Country: Scotland
Region: Campbeltown
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 56.1%
Score: 92 points

Glen Scotia 2021 Campbeltown Malts Festival Edition. Image courtesy Glen Scotia Distillery.While the 2021 Campbeltown Malts Festival was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there were virtual tastings held online and Glen Scotia released this 10-year-old unpeated single malt finished in Bordeaux red wine casks. The nose has notes of red grapes, plums, and a hint of apricots along with touches of oak sawdust, honeycomb, anise, and dried flowers. The taste is thick and fruity with a good underlying spiciness led by clove and cinnamon, while red grapes, plums, apricots and touches of brown sugar and oak tannins take the spotlight. Adding some water tamps down the spices and boosting the fruity character. The finish is long and balanced well between fruit and spices. Very nice! (July, 2021)

Special thanks to Matt Lurin and the Water of Life Festival for making this sample available.