Glen Scotia™ is one of my favorite single malt scotches!!! I came to this much sought-after single malt through allot of years of drinking blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black. However, one has to work their way up to this smoky taste. Among single malt scotch aficionados, Glen Scotia™ is known to be light, fresh and pleasant with some hints of citrus, cereals, spices and iodine. It became one of my favorites because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch. I have found that very few single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate; certainly none of the “Highland,” “Lowland,” “Campbeltown,” or “Speyside” scotches can stand up to a cigar! Thus, Glen Scotia™ is a sipping scotch for me in the summer. Most important, a single malt aficionado drinks single malt scotch whiskey with only 3 to 4 drops of water per shot. No ice or mixers!
Glen Scotia™ is most often described as “A rather expressive nose, with clear and pleasant fruity notes with a barley and sea breeze background with some discrete hints of coffee.”
How does Glen Scotia™ come by its unique flavor? According to their web site: “Built in 1832, the Glen Scotia has quite a history of openings and closings and changes of ownership. The distillery is located in Campbeltown which was once home to the most distilleries in all of Scotland. Sadly, today all but two, Glen Scotia and Springbank are still producing.
Glen Scotia Distillery is in a cottage-like building on a quiet street. Ex-bourbon casks are used and there is one wash still and one spirit still. The water source is the Campbeltown Loch and the distillery's own 80 feet deep wells. Glen Scotia was overhauled in the 1980s and once again when it was acquired by the Loch Lomond Company..”
I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland. They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.
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Campbeltown Single Malts are single malt Scotch whiskies distilled in the burgh of Campbeltown, Scotland, on the Kintyre peninsula. Once a major producer of whisky with as many as 28 distilleries, and claiming the title "whisky capital of the world", the area has since declined.
Only three distilleries continue to produce whisky in Campbeltown: Springbank, Glengyle, and Glen Scotia. The Springbank Distillery, however, produces three distinct whiskies; Springbank, Hazelburn, and Longrow. Glengyle Distillery has only recently been revived and will not see a whisky bottled until around 2014, which will be sold under the name Kilkerran to avoid any confusion with the Highland vatted malt named Glengyle.
Though for some time Campbeltown lost its status as a recognized region, despite its dearth of active distilleries, it has once again been granted "regional status" by the Scotch Whisky Association.