The distillery is said to be haunted by the ghost of one of its former owners. Duncan MacCallum commited suicide by drowning himself in the nearby Campbeltown Loch in 1930, but he has been seen on numerous occasions since by distillery workers
Glen Scotia Distillery
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How to pronouce Glen Scotia? glen sco-sha
Glen Scotia's story
The Glen Scotia distillery is one of only three distilleries in the once prolific whisky region of Campbeltown. The other two are Springbank (the most well known of the three), and Glengyle, a new distillery opened in 2004 by Springbank's owners J. A. Mitchell & Co but that has yet to release any whisky. There were once over 30 distilleries in the town of Campbeltown and the surrounding area but the region was hit harder than most during every slump in the whisky industry. This is due to its awkward location and the difficulty of consistently getting transport to the area. Glen Scotia has had troubled times but has somehow survived in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbour, Springbank. It is a small distillery with a yearly capacity of only 750,000 litres and an onsite warehouse that holds just 45,000 bottles. expansion is impossible as the distillery is located on a small side street and is surrounded by modern buildings on three sides.
Glen Scotia has just one set of stills but these are unique in Scottish distilling, as they are made from an alloy called Corten steel. Every other distillery uses copper stills and the use of this alloy gives Glen Scotia whisky a light and fragrant spirit. Due to the low production capacity, only a 12 years old is currently released as a single malt, although it is popular with independent bottlers. It is lightly smoky and most popular in Central Europe, especially Germany, and America.
Glen Scotia's history
Glen Scotia was founded in 1832 by the Galbraith family, who were local to the Campbeltown area. However, the distillery was not legally registered until 1835 due to an 'administration error'. The original name was Scotia and it remained under the family's ownership until 1895 when Stewart Galbraith bought out the other family members and formed Stewart Galbraith & Co. He continued to run the distillery until 1919 when he sold to a group called West Highland Malt Distillers (WHMD) and retired. Before long WHMD were in financial trouble and went into liquidation during 1924. Glen Scotia was saved by Duncan MacCallum, who was a former director of WHMD. However, it wasn't long before MacCallum was also in financial trouble and in 1928 he was declared bankrupt and the distillery was closed. Production restarted in 1933 but Glen Scotia has been closed and mothballed on two further occasions, between 1984-89 and 1994-99. In 1999, J. A. Mitchell & Co. the owners of the other remaining Campbeltown distillery, Springbank, decided to rescue their ailing neighbour and in 2000, Glen Scotia was purchased by Loch Lomond Distillers who remain the present owners.