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Glen Scotia

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Iain McAlister
*Distillery Manager

Loch Lomond Group


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head whisky maker(s)

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Year Founded

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The first spirit thought to have been produced at Glen Scotia was in 1834, however the current distillery manager, Iain MacAllister did a little research after taking the job and uncovered documented whisky production actually taking place as early as 1832. Originally established by Stewart, Galbraith & Co., it underwent several ownership changes. In 1919, it joined forces with five other Campbeltown distilleries to form West Highland Malt Distilleries, aiming to share costs and survive tough times. Despite the closure of most of its partners, Glen Scotia persisted. The distillery faced bankruptcy in the late 1920s under Duncan McCallum's ownership, leading to its temporary closure. Tragically, McCallum took his own life after financial ruin, adding a ghostly legend to Glen Scotia's lore.

Surviving Prohibition and a series of ownership transitions, including periods under Bloch Bros, Hiram Walker, A. Gillies & Co., and Amalgamated Distilled Products, Glen Scotia endured economic hardships and shutdowns, notably in 1984. It saw intermittent production until 1999 when it fully resumed operations.

A revival in 2012 introduced a new range, marked by distinctive packaging featuring Highland cows. In 2014, Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd acquired the distillery, raising hopes for further investments. With a rich and often tumultuous history, Glen Scotia stands as one of the few surviving distilleries in Campbeltown, a testament to its resilience in the face of adversity.

-Written (Mostly) by Robots-

Distillery Bottling

  • 2008/11 Year - Sherry Double Cask Finish - Unpeated- 54.1% Harold H.

  • 10 Year |Malts Festival 2021| Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish - Unpeated - 56.1% Harold H.

  • 11 Year |Campbeltown Malts Festival 2023| White Port Cask Finish - 54.7% Harold H.

  • Victoriana (2021) - 54.2% Harold H.

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