The Three Drinkers go behind the scenes at Campbeltown and Alexandria
One of Campbeltown’s last three remaining distilleries, Glen Scotia, and Loch Lomond Whiskies, The Spirit Of The Open, are set to be featured in an upcoming episode of the popular Amazon Prime television series, The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky.
The show, which is viewed in over 160 countries worldwide, will be returning with its second series in December, where spirits experts – known as the Three Drinkers – Helena Nicklin, Aidy Smith and Colin Hampden-White travel around Scotland, visiting new and historic distilleries alike.
Hailed as the “Top Gear of drinks”, the hit programme highlights some of Scotland’s most popular spirits, along with showcasing some hidden treasures.
Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, which owns Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond Whiskies, said: “Since becoming a sponsor of The Open Loch Lomond Whiskies is now being recognised worldwide and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to put Glen Scotia on the global map as part of The Three Drinkers series. It might be the smallest malt producing region, but Campbeltown is packed with history and the contribution it’s made to Scotland’s whisky scene is very special.
“With our Loch Lomond distillery closed to the public this will also be a unique chance for whisky fans to get a glimpse behind the scenes and gain greater insight into our innovative techniques and craftsmanship.”
“It’s an honour to host Helena, Aidy and Colin at our award-winning distilleries and we are very much looking forward to seeing Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond on screen.”
Glen Scotia distillery was founded in Campbeltown in 1832 and is one of only three surviving distilleries located there today. During the Victorian era, Campbeltown, which lies at the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll and is the most remote mainland town in Scotland, was once home to over 30 distilleries.
To raise awareness of the importance of the region to Scotland’s whisky heritage, Glen Scotia distillery has been campaigning for Campbeltown to be recognised the “whiskiest place in the world.” In July 2019, a parliamentary motion on the issue lodged at Westminster received cross party support.
The award-winning Loch Lomond distillery was founded in 1814 and can trace its roots back to the Littlemill distillery, which was established in 1772 and is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Its current malt and grain distilleries, in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire close to the banks of Loch Lomond, were commissioned in 1964 with first distillation in 1966. In addition to incorporating ground-breaking straight-necked pot stills the distillery maintains an onsite cooperage – one of only four in Scotland to do so.
Last year, Loch Lomond Whiskies entered a prestigious, five-year partnership with The Open, golf’s original championship. The partnership with The R&A includes support of the AIG Women’s British Open and showcases the full range of Loch Lomond Whiskies on a global scale.
Helena Nicklin said: “We’ve been blown away by how well the series has done in such a short time.
“We’re looking forward to playing up the fun side of our travels with more experimentation with food and drink, eerie ghost stories, ridiculous challenges and all the weird and wonderful tidbits people never knew about Scotland and whisky.”
For more information on Glen Scotia, please visit www.glenscotia.com.
For more information on Loch Lomond Whiskies, please visit: www.lochlomondwhiskies.com.
Issued by BIG Partnership on behalf of Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond distilleries.
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About Glen Scotia:
- Independent distiller Glen Scotia has been producing single malt whisky in Campbeltown since 1832.
- Glen Scotia is one of three surviving distilleries in Campbeltown.
- The Glen Scotia 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch was awarded a Double Gold medal at the prestigious 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Almost 30,000 spirits were judged by the competition, the largest number of entries in its 19-year history.
- Glen Scotia recently enjoyed significant success at the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards, scooping gold and bronze awards in the Single Malt No Age Statement category for the Double Cask and Campbeltown Harbour whiskies. Glen Scotia 15 year old also won silver in the Single Malt 13-16 year old, and the Glen ScotiaGrand Tour, which replicates the experience of visiting Campbeltown for those can’t travel to the remote distillery, won Best Brand Experience of the year
- Images and interviews with key staff from Glen Scotia are available upon request
- Visit Glen Scotia on Twitter: @GlenScotiaMalts, Instagram: @glenscotiamalts and Facebook: @GlenScotia.
About Loch Lomond Whiskies
- Loch Lomond Distillery has one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill distillery which was licensed in 1772. In the 1930s Duncan Thomas was at the forefront of innovation within the Scotch whisky industry and his innovative philosophy is ingrained into everything that is done at Loch Lomond to this day
- The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12 Year Old which has been awarded a Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2017. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18 Year Old; Loch Lomond 50 Year Old: the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Reserve
- Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most prestigious and coveted global competitions:
- DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
- DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond Signature
- GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
- Loch Lomond Whiskies signed a five-year partnership with The R&A to become The Spirit of The Open in February 2018. The period includes the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf
- Images and interviews with key staff from Loch Lomond are available upon request
- Visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram: @lochlomondmalts Facebook: Loch Lomond Whiskies and at www.lochlomondwhiskies.com.
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