Glen Scotia

Distillery Bottlings

Posted 05 June 2018

Glen Scotia have their work cut out for them. Not only are they one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, but their location places them under the shadow of industry darlings Springbank. It must be hard competing with a distillery with that level of reputation and a veritable army of super-fans. But, nevertheless, I have a lot of admiration for Glen Scotia who rather than settling for the title of ‘Campbeltowns’ other distillery’ have come out fighting with a revitalised range and renewed brand proposition.

Posted 05 September 2018

Glen Scotia have been going great guns not only in revitalising their range of whiskies, but also in actively engaging with the wider whisky community – both online and at shows. Gone are the days of attempting to carve out market share through the use of bright, alcopop style bottles -  The distillery is now trying to play to the strength of combining high quality liquid with an understandable and appealing brand proposition. A much more successful tactic – especially as malt enthusiasts become ever more knowledgable and the range of choices available ever broader.

Posted 25 June 2018

It sometimes amazes me what a well thought out brand restructuring and refresh can achieve. Memories can be incredibly short and forgiving when things are done right - quite recently I was talking to a group of enthusiasts who had never heard of Glen Scotia’s previous brand incarnation – the infamous neon highland bulls. Now consigned to the dustbin, the distillery’s range has probably garnered more fans over the last couple of years than over the entire past decade – such is the strength of combining high quality liquid with an understandable and appealing brand proposition. Luminous bovines always felt more Chernobyl than Campbeltown.

Posted 30 October 2017

I often wonder how whisky enthusiasts coped before the Internet was around to help guide them through the their malt journeys. I imagine word of mouth was even more important back then for learning about new expressions and expanding ones whisky horizons. But, the Internet has not changed palates and personal opinions – it just offers an ever increasing number of distinctive interpretations all at a mouse click. But, the point still remains – tasting notes on whisky website and blogs, however individual, are there to assist you with your malt exploration.

Independent Bottlings

Douglas Laing

Posted 08 February 2018

The Old Malt Cask range was introduced by Douglas Laing in 1998, but it is now part of the Hunter Laing portfolio. Founded by Frederick Laing in 1948, the independent bottler was inherited by his two sons Steward and Fred, who after over 40 years of working together amicably agreed to split the business into two separate companies in 2013  - whilst Douglas Laing continued trading, Hunter Laing was formed. In essence to provide two different futures for the two different sides of the current Laing family. Sharing many of the brands between them, Old Malt Cask moved to the newly created company, joining Old & Rare, The Sovereign and Hepburns Choice to name but a few.


Posted 08 November 2018

Over to Campbeltown for this 11 year old drawn from a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel. Oily & coastal profile.

Posted 10 December 2018

I’ve already seen some chatter online about this bottling – mainly around its rather fabulous name. Liquid-wise, this has spent 11 years in a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel. Lightly Peated profile.

Posted 06 September 2018

Always good to see Glen Scotia on an SMWS outturn. This one is a 15 year old drawn from a refill ex-bourbon barrel. Oily & Coastal profile.



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