A Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch at a Jaw-Dropping Price at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Deep Discount on an Impeccably Crafted Campbeltown Malt
2003 Glen Scotia “Malts Festival 2019 Limited Edition” Rum Cask Finish Peated Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Elsewhere $109) ($69.99)
“While most other places are selling this at $110 bucks, we backed up the truck and are able to offer it at just $69.99! I suggest you do the same since this limited Malts Festival release won’t be around for long.” — Andrew Whiteley, K&L NorCal Spirits Buyer

We absolutely love the unique single malt expressions out of Campbeltown, and this holds especially true when it comes to Glen Scotia. So, imagine our excitement when we happened upon a limited edition bottling priced at 35% less than the rest of the market. The 2003 Glen Scotia “Malts Festival 2019 Limited Edition” is about as handsomely crafted a peated malt as you’ll find anywhere. Aged first for fifteen years in American hogsheads and finished in demerara Guyana rum barrels, it is an engagingly complex affair while remaining infinitely sippable. Delivering a mélange of tropical notes, baking spice, brown sugar, and subtle smoke, it glides effortlessly across the palate. $110 is the right price for a dram of this caliber, but a one-time deal allows us to offer it for a fraction of that. This is easily one of the finer values we’ve found out of Campbeltown and is a must-have for any collector of peated malts. Buy a bottle to carry you through the coming holidays and another simply because the price is too good not to.

2003 Glen Scotia “Malts Festival 2019 Limited Edition” Rum Cask Finish Peated Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $109) ($69.99)

Once hailed as the whisky capital of the world, Campbeltown has seen its number of distilleries reduced to just three. All three make peated and unpeated whisky in a unique style that gives credence to Campbeltown’s designation as a unique whisky producing region in Scotland. This 2019 limited release for Cambeltown’s Malts Festival spent 15 years in American oak hogsheads and then an additional eight months in demerara Guyana rum barrels. The results are stupendous—sweet peat jives with malty goodness loaded with orange peel and sweet baking spices. The mellow smoke goes perfectly with the caramel and brown sugar notes of the American hoggies. Bottled at cask strength and unchillfiltered with no coloration, this is a pure celebration of Cambeltown from Glen Scotia.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 11, 2019

I fell in love with this whiskey months ago when I tasted a preview sample. Now that’s it’s here I simply cannot get enough of it. It’s the perfect sweet peater, in fact it should be the definition of “easy peat.” There is just enough smoke to frame the presentation of the other aromatics and to bolster the intensity of the wonderful citrus and tropical fruit that takes over the nose. Sweet baking spices and molasses coat your palate. There is a bit of salinity, particularly on the finish, that leaves you satisfied and yet going back for sip after sip. While most other places are selling this at $110 bucks, we backed up the truck and are able to offer it at just $69.99! I suggest you do the same since this limited Malts Festival release won’t be around for long.

Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2019

This is the most expressive, balanced peated single malt I’ve tasted in a while. Aromas of bright tropical fruits like pineapple and mango mixed with honeycomb, wet gravel, toasted wheat, and scorched earth, with a rich mouthfeel and super-smooth profile. What a pleasure to sip!

Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 11, 2019

Bountiful butterscotch and wisps of earthy smoke characterize this tasty Scotch. Glen Scotia is one of only three operational distilleries in the Campbeltown region, and I’m very happy they’re carrying on the tradition and keeping distillation alive in this historically important area in Scotland. Of course, none of that history matters much if the whisky isn’t good, and thankfully this bottling is great. The peat is very moderate (unlikely to scare away too many folks) and exquisitely proportioned with the influence of the rum cask finishing. Tropical aromas of freshly-opened vanilla bean morphs into salted caramel that then becomes rich butterscotch. Scents of buttery dessert biscuits topped with pepper-peach jelly make my mouth water. The palate has more dessert flavors without becoming cloying at all. Then that peat comes in, yet it always stays in check and never dominates the other flavors. It’s earthy, robust, and leathery with just a little medicinality. The rum and peat continue to roll over each other again and again on the palate, and it seems like there’s just no stopping this Scotch. There’s not really a finish in a sense because the whisky just melts into the tongue and stays with you.

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