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70cl • 40.8% ABV
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
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.
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.
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Sweet citrus of Seville orange, pineapple, coastal saltiness, green herbal notes, bay leaf, with nutmeg and cinnamon.
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.
Long finish with melted brown sugar and stone fruit, apricot and peach.
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