Campbeltown distillery Glen Scotia has added a 25-year-old single malt to its range, with a unique character dominated by maritime influences.
The liquid was matured in American oak barrels and selected by Michael Henry, master blender for brand owner Loch Lomond Group, for marrying in first-fill bourbon casks for a final 12 months.
It was bottled at 48.8% ABV and is non-chill filtered for increased depth of character and flavour.
Michael said: “I created the 25-year-old with the history of Campbeltown in mind. For many years, trade has come through this port town bringing fruits and spices from all over the world on its salty sea breezes. I wanted the liquid to reflect this.
“The signature nose has hints of vanilla oak, interwoven with subtle notes of sea spray and spicy aromatic fruits. On the palate, it boasts tangy orange and juicy red apples mixed with a caramel sweetness. Its finish is a long lingering taste of sea salt with a spicy note of ground ginger.”
Iain McAlister, Glen Scotia distillery manager, added: “In recent years, our single malts have won some major industry awards and I can see our 25-year-old challenging the current leaders for a few more titles.
“While our 25-year-old maintains the unique character associated with Glen Scotia single malts, its gentle maturation in American oak and then finished in first-fill bourbon casks delivers an intense depth and a nose that will have drinkers almost feeling the Atlantic breeze blowing in over the Campbeltown coast.”
The 25-year-old has won praise from renowned whisky writer Charles MacLean, who conducted a tasting of the new malt at its launch. He said: “I’m very impressed by Glen Scotia’s new 25-year-old. Even on the nose you can detect the age. It has all the characteristics that you’d expect from Glen Scotia but with a roundness to it. It is very nice indeed.”
Founded in 1832, Glen Scotia distillery is one of three surviving distilleries in Campbeltown, which is one of Scotland’s five recognised regions of scotch whisky production.
With a recommended price in retail of £250, the 70cl bottle comes in an oak case engraved with the Campbeltown coordinates.
Tasting notes from Glen Scotia
Nose: Bracing Atlantic breeze gives strong maritime influence.
Palate: Red apple and tangy orange peel with vanilla syrup and caramel sweetness.
Finish: Long lingering sea salt with a spicy note of ground ginger.