Founded in 1832, the Glen Scotia Distillery is one of three active distilleries (with Springbank and Glengyle) in the Campbeltown region of Scotland. It produces superb whiskies incorporating all the typical features of this region in Scotland which, let us not forget, was once the historical capital of Scotch whisky. At the beginning of the 20th century, American prohibition dealt a serious blow to the distillery, causing it to close its doors on several occasions. In 1999, the distillery's production was resumed, in particular by Springbank workers who came to help out and keep the Campbeltown legacy alive.
The new owner has gotten a handle on things and invested heavily to sustain the distillery's operations. The objective is clear: restore the frequently overlooked Campbeltown whiskies to their rightful status. After renovating the distillery's original architecture to boost tourism in the region and reorganizing its cellar so the barrels can have direct contact with the sea air of the west coast, the distillery's manager – who is none other than Master Distiller Iain McAlister – overhauled the production process.
The timeless atmosphere at Campbeltown has inspired the distillery's artisans, who take their time crafting single malts, distilling them in small batches using a unique, meticulous process. The Glen Scotia distillery has two distinguishing features. First, it employs lengthy fermentation, which lasts 128 hours on average to encourage the development of unique esters. Second, it boasts a one-of-a-kind location. Indeed, the extremely humid and mild climate of Campbeltown is tempered by the sea which gives each of its maturing single malts subtle, complex notes underscored with a touch of salinity.
Born in Campbeltown, Iain McAlister has been at the head of the Glen Scotia Distillery for nearly ten years. Highly involved in the everyday management of the production of the line of single malt whiskies named after the distillery, he ensures the quality of the whiskies leaving the stills.
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