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Glen Scotia Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Campbeltown Distillery

Glen Scotia Scotch Whisky Distillery History

Founded in 1832 by Stewart Galbraith under the name of Scotia Distillery Glen Scotia as it now known, was one of the last two surviving Campbeltown distilleries during the 1925-2000 period.  A Third distillery Glengyle went in to production in 2003, calling its whisky Killkerran,


In 1919 West Highland Malt Distilleries Ltd purchased the distillery


The distillery is reported to be haunted by a previous owner; Duncan MacCallum who bought the distillery in 1924.evidently he committed suicide by drowning himself in Campbeltown Loch in 1930 after discovering swindlers had tricked him out of a large sum of money.


1954 saw the distillery acquired by Hiram Walker who in 1955 sold it on to A. Gillies & Co which became part of Amalgamated Distilled Products Ltd in 1970


Between 1979 and 1982. £1million was spent upgrading the distillery however it was closed in 1984 It was reopened by Gibson International in 1989 however they then went into receivership later that year.


The distillery was acquired from receivership in 1994 by Glen Catrine and mothballed until 1996 when some distillation restarted.


Glen Scotia is now owned by the Loch Lomond Distillery Company through its subsidiary company Glen Catrine.


Glen Scotia Single Malt  Scotch Distillery Bottlings

10 year old

12 year old

16 year old

18 year old

21 year old


Glen Scotia Single Malt  Scotch Old Distillery Bottlings.

Glen Scotia Heavily peated

Glen Scotia aged over 5 years

Glen Scotia 12 Year Old Old Style

Glen Scotia 14 Year Old

Glen Scotia 17 Year Old

Glen Scotia 1973 (26 Years Old)

Glen Scotia Single Casks- 1999- No518, No78, No337, No 78 No404 No511


Glen Scotia Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings

A,D Rattery

Berrys Own Selection



Chieftain’s (Ian Macleod),

Duncan Taylor Collection

Hart Brothers

Kingsbury (Japan Import System)

Dun Bheagan

MacPhails Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Mission Range (Murray McDavid)

Murray McDavid

Old malt Cask (Douglas Laing)




Glen Scotia Single Malt Whisky 16 year old 50% 70cl

Old Malt Cask bottled by Douglas Laing & Co Ltd.

257 bottles in total charged from a refill Hogshead Cask Ref; 4436.

Distilled in March 1992 and bottled in June 2008.

Tasting Notes :

Nose; Clean with autumnal fruit, gristiness and light peat.


Palate; Carries dried hay, herbal sweetness and a salty dryness.


Finish; The sweetness of green malt, short but pleasant. (F&J)

Glen Scotia Older style whisky label

Glen Scotia Distillery

12 High street Campbeltown Argyll  PA28 6DS


No Visitor Facilities

Glen Scotia

Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style

Tasting Notes


Nose: Heavy. Spicy, smoky, oaky, malty, vanilla, salty.


Palate: Medium to full bodied. Smoky, spicy and fruity.


Finish: Long and rounded. Smoky.

Founded in 1832 by Stewart Galbraith

Location Campbeltown

Water Source  from wells below the distillery


Glen Scotia Distilling Equipment

Stainless steel mash tun

6 Stainless steel washbacks

2 swan necked pot stills

Matured in American bourbon oak and European sherry casks