The Glen Scotia Distillery will celebrate the return of the Campbeltown Malts Festival this May with their special, Festival Release 2022 expression.
The 8-year-old whisky matured in heavily peated, first-fill bourbon barrels before a 12-month finish in Pedro Ximénès hogsheads, a fortified dessert wine from southern Spain that gives it what’s described as a balance of smoke, treacle and spice mixed in with Glen Scotia’s signature maritime notes.
In a statement from Glen Scotia, the distiller noted that this whisky comes through on the nose with notes of soft peat smoke, vanilla, then fresh apples and pears. On the palate, the whisky is smooth with hints of treacle, white pepper, sweet fruits and salted toffee thanks to the sherry cask influence. The finish picks up the mellow sea influence and light, floral honey.
The amber-colored liquid was bottled at cask strength, 56.5% ABV. The limited edition is available worldwide through specialist retailers with a suggested retail price of £55.
The Campbeltown Malts Festival, for which this whisky honors, celebrates the whisky-production capabilities of this whisky region and provides a platform for the three remaining distilleries in the town to showcase their wares to visitors from around the world.
Last year, the festival was held online because of Covid-19 restrictions, but this May 24th through the 27th, hundreds of whisky fans are expected to make the trip to Scotland’s west coast for a series of exclusive tours, tastings and celebrations including talks and experiments with whisky writers, Charles Maclean and Becky Paskin.
Iain McAlister, Glen Scotia’s master distiller, said, “Our Festival Release 2022 is very special as it heralds the return of the much-loved Malts Festival and the opportunity for us to showcase our work in person once more to whisky fans from around the world.”
New for this year’s Malts Festival, Glen Scotia will have an exhibition focusing on its distillery’s place in Campbeltown. Scottish artist in residence, Alice Angus, will present her ‘Spirit Safe’ exhibition, a collection of artworks, to be revealed May 25th.
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