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Glen Scotia has revealed its Festival Release 2022 to celebrate the return of the Campbeltown Malts Festival this year, on 24 – 26 May.

The 8-year-old expression has been matured in heavily peated, first-fill bourbon barrels before a twelve-month finish n Pedro Ximénès hogsheads, a fortified dessert wine from southern Spain.

On the nose, it boats peat smoke, vanilla, apples and pears notes, while in the mouth it features treacle, white pepper, sweet fruits and salted toffee elements.

Bottled at cask strength 56.5% ABV, the limited edition is available to purchase on the brand’s website.

The launch marks the return of the Campbeltown Malts Festival, an event celebrating the whisky-production capabilities of the fifth whisky region, providing a platform for the three remaining distilleries in the town to showcase their artistry in dram-making to visitors from around the world.

Held online last year due to the restrictions of Covid-19, hundreds of whisky fans are expected to make the trip to Scotland’s west coast for a series of exclusive tours, tastings and celebrations including talks and experiments with whisky writers, Charles Maclean and Becky Paskin.

Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at Glen Scotia, said: “Our Festival Release 2022 is very special as it heralds the return of the much-loved Malts Festival and the opportunity for us to showcase our work in person once more to whisky fans from around the world.

“The limited-edition release is an intriguing mix of characteristics, picking up our signature maritime style and the rich sticky sweetness from the Pedro Ximénès hogsheads. It is a liquid that has been crafted by our talented team and is a fantastic dram to enjoy while soaking up Campbeltown and all it has to offer.”

New for this year’s Malts Festival, Glen Scotia will also unveil an exhibition focusing on its distillery’s place in Campbeltown.