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Reviving Campbeltown

Once dubbed as the whisky capital of the world, Campbeltown went from over 30 to just 3 active distilleries in the region. Those who survived are determined to keep their spirits high. Quite literally, in quality and quantity. This flight serves 3 of the finest whiskies from Campbeltown.

Glen Scotia Double Cask

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Campbeltown
Country Scotland
Distillery Glen Scotia
ABV % 46
Aged NAS
NOTES:
RM299.00

Lessons in the Dram

Just how many complex flavours does whisky have?

Over 100! Twice more than its siblings - cognac and rum. Vodka doesn’t come close. That’s 100 for whisky and 5 to 10 for vodka. Whiskey lovers, be proud.

Description

Back to the future with a new Campbeltown winner.

Distilling in the Kintyre Peninsula dates back more than 400 years to 1609. The hamlet of Campbeltown was founded in 1832 and quickly became known as “The Whisky Capital of the World.” The era of Prohibition and the subsequent emergence of Highland Single Malt dominance ended the reign of Campbeltown.

Glen Scotia is a more recent branding by the Loch Lomond Group in an effort to recreate the magic of Campbeltown’s bygone era. Glen Scotia Double Cask is a classic Campbeltown Single Malt that ages first in first-fill ex-Bourbon Barrels and is finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks

This particular Whisky passes the taste bud test and is winning all kinds of awards — including a gold medals at the San Francisco Spirits Competition and at this year’s World Whisky Awards.

Awards

Winner
Best Campbeltown Single Malt - 2020 World Whiskies Awards
Category Winner
Campbeltown Single Malt No Age Statement - 2020 World Whiskies Awards

Tasting Notes

Sight
Deep Amber
Nose
Vibrant fruit emerges first (peach flesh and green apple peels), followed by chewy vanilla fudge, a hint of salinity, then an array of oak-y spices including some char.
Palate
Opens with more fudge with a little dusting of powdered sugar. Powerful, oily and a touch herbaceous with some German brandy character.
Finish
Sherried notes come through more on the finish.

Kilkerran 12 Year Old

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Campbeltown
Country Scotland
Distillery Glengyle
ABV % 46
Aged 12
NOTES:
RM530.00

Lessons in the Dram

Although made in Scotland, more than 95% of Scotch whiskies are matured in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels. The remaining small percentage ages in European ex-sherry casks. As they say, sharing is caring.

Description

Hats off to Kilkerran, who is an all-rounder in flavours. Smoky, savoury, sweet, and spicy all checked with just the right balance.

Precision is its middle name. Released in 2016, the Kilkerran is bottled exactly 12 years after the first drop in 2004. 70% of this lightly peated whisky is aged in ex-bourbon barrels. 30% in ex-sherry casks. The colour we see is au naturel, and the Single Malt is not chill-filtered. It’s as authentic as whisky can get.

Kilkerran is a Gaelic name for the first settlement in Campbeltown, then known as Ceann Loch Cille Chiara, where the devout monk Saint Karren had his religious cell.

Tasting Notes

Sight
Harvest gold
Nose
Strong oak notes, accompanied by dried fruit pudding and marzipan, decorated with toasted marshmallows and cherries on top. A small presence of peat tiptoes in the background.
Palate
Starts fruity, highlighting citrusy notes, most notably the orange zest. The mouth then embarks to discover the sweetness of vanilla and honeycomb, the salty edge of butterscotch, and an unexpected taste of digestive biscuits. An enjoyable journey from start to end.
Finish
Ends where savoury meets sweet. A classic Campbeltown dram with oily and salty notes, paired with smooth, velvety lemon meringue.

Hazelburn 10 Year Old

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Campbeltown
Country Scotland
Distillery Springbank
ABV % 46
Aged 10
NOTES:
RM388.00

Lessons in the Dram

Did you know that each cask has a different volume?

A bourbon barrel can hold 200 litres of liquid while a hogshead stores about 250 litres. A sherry butt and a port pipe have the capacity to store 500-600 litres of spirit each, twice more than the previous two.

Description

Third is a charm for this Campbeltown dram. The 10-year-old is part of the Hazelburn core range that’s famously known for triple-distilled Single Malt scotches. It is beautifully aged in bourbon casks, giving it that mild vanilla taste. The Hazelburn range is one of the three distinct whisky styles from Springbank distillery.

Tasting Notes

Sight
Straw gold
Nose
A fruity scent takes the lead. There are fresh pears and toffee apples, a dollop of honey and drops of vanilla.
Palate
The fruit-forward scent remains awakened in the corner, giving way to a wonderful mouthfeel of vanilla and chocolate honeycomb crunch. What a happy sip!
Finish
Concludes with a good oily finish and a sweet sensation.
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