In a nutshell: A cask strength Campbeltown Single Malt finished in deep charred oak.
The lowdown: Glen Scotia is one of the few remaining distilleries in the former Scotch Whisky stronghold of Campbeltown at the southern end of the Kintyre peninsula. This, their cask strength Victoriana Single Malt was launched a few years ago and intended to be in the style of traditional style whiskies back in Campbeltown's heyday in the 1800s. Finished in deep charred oak it's exceptionally smooth with aromas and flavours really working in harmony. Bottled in the traditional way straight from the cask and without filtration, its subtle wood and vanilla flavour is enhanced by a full bodied spicy fruit aroma and mildly smoky aftertaste.
These days Glen Scotia is one of just three distilleries operating in Campbeltown near the southern end of the Kintyre pensinsula. In the nineteenth century Campbeltown was one of the main centres of Scotch Whisky production, so much so that Campbeltown is still recognized as a separate region along with the likes of Speyside and Islay.
Glen Scotia's own history dates back to 1832 and since that time has has a number of different owners and has seen periods of closure and mothballing as the fortunes of Campbeltown whiskies generally declined. Luckily though it was one of the few to ultimately keep its head above water and has now been in continuous production since 1999 and is a part of the Loch Lomond Group who have several other distilleries and interests in the Scotch Whisky industry.
It's one of Scotland's smallest distilleries and retains a lot of original features going back into the 1800s. They produce three types of malt; unpeated, medium-peated and heavily-peated and, over the years, the quality of their whiskies has improved considerably with longer fermentations and slower and more careful distillations.