Glen Scotia has launched its ‘Spirit Safe’ collection with a new 30 Year Old single malt. The new range is part of the distillery’s work with its 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 surrounding environment, before curating four artworks. For the first time, these works will be presented on a highly limited run of 120 premium display boxes and bottle labels, giving consumers a chance to own a piece of this collaboration, and a very rare Glen Scotia single malt whisky.
Matured in European oak casks, the Glen Scotia Spirit Safe Collection 30 Year Old offers thick perfumed floral notes of violet and lavender, which intertwine with sea spray. The palate delivers hints of fresh green apple and silky pear followed by ginger and dark chocolate before a long finish with a roasted sugar sweetness.
“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,” said Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at Glen Scotia. “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.”
Angus added: “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.
“What started as a one-off residency has grown into a longer-term partnership of new projects and exciting collaborations. Glen Scotia is a mesmerising place, and I am so grateful to the team for always making me welcome, supporting my work and sharing their stories and knowledge. This collection is a homage to them and all that came before, and I am already looking forward to seeing where else our partnership together might go.”
Glen Scotia plans to sell Alice Angus’ four original artworks with profits going to various charitable causes. In the meantime, this limited edition allows a very lucky few whisky enthusiasts to own a piece of this collaboration and a whisky with a remarkable heritage.
Bottled at 47.3% ABV, the Glen Scotia Spirit Safe Collection 30 Year Old is priced at £2,000 ($2,560 USD). For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.
In April, Glen Scotia unveiled its Malts Festival 2023 release. The limited-edition bottling celebrates the Campbeltown Malts Festival, an annual event hosted in the distillery’s hometown to commemorate the region’s rich whisky making history.