Glen Scotia unveils Sherry Double Cask Finish

Glen Scotia unveils Sherry Double Cask Finish

Glen Scotia evoking festive feelings and flavours in first single malt whisky to use two sherry casks

14 October 2020

Campeltown distillery Glen Scotia has unveiled a limited-edition Sherry Double Cask Finish whisky, with 15,000 bottles available worldwide.

The 11 year-old single malt Scotch whisky is presented in a striking black and gold carton, and the distillery says it brings notes of cinnamon and nutmeg for a warming, festive feel.

Using a series of unpeated distillations from 2008, the whisky was matured in first-fill Bourbon barrels before being finished in a combination of hand-selected Pedro Ximinéz and oloroso hogshead sherry casks for a further 10 months. The whisky was then married back together in Bourbon casks before being bottled at cask strength of 54.1% ABV.

Glen Scotia is now one of three surviving distilleries in Campbeltown – but, at the time it opened in 1832, it was one of more than 30 distilleries in an area dubbed by Victorians as the 'whisky capital of the world'. With its Double Sherry Cask Finish, Glen Scotia harks back to its roots in Victorian society – which gave us many of the festive traditions we enjoy today.

Iain McAlister, Glen Scotia's master distiller, said: "I’m very proud of the Glen Scotia Sherry Double Cask. This is the first single malt that we’ve produced that uses a combination of two sherry casks, and the results are stunning. This limited-edition single malt really showcases our signature Glen Scotia style, and paired with casks that were readily available in the town during the Victorian era truly makes it a whisky made by history.

"The combination of the sherry and Bourbon casks create a delicious, warming flavour that evokes all the traditional scents and tastes of Christmas, making it the perfect dram to enjoy with friends during the festive season, or a lovely gift for someone special."

Tastings notes provided by the distillery say the Glen Scotia Sherry Double Cask Finish delivers aromas of spiced rum, toffee and plums, a rich mouthfeel with sweet vanilla, raisin and warming cloves, and a long, nutty and dry finish.

The whisky is priced at £65 and is available to purchase from specialist and online whisky retailers, including The Whisky Shop, from October.

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