25th October 2019
releases its oldest expression to date,
a Glen Scotia 45 Year Old.
One of Campbeltown’s three surviving
distilleries, Glen Scotia, has released
an exceptionally rare 45 Year Old
limited release single malt to its
The Glen Scotia 45 Year Old was
distilled back in December 1973 before
being filled into refill Bourbon casks
two days before Christmas. Over three
decades later, in 2011, it was carefully
re-casked into first fill Bourbon then
laid to mature under the watchful eye of
master distiller Michael Henry before
finally bottling this year, 2019.
Presented in a handcrafted walnut box,
the Glen Scotia 45 Year Old is a limited
release of just 150 bottles world-wide,
making it not only the oldest expression
to be released by Glen Scotia distillery
but also one of the most exclusive.
The distillery tells me the whisky
embodies all the signature
characteristics of a Campbeltown single
malt, the liquid is dominated by
maritime influences. On the nose, it
presents bold coastal elements, as well
as sweet notes of ripe pineapple, crisp
green apple, rose and vanilla.
Master distiller Michael Henry commented:
"Glen Scotia 45-year-old is one
of the most magnificent expressions to
be produced by our Campbeltown
distillery and we are excited that after
45 years we are now able to unveil it to
"Distilled in 1973, this
single malt is steeped in history and is
extraordinarily rare. The liquid has
been maturing in refill bourbon casks,
tucked away in our bonded warehouses,
for over three decades before being
finished in first fill bourbon.
"It embodies all of the unique elements
which Glen Scotia is known for,
delivering a long mouth-watering finish
with notes of sea salt and lime citrus.
On the palate, the liquid presents
caramel sweetness at first, then juicy
fruit with pineapple, mango and water
melon rounded by vanilla and honey."
Non-chill filtered to ensure it is
enjoyed as nature intended, Glen Scotia
45 year old is bottled at 43.8% ABV and
presented in a striking case created by
family-owned, UK-based luxury packaging
manufacturer, Moran’s Wood Components.
Each case is handmade using sustainably
sourced British walnut and features
contains a delicate tile engraved with
the individual bottle number and tasting
notes. Inside, the case boasts embossed
Glen Scotia 45 year old will be priced
at £3,795 and is available from this
month from specialist online whisky retailers such
Glen Scotia 45 Year Old Review
Bottled at 43.8% ABV.
Producer's Tasting Notes:
Nose: Bold coastal elements,
sea-soaked basalt leads into thick fruit
of ripe pineapple and crisp green apple
before floral notes of rose, vanilla and
toasted oak come through.
Taste: Viscous oily mouthfeel
coats the tongue. Caramel sweetness at
first then juicy tropical fruit, with
pineapple, mango and watermelon rounded
by vanilla and honey.
Long mouth-watering finish with sea-salt
and lime citrus before warming cinnamon
and ground ginger spice.
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