70cl • 40.8% ABV

48 Year Old Whisky

Originally laid down in December 1974, this remarkable liquid has passed through the hands and care of multiple generations of distillery teams. It is incredible to think that it was specially selected to be kept back time and time again by various hands, and allowed to continue its journey long after its carers stood down from the helm of the distillery. More than just a remarkable age, it is a window through time into a past era of Glen Scotia.

In Campbeltown? We invite you to visit the Glen Scotia shop to marvel at our 48-year-old whisky, a masterpiece of craftsmanship and heritage.

CASK SELECTED: 1974 17/582-1

Coming soon to the US

Crafted by generations of care


  • Today, Glen Scotia’s Master Blender has picked up the mantle for these cherished casks of exceptional character, ensuring the final result is a true representation of Glen Scotia’s past. To mark this rare and special release, he looked back to Campbeltown’s international trade connections and relationships with Spanish bodegas that its fortuitous coastal location and harbour afforded. Piecing together history and articles to form a view of what fortified wines and spirits were available and used, a careful selection of sherry finishing has been chosen to produce a truly classical style of Campbeltown Single Malt.

    An exceptional edition to any collection

    The Glen Scotia 48-year-old is presented in a handmade oak display case, inspired by the artistic Spanish ‘Azulejo’ tile designs that were once found in the bodegas and bars of Seville, then wider Spain and Portugal over the 18th and 19th century. A further oak tile resting beneath the bottle holds a plaque with the individual bottle number, tasting notes, and story of this incredible single malt whisky. In partnership with Glencairn, each individually numbered bottle has been tastefully etched and infilled, with gold metal decoration to the body and shoulder. A heavy metal stopper completes its exceptional presentation.

  • Unavilable for sale in the United States

Tasting notes

NOSE

Sweet citrus of Seville orange, pineapple, coastal saltiness, green herbal notes, bay leaf, with nutmeg and cinnamon.


TASTE

An elegant mouthfeel with layers of demerara sugar and treacle sweetness. There is orange marmalade, red apple then raisin and sultana, some dried peel and cinnamon spice.


FINISH

Long finish with melted brown sugar and stone fruit, apricot and peach.

A Spanish symphony of flavour married with Glen Scotia’s coastal nuances.

WITH ONLY 250 INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED BOTTLES DRAWN FROM OUR OLDEST RESERVES, THE GLEN SCOTIA 48 YEAR OLD IS A RARE AND UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO TASTE A BYGONE ERA OF THE GLEN SCOTIA DISTILLERY.

A remarkable journey...

Distilled 28/12/1974, the Glen Scotia 48-year-old has been matured in a traditional combination of refill and then first-fill bourbon barrels. After forty-three years gently resting and developing its layers of character, this exceptional single malt was recasked into a first-fill oloroso hogshead for a further five years, where it was left to take on the delicately perfumed floral and orange citrus notes that transport us from Campbeltown to Spain’s cathedral-like sherry bodegas.

Finally, to add a further dimension to this already refined and delicately complex dram, the whisky was given a final six month finish in a second-fill ex-Pedro Ximénez Hogshead, adding further subtle layers of treacle sweetness and orange marmalade spice while still preserving the subtle salty and maritime distillery character underneath. The result is single malt of exceptional character, truly unlike anything released to date - a Spanish symphony of different flavours interwoven with Campbeltown’s signature coastal style

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