Glen Scotia

Glen Scotia 12 Years Old 2005 Warehouseman’s Edition (56.2%, OB, Cask #17/413-9, 349 Bottles, 2018)

Glen Scotia 2005 Warehouseman’s Edition

Whisky Review

  • Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Glen Scotia distillery
  • Bottling: OB
  • ABV: 56.2%
  • Cost: £?

Glen-scotia-warehousemans-edition

What they say

The next in the series of Glen Scotia’s distillery only bottlings and following in the footsteps of:

  • Glen Scotia 2000 Stillman’s Edition (bottled 2016)
  • Glen Scotia 2001 Mashman’s Edition (bottled 2017)

Distilled in September 2005 and matured in recharred American oak then a first fill Oloroso cherry cask #17/413-9 before being selected by distillery manager Iain McAlister and bottled in August 2018.

Official tasting notes:

  • Subtle maritime nuances – salty! Balanced sweet citric character with a peppery finish and a faintly peaty overtone.

What I say

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

Distilled in 2005 and matured for nearly 13 years, this cask has been specially selected as the Warehouseman’s edition to the Glen Scotia range. Ibon actually had very little information on this particular bottling it was so new! Our initial reactions suggest it is made from peated malt and having produced 349 bottles is likely from an ex-Sherry butt (most likely Oloroso). Presented at cask strength 56.2% ABV.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark gold (10/20), fine tears, fine legs.
  • Nose: Smoke, white chocolate, unctuous spiced honey, salt caramel, biscuity malt and plenty of fruity apples – lemon puff biscuits persist with more coastal marina and beach-like aromas
  • Taste: Medium-full bodied, thick on the palate, lemons sweetened with honey or syrup, yellow plums, apples and a little red berry fruits a little mineralic flint & spearmint, salt caramel and toffee, cask char and gentle sweet peat smoke.
  • Finish: Long, open wood-fire, honey and lemon barley sugars with a touch of black pepper.

Overall

Unctuous from nose to tail, this peated and Oloroso-finished edition still displays plenty of Glen Scotia distillate DNA. Honey sweet but balanced perfectly with salty maritime influences and a refreshing hit of mint in the middle. My favourite of the tasting.

Score 90/100

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