Glen Scotia unveils limited edition 2021 Campbeltown Malts Festival release

Glen Scotia has released its Campbeltown Malts Festival release for 2021.

Published 7th Apr 2021
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival release for 2021 is a 10 Year Old Limited Edition Single Malt with a Bordeaux red wine cask finish.

The expression has been created under the watchful eye of distillery manager and master distiller, Iain McAlister, using a series of exclusively unpeated distillations from 2009 to 2011, before being matured in first fill bourbon barrels.

The casks have then been vatted together before finishing in hand-selected first fill Bordeaux red wine casks from the Medoc region, for a period of five months.

The Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2021 Limited Edition has been bottled at cask strength and is non-chilled filtered. With an ABV of 56.1%, the expression offers notes of classic fruits and spices.

The team say that "on the nose the scent of crushed red berries can be detected, along with floral notes of rose and violet, heather honey and a maritime breeze.

"On the palate there is a honeyed sweetness with vibrant strawberry and apple, toasted vanilla and a hint of lime citrus. The finish is long, with the warming spice of cinnamon and aniseed."

The Campbeltown Malts Festival is an annual event that celebrates Scotland’s fifth and smallest whisky region.

Once home to over 30 distilleries, Campbeltown is recognised as the ‘whiskiest’ place in the world.

As with last year’s event, due to the ongoing pandemic the festival will be hosted virtually and will take place online from 7th June 2021.

Last year, the virtual whisky festival was extremely well received, with Glen Scotia’s programme of online festival events attracting more than 10,000 whisky fans from across the world.

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Iain McAlister, distillery manager and master distiller at Glen Scotia, said: "The release of our Glen Scotia Festival Limited Edition have become a keenly awaited fixture on our calendar, and I’m very confident that this year’s expression won’t disappoint.

"The 2021 Campbeltown Malts Festival Limited Edition perfectly encapsulates Glen Scotia’s signature style, taking influence from both its rich history and coastal location, while the deliciously warming flavours from the Bordeaux casks add a unique twist to this exceptional single malt.

"I’m confident that this expression will sit proudly in any whisky lover’s collection.

"The Campbeltown Malts Festival is the highlight of our events calendar, and although we are disappointed that the festival can’t go ahead in its physical form as we had hoped, we are really looking forward to celebrating the whiskiest place in the world once again with our fans across the world as they join us online, whilst raising a dram to Campbeltown."

The Glen Scotia Festival Limited Edition is priced at £50 and can be bought here.

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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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