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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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The 10 year old single malt expression from Campbeltown's Glen Scotia distillery, in a redesigned bottle featuring a rather stoic Highland cow.  More info
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Aged in bourbon casks for 18 years, this is a delicious single malt from the Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown, now with new packaging and at the higher bottling strength of 46%abv.  More info
$93.34
A very interestingly packaged whisky, this Glen Scotia comes with a ferocious-looking highland cow on the bottle. It was aged for 21 years and has a fantastic flavour.  More info
$123.40
While many of the Wemyss single casks are named after food that shares a similar flavour profile to the whisky, this one is called 'Merchant's Mahogany Chest', which does bring into question what...  More info
$167.97
Hunter Laing is the company that Stewart Laing started after dividing the assets of Douglas Laing with his brother. Hunter Laing continued to release the very popular Old Malt Cask series of...  More info
$202.19
The 12 year old core bottling from the Glen Scotia distillery, there are now just two other distilleries in Campbeltown. Glen Scotia has actually halted production, though they continue to mature...  More info
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$44.33
Part of a release of just 350 bottles from Glen Scotia Cask number 511, an ex-bourbon barrel, distilled on 23rd July 1999 and bottled on 26th April 2007.  More info
Part of a release of just 350 bottles of Glen Scotia from Cask number 337, distilled on 30th June 2000 and bottled on 18th June 2006.  More info
$46.29
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
Produced at one of Campbeltown's three distilleries, this is a new, smartly packaged version of the classic Glen Scotia 12. It comes at higher strength than before, and as such offers a great deal...  More info
$59.29
Distilled at the Glen Scotia distillery on the 17th April 1991 and matured for 17 years in hogshead number 1043 before bottling on the 8th December 2008 by Signatory. A release of 359 bottles.  More info
Produced in Campbeltown at the Glen Scotia distillery, this was aged for 16 years in a bourbon cask before bottling. Very good stuff.  More info
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$77.49
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
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
A single cask Signatory bottling at 43% of the 'other' Campbeltown Distillery, Glen Scotia. An outturn of 409 bottles.  More info
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$84.51
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
$84.51
Distilled at Campbeltown's Glen Scotia, a relatively small distillery, in 1992, and bottled by Berry Brothers in 2008 at 16 years of age.  More info
A wonderful 17 year old Glen Scotia, with an interesting story. First off, this was aged in bourbon barrels, before Murray McDavid got hold of it. They took it to the Bruichladdich distillery where it...  More info
$103.96
This was distilled at the Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown in March of 1992, and aged in a refill hogshead and finished in a sherry cask before bottling in April 2010. A release of 222 bottles...  More info
A 1992 vintage, distilled at the Campbeltown distillery, Glen Scotia, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$108.37
Single malt Scotch whisky from one of the few remaining Campbeltown distilleries, Glen Scotia. This independently bottled whisky was distilled in April 1991 and bottled in April 2013, making it 22...  More info
$108.37
Campbeltown has a mighty history but sadly today only three distilleries remain in what is now the smallest Scotch whisky region. Thankfully, the reportedly haunted, Glen Scotia is one of the...  More info
A single cask from the Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown. This was distilled in May 1991 and aged in cask number 71375 for 18 years before bottling in April 2010 as part of a release of 252...  More info
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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$113.90
Distilled in 1992 at Glen Scotia in 1992 and aged for 15 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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$157.61
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