Whisky Focus - Glen Scotia 45 Year Old

Glen Scotia 45 Year Old

25th October 2019
Glen Scotia releases its oldest expression to date, a Glen Scotia 45 Year Old.

Glen Scotia 45 Year OldOne of Campbeltown’s three surviving distilleries, Glen Scotia, has released an exceptionally rare 45 Year Old limited release single malt to its award-winning range.

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 the world.

"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 leather lining.

Glen Scotia 45 year old will be priced at £3,795 and is available from this month from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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.

Finish: Long mouth-watering finish with sea-salt and lime citrus before warming cinnamon and ground ginger spice.

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