Campbeltown is too easily overlooked as a malt region. It still produces extraordinarily distinctive singles, even if there are only three, from a mere two distilleries. The sea-mist character of the region is at its freshest and most startling in Glen Scotia and not altogether absent from its softer, maltier vatted partner Royal Culross. These products should not be totally overshadowed by the depth and complexity of their local rivals Springbank and Longrow.
The Glen Scotia distillery, founded around 1832 is in a cottage-like building
in a quiet street. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former
proprietor who drowned himself in Campbeltown Loch after being tricked out of
a large sum of money. After a period of closure in the mid 1980s the distillery
reopened toward the end of that decade. With the lowland distillery
Littlemill it was in the late 1980s backed by the
Canadian whisky company Gibson. The name was retained after a management buy-out
of Littlemill and Glen Scotia.
Now owned by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse
High Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6DS
Hear "Glen Scotia" pronounced in AU or WAV format
Search Dr. Do'g's index for the history of Glen Scotia
There just might be some news about Glen Scotia in The "Scotsman" newspaper