It is no secret that I am fan of the Glen Scotia house style. I have not been disappointed by any that I have tried and I find that they offer decent value for money. The non age statement Double Cask gives you a good indication of the Glen Scotia style at a reasonable price. The 15 year old is a favourite of mine and the 18 year old (not yet reviewed) is a nice evolution of the 15. There is also a 16 year old version which I think is no longer just exclusive to travel retail and the 25 year old which is the oldest bottling in the core range. The Victoriana comes in between the 15 and 18 year old in terms of price and comes in at a higher strength than the two mentioned. It has recently been changed to Cask Strength and bottled at 54.8% which means that it has not been diluted. The version I have has been bottled at 51.5%.
Whisky: Glen Scotia Victoriana Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 51.5%
Nose: Polished leather, mahogany, vanilla, sultanas, honey, banana
Taste: Oily, honey, cloves, sultanas, brown sugar, chocolate, hazelnuts, earth
Finish: Chocolate and hazelnut, earth and ginger
Summary: Another tasty malt from Glen Scotia. Their flavour profile is spot on for me so it is always going to be likely that any malt from them will score above average. There are signs of mature whisky in the Victoriana. The polished leather and mahogany is a note I don’t often get from many single malts across the 10-15 year age band. There is a lovely banana and honey note to this with ginger spice and then followed up with chocolate and hazelnuts. There is consistency from the nose taste which I like. All the notes that I really like. There is a hint of earthy/diesel notes but it doesn’t come across as strongly as other Glen Scotia’s I have tried. When I began my whisky journey I was initially on the hunt to find my ideal whisky but along the way I found that I enjoyed all types of flavour profiles so gave up on finding the “one” and changed my objective to trying as many different whiskies as possible. However, if there I there is a style of whisky that comes close to representing my preference the closest than it is whisky from Glen Scotia.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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