Glen Scotia – Icons of Campbeltown Release NO.1 The Mermaid 70 CL 54,1%

Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Introducing the new Icons of Campbeltown series: a celebration of the Campbeltown community that ensured Glen Scotia prevailed throughout history. Taking our inspiration from Campbeltown Market Cross – a historic community meeting place for celebration and storytelling, with an array of saints and beasts carved into its stone face – each release recalls a tale of community spirit. Glen Scotia has partnered with renowned artist, Joel Holtzman (Lucasfilm, Marvel, Disney, Macmillan) to bring each of the icons to life.

In Release 1, over a subtle maritime drama, we recall the community’s view of a mermaid on our local shores. To celebrate this special occasion, we have selected an equally special Palo Cortado sherry cask to compliment this unadulterated coastal and saltwater colored spirit.

The selection and finish of each whiskey in this remarkable new range is inspired by an individual icon from the cross. Glen Scotia’s whiskey is shaped by its coastal climate, and whether it’s real or just the result of one dram too many, mermaid sightings along our coast are an unnervingly recurring theme, especially in the 1800s when the distillery in the town grew to new heights. To mark this first release, we’ve selected a subtly coastal, floral and delicate twelve-year-old unpeated single malt whiskey and finished it in Palo Cortado sherry casks – a rare choice almost as special as mermaids.

WHISKEY WRITERS, CHARLES MACLEAN

Appearance
Deep amber, polished mahogany in shade. Good beads and thick legs, indicating texture.

Aroma
Rich, soft and slightly drying. Maritime salt crystals, boat varnish, edible seaweed. Thick fruity tarte tatin, Dundee Seville marmalade and tablet toffee.

Taste
A creamy consistency, slightly sweet in the middle glazed with French apple tart and a pinch of salt.

Exit
Long and warming with a spicy aftertaste and spicy finish.

Glen Scotia is located in Campbeltown in south-west Scotland. The area was known in the old days as the whiskey capital of the world, because virtually the entire town was involved in the production or sale (and no doubt consumption) of whiskey. Today there are only 3 active distilleries: Springbank, Glengyle (Kilkerran) and Glen Scotia, but Campbeltown still has a reputation for being the whiskiest place in the world. Here, the small distillery, which is only slightly larger than Springbank, has been making whiskey since 1832, albeit with many interruptions along the way. Today it is owned by the Loch Lomond Group and the distillery has been producing continuously since 1999, but not at full capacity. As recently as 2011, when the whiskey boom was already well under way, Glen Scotia made just 130,000 litres, although the capacity is around 800,000. I wonder if they have ramped up production a bit now? We hope so!

The style is medium-bodied and salty, sometimes visited by small, fleeting puffs of smoke. Glen Scotia makes both unsmoked and medium-smoked whisky, although with a deliberate focus on the former.

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969,00 DKK

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