In the Victorian age Campbeltown hosted 34 distilleries and 20 malt houses and was called the Whisky Capital of the World.
Today Glen Scotia is one of only three distilleries operating in the region. After being neglected for decades and struggling from multiple changes of ownership the distillery is finally on the right track. In 2015 the newly redesigned range was introduced and that included Victoriana, supposedly a replica of whisky produced in Victorian times; three years later cask strength version was launched. Batch No. 001 was composed form 10% peated and 90% unpeated malt aged predominantly in refill barrels and finished in deeply charred oak casks. Batch No. 1 was bottled with no age statement, unchill-filtered at 54.2% abv.
Nose: rich, charred oak, vanilla, crème brûlée, apples, bananas, red berries, cinnamon, orange peel and distant whiff of smoke.
Palate: sweet and slightly oily, vanilla cream, caramel, mixed berries marmalade, prunes, apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon and charred oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of caramel, cocoa powder, black currants, charred oak and fading hint of smoke.