1 of only 258 bottles from cask 1071
Glen Scotia has always been the poor relation of Springbank, and its make is inconsistent – which makes it all the more exciting when you find an exceptional cask! This example, is from a refill hogshead and is pale gold in colour. At natural strength, the nose is of French apple tart, but made with Granny Smith apples (slightly acidic), and a hint of icing sugar with lemon juice. The nose remains fresh when water is added, joined now by wood shavings and a light vanilla toffee note. There is a trace of smoke (char) behind and a curious meaty (haggis) note. The mouthfeel is oily, with an attractive balance – light sweetness, drying to slightly bitter, with a lingering nutty flavour and a slight medicinal trace (Elastoplast). Sweet tobacco in the development.