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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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With the alluring name "Strawberry Ganache", this is a 1991 vintage from Wemyss Malts. It was distilled at Glen Scotia before maturation in a single cask for 21 years. There are 833 bottles available.  More info
$160.99
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
Distilled on the 5th September 1977 and aged in hogshead 2751 for 33 years, this single cask Glen Scotia was bottled for Signatory's award-winning Cask Strength Collection.  More info
$212.55
A 32 year old single cask from Signatory. This was distilled on the 28th April 1977, matured for 32 years in hogshead number 979 and bottled on the 7th April 2010. A release of 207 bottles of cask...  More info
This was distilled at the Glen Scotia distillery in June of 1977 before 32 years ageing in hogshead number 1691 before bottling by Ian MacLeod for the Dun Bheagan range in 2010. A release of 210...  More info
Distilled in May 1991 at the Glen Scotia distillery before a 21 year maturation period in cask 710394, this Campbeltown whisky was bottled in October 2012 at natural cask strength. An independent...  More info
$276.36
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