Glen Scotia



Distillery photos with kind permission by ScotSites



Glen Scotia distillery is located on High St., Campbeltown and was founded in 1832 by the Galbraith family.

They owned the distillery until 1919 when West Highland Malt Distillers purchased it, only to go bankrupt in 1924.



Duncan McCallum a former Director of the company took over but Glen Scotia closed in 1928 and he committed suicide.

The distillery remained closed until 1933, but the next facts I have are that Hiram Walker took over in 1954 but sold it onwards to A. Gillies & Co. in 1955.

In 1970 they became part of Amalgamated Distillers Products who renovated the distillery between 1979-82.



Sadly the distillery closed again just two years later in 1984 and remained so until 1989 when ADP was taken over by Gibson International.

1994 Saw Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd take over Glen Scotia from receivership. GCBW Ltd also own Loch Lomond distillery and since 2000 Glen Scotia has been run by, or alongside Loch Lomond.


More great distillery info here, thanks to Malt Madness



  Glen Scotia  

General whisky characteristics: Fresh, slightly salty, hints of rubber


Glen Scotia, 12y, 40% ABV

Original cost of this bottle;


Glass: Classic Malt

Nose: Somehow I feel this is like walking a coastal path in wellies in Spring-time. Why? There are definite traces of rubber, salt and countryside.

Palate: Slightly oily, traces of rubber from the nose with very slight hints of farmyard freshness and also a touch of saki.

Overall impression: A lot happening, but not quite in total harmony.



Prestonfield Campbeltown, Glen Scotia, 33y, 1977, 49.1% ABV

Cask 2749, distilled 5.9.1977, bottle No.19 of 177

Original cost of this bottle;

Reviewed as part of MMA 2011


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Bright (21ct) gold

Nose: Rising bread dough with vanilla seeds, yes, sweet bread dough is definitely on the nose here. It really doesn't change over time, just lots of that bread dough, real comfort food. I like it.

Palate: Light, simple, vanilla infused bread dough.

Finish: Long, sweet, dough.

Overall impression: This just appeals to me, I really like it.




Wemyss, Glen Scotia, 1991-2012, 46% ABV

"Strawberry Ganache", one of 833 bottles

Original cost of this bottle;

Reviewed as part of MMA 2012


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich amber

Nose: Sherried dark fruitiness but combined with suggestions of vanilla and the faintest of rubberiness. I really do like this nose.

Palate: Creamy with a gentle richness. Fruity and earthy too with a tingle concentrated on the sides of the palate. Very nice.

Finish: Medium to long and always gently rich.

Overall impression: Literally mouth-watering. Rich flavours but creamily sophisticated too. A gentle giant.




Wilson & Morgan, Glen Scotia, 20y, 1991-2012, 44.2% ABV

Sherry Butt No.1, W&M "Barrel Selection"

Original cost of this bottle;

Reviewed as part of MMA 2012


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Very dark amber

Nose: Aromatic fruity wood develops slowly into an almost cognac-like richness. Suggestions of nuts, prunes and cherries add to the depth of this nose.

Palate: Lots of that cognac-ness on the palate alongside a slightly dry fruitiness of figs and dates.

Finish: Long and rich, slightly dry too.

Overall impression: Delicious and excellent. Only a very slight wateriness
stops it from being a "Great", but it isn't far away.




High Spirits, Glen Scotia, 18y, 75cl, 60.7% ABV

Cask No.35

Original cost of this bottle; Unknown


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Light, bright yellow

Nose: Immediately fresh and intense with suggestions of vanilla, apple, perhaps even baked apple (crumble or pie?), then after a few minutes (at least 5) I sense some mildly floral notes akin to a wild meadow.

Palate: Again intense and prickly which is almost certainly due to the high ABV. There's also that suggestion of baked apple (crumble or pie maybe) but now with further fruity hints of summer berries (raspberry, blackberry).

Finish: Very long and then a faint hint of liquorice root right at the end.

Overall impression: Good old honets bourbon cask, delicious, I love it.









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