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“Best Whisky In The World” – Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition recently unveiled the Best in Show at its 2021 competition: the Glen Scotia 25-year-old Single Malt Whisky. More than 3,800 entrants were ranked across 31 categories and the judges awarded the Scotch single malt whisky from Campbeltown, a small Scotch whisky region in Scotland, as the overall winner of the competition. The SFWSC is regarded as one of the most prestigious spirits competitions in the world, judged by renowned experts in their fields with decades of industry experience. The competition started in 2000, making it the second oldest spirits competition in the world, and the oldest and largest spirits competition in the US.

To receive such outstanding feedback and be recognized as ‘Best in Show’ at this prestigious competition is an honor, and a tremendous boost to the entire team here at Glen Scotia distillery. The Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old is a really outstanding liquid and has collected a number of the top industry awards over the years, but this has to be one of the proudest moments for the distillery to date.

Iain McAlister, our Master Distiller commented

A complex and elegant single malt with Campbeltown whisky characteristics shining through. Matured in American oak barrels before being married in the first-fill bourbon before bottling. The signature nose has hints of vanilla syrup and caramel sweetness, which are interwoven with subtle notes of sea spray and spicy aromatic fruits. Bottled at 48.8% with no added color or chill-filtration, as natured intended.

Campbeltown was known as “The Whisky Capital of the World” in the Victorian era and was home to more than 30 distilleries. Now just three remain, including Glen Scotia Distillery.

The Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old can be purchased at for a retail price of £400. The scotch is among an exceptional range of other award-winning whiskies from the distillery, including the Glen Scotia Double Cask (46% ABV, £40), Glen Scotia 15-Year-Old (46% ABV, £55), and Glen Scotia Victoriana (54.2% ABV, £65).

Tasting Notes:


Bracing Atlantic breeze gives strong maritime influence.


Coastal air, red apple and tangy orange peel with vanilla syrup and caramel sweetness.


Long lingering sea salt with a spicy note of ground ginger. 


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