Glen Scotia Distillery to host online events - including a limited edition tasting

Fans of the Campbeltown Malts Festival can still look forward to a few drams this month, as the Glen Scotia Distillery announces a series of online events.

Published 4th May 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Glen Scotia Distillery is set to host a programme of events online, following the cancellation of the Campeltown Malts Festival.

The popular Campbeltown Malts Festival, which includes events from Glen Scotia, was set to run from 19-21 May, but was cancelled due to the ongoing lockdown measures in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Glen Scotia is now offering their shedule of festival events online - including a limited edition dunnage warehouse tasting.

Glen Scotia online events

From 18 May, the distillery’s website will host some of the unique elements of the renowned malts festival, including virtual distillery tours, a historical Campbeltown walking tour, video tastings for fans to follow, and even a dedicated festival playlist collated by the organisers of the Mull of Kintyre music festival.  

 As part of the programme, fans of the whisky can join the famous dunnage warehouse tastings - hosted by master distiller Iain McAlister -  which will be available outside of the distillery for the first time.

For many, the dunnage tasting is the pinnacle of their Campbeltown Malt Festival experience.

The theme for 2020 is The Casks of Campbeltown, and features whiskies matured in casks historically used in Campbeltown, investigating why these casks were used and the influence they have on the modern regional style. 

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 Only 200 dunnage tasting packs will be released in the UK ahead of the festival, each containing five 25 ml samples along with password access to a specially created tasting video hosted by Iain McAlister.

 A further 1800 tasting boxes will be distributed to markets around the world. 

The Glen Scotia Dunnage Tasting Box will be available to order from Dram Team priced at £55.99 (including postage).  

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Iain McAlister will also lead an online video tasting of some of Glen Scotia’s core range, allowing audiences to discover the different flavours, aromas and distinctive characteristics of Glen Scotia Double Cask, Glen Scotia 15 Years Old and Glen Scotia Victoriana.  

A third tasting experience will be hosted by renowned whisky expert Charles MacLean who will introduce the tasting of Glen Scotia’s 2020 Festival Edition, the Glen Scotia Limited Edition 14 Year Old Tawny Port Finish, which has been released this month.   

 The Campbeltown Malts Festival

Campbeltown was known as the whisky capital of the world during the Victorian era and was home to over 30 working distilleries. 

The annual Campbeltown Malts Festival is a celebration of Scotland’s fifth and smallest malt producing region and its whisky making heritage. 

This year’s event was set to take place from 19-21 May, however in line with Covid-19 government guidance, the festival has been cancelled for the first time since it launched in 2009.  

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Iain McAlister said: “Campbeltown has a unique history, which is intrinsically linked to the production and distillation of Scotch whisky.

"The annual Campbeltown Malts Festival is our chance to celebrate this rich heritage, and while we cannot welcome people in the traditional sense this year, we can still host them in spirit.  

“Glen Scotia’s virtual Malts Festival will feature as much of the real thing as possible. Working with our partners, we have created an exciting programme of events, complete with a special Spotify music playlist, and exclusive tasting sessions.   

“With this virtual experience, people can truly enjoy the sounds, sights and tastes of Campbeltown from the comfort of their own homes.” 

 For further information about Glen Scotia and to take part in the online festival visit the Glen Scotia website. 

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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