Day Seven in the Whisky Advent Calendar

*In this series, I’m working my way through the 2015 Master of Malt Whisky Advent.

Finally, it’s a whisky that I’ve wanted to try for years but never been able to find anywhere. This is very exciting, and I haven’t even tasted it yet.

I stumbled into Campbeltown after falling in love with Springbank. Further explorations of Hazelburn and Longrow (same distillery as Springbank) and Kilkerran (made by Glengyle) made me believe there’s not a bad whisky to be found in the region.

Now we find out for sure.


Scotia Distillery is connected to Scotland’s history. This is from their website, and I love the romance and history.

Campbeltown was, reportedly, the ancient seat of the Scottish Parliament set up here by King Fergus in 503AD. Indeed the first site of the Scotia distillery in Parliament Street is said to be on the site from where the Stone of Destiny came, the stone on which all Scottish Monarchs were crowned.”

Campbeltown is a 5th region of Scotch Whisky outside the better known Islay, Speyside, Highlands, and Lowlands. At one point it had 28 distilleries. Unfortunately, we’re now down to 3. It’s now owned by Loch Lomond (but that’s a different story for a different time.)

The double cask goes from Oak barrels to Bourbon Barrels to Sherry Barrels. I can’t wait to see what that does to the inherent briny nature of Campbeltowns that I’ve had before.


Immediately from picking up the glass and nosing a bit, I find it more approachable and sweeter than its neighbors Springbank and Kilkerran.

I’ve always thought of Springbank as the whisky that shouts in your ear “Fuck you! I’m Scotch” with every sip. It’s one of my favorite things about it.

Glen Scotia is absolutely nothing like that. Scotia is Springbank’s beautiful young cousin visiting from the Speyside district. From the outside, she stands coyly all light and lilies, but at the very end there’s a bit of a salty kick that let’s you know she is definitely in charge.

She make walk like a lady, but you can bet she’s capable of cussing like a sailor. And if it gets to that, she’ll make you like it.

This is nothing like I expected, but it‘s really enjoyable.