Glen Scotia unveils limited edition rum cask finish to celebrate Campbeltown Festival

Glen Scotia has introduced a new limited edition rum cask finish single malt to celebrate its Campbeltown Malts Festival programme.

Published 17th Jun 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The festival, which was held in May, showcases all that is unique and special about the single malts produced in the region.

Once home to more than  30 distilleries, the town was known as ‘whisky capital of the world’ during the Victorian era, now, Glen Scotia is one of just three surviving local distilleries.

To mark its biggest ever festival events programme, the distillery has released its Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019 Limited Edition Rum Cask Finish.

Hundreds of visitors from all over the world took part in tours, tastings and more at Glen Scotia as part of its packed programme during the Festival. Highlights included tastings at its historic dunnage warehouse and two sold-out whisky dinners held at the Ardshiel and Ugadale Hotels.

The distillery also hosted local MSP Michael Russell to launch its new campaign torecognise Campbeltown, the fifth and smallest of Scotland’s official malt-producing regions, as the ‘whiskiest place in the world’. Glen Scotia has introduced new branding as part of the global campaign.

A 2003 Vintage, the new peated single malt is described as having sea spray and sweet notes on the nose, with hints of melted brown sugar, pineapple and citrus fruits developing on the palate before delivering a long dry finish, with spice and sweet peat.

Non-chill filtered, it has been bottled at cask strength, 51.3% ABV, and around 9,500 bottles of this limited edition release will be available worldwide.

Iain McAlister, distillery manager at Glen Scotia, said: “Our new limited edition rum cask single malt offers whisky fans something very special, bringing together the maritime influences associated with Campbeltown and the sweet, tropical notes of rum – another sea-faring spirit.

“As someone who was born and bred in Campbeltown, I am very proud of our distinctive history and heritage. I hope whisky lovers have fun discovering our latest exceptional single malt.”

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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