In a nutshell: A full and fruity Campbeltown Single Malt matured in bourbon casks.
The lowdown: This fruit forward single malt is from the historic Glen Scotia distillery, one of the few distilleries still remaining in the once significant Scotch whisky centre of Campbeltown. It has spent its time maturing in bourbon barrels prior to bottling and interwoven with the subtle, salty spray and spicy aromatic fruits are hints of vanilla oak making for a Scotch showing the true characteristics of its area.
A deep and resonant single malt that really expresses its coastal origins.
These days Glen Scotia is one of just three distilleries operating in Campbeltown near the southern end of the Kintyre pensinsula. In the nineteenth century Campbeltown was one of the main centres of Scotch Whisky production, so much so that Campbeltown is still recognized as a separate region along with the likes of Speyside and Islay.
Glen Scotia's own history dates back to 1832 and since that time has has a number of different owners and has seen periods of closure and mothballing as the fortunes of Campbeltown whiskies generally declined. Luckily though it was one of the few to ultimately keep its head above water and has now been in continuous production since 1999 and is a part of the Loch Lomond Group who have several other distilleries and interests in the Scotch Whisky industry.
It's one of Scotland's smallest distilleries and retains a lot of original features going back into the 1800s. They produce three types of malt; unpeated, medium-peated and heavily-peated and, over the years, the quality of their whiskies has improved considerably with longer fermentations and slower and more careful distillations.