Independent Campbeltown distillery Glen Scotia is set to launch a new limited-edition Glen Scotia Single Cask release in partnership with World Duty Free and Edinburgh Airport.
Only 204 bottles of the 26yo Glen Scotia Single Cask No. 857 will be available at the World of Whiskies store in Edinburgh Airport. The Glen Scotia Single Cask is the Campbeltown distillery’s first release to be introduced at a UK airport.
The Glen Scotia Single Cask No. 857 (56.5%abv) was distilled in April 1991 and bottled in August 2017. The whisky offers layers of honey and brown sugar with pineapple and tangy orange peel. A salty edge, consistent with the distillery’s maritime-influenced character, leads to a warm ginger spiciness on the finish.
Glen Scotia’s partnership with Edinburgh Airport and World Duty Free follows successful sales of parent company Loch Lomond Group’s Loch Lomond Global Travel Retail Scotch whisky range at World of Whiskies stores.
The Glen Scotia distillery, which has a history dating back to 1832, is located in Campbeltown, one of Scotland’s five Scotch whisky producing regions. In the Victorian age Campbeltown was known as the ‘whisky capital of the world’ and was home to more than 30 distilleries, but Glen Scotia is one of just three surviving distilleries locally.
World Duty Free Non-Beauty Trading Manager at Edinburgh Airport Claire Branagan said: “It is very exciting to be offering this limited-edition Glen Scotia Single Cask No. 857 bottling to our World of Whiskies customers at Edinburgh Airport, especially as this is the first time the brand has been made available at a UK airport.
“With just 204 bottles available, the Glen Scotia Single Cask No. 857 offers a wonderful opportunity to acquire a slice of Campbeltown’s whisky heritage.”
Loch Lomond Group Managing Director of Global Travel Retail André de Almeida said: “We’re pleased to have created the Glen Scotia Single Cask No. 857 in partnership with Edinburgh Airport and World Duty Free. It is a true showcase of the distinctive character and craftsmanship offered by our Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown, one of Scotland’s five Scotch whisky producing regions.
“Single cask bottlings are very special and are only undertaken with select partners. Edinburgh Airport and World Duty Free now have something unique to offer to their customers and I hope travellers visiting Scotland will enjoy discovering both our Glen Scotia Single Cask Scotch whisky and the maritime influence of Campbeltown.”
Edinburgh Airport Retail & Property Director Richard Townsend commented: “Whisky is just one of the many things that Scotland is famous for and we are delighted to be able to offer our passengers this exclusive bottle of what is our national drink. With so many people passing through Scotland’s busiest airport, we are excited that visitors and locals alike have the opportunity to buy a unique expression of this fantastic single malt Scotch whisky.”