Glen Scotia

Glen Scotia 18 Years Old (46%, OB, 2017)

Glen Scotia 18 Year Old

Whisky Review

  • Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Glen Scotia distillery
  • Bottling: OB
  • ABV: 46%
  • Cost: £86.50
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What they say

AN EXCEPTIONAL SINGLE MALT WHISKY MATURED FROM SPECIALLY SELECTED CASKS THAT DELIVER THE TRUE CHARACTER OF A 18 YEAR OLD GLEN SCOTIA MALT WHISKY.

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose: The higher peat content gives a more sweet and smoky character 
    and a beautiful rounded finish.
  • Palate: Rich deep vanilla fruit flavours, apricot and pineapple, plump sultana.
  • Finish: Long and dry with gentle warming spice.

What I say

Sampled at the Livingston Whisky Club Glen Scotia Tasting hosted by Loch Lomond Malts Ambassador Ibon Mendiguren.

Next up we have the Glen Scotia 18 Year Old expression released in 2017. Made entirely from unpeated malt and also entirely made-up of stock produced under the new ownership commenced in August 1999. This has spent 17 years maturing in ex-bourbon hogsheads before the final year in ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Burnished copper (12/20), medium tears and legs.
  • Nose: Chocolate and vanilla, figs, dried fruit; raisin, coconut, banana bread with chocolate chips, poached apples, an enticingly sweet nose quite different from a classic Campbeltown.
  • Taste: Medium bodied, sweet toffee, milk chocolate coated apples, light vanilla cream, oily, beeswax, salted caramel, peanut butter, raisin and charred oak wood.
  • Finish: Long, waxy, chocolate-coated raisins.

Overall

Surprisingly light and creamy, this 18 year old expression is a polar opposite to the usual oily and dirty Campbeltown smoke. Delicious waxy/oily, coastal and sherried on an unpeated malt backbone.

Score 87/100

Don’t take my word for it:

The Malt Cask review Glen Scotia 18 year old

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