distilleries and known as the "Whisky Capital of the World." The distillery produces a range of whiskies, from the classic Glen Scotia Double Cask to the peaty Glen Scotia 15 Year Old. Glen Scotia is known for its unique and distinct style, which is influenced by the local climate and the use of traditional production methods. The distillery offers tours and tastings, allowing visitors to experience the history and character of Campbeltown whisky firsthand.