Glen Scotia recently released a 30 Year Old single malt, part of its new Spirit Safe collection, and they’ve done so with the distillery’s artist-in-residence, Alice Angus.
A statement from Glen Scotia notes that this collection continues the partnership with the Scottish artist Angus, who spent several months in Campbeltown sketching and painting the historic distillery and its surroundings. She then curated four works of art for the distiller.
And for the first time, these four works will be presented on a limited run of 120 Glen Scotia display boxes and bottle labels along with the rare Glen Scotia single malt whisky.
The whisky itself matured in European oak casks, and it clocks in at 47.3% ABV. The distiller’s notes find the whisky to have floral aromas of violet and lavender, mingled with sea spray. On the palate, there are hints of fresh green apple and pear, followed by ginger and dark chocolate. It has a long finish of roasted sugar sweetness.
The whisky was originally laid down in 1989, the year of the reopening of Glen Scotia’s distillery following a five-year pause in production, a change of ownership, and renovations.
The few remaining casks from that chapter in the distillery’s history remained under the distillery team’s watch.
The Spirit Safe collection pays homage to Glen Scotia’s history, craftsmanship and traditional equipment through the ages, and those stories have been immortalized in each of the four-pack designs, which include: First Water, Heart of the Run, Labour of Years, Time and Tide.
Iain McAlister, Glen Scotia’s distillery manager and master distiller, said this is a remarkable launch for the team. “Not only are we unveiling a very special highly limited 30-Year-Old single malt whisky, but also this stunning packaging from our artist-in-residence and friend, Alice Angus. Her artworks are a reminder of the fascinating history of Glen Scotia through the ages.”
Artist Alice Angus said, “My Spirit Safe series is inspired by the generations of dedicated people, the Campbeltown community, the unique landscape, the ingredients, skills, engineering, and care that goes into making Glen Scotia; and all rhythms of time across hours, years, and decades involved in its creation.”
In time, Glen Scotia plans to sell Alice Angus’ four original artworks, with profits going to various charitable causes.
The whisky was sampled by Angus and McAlister during the artist’s residency, and you can see that in a video here.
The Spirit Safe collection is available now on the Glen Scotia website and at specialist retailers for a suggested price of £2,000.
For more information, check out www.glenscotia.com.