Like the Cambus [WLP], this has been lingering at a low level for too long.
N: Now I remember why we bought this now [WLP86]. There really is all-sorts here. I’ll stick with my previous tutti-frutti note, but at the heel of the bottle, it’s the ethanolic-sweet > phenolic suggestions that pull hardest on the lead, conjuring fond memories of Octomore 6.2 matured in those fabulous Limousin casks! At the waist of the bottle, this talked louder of sweet-festering meats [ham > turkey > chicken = pate,… but let’s not ignore those soft light fruits and a flavoursome oaky huskiness in keeping with Glen Scotia’s fabulous repackaged official 15yo batches they released around 2017 [WLP]. At other times, this simply speaks of ‘just another’ albeit highly competent cask strength SMWS whisky.
T: Damn this is good. So direct, so bourbon-driven, so bourbon-like, so contemporary, beyond contemporary, more world whisky than Scotch perhaps? Welcome to Glen Scotia! This is a whisky abound with an aromatic perfumed candy fruitiness from your corner sweet shop to the medicinal sweets & tinctures from the pharmacy to syrups & sugars from the kitchen cupboard. After a few goes neat, some water is a must for me. I’m getting Thomas H Handy and George T Stagg references, Michter’s, High West, a very savoury Elijah Craig… this is turning into a US distillery tour. You know the cask is firing on all cylinders when that happens. That’s one heck of an active ex-bourbon cask that makes this whisky ready to go after only seven years.
F: Rather a hushed finish after that bomb blast. All shots fired and a man down. All that’s left is a smoking gun and the distant wo-ee-oo-ee-oooooooh from flute and ocarina. Fear not! All those fruit sweets, either candied and/or medicinal are well set to last the distance.
C: This is some very fine Scottish-styled bourbon if ever I’ve met one. Must be some epic tea leaves the SMWS tasting panel are sourcing. Your supplier’s number?
PS: Whilst I’m still not sold on whisky & food pairings, I try 93.105 after a spoon of cashew nut butter! After all, I was hungry and then thirsty! The mix creates a new & sensational chemical makeup beyond any expectation.