Glen Scotia 2008

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018
Calculated age
10 years old
1st Fill Bourbon + Ruby Port Finish
Number of bottles
57.8 % Vol.
700 ml
2008 Vintage - Peated
Bottle code
Bottled for
Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018
sc Scotland
Added on
11 May 2018 9:29 pm by Jarmin
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 139.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 2008

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.25 points

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: great, cheaper whisky! Intense, interesting, tasty. 89 points! A price-performance miracle. If you include the price, he shoots well over the 90!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoke. Fruity, berry smoke. Smoking strawberry. Behind it nutty chocolate. The alcohol intensifies the nose, but does not bother. Earthy peat flavors are there. Blackberries. Nutmeg and mint. After a few moments oak comes through. Spicy, but subtle. Wet grass.

      Water: creamy. Spicy-sweet. Hay. The chocolate gets a little darker. Something Physalis comes to it. Vinous leather comes with time. And it is getting fruity.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet start. Ripe strawberries and melon. The smoke is restrained. Raspberries. Warm and juicy, the entire mouth is filled. Some sweet and sour grapefruit. By swallowing the smoke comes through a little stronger. Occupies the oral cavity. Make him dry. Dry-smoky dessert.

      Water: Incredibly tasty. A little less sweet. Smoky bittersweet chocolate, 70% cocoa content. A trace smokier.

      Finish: Long, slightly warming. Great fruit-smoke combination remains long. Initially juicy sweet, it gets drier quickly. With water comes a very slight bitterness in the finish.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, slightly warm. Great fruit-smoke combination remains long. Initially juicy sweet, it gets drier quickly. With water comes a very slight bitterness in the finish.

  2. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Campbeltown, 10 years, Port Finish, cask strength for 50 € ??? And then he also tastes awesome? Terrific.
    • Nose
      Strawberries with vanilla sugar, behind it quite subtle smoke, creme brulee, a little nutty to walnuts, after the first sip everything seems like a freshly baked but slightly burned strawberry cake
    • Taste
      Here again sweet strawberries, creamy, vanilla, then slowly the smoke is added and warms the mouth, then it is a little chocolaty, the light smoke makes the red fruits then look even more sour, which tastes of raspberries and currants
    • Finish
      Pleasant oak, lots of sweetness from red berries, the smoke warms the mouth for a long time

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2018]  I had this dram during this year's "Feis Ile" tasting session.

    The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows small tears with medium fast legs.  The nose is quite punchy due to the high alcohols and offers a fruity-buttery-nutty profile that is not too bad at all.  It is not overly complex but fresh and balanced without any off-note.  The whisky arrives a little hot in the mouth (no wonder at that abv) with just a neglectable coating effect and a minor drying-astringent feeling.  The taste is rather shy first but after some chewing (and dilution in the mouth) it offers nice fruity and spicy (hot chilis, peppers, some salt) flavours - but where is the peat?  It is almost impossible to detect both in the nose and on the palate.  And the port wine lurks very shy in the background, so I never ever would call this a "peated and port wine finished" whisky (in a blind setting).  Nonetheless, it is easy to sip and enjoyable.  The finish is of a medium length and offers more spices with some sour (port?) wine flavours finally.  Unfortunately it dries out at the end (on papers and plastics).  Water releases the sour wine aromas in the nose as well and turns the taste more approachable but it increases the dryness of the finish too.  Actually, I prefer the neat dram even at the high abv of 57.8%.

    All in all a good modern style dram offered at a fair price.  It takes some time to get acquainted with this whisky but after that it is an easy-to-sip dram even at cask strength.  Not too bad (the Aussies would say)...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Good fruit-smoke combination and spicy, but neat dry and oaky for its 10 years.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet and floral with sweet strawberries and raspberry syrup. Flower shop. In between, a little alcohol flashes through, but not so intense that you would have to call it annoying. A mild smoky note accompanies the fruits. After a while comes pepper, also ginger. Chocolate notes, almonds, fresh bread dough. The intense sweetness from the beginning weakens slightly, but menthol and the smell of freshly peeled young branches.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong and spicy start with lots of milk chocolate and coffee beans. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak. Pretty dry from the beginning. The fruit sweetness is much more subtle than in the nose, almost barely discernible. Also on the tongue mild smoke, increasing pepper sharpness. Menthol here too, has a cooling and maritime effect.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long and clearly dry, smoky, with menthol, chocolate, vanilla and honey.

  5. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      An intense interplay of slightly medical smoke, freshly cut vanilla pods, maritime notes (salt) and plenty of strawberries is immediately present. The high-potency alcohol (57.8%) is very well integrated, only at the beginning was a slight stinging perceptible during deeper breaths. Tart redcurrants and ripe raspberries are a nice complement to the sweet strawberries. Salty caramel sweets, honey and delicate hints of wood round off the beautiful nose. I can not remember spontaneously that I had such a flavor composition so far in the glass. High recognition value!
    • Taste
      There is a lot of steam in the kettle here. At the first sip it tingles neatly at the tip of the tongue. Sweet-spicy smoke spreads suddenly with freshly ground pepper throughout the mouth. Strawberries, ripe raspberries, red currants and a few unripe cherries cement a beautiful fruit foundation. The smoke is still medicated and rich in mineral-maritime notes that remind me primarily of salt. The spicy woody notes are more pronounced in taste, but always remain pleasantly balanced. With the help of a few drops of water, the red fruit notes and the vanilla sweetness intensify significantly. The spicy notes are a little muted. Finally, I discover a touch of milk chocolate in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet and spicy and smoky. The medicinal smoke envelops the red fruits and the vanilla residual sweetness. Salty caramel sweets, a hint of honey, milk chocolate and harmonious-spicy oak notes make the Glen Scotia slowly fade away.

  6. Erik1908 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I like Glen Scotia. It is for sure an underrated distillery. I had various expressions now, both IB and OB. Very strange whisky this, of which I only got a sample. Initially especially the nose is very "closed", but this rough diamond needs time and some drops of water.

    Another great expression by Glen Scotia.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Initially the nose was not very outspoken. Quite closed, earthy with some peat. After having left untouched in the glass and adding just a few drops of water, the nose opens up surprisingly sweet. Almost like a Speysider.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Nice and sweet smoke and gentle peat. Not like Islay peat (which I cannot take),
    • Finish
      87 87
      Nice and medium-long to long.

  7. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very interesting whisky, with which it is necessary to sit longer. He is initially sympathetic, and eventually reveals, becomes weighty and varied.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Juicy, dessert, full, pickles, marzipan, vegetable theme, iodized salt, mint, raw dough, confectionery notes (candies, gingerbread ...), branded for the region of the scents of the cattle court (grain), wine nuances, ash and Smokes, black currant leaves, vanilla, caramel nougat, earthiness, dirty water, spices, seaweed chips, citrus pulp, medical gauze, gum. Bourbon exposure is obvious. The aroma is beautifully picked up and played with nuances.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Neutral, oily, very peppery, smoky, peaty, salted (not the same dessert as in the aroma), wine, later, sweet berry sweetness, knits.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Volume, flavor, peat, ash, smoke, pepper, oak, salted, knit, gradually gathers cream and berry (yogurt) desserts, not very long.

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    click for the 2018 festival!
    • Nose
      very pleasant!!
      fruits on raspberries!
      malt, vanilla,
      slight trace of smoke
      it's sweet and vegetal and iodized
    • Taste
      peppery spice, medicinal sensation, light peat, fruity and malty,
      the fruits always on dry raspberries, a little strawberries too, incredible, soft wood, malt and the vegetal side, fresh that spring
      iodized sensation and camphor in return
    • Finish
      subtle alliance of peat - red fruits and amplification by spices
      some glue, leather and smoke peat
      a very good dram discovery!

  9. theograph scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Best value for your money!
    • Nose
      Rote Früchte, Weinaromen, vergorene Trauben, säuerliche Nuancen, Leder, Salz, Zitrone, orientalische Gewürze, Schwarztee, Motoröl;
    • Taste
      Wein und Leder, Traubenzucker, Beerenaroma, Zitrus, Rauch, Schwarztee, Ingwer, würzig, ölig am Gaumen;
    • Finish
      Traubenzucker, fruchtig, lang und wärmend;

  10. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The entire review is available on mrbarleycorn.com
    • Nose
      Superficially sweet with honey, a fresh sea breeze and a few citrus notes. Even the smoke is present, but rather discreet. From the intensity somewhere between Talisker and Springbank. The alcohol is initially very present and stings something in the nose. After about 10 minutes in the glass, this stinging disappears and the nose is getting better and more intense. If the red fruits did not really show up at the beginning, they are now coming into their own. There are raspberries, strawberries, red gooseberries and redcurrants - the whole range. Water supports berry sweetness and reveals red gums and forest fruit syrup. For a while I think about Antica Formula.
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet, and powerful. Tingles neatly on the tongue and shows clear honey and caramel notes. The red fruits are rather subtle on the tongue, but they are undoubtedly there and make the still young malt with the help of peat smoke, which picks up especially towards the end, quite complex. Maritime-salty notes are also present, for me, however, rather discreet. My tip: In any case, add some water, because the aromas are intensified again nicely.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, spicy, bitter, black pepper and long-lasting, but not really strong peat smoke.


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