For the past four years Glen Scotia distillery have released a Campbeltown Malts Festival 'Limited Edition' - for this review I've decided to review the new 10yo against it's predecessors.
Let's just say, right from the start, that the 2020 has set a very high bar!
Each year, in May, the distilleries in Campbeltown, the whiskiest place in the world, hold a Malts Festival, this year would have been the 13th.
Although not always the best of friends(!) the three Campbeltown distilleries Glengyle, Glen Scotia and Springbank work together to put on an amazing festival, but due to the coronavirus, it's had to be cancelled again this year. Instead a virtual festival will take place - more details here!
This 2021 release is the 4th Campbeltown Malts Festival bottle from Glen Scotia, it's a combination of 2009, 2010 and 2011 unpeated spirit matured 100% in 1st fill bourbon before being finished for 5 months in Medoc Bordeaux red wine casks. After the wine casks the whisky was married in refill bourbon barrels for a further 2 months before bottling.
Distillery tasting notes:
Nose: Crushed red berries, floral notes of rose and violet with heather honey and maritime breeze.Palate: Opens on a honeyed sweetness with vibrant strawberry and apple, lime citrus and toasted oak vanilla.Finish: Long with warming spice of cinnamon and aniseed.
Soon after the release of the 4th in the series I met up with a few mates to taste it side by side with the previous festival releases:
|@GascoyneNick, @MaltMusings, @LLBlender & @WhiskyResource|
Let see how they all compared!
Many thanks to Mark for the Ruby & Rum samples and Nick & Michael for joining is a great tasting!