Glen Scotia 2003

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Rum Cask Finish
Number of bottles
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019
Added on
25 Mar 2019 4:43 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 72.33

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 2003

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.22 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    GS a room finish
    • Nose
      Frankincense and tenacious woody
      a little sea salt that comes out
      fruits on citrus fruits, lime in particular
      slight but slight trace of smoke
    • Taste
      the light peat, spices, smoke there well present!
      then quite important wood, dry but aromatic wood, I do not say that we smell rum, but the wood is vanilla, all integrated
      a slight iodine side appears at this moment
      lemon, smoke, woody vanilla in return
    • Finish
      average to long enough on the same aromas, it changes known islays, it's a nice surprise, it's delicate

  2. Bam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Very sweet, with beautiful exotic fruits, always noticeable, but restrained oak. The light smoke gives the whisky that special something, and gives a nice counterpoint, without smoke I would be too sweet, so everything looks nice and coherent. I like it.
    • Nose
      The smoke is clearly felt, looks very clean, towards red-hot coals, who also has a maritime touch. Add to that a strong, light sweet, powdered sugar and custard. Also a few exotic yellow fruits like banana, mango and pineapple with very sweet honey are there, and I have to think of the baked fruits of the Chinese. Something discreet oak resonates, as well as some malt and a few spices.
    • Taste
      Easy onset, silky mouthfeel. Immediately the sweet notes, banana and pineapple with custard. The smoke is now slightly stronger than in the nose, and is now slightly phenolic. The oak resonates, but holds back discreetly. Becomes slightly peppery.
    • Finish
      Medium. Very sweet, the pineapple and mangoes are here for a long time, the oak sounds nice too.

  3. whiskygold scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    My opinion in German ;)


  4. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Radiant golden.

    Nose / palate
    Aromatic already in the nose wonderfully ingratiating and altogether very successful. I already found the wild 2018 port. But the rum is at least as good. Quite different, much more pleasing and balanced than the brother from the port wine barrel. Very restrained smokes. Lemon, kumquats, fine sweetness, plenty of fresh vanilla and beautiful oak.

    Finish / Conclusion
    Mid-length finish. Amazingly clean looking malt. Rumlager and Rumfinishes are currently experiencing a minor renaissance, and quite rightly so.

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  5. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  6. Cube PL scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F21 B22

  8. Palindrome scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Glen Scotias can be flawed. This one is not brilliant per se, but it shows the distillery is regaining some ground in the right direction. Despite this fact, the bottle falls short of my expectations based upon hearsay from some reviews out of Germany on Youtube. Germans can get some interesting bottles out of Campeltown and so I paid attention. But alas, not blown away here.

    There aren't any OB's from this distillery that I would buy right now. I think the problem probably lies with the casks being used. Too many refills of refills and casks that need to be thrown away. Just a guess on my part. I haven't spoken to anyone at the distillery.

    There was a sweet spot a few years back when the OB's were really nice, although the prices were just a tad high for the value.

    Of course single cask Springbanks can really pull off the rum wood to effect. I've had quite a few in the 17-20 range of years that I really enjoyed a great deal. But they are quite expensive these days--not due to the distillery, but due to greedy merchants.

  9. DenisL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Balance (22)
    Cool! Another cool, festival release! (88.5)
    • Nose
      The aroma is easily recognizable tablets and cotton ... smoke, acrid, thick with notes of a first aid kit. Raw dough, salt and berries ... inhaling deeply prickly grass and malt .... oil for inhalation. With water: bread crust with jam and salt, rubber and strawberry chewing gum (22)
    • Taste
      Berries and ashes, salt ... oily and smoky (22.5)
    • Finish
      Oily, fatty finish ... salted fish and ashes ... strawberry jam, delicate wood and spices with solder (22)

  10. Mascht scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    an easily accessible Glen Scotia, the rum notes in the background perfectly underline the Campbeltown character, a great malt, 1A PLV
    • Nose
      88 88
      easily accessible, sugar candy, ripe bright fruits such as bananas, white grapes, kiwi and a cargo of citrus fruits, very mineral, in addition to peat smoke and cowshed
    • Taste
      89 89
      oily, strong maritime smoke, mouth-filling, kumquat, whole cane sugar, dung heap, shortbread, myrrh, thyme, bark mulch and leather
    • Finish
      88 88
      very long, with delicate oak notes and myrrh


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