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Glen Scotia

Glen Scotia is one of just three distilleries in Campbeltown and the only one actively releasing single malt - the newly founded Mitchell's Glengyle has some years still to go. Glen Scotia was founded in 1832 by Stewart, Galbraith and Co and sited to the north of the town. The distillery draws its cooling waters from the Crosshill Loch and two bore holes, drilled over twenty metres into the rock below. Campbeltown was the capital of Scotch whisky production before the US Prohibition was enacted. There were some twenty-eight distilleies, though after the act was passed only three survived.

Glen Scotia was acquired by West Highland Malt Distillers in 1919 and five years later the company went bankrupt. Duncan MacCallum, a director, purchased the company. The distillery was closed again in 1928 and a couple of years later, following great financial trouble, Duncan MacCallum threw himself into the very loch from which the Glen Scotia distillery draws its water. It is said that his ghost haunts the distillery. Glen Scotia survived the Second World War, having restarted production in 1933 after the repeal of Prohibition. In 1954, Hiram Walker acquired the distillery and shortly after it was purchased by A Gillies and Co.

In 1979, £1 million was spent on reconstruction which lasted until 1982 and two years later the distillery closed once more. Glen Scotia was acquired by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd and in 2000 Loch Lomond distillery took over, providing staff and running the operations. Today, the Glen Scotia produces 100,000 litres annually - substantially lower than its three quarter million capacity. The distillery now has a staff of just two; James Grogan, the long time stillman, and Hector Gatt of Springbank fame. There have been several official releases and a few independent bottlings.

Glen Scotia Whisky Distillery

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About Glen Scotia Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01586 552288

Distillery Founded

1832

Distillery Capacity

750 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Campbeltown, Argyll

Distillery Owner

Loch Lomond Distillery Co

Distillery Website

www.lochlomonddistillery.com

1832

The family Galbraith founds Scotia Distillery (the year 1835 is mentioned by the distillery themselves on their labels).

1895

The distillery is sold to Stewart Galbraith.

1919

Sold to West Highland Malt Distillers.

1924

West Highland Malt Distillers goes bankrupt and one of their Directors, Duncan MacCallum, buys the distillery.

1928

The distillery closes.

1930

Duncan MacCallum commits suicide and the Bloch brothers take over.

1933

Production restarts.

1954

Hiram Walker takes over.

1955

A. Gillies & Co. becomes new owners.

1970

A. Gillies & Co. becomes part of Amalgated Distillers Products.

1979

– Reconstruction takes place.

1984

The distillery closes.

1989

Amalgated Distillers Products is taken over by Gibson International and production restarts.

1994

Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd takes over and the distillery is mothballed.

1999

Production restarts from 5th May through J. A. Mitchell & Co., owners of Springbank.

2000

Loch Lomond Distillers runs operations with its own staff from May onwards.

2005

A 12 year old is released.

2006

A peated version from 1999 is released.

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A single cask from Glen Scotia, cask number 525 bore just 330 bottles, distilled on 23rd July 1999 and bottled on 15th June 2006.  More info
An 18 year old Campbeltown single malt distilled on the 17th April 1991 and aged in hogshead number 1045 before bottling on the 15th December 2009. A release of 419 bottles.  More info
Distilled at Glen Scotia, on the 17th April 1991, this was aged for 20 years in two hogsheads, before bottling by Signatory on the 24th May 2011. A release of 407 bottles.  More info
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An 18 year old, single cask Glen Scotia, aged in a sherry hogshead before bottling in 2011 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. A beautifully dark whisky…  More info
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A single bourbon barrel matured Glen Scotia (aged in cask number 847 for 33 years). This was bottled by Signatory on the 21st August 2007 and bottled at cask strength in 219 individually numbered...  More info
Single cask Campbeltown whisky. This was distilled in March 1992 at the Glen Scotia distillery. Matured for 15 years in a sherry butt and bottled by Douglas Laing in December 2007. A release of 707...  More info
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