Glen Scotia Distillery Bottlings Tasting Notes

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Glen Scotia, Scotch Whisky A-G

Glen Scotia Victoriana 51.5%

American Oak/ Finished in heavily charred American oak

Tasted: Nov 2015

Very dark and pungent aromas of malt and treacle with biting, sinus clearing spices! Quite herbal with an almost rye-like demeanour and hints of baked fruit, caramelised citrus, pepper, salt and mature, tannic, polished oak.

The palate is softer with sweet malt and hints of treacle, tar and peat smoke. Very old fashioned in character. Quite oily on the middle with the malt and baked fruit developing well. Long and oily with a medicinal intimation along with dark chocolate and drying tannins, but the oils balance superbly.

Glen Scotia Victoriana 51.5%

Re- Tasted: Sept 2016

Dark and malty aromas with plenty of treacle and tar. Lovely complexity of peat character with a subtle medicinal note. Hints of wheat-a-bix, pepper and burnt spice appear.

The palate opens with some burnt raisin and super, silky treacle and malt. Hints of liquorice, salt and peat follow. The middle is pleasantly astringent but the treacle balances well. Intense finish with a touch of rose petal marc which would indicate some youthful spirit at work. A little drying, chocolaty tannins, but the treacle and tar balances.


Glen Scotia Double Cask 46%

Bourbon/ Finished in ex-Pedro Ximinez

Tasted: Feb 2016

Nose: Dark and malty with hints of treacle, tar, dry, earthy peat and appears to be rich Pedro Ximinez sherry. Quite herbal with thyme, camphor and a slight medicinal/ antiseptic note.

Palate: Full, treacly and malty with, dry, earthy peat, salt and fragrant fruit. Lovely depth with a harmonious blending of both American oak and sherry oak. Silky but edgy with developing salt and oils.

Finish: Long, chewy and slightly mentholated with lingering treacle, malt and peat.

Conclusion: I have to say that this distillery has serious upped it’s game. I knew it could be good but often it disappointed, until now that is! 

Glen Scotia Double Cask 46%

WWA 2016 Best Scotch Single malt – Campbeltown

Re-Tasted: Feb 2016

Nose: Malty and herbal with treacle, molasses and an almost rye-like and coastal astringency. Possibly a little confected with hints of fennel and rose oil.

Palate: Opens with herbal barley, malt and vanilla, followed by some slightly confected treacle. Very herbal with hints of juniper and again rye-like botanical notes.

Finish: Woody, astringent, coastal and herbal.

Conclusion: A good, solid single malt.

Glen Scotia Double Cask 46%

Re-Tasted: May 2016

A big, butch and malty nose with winey PX fruits and hints of almost medicinal, vegetal herbs. Pleasantly balanced with vanilla oak, salt, violets and dark chocolate. Maybe not as polished and a little rougher at the edges than the last time I tasted it, but still quite charming.

The palate is big, butch, juicy and malty. Like the nose it opens with the winey, pruney PX fruits, followed by vanilla and slightly rough, vegetal sherry notes. Long and malty with a touch of earthy peat, chocolate, liquorice and coffee in the finish.

Glen Scotia Double Cask 46%

Re- Tasted: Sept 2016

A rugged and malty nose with grapey, oxidisied sherry fruit. Dried prune, liquorice, coffee and earth notes appear but beneath is a hint of vanilla and fish oils. Still, the sherry is pretty dominant.

The palate is butch, malty and sherried with plenty of grapey PX character. Hints of treacle, dark chocolate and a light vegetal note. Good length with a touch of peat and lingering oxidised fruit. It seems like the balance has now shifted more towards the finishing PX casks.


Glen Scotia 10 year old 46%

Tasted: Jan 2013

An earthy, slightly murky nose of lightly oiled, stewed fruit and loamy-peat with a hint of sweet barley, boiled sweets and loads of creamy, probably first fill American oak.

The palate is earthy, lightly oiled and again slightly murky with that stewed fruit character. Hints of granulated sugar, boiled sweets and building fish oils. Good length with plenty of creamy oak and a lightly herbal, salty finish. 

Glen Scotia 12 year old 46%

Tasted: Jan 2013

The nose is a little fresher than the 10 year old and cleaner! With plenty of crisp citrus and fresh barley. Some fruity esters and light oils emerge as well. This is more like it! Relatively briny with a light peat, developing sugars, a touch of oak and a herbal note.

The palate is relatively fresh and lightly oiled with a touch of baked fruit and peat. Less fresh and more oily than the nose would suggest but there is a pleasant herbal and coastal intensity on the middle, with the citrus notes giving a lift to the palate. The oak is more subtle than the 10 year and is probably from re-fill American oak. Good length with a very salty finish.

Glen Scotia 14 year old 40%

Tasted: Mar 2004

The nose is aromatic and oily, rich and biscuity, with a lovely fresh salinity and a touch of peat smoke. Clean, full and rounded on the palate with an abundance of briny ‘sea mist’ coated creamy fruit along with a touch of peat. Quite long with the oak asserting on the finish with a caramel nuttiness.

Glen Scotia 15 year old 46%

American Oak/ Tasted: Nov 2015

A pungent, earthy and malty nose with fresh, salt encrusted baked fruit and gorgeously dusty oak. Hints of coffee, tar and a smidge of peat appear along with cigar smoke, stewed tea and herbs.

The palate is full and malty with hints of treacle, tar, raisins and ginger. Mouth-filling with a subtler oak character and balancing salty notes. Hints of baked fruit and wood spice on the middle. Long, gentle but intensely spiced finish with lingering dusty tannins and salt. Very impressive. 

Glen Scotia 15 year old 46%

Re- Tasted: Sept 2016

The nose is a little fresher than the Double Cask given the lack of sherry casks. This also releases more of the salt, malt and fish oils. There is a touch of raisinated fruit and burnt wood in the background and with time some smoky, meaty, balsamic and tarry notes appear.

The palate is crisp, salty and malty with hints of raisins and ginger. The freshness continues onto the middle, where it is joined by a touch of treacle, smoke and baked fruit. Long and malty with hints of violets, salt and baked fruit. In fact the finish is very salty with a touch of dark chocolate.

Glen Scotia 16 year old 46%

Tasted: Jan 2013

Quite dense on the nose, showing some maturity with hints of herbal, earthy-peat, fish oils, mature oak and a light medicinal note. A little reticent with more of the stewed fruit character along with notes of charred wood, salt and rubber.

The palate opens with some slightly sour, mature stewed fruit along with hints of earthy-peat and old wood. Full and oily (fish oils) and again a little dumb with some decaying vegetation and demerara sugar notes. Good length with a dusty peat finish.

Glen Scotia 18 year old 46%

Tasted; Jan 2013

A little fresher than the 16 year old but still a little tight and unyielding. Intense fish oils and pepper mingle with lightly sugared barley, malt, treacle, dark wood spice, malty vinegar, stewed fruit and light peat. Late notes of oxidised fruit and old marzipan.

The palate is earthy and slightly feinty. Again there’s plenty of that oily, slightly murky, stewed fruit character along with a few off notes. Quite oily and rubbery on the finish with a touch of cardboard and dark treacle.

Glen Scotia 21 year old 46%

Tasted: Jan 2013

A very pungent and manurey nose – cow pats and astringent peat! Once it settles down it displays a lovely maturity with a light stewed fruit with hints of peppery spice, citrus and edgy coastal notes. There’s a pleasant interweaving of brown sugar along with hints of caramel and sweet, toasty oak. Late herbal notes along with a lightly perfumed violet note. Quite interesting.

The palate is mature and malty with the light stewed fruit, molasses, lightly earthy-peat and building fish oils (cod liver and linseed). However the citrus note gives it a lift, just like the 12 year old. Quite a peppery middle with some sweet oak vanillins coming through on the finish. Very long with the salt and biting peppery spices nipping at the tongue. All in all it’s quite lively and entertaining.






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