Campbeltown Harbour is a NAS-expression from the Glen Scotia distillery, matured on first fill bourbon casks – which explains the color. My dear friend Nadine offered me the sample.
The nose is very friendly with lots of sweetness from baked apples and even some candied oranges with a touch of caramel and smoke in the background. Very approachable, maybe even a tad easy.
The body if unfortunately very light. Again relatively sweet on apples, caramel and digestive biscuits. The smoke is rather subtle, making it an easy malt on the palate as well. I do like the salty edge that appears midpalate. And there is also a light pepper… yes, from the second sip forwards this becomes interesting.
The finish is medium long, on soft smoke and some sweetness as well as a peppery prickle.
Very accessible Glen Scotia, making for a good introduction into the house style.