Whisky Review: Glen Scotia 25 Year Old

Category: Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Origin: Glen Scotia Distillery

Bottling: Loch Lomond Group

ABV: 48.8%

Cost: £274.49 buy from Master of Malt

Glen-Scotia-25-Year-Old

What they say:

Glen Scotia 25 Year Old

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

Nose:

Bracing Atlantic breeze gives strong maritime influence.

Palate:

Red apple and tangy orange peel with vanilla syrup and caramel sweetness.

Finish:

Long lingering sea salt with a spicy note of ground ginger.

What I say:

Dram #5 from the #LochLomond Tweet Tasting hosted by @TheWhiskyWire on 31st May 2017. Matured for a full 25 years from Glen Scotia in Campbeltown, by this age the peat influence is likely minimal and I expect this to be a refined dram full of subtleties and enjoyment!

Appearance:

Full amber gold (10/20)

Nose:

Orange oil and ginger zesty fruit, earthen peat, tannic tea/leather, toffee, old oak, beeswax, needs time

Taste:

Ginger, citric lemon/orange oil, white wine & honey poached pears, pomegranate, Sauternes dessert wine, sea spray, dunnage warehouse or library – dusty/musty old leather-bound books

Finish:

Crystallized ginger, gooseberry/pomegranate, malty minty & musty

Overall:

Certainly doesn’t disappoint. A classic old whisky with refined antique wood and tannin/leather, a slight – almost tropical fruitiness has developed and with that musty element reminded me instantly of Sauternes dessert wine. There are still hints of peat and plenty of coastal influence here to enjoy too. Presented at a slightly more robust 48.8% ABV this is so refined and delicate I didn’t even notice.

Score: 86/100

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