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Glen Scotia unveils 2021 Campbeltown festival special edition

Scotch distiller Glen Scotia has announced the release of a special whisky for the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2021.

The creation of the 10-year-old limited-edition single malt whisky was overseen by Glen Scotia's distillery manager and master distiller, Iain McAlister.

It uses a series of unpeated distillates from 2009 to 2011, which were matured in first-fill Bourbon barrels. The casks were then vatted together before a five-month finishing period in first-fill Bordeaux red wine casks from Medoc.

Named the Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2021 Limited Edition, the whisky has been bottled at cask strength of 56.1% ABV and is non-chill filtered.

The annual Campbeltown Malts Festival celebrates the rich heritage of Scotland's fifth and smallest whisky region, which was once home to more than 30 distilleries. Due to the ongoing restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic, this year's festival will be held virtually and is taking place from 7 June.

Last year's festival, also held virtually, saw more than 10,000 whisky fans across the world take part in Glen Scotia's online programme of events.

Iain McAlister said: "The release of our Glen Scotia Festival Limited Edition has become a keenly awaited fixture on our calendar, and I'm very confident that this year's expression won't disappoint. 

"The 2021 Campbeltown Malts Festival Limited Edition perfectly encapsulates Glen Scotia's signature style, taking influence from both its rich history and coastal location, while the deliciously warming flavours from the Bordeaux casks add a unique twist to this exceptional single malt.

"The Campbeltown Malts Festival is the highlight of our events calendar and although we are disappointed that the festival can't go ahead in its physical form as we had hoped, we are really looking forward to celebraing the 'whiskiest' place in the world once again with our fans across the world as they join us online, whilst raising a dram to Campbeltown."

9 April 2021 - Bethany Whymark