As the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2023 comes to a close, we look back over a fantastic two days spent in the very best company.
This year we truly went all out, turning our warehouses, courtyard and old kiln into a whisky wonderland of talks and performances over the course of the day.
Our very special hosts of this year’s Festival, spirits writers Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison, together with special guests unveiled everything from Cask Strength Tastings, to music collaborations, and 60 Second Cocktail-Making right in the heart of the distillery courtyard and open for all to attend. Whisky Author, Charlie Maclean once again teamed up with Master Distiller, Iain McAlister to lead our dunnage warehouse tastings. Meanwhile whisky writer and musician Felipe Schrieberg brought the highly acclaimed Rhythm & Booze Project to Campbeltown for the first time, pairing live music and single cask Glen Scotia drams. Only a stone’s throw away across the distillery courtyard, our Master Blender, Michael Henry lead a deconstructed tasting of the six component liquids that are brought together to make our award-winning Victoriana. While music and dance ensued in the courtyard, quietly tucked away in our darkest and most secretive warehouse, viewers were shown The Sound of Glen Scotia on the big screen while handed headphones and a dram.
To all the whisky lovers who joined us from around the globe, your presence and enthusiasm made the festival a wonderful experience. With special thanks to Jenny Sturgeon and Dean Honer for joining us to unveil the Sound of Glen Scotia music collaboration, and Glen Scotia Artist in Residence Alice Angus for her continued incredible work. We were further delighted to be joined by our friends from Cadenhead’s, Springbank, Watt Whisky and Friends of Glen Scotia Group (represented by Johan Andersson) for a dram and chat on the future of Campbeltown.