"The slightly yoghurt-like off-notes, which are not liked by everybody, makes Glen Scotia just that more interesting to me and put it above other distilleries that might have tried such a wood-driven young whisky"
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Glen Scotia is one of those distilleries that is sometimes is slightly overlooked, also due to the reputation of its two Campbeltown neighbours. So far I tasted two sherry-maturated independent bottlings, which were rather excellent, but I have not been into contact with any of the distillery’s own bottlings. Luckily, we have a blind tasting competition that contains often those whiskies that have not been on the top of your list. Apparently, their current owner the Loch Lomond Group have been very busy with throwing a large number of single cask versions into multiple local markets, including this bourbon cask-matured bottling for Belgium, probably also aiming to increase Glen Scotia’s reputation somehow.
Totally fruity, sweet and fragrant with especially lychees and orange syrup. I also detect something behind the fruits, something substantial, I think it is the wood. Cough syrup, fresh wood logs, Wybert (sweets made from liquorice root and sugar), a clear sense of mint syrup. Then more ripe fruits, rose jam, before it gets sweeter with sticky fudge and overly sweet honey. It is very fragrant, probabably one of the most fragrant whisky I ever tasted. A bouquet of heavily scented flowers and cheese. There is definitely a chees-y side to this one, young cheese, ricotta, maybe even yoghurt. And more fruits, fruit juice, litres of it. And then more sweetness. Very enchanting. By the way, pine wood, that was what I was getting behind the fruits.
The taste has initially a surprising lack of fruits. It is much more on the side of liquorice, mint, again the little Wyberts and cough syrup. I would almost say it is Irish, except for the cheese then. Slightly drying in the finish, probably due to the decent impact of the wood, which is much clearer on the palate. But don’t worry, the fruits arrive, albeit slightly later, to the party. A few peaches, pineapple, sour prunes and lots of ginger and strawberry yoghurt. Otherwise toothpicks, cardamon, and something herbal, could be dill. The finish is reasonably long with again the wood dominating.
I was very pleasantly surprised with this (blind) sample. The slightly yoghurt-like off-notes, which caused aversion with some tasters in the competition, makes Glen Scotia just that more interesting to me and put it above other distilleries that might have tried such a wood-driven young whisky. I agree, in particular the palate is dominated by the bourbon wood, but nose is perfectly for imposing as summer fruit salad, including the yoghurt dressing. I think this calls for more Glen Scotia distillery bottlings in the near future.
Big thanks to for sharing the sample!
• these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •