I have been eager to try a single malt from Glen Scotia for quite a while. They describes their whiskies as being a true representation of the old Campbeltown style – not that I would know what that is. It wasn’t this that had me putting this on the top of my list of whiskies to try, it was the descriptions that I was finding online from a various online whisky reviewers/blogger/vloggers that peaked my interest. I am a fan of coastal characteristics in whisky and the descriptions of the Glen Scotia house style contained sea spray, hint of peat and rich fruitiness. They have a non age statement entry level bottle called Glen Scotia Double Cask but I skipped it and went straight for this 15 year old bottle.
Whisky: Glen Scotia 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, 46%
Nose: Rich fruits, malt, spiced cake, butterscotch, cinnamon, heather, floral
Taste: Dried fruit, vanilla, spice, roasted nuts, malt, coastal salt
Finish: Spice, roasted nuts, tannin, smoke astringent, long and drying
Summary: This Glen Scotia 15 year lived up to my expectation. This is rich, dense, intense and complex. There is a lot going on with the nose and taste but at first it was too concentrated so a drop or two of water and a bit of time helped. The richness of the fruit shows on the nose along with some spice. Butterscotch and cinnamon were also noticeable which indicates to me that they may have used first fill bourbon cask and there is some hint of the coast. Onto the palate the rich fruitiness makes room for malty, resinous and coastal flavours. In combination this works really well and makes for a very complex experience. The finish is spicy but also dry showing more of the cask influence. You are getting a lot with this whisky and at approx. £55 I think you are getting value for money. I am keen to see what the 18 year old has to offer.
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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