Glen Scotia has unveiled a new 30-Year-Old single malt (non-chill filtered, 47.3% ABV, RSP £2,000), which is being released as part of its new ‘Spirit Safe’ collection with the distillery’s artist-in-residence, Alice Angus.
The collection continues the partnership with the Scottish artist who initially spent several months in Campbeltown sketching and painting the distillery and its surroundings, before producing four works of art that have been transferred onto a limited run of 120 premium display boxes and bottle labels.
Matured in European oak casks, the whisky has thick perfumed floral notes of violet and lavender, which intertwine with sea spray. On the palate, there are hints of fresh green apple and silky pear followed by ginger and dark chocolate before a long finish with a roasted sugar sweetness.
The liquid would have initially been laid down in 1989 – a year that marked the reopening of the Glen Scotia distillery following a five-year pause in production, a change of ownership, and renovations to serve an upturn in global demand for whisky.
Glen Scotia plans to sell the four original artworks – called First Water; Heart of the Run; Labour of Years; and Time and Tide – with profits going to various charitable causes.
Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at Glen Scotia, said: “This is a remarkable launch for us – 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. Now commemorated in the Spirit Safe collection, these are a wonderful addition to any whisky enthusiast’s collection.
“The liquid itself is an incredibly distinguished single malt whisky. It is intriguing to look back upon the creation and craft of a distillery team from a different era, who have created a whisky full of flavour and personality, from the freshness of the apples to the spice of the ginger, and that wonderful long, sugary and saline finish.”
The Spirit Safe collection is available now via the Glen Scotia website and specialist retailers. Presented in a rigid premium display box and premium bottle, each bears gold metalware to the shoulder and Alice Angus’ signature on the label and box.