Whisky Review: Glen Scotia 16 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive

Category: Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery

Bottling: Loch Lomond Group

ABV: 46%

Cost: £75.00

Glen-Scotia-16-Year-Old

What they say:

Glen Scotia 16 Year Old

The whisky has been gently matured in our finest mix of bourbon and oak American barrels before bottling. The signature nose has hints of vanilla oak, interwoven with the subtle notes of sea spray and spicy aromatic fruits.

Nose:

Fresh sea spray and floral notes give way to softer caramel and vanilla

Palate:

Rich sherry flavours, toffee, raisins and roasted hazelnut. Apricot and orange add more subtle fruit notes

Finish:

Long dry finish with touches of peat combining with nutty elements and coastal, salty notes

What I say:

Dram #4 from the #LochLomond Tweet Tasting hosted by @TheWhiskyWire on 31st May 2017. This new 16 year old expression released by the Loch Lomond Group from their Campbeltown Distillery; Glen Scotia. Characterised by typical gentle peaty spirit matured in a mixture of American oak casks with a coastal influence – classic Campbeltown.

Appearance:

Full amber gold (10/20)

Nose:

Lemon/lime (shave) foam citrus, malty, toffee poppets, praline, honey, woody oak

Taste:

Lemon curd with ginger, gristy malt, praline seashell chocolates & nut brittle, cigar boxes/old tobacco leaf

Finish:

long, toffee, praline, hints of chocolate (back to the toffee poppets again)

Overall:

The Glen Scotia 16 Year Old is a little shy or reserved at first but the quality is instantly perceptible. What follows as it slowly unfurls on the palate is a classic Campbeltown whisky with a good malty backbone, hints of smoke and coastal air and some delicious woody tannins with a richness of toffee and chocolate make this a whisky to savour, possibly my favourite of the tasting.

Score: 86/100

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