Glen Scotia’s Open Day [back in May], was bathed in sunshine as the blessed heatwave continued its barmy celebration.
Assured and well informed, you could be excused for thinking our tour guide [& shop manager/brand Ambassador] Archie MacBrayne had been at the distillery for decades. Dapperly clad in tailored modern Scottish dress, he’d actually spent his last 20 years in fashion & retail and has only served one year at Glen Scotia.
RANDOM GEEK ALERT [Tour-assisted factoids]
- Built in 1832, Glen Scotia operates 6 days a week producing peated and un-peated whisky.
- Built in the late 1800’s, Crosshill Loch is a manmade water supply serving Campbeltown and its three distilleries.
- Below is Scotia’s 20000 litre cast-iron mash tun. I believe it was red in 2013.
- The old corten steel washbacks were replaced by  stainless steel variants approximately four years ago.
- Whilst the washbacks give off a lovely fruity-sweet cider/beer aroma, the still house gives off whiffs of an agricultural pong.
- Apparently the spirit trickles out at a particularly tardy 2.5 litres per hour.
- Operating well below full capacity at around 100,000 of 750000 lpa, Scotia are currently filling a mere 90 barrels a week – a few less even than Clydeside [Blog].
- Warehouse capacity for 15000 casks on site meets all of Glen Scotia’s storage needs.
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To the festive offerings.
Glen Scotia 2009/2018 Ob. Shop bottling peated cask #117 58.3% WB85.40
- C: My limited notes read: tasty and toasty with dry capers and a drop of ocean. A fairly refined peated number with so much coppery distillate on the finish it’s unreal.
Scores 85 points
Glen Scotia 2000/2018 17yo Ob. Festival Edition #3 cask #386 [147 bts] 55.7% WB88
- C: It’s a little hot and decidedly fizzy, even with water. Dilution leads to a fair yet unremarkable & somewhat ungainly 17yo going on 12 – and for £150! The official 18yo goes for half that.
Scores 83 points
Added to Glen Scotia’s core range during the 2017 festival, this stock was matured in American oak before being finished in first-fill bourbon for 12 months.
- N: Clean, light and rich with ‘aah’ moments straight off. Again, my limited notes mention candy fruit drops and a little of that agricultural pong I mentioned I’d smelled in the still house.
- T: Surges forth unexpectedly with a youthful first fill style/character, that 12 month first-fill bourbon ‘kickstart’ rather apparent. Doesn’t really develop.
- F: It’s a little dry but we are well within permitted levels. Again, it kind of goes nowhere.
- C: At £250 rrp there’s no enticement nor excitement for me personally, but it’s very decent whisky nevertheless – the nose especially.
Scores 86 points