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
sc Scotland
Added on
25 Mar 2019 4:57 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 69,51

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 2003

10 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. 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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  3. whiskygold scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    My opinion in German ;)


  4. coldsun scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Being in Edinburgh I visited whisky tasting by "The Whisky Shop". That was not planned and became a real Gift from Heaven! That was a tasting of Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia and this festival release was so complex, impressive and amazing so it made me to get a bottle :)
    • Nose
      95 95
      Before tasting nose has elements of peat, smoke, baking products, Easter bread (paska), cake, yeast, sweet barley malt, ginger, citric zest. After tasting also sweet citruses come.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Baking products, Easter bread (paska), sweet barley malt, wax, wrapped with delicate peaty smoke.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Sugar, barley malt, pepper, cinnamon, ginger.

  5. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Rum cask finishes are best when they're unobtrusive. This one is, and it's a runaway success (like many recent Scotia bottlings).

    Lovely ripe fruitiness and salty structure, with plenty of sweetness and only the softest of smoke ("heavily peated" in this context has to rank among the overstatements of this young century).

    This is even better than last year's festival bottling, which was hitting the vanilla / first-fill-Bourbon notes a bit too heavily for my taste. Really round and balanced, and perfectly drinkable at cask strength. Really the opposite of what you expect when you read "rum cask" and "heavily peated", but you won't hear me complaining. Love it.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    peat, woody strong, a little sweet, spicy
    maritime freshness, a little caramelized.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. coldsun scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Flavor has notes of peat, smoke, acetone, paint, fresh fruits. Taste oily, waxy, peat, smoke, sweet malt, spicy, grassy. Finish is long, stable, with notes of taste

  9. Harzhof scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    I salute Glen Scotia for writing on the box: finished in Demerara rum barrels for eight months. Unchillfiltered. Natural colour. Integrity malt as a famous youtuber would say!

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88


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