Glen Scotia Campbeltown Whisky Distillery
Founded 179 years ago in 1832 Glen Scotia distillery is located on High Street Campbeltown known in Scotland as the “WEE TOWN”. Campbeltown is situated at the southern end of the Kintyre peninsula and there are two other distillery’s in the town namely Glengyle and Springbank. In Victorian times Campbeltown used to rival Speyside in Malt Whisky Distillation
Founded by John & William Galbraith and James Stewart the company was registered as Stewart & Galbraith and Co. A few years later in 1840 Alexander MacKelvie and James Napier also became partners. Barnard visited the distillery during his Scottish wanderings. Changing hands in 1891 the distillery was purchased by its most famous owner Duncan MacCallum who set about modernising the site. At this time new Malting floors were established at the front and old buildings were removed. The distillery is still in the same condition today.
In 1919 after a period of inactivity during the Great War the distillery was sold to West Highland Malt Distillers Ltd. but was re purchased again in 1924 by Duncan MacCallum. MacCallum subsequently died in suspicious circumstances in 1931 his body being found in Crosshill Loch and the distillery was later purchased by Bloch Bros.
In the 1950’s and 60’s the distillery passed through many owners including Hiram Walker & Sons, Gillies & Co. and Amalgamated Distilled Products Ltd. Glasgow. After a silent period in the 80’s the distillery was purchased by James Gulliver’s Argyle Group (of supermarket fame). This only lasted for a year and it then passed to Barton’s(UK) in 1988, only to be sold again a year later to Gibson International. Following receivership in 1994 it was taken over again briefly by Glen Catrine and finally in 1996 by Loch Lomond Distillers Group who are the current owners.
Glen Scotia is one of the oldest and smallest distillery’s in Scotland only employing 3 people. However it now maintains high production figures.
Currently the distillery is bottling 12 year old single malt whisky and other select single malts, peated and heavily peated. Each bottle bears the cask number and year.
Taste: Smokey and traces of Brine, a Medium Single Malt Whisky