The Campbeltown Malts Festival is an annual event that celebrates Scotland’s fifth and smallest whisky region; once home to over 30 distilleries, Campbeltown is often informally recognised as the ‘whiskiest’ place in the world. As with the 2020 event, this year’s festival will be hosted virtually due to the ongoing pandemic, and will take place online from 7th June 2021.
Last year, the virtual whisky festival was well-attended, with Glen Scotia’s programme of online events attracting more than 10,000 whisky fans from across the world.
The new expression has been created under the watchful eye of Iain McAlister, distillery manager and master distiller, using a series of unpeated distillations dating between 2009 and 2011. The liquid was then matured in first fill bourbon barrels, before being vatted together and finished in first-fill Bordeaux casks from the Medoc region for a period of five months.
The whisky has an ABV of 56.1% and has been bottled at cask strength. In terms of taste, it has been described as offering notes of ‘crushed red berries’ on the nose, ‘honeyed sweetness’ on the palate, and the ‘warming spice’ of cinnamon and aniseed on the finish.
Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at Glen Scotia, said: “The release of our Glen Scotia Festival Limited Edition have become a keenly awaited fixture on our calendar, and I’m very confident that this year’s expression won’t disappoint. The 2021 Campbeltown Malts Festival Limited Edition perfectly encapsulates Glen Scotia’s signature style, taking influence from both its rich history and coastal location, while the deliciously warming flavours from the Bordeaux casks add a unique twist to this exceptional single malt. I’m confident that this expression will sit proudly in any whisky lover’s collection.
“The Campbeltown Malts Festival is the highlight of our events calendar, and although we are disappointed that the festival can’t go ahead in its physical form as we had hoped, we are really looking forward to celebrating the whiskiest place in the world once again with our fans across the world as they join us online, while raising a dram to Campbeltown.”
For more information, visit the Glen Scotia website.