This week, Glen Scotia is proud to unveil a remarkable 30-Year-Old single malt (non-chill filtered, 47.3% ABV, RRP: £2,000), which is being released as part of its new ‘Spirit Safe’ collection with four bespoke packaging designs from our artist-in-residence, Alice Angus.
The collection continues the partnership with our favourite Scottish watercolourist, who initially spent several months in Campbeltown sketching and painting the magic of the distillery and its surrounding environment, before curating four incredible pieces of art. For the first time, these four original works are presented on a highly limited run of premium display boxes and bottle labels, giving our fans a chance to own a piece of this collaboration, and a very special and rare Glen Scotia Single Malt whisky.
Only 120 bottles of this 30-Year-Old unpeated, deep and distinguished whisky including Alice’s work are available worldwide. It was sampled by Alice and Master Distiller, Iain McAlister during Alice’s residency, and can be seen on the following video, during a particularly cold week in Campbeltown.
Matured in European oak casks, the whisky has thick perfumed floral notes of violet and lavender, which intertwine with sea spray. On the palate, there are hints of fresh green apple and silky pear followed by ginger and dark chocolate before a long finish with a roasted sugar sweetness.
The liquid would have initially been laid down in 1989 – a year that marked the reopening of Glen Scotia distillery following a five-year pause in production, a change of ownership, and renovations to serve a remerging global demand for whisky. It was a brief chapter in the distillery’s history, with very few precious casks remaining from this decade.
While external factors ensued, the casks of that era remained under the watchful eye of the distillery team, and the Spirit Safe collection pays homage to Glen Scotia’s enduring history, craftsmanship and traditional equipment through the ages.
The stories of the distillery’s heritage have been immortalised in each of the four-pack designs, which include: First Water, Heart of the Run, Labour of Years, Time and Tide.
We remain committed to selling the four original artworks with profits going to various charitable causes and plans in the works for selling the first of them later this year. In the meantime, this limited-edition bottling allows a very lucky few whisky enthusiasts around the world to own a very special piece of this collaboration and a whisky with a remarkable heritage.
Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at Glen Scotia, said:
“This is a remarkable launch for us – not only are we unveiling a very special highly limited 30-Year-Old single malt whisky, but also this stunning packaging from our artist in residence and friend, Alice Angus. Her artworks are a reminder of the fascinating history of Glen Scotia through the ages. Now commemorated in the ‘Spirit Safe’ collection, these are a wonderful edition to any whisky enthusiast’s collection.
“The liquid itself is an incredibly distinguished single malt whisky. It is intriguing to look back upon the creation and craft of a distillery team from a different era, who have created a whisky full of flavour and personality, from the freshness of the apples to the spice of the ginger, and that wonderful long, sugary and saline finish.”
Alice Angus, Glen Scotia artist-in-residence, added:
“My Spirit Safe series was inspired by the generations of dedicated people, the Campbeltown community, the unique coastal landscape, the ingredients, skills, engineering, and care that goes into making Glen Scotia, and all rhythms of time across hours, days, years, and decades involved in its creation. What started as multi-week residency has naturally blossomed into a longer-term partnership, full of interesting side projects and further collaborations. Glen Scotia is a truly magical place, and I am so grateful to the team that have always made me so welcome and shown such enthusiasm for my work. This collection is a homage to them and all that came before, and I am already looking forward to seeing where else our partnership together might go.”
The Glen Scotia ‘Spirit Safe’ collection is here