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Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old Malt Scotch Named “Best Whisky In The World”

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition recently unveiled the Best in Show at its 2021 competition: the Glen Scotia 25-year-old Single Malt Whisky. More than 3,800 entrants were ranked across 31 categories and the judges awarded the Scotch single malt whisky from Campbeltown, a small Scotch whisky region in Scotland, as the overall winner of the competition.

The SFWSC is known as one of the world’s most prestigious spirits competitions in the world and is the second oldest spirits competition in the world. 

“To receive such outstanding recognition and be awarded as ‘Best in Show’ at this prestigious competition is an honour, and a tremendous boost to the entire team here at Glen Scotia distillery,” Iain McAlister, Master Distiller, Glen Scotia Distillery said in a prepared statement. “The Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old (70cl, 48.8% ABV) is a really outstanding whisky and has collected a number of prestigious awards over the years, but this has to be the absolute proudest moment for the distillery to date.”  

Glen Scotia 25-year-old Single Malt Whisky
Glen Scotia 25-year-old Single Malt Whisky (image via Glen Scotia)

The Glen Scotia 15-Year-Old also won a Gold Medal and the Glen Scotia Harbour Single Malt picked up a Silver Medal. 

Campbeltown was known as “The Whisky Capital of the World” in the Victorian era, and was home to more than 30 distilleries. Now just three remain, including Glen Scotia Distillery.

The Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old can be purchased at for a retail price of £400. The scotch is among an exceptional range of other award-winning whiskies from the distillery, including the Glen Scotia Double Cask (46% ABV, £40), Glen Scotia 15-Year-Old (46% ABV, £55) and Glen Scotia Victoriana (54.2% ABV, £65).  

Here are some official tasting notes, per Glen Scotia: 

  • Nose: Bracing Atlantic breeze gives a strong maritime influence. 
  • Taste: Red apple and tangy orange peel with vanilla syrup and caramel sweetness. 
  • Finish: Long lingering sea salt with a spicy note of ground ginger. 

Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.

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