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Glen Scotia distillery

Glen Scotia Distillery
Glen Scotia Single Malt 12 Year Old
Glen Scotia Single Malt 12 Year Old
Region: Campbeltown
Owner Loch Lomond Group
Founded 1832
Status Operational
Water source Crosshill Loch
Number of stills 1 wash 1 spirit still
Capacity 250,000 litres
Glen Scotia
Type Single Malt 12 Year
Distillery Select
Type Heavily Peated/Peated

The Glen Scotia distillery is a producer of single malt Scotch whisky that was founded in 1832.[1]

History

Glen Scotia Distillery was built in 1832, and has been operating for approximately one hundred and eighty years. Situated in Campbeltown (the Victorian Whisky Capital of the World) the distillery has a formidable pedigree. Campbeltown is a small town on the Kintyre peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, affectionately known as the “Wee Toon”, and, remarkably for a town of its size, still has 3 operating distilleries; Glen Scotia, Springbank, Glengyle. These distilleries give a remarkable insight into the history of making whisky in this remote, once prolific, whisky making region of Scotland. Glen Scotia was formally known as 'Scotia' when it was first founded in 1837 by Stewart & Galbraith and Company. Stewart & Galbraith Co. ran the Distillery for almost 60 years. Notable industrialist Duncan MacCallum purchased the distillery in 1891 and he constructed the large frontage (Malting Floors) which run horizontally across High Street which is a street in Campbeltown. It was then bought by Loch Lomond Group who own it to this day.

The start of the new century was a period of upheaval for the whisky industry in Campbeltown and all of Scotland. The First World War, prohibition and over production all conspired to weaken demand.

Glen Scotia currently operates with a staff of just five employees making it one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. The current annual production levels stand at around 250,000 liters.


Product Range

Glen Scotia revamped its line in early 2013 and extended its official bottling range to 10yr, 12yr, 16yr, 18yr and 21yr. In addition to this, they updated their packaging with a range-wide graphic of a long haired Highland Cow under the northern lights, each year differentiated by a different colour scheme. Also, the entire range is now bottled at a heftier 46% ABV.

Equipment

Glen Scotia has 1 Wash Still and 1 Spirit Still and 6 Stainless Steel Washbacks. The washbacks that Glen Scotia originally had were more than 40 Years Old and were made out of Corton Steel

References

Notes

  1. ^ Brander 1996, p. 83.

Bibliography

External links

  • Company Web Site
  • Scotch Whisky
  • Whisky Distilleries
  • Malt Madness
  • Owner's Website

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