Glen Scotia 18 Years Old (46%, OB, 2012)
- Glen Scotia Distillery
- Loch Lomond Group
- 46% ABV
- Score: 85/100
What they say:
Bourbon Cask matured, non-chill filtered.
Official tasting notes:
Subtle mellow richness
A good balance of sweet and bitter fruit underpinned with the bourbon cask’s delicate vanilla layers. Remarkably light, fresh and vibrant.
What I say:
Glen Scotia 18 Years Old – released 2012 so presumably distilled in 1994 – safely before the mothballed period for Glen Scotia so we are well and truly safely in ‘old’ stock era here.
Rich amber gold (9/20) medium-slow oily droplet tears with medium trails
Tinned peaches, sweet and fruity, vanilla, light honey or syrup, slightly nutty – macadamia nuts again and lots of white chocolate
Drying, waxy but becomes buttery and oily, rich and zesty with lots of spice, white pepper, orange zest and lime juice, opens up becoming a lot richer with malty and gristy cereal malted barley, almost gritty or paste nutty macadamias very textured and chewy on the palate and again vanilla and white chocolate
Medium-long, creamy, toffee, oak wood, polish and beeswax
At 18 Years Old these Glen Scotia’s are starting to feel complete with plenty of texture and an intensity, complex but quite coherent flavours reflect the staunch adherence to bourbon-only maturation.