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 750 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019
Added on
25 Mar 2019 4:43 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 103.95

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 2003

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.09 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Reminds me of a bottle I have of Clynelish, Exclusive Malts 1997 to some extent, and of Springbank. Glen Scotia is getting better at these special bottlings, although their 15 OB was better a while back.

    This whisky needs water. One will lose a great deal without 1/4 to 1/2 of a teaspoon in a normal sized dram. time is also needed. About ten minutes in the glass. You can tell it’s ready when the putty flavor comes into the fore, and the nose gets more Springbanky.

    On the palate, there's caramel, a buttery croissant note, vanilla, and an old skool feeling/aesthetic. Oceanic. Wet sand. Sea salt. Peat. Yo ho ho and a bottle of ____ .

    Cool design, as well. The label is simple yet classy and small, which is striking. I really like the box for this one. I’ve been doing a lot of white ink on black myself as an artist and so I’m biased :) Metallic gold lettering. Tall narrow bottles these days from the distillery is a nice change of pace in the industry. The big raised glass seal also has an old fashioned charm that almost seems to clash with the tall narrow bottle, since bottles with raised seals were often squat, but I like it.

    I found it rather endearing that the cask strength very young peaty Kilkerran actually used Springbank bottles, ha! Well, Glen Scotia is maintaining a little more distance from “Mother” in Campbeltown. I actually really like the fact that all Campbeltown malts are similar. It’s kind of like going to Little Italy for dinner in New York City. Yes, there are similarities as far as the cuisine is concerned but each restaurant is unique and the good ones bring in visitors to the area and help each other to thrive.

    I taste tested this festival bottling next to the Springbank 15 Guadeloupe Rum from November 1. the Springbank was more complex and well just wonderful, but the GS 2019 festival bottling caught up with a bit of water and time. It never reached the perfection of my rare Society Springbank but for the money I like the festival bottling just fine and the effluvium left dried in my glass a few hours after the dram is finished is nicer.

    Just for fun, I also taste tested alongside a Springbank 12 CS Batch 15. WOW, what a dramtic difference. The other two are more “high pitched” and just so ethereal when compared with the big, bombastic, fusty notes of the Springbank cask strength. It caused me to realize that there is some sulfur in this batch of Springbank after all. And yet the sulfur seems almost jammy and plum-like. Wow, all three glasses are just great. The two rum casks are a different animal from the Springbank bourbon/sherry cask batch 15 release. And the batch 15 is among my faves of the CS springers.

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    An incredible dram for the 2019 Campbeltown Malts Festival. Full of lovely Glen Scotia character, it is a must have for any Campbeltown fan. Value (£60) : 9/10
    • Nose
      Extremely fruity upfront. Light, fresh citrus fruits with lemons and limes. Notes of barbecued pineapple and poached pears. Some coconut maybe. Salted caramel and toffee. Lovely dark chocolate. The rum cask is definitely present as well with loads of candy sweetness and I also get barley sugar. Some oregano, cumin seeds and cloves with a touch of white pepper. Marine characteristics of salty seabreeze and a heavy minerality like wet metallic rocks I get with most Glen Scotias. The smoke is well integrated, with a sweet earthiness bringing everything together wonderfully.
    • Taste
      Incredibly oily and thick on the palate. The sweetness from the nose is even more noticeable here with some fragrant vanilla. Charred pineapples and more candied lemon peels and lemon drops. More salt is present here on the palate. Again the lovely minerality continues through, acting as. a base for all the flavours. The sweet, floral peat is constantly in the background with some earthy leather. Some black pepper warmth and oak tannins greatly compliments the sweeter notes.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweetness from the fruit and barley continues with more ginger spice. Then oak shavings come into play with a light tannic quality. Some smoked salmon, seaweed and more minerality. Some gentle smoke still remains here and leads into a lovely minty finish. Clean and well balanced. Very good dram indeed.

  3. 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

  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. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Fairly light: a clear nuttiness, some wet bandages, wet limestone, chalky, citrus (mostly lime), pear and sour apple, a little farmy note, nutmeg, dusty and toasted wood. The only hints of smoke I get are in the toasted and slightly medicinal notes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, sweet and sour, very clear citrus (lemon and lime), lemon drops, bitter orange, pear. Also white pepper and some mildly bitter wood spiciness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Quite long: still a lot of lemon and lime, a bit chalky, citrus bitters and some drying wood spices.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Rum Cask Finish succeeded, you do not notice. ;-)
    Seriously: that's a really great bottling with a lot of Springbank and Campbeltown feeling. Not the first time that Glen Scotia has been surprised lately with a very successful bottling.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smells like a warm caramel candy at first, looks creamy and creamy. The smoky note is discreetly noticeable and does not get crowded. It now urges a fresh and refreshing lemon note forward, mixed with pineapple slices and Madarinen from the tin. Sweetness of sugar water and honey. And there is something that slows down the sweetness and does not let it get too intense, a mineral note that does not even remotely remind Springbank. Saltwater wetted pebble, some machine oil - absolute Campbeltown feeling.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Tasty onion, dry and smoky, with lemon pie, orange peel, tangerines and crushed bananas. Vanilla is also there. Dryness is spreading, causing wood chips to fall on the tongue. Only a little seasoning of spices or herbs, wood and smoke are leading here. Also on the tongue you can taste Campbeltown - if you like these mineral notes, this somewhat bulky, which turns out to be very pleasing on the tongue in connection with the fruits, then you will enjoy it here. Milk chocolate, freshly roasted coffee beans and now not a little spice of marjoram, pepper and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, dry, but not drier than at the beginning on the tongue. Salty, mineral, still orange and citrus fruit.

  7. DenisLeonov 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)

  8. Bam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  9. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 783: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL4Ixtj6mbA (90/100).

  10. volker40sw scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-18-2020 at Glen Scotia Distillery.


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