Glen Scotia 2003

Overall rating
87.06/100
votes
418
Whiskybase ID
WB128306
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019
Vintage
2003
Bottled
13.03.2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Rum Cask Finish
Number of bottles
9500
Strength
51.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
PEATED
Bottle code
L207219
Barcode
5016840751243
Bottled for
Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
25 mar 2019 4:43 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 354.71

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Whisky reviews for Glen Scotia 2003

84 users have left 87 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.06 points.

  1. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is a great dram. Intense, with fine smoke and dense aromas.
    • Nose
      sweet, smoky, rum. Musty oak, subtle, sweaty smoke, intense and dense. vanilla, spices. Very fine.
    • Taste
      In the mouth sweet, peppery, some smoke, vanilla.
    • Finish
      The finish is spicy, sweet, clear rum, vanilla. Spicy oak, nicely aged smoke that is not too intense.

  3. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    This was a great combination of salt, pastry, and fruit. I love the notion of honey-drizzled fry bread, which just takes me back to my childhood right away, while the maritime-seaside notes keep me rooted in my island present. This grew on me a little bit each tasting as different notes came to the front. I found very little of the peat, not nearly the industrial/machine oil notes I get on other heavily peated Glen Scotia— there was just a kiss on the nose. The rum cask influence was subtle, doling out just fleeting hints of tropical fruits. This was such an easy drinker at cask strength, I can easily imagine the bottle disappearing in the blink of an eye.
    • Nose
      Sweet maritime salt and candy on the boardwalk. Candied and poached fruits, boiled peanuts, and soft cheese spread on malty sourdough bread. Subtle notes of smoke kerosene—old tar and coal smoke stained wood on the docks or perhaps walking by the remnants of a beach bonfire the morning after.
    • Taste
      Soft, mild profile full of maritime salt, pastries, and hints of tropical fruits. Honey-covered fried dough, fresh peaches, and green mango. A bit of creaminess, a dash of mineral notes, and dusty book pages. The wife described the flavor as, ‘licking a sand dollar,’ which she intended as a compliment.
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet with light salt and faint green mango.

  4. Ashigaru scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

  5. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    The whisky has improved significantly in the half-full bottle.
    A few months after the first tasting, it seems much more harmonious, complex and overall more balanced.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  7. glen efze scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The bottling for the Campbeltown Malts Festival is always a special bottling from Glen Scotia, the wonderful distillery, which has gained massively in profile in recent years, but fortunately is not yet as overhyped as Springbank. Hopefully this stays that way. In 2019 it was not a wine cask in which the peated whisky was finished. This matured in the rum cask and has at least the good age of 15 years. The color is bright gold.

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    • Nose
      The Campbeltown Distilleries have indeed retained their own style. This is not easy drinking stuff, these are whiskys with rough edges. And this festival whisky also represents this style. Not just because it's smoky, with a smoke that doesn't go straight ahead like neighboring Islay whiskys, but is mineral and maritime, bringing a dirty note to the aroma. But there is also a sweet-fruity component, maybe even a little tropical, with a hint of banana with vanilla pudding, which would go well with the rum finish. There is no alcohol on the nose, at most as a slightly refreshing note that harmonises with the fruit.
    • Taste
      The taste of the whisky is strong, the alcohol pushes the aromas forward, but is not disturbing. Still, a few drops of water couldn't hurt. Sweetness is only very reserved at the beginning and then changes to a dry end. With a few drops of water, the whisky opens and the smoke unfolds. There are some pickled fruits, overripe cherries and smoky chocolate. There is also KiBa - or better, there is the taste that we were looking for in the disgusting mixture of sweet and viscous juices and never found. This is KiBa for the fishermen in the harbor, whose hands hold the glass and smell of the machine and seafood.
    • Finish
      The finish is dry but not astringent. It is reminiscent of a good red wine that ends dry. An evening in Campbeltown Harbor as the Waverley docks from Glasgow.

      A very beautiful, unique and mature whisky. I'm not familiar with rum - but here it's certainly not the rum notes that are in the foreground. It may be that they stand for the fruit component that harmonises so beautifully with the smoke and maritime wildness of this whisky. Glen Scotia makes excellent whiskys. But let's keep that to ourselves...

  8. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. L_Gillian scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Oily, greasy and butterscotch. Charcoal, lemon juice, canned pineapple, white pepper, deep fried batter, sea spray and a smooth mineral note.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Vanilla pastries, pineapple on the BBQ, pears. Salty, extremely fat, oily and drying.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Drying, oily and slightly floral. Echoes of sweetness. Turns fresher overall, the mineral note lingers and there’s hints of mint.

  10. lucero scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  11. yarikovsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Chiron scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. glenrob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. Schmausel scored this whisky 87 points Administrator

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  16. Ed Radour scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. yggr scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

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

  18. mothers_finest scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Jimbeau scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  20. CluaranDeilgneach scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    The best festival release of Glen Scotia so far (incl.2021ed.)
    It takes me on a long journey from Scottish, wet, windy shores to warm, vast, tropical bays of Guyana. If I were a sailor on some old steamship this would probably be the only whisky I would drank.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: light gold / honey

    - a very complex malt
    - surprisingly easy to drink neat despite the high
    Percentages,
    - with about 70 € very good price for the quality
    • Nose
      intensely sweet and malty, surprisingly pleasant despite the high percentage, complex
    • Taste
      oW: surprisingly super drinkable, light smoke, first subtle sweetness, then quite bitter bitter notes, doesn't really need water;

      mW: fresh, complex, slightly smoky, somewhat sweet
    • Finish
      strong, long, sweet finish;
      long, slightly smoky aftertaste

  23. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  24. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a wonderfully balanced malt - bourbon aromas - nice smoke development - tropical fruits - complex;
    it was available in DEU for € 68.00 in 2019 = great!
    [Color] = honey;
    • Nose
      87 87
      fresh, sweet, pineapple, vanilla, little smoke, salt, wood;
    • Taste
      88 88
      intense, sweet (cane sugar, rum?), strong smoke development, cold ash, very salty, pineapple, caramel, spices (pepper), wood, oak, roasted coffee;
    • Finish
      88 88
      quite long, salty, spicy (peppery), smoky;

  25. jazzvilly scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. LDB scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Sorry to be such a divider, but I can't join the general praise; yes, it's nice and sweet and smooth, a party drink with a heavy rum influence, rum raisins and lots of honey sweetness, but somehow there's nothing left of Glen Scotia. Overall rather one-dimensional. Peated? You hardly notice anything about it.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet. caramel. And some wet corrugated cardboard.
    • Taste
      83 83
      An "off" note - must be the rum barrel - somehow bothers me a lot, because it overlays any Campbeltown character too much.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The finish doesn't really mean much to me.

  28. Pie3k scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  29. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  30. TheTrooper scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Great malt! The sweetness of the rum finish is successfully complemented with the Glen Scotia distillate. I actually don't like rum barrels with whisky. Actually ... smoke, oiliness, Campbeltown Muff and the rum sweetness harmonize perfectly! Even better with a little water, more complex. I'm excited about what Glen Scotia can do if you just want to ...

  31. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  32. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  33. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/letting-go-17-phase-2/

    N: After the rather raw/honest Blair Athol and Kilchoman, here we have rather a polished accomplished malt. Yet this is Glen Scotia, which means there’s almost certainly the potential for a desirable [even fishy?] grimy dirtiness lurking close by. For sure there’s rum cask influence which provides a vanilla-rum-sweetness to proceedings, yet besides everything else, there’s also a slick oily weightiness that reminds me just how far Glen Scotia have come in the last 4-5, 6 years? And of the peatiness – mid-summer-dried cowpats coupled with rich vegetal [cod liver] oil – heaven! Then there’s the ‘NOS’ [new-old-stock] rubbery-waxiness.

    T: Again, sweet peppery-rubbery-waxy cowpats before the green-oily > almost confectionary vanilla ice-cream notes stream in. That said, it’s not exactly sweet, at least at first. At the heart, there’s a complex sweet-peppery-earthy- vegetal almost rubbery [cod liver] oiliness to enjoy, as well as more typical chocolate caramel stages that work there way to,…

    F: ,… a caramel-sweet > peated finish. Yet by this stage, the peat has enveloped into the palate as an almost subliminal base note. After some impeccably-controlled gradual yet persistent astringency, what remains is a fabulous mouthful.

    C: An excellent malt whisky that may well cellar-improve further [could be an absolute stunner in 20/30 years time]. And what are the rum casks Glen Scotia used? They work so well, we should expect, and hope, to see their likes again.

  34. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  35. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  36. ZeSaimen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    This is my first Glen Scotia in my glass! The bottle was also opened fresh! The nose immediately reminds me of the Auchentoshan American Oak and the taste of Springbank. This mixture is really special!
    A higher number of points is only denied because the single malt is not complex enough and does not go into the depth of aroma as other malts in the 90s point region do.

    Back to the tasting:
    I add a teaspoon of water to the glass ...
    • Nose
      88 88
      Canned Fruits! But really full throttle! Pineapple, tangerine, and peach to name a few. It stays that way for a while, but then a smoky aroma joins in that is very reminiscent of Springbank.
      Everything is then nicely interwoven. The fruit aroma remains strong.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In spite of the addition of water, by no means watery. As in the nose, it is nice and fruity and the Springbank DNA is once again part of the party.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to long. The flavors stay the same.

  37. Maltimizer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Subtle smoke, lemon, butterscotch, menthol
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very sweet, nicely integrated smoke, citrus fruits
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short but intense on the tongue

  38. Mapl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  39. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  40. claymore84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  41. the_muskox scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very different from what I was expecting. It’s fairly light in both flavor and texture. I think it still works though. There’s some really nice estery banana funk in here, which I haven’t gotten from other rum-cask whiskies I’ve tried. Granted, I haven’t tried all that many, but still. The nose is my favourite part, as it gets a bit straightforward on the palate and especially the finish. There’s also nice smoky and industrial-funk flavours, and an especially nice mix of smoked peppers and tropical fruits. Overall, tasty, but it doesn’t quite live up to its exciting premise.

    Nose: Sweet funky smoke, slightly tangy and acrid. A good amount of those oily industrial notes, but it’s different enough from Springbank. Sidewalk chalk, smoked hot peppers, cooked greens, even some sundried tomatoes in olive oil. Dark, roasted, chocolatey, honeyed barley notes. Brown bananas, lime, papaya, and cantaloupe. Some caramel, brown sugar, baking spices, and pickled ginger.

    Palate: Medium-light body. Cereals, honey, lemon oil, and coconut up front. Then comes roasted barley in the middle, then smoked peppers, bananas, dark chocolate, and seaweed. More very dark, almost burnt notes in here. Charred wood, ash, and tobacco. Bay leaf maybe? More cantaloupe towards the back.

    Finish: Lasting smoke. More dark chocolate and chipotles in adobo sauce. Lingering tobacco and dead leaves.

  42. davidloosli scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Tar, roasted ananas, lemon, rather muted, gets more sugary over time (malt sugar), a hint of lactic acid
      with water: vanilla, lychee, fruit acid, smoke is gone completely
    • Taste
      Tingling pepper, lemon mousse, earthy, black tea, exotic fruit, unripe walnut
      with water: vanilla sugar, green apple, lime, chemical sweetness
    • Finish
      a lot of dry black tea, tii dry, burned plastic, a bit of lemon
      with water: Campbeltown funk, artificial sweetener (Assugrin)

  43. Jordanite scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Whisky finishes continue to be an interesting topic in whisky circles. The practice of using a finish to bolster an otherwise underperforming malt has marred its use for more subtle manipulation of flavour and taste. This Glen Scotia definitely falls into this second category with the rum flavours adding a further layer of complexity alongside an already complex single malt. On the nose are putty, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, pineapple, banana, a hint of mango and that distinct rum quality. The palate is mouthwatering, full and delicious. There is indeed a bit of everything here, citruses, herbals, minerals, savouries, that all jump around as the light peat notes and the rum notes mingle together. On the finish the rum flavours slowly dissolve leaving the smoke bitterness to linger. As Ralfy aptly observed, when your fellow Campbeltown Malts Festival distilleries are Springbank and Glengyle, you have to release something seriously impressive if you want to be noticed, and Glen Scotia has done just that.

  44. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Myrrh
    I guess every whisky region by now has its own festival right? So, hence also does Campbeltown. This year will be very different, but last year Glen Scotia released this 15 years old malt – at cask strength – finished on rum casks for 8 months.
    Impressive nose with the typical dirty edges of Glen Scotia on the one hand, but on the other lovely, quasi tropical fruit. Somewhat waxy and a lovely, modest smokiness. Hint of pineapple, kiwi and mandarin, but mostly bright lime. Chalk and pebbles. Reminds me a bit of old Springbank, to be honest. And it’s very good!
    Bull’s eye on the palate! Very mineral on pebbles, hessian sack, light sour peat, but beautifully balanced by lots of citrus and some pineapple, followed by a splash of brackish water and some bitter grape piths. The smoke becomes more intense and quite pleasant. Myrrh! I think it’s the very first time I get this in a whisky. Brilliant. Now I am reminded more of Kilkerran, in fact. Well, it’s also Campbeltown (note to self: stop your nonsense). Truly lovely balance.
    The finish is intense and long, salty versus sweet. Smoky till the end.
    Wow, this is truly an impressive Glen Scotia. Recommended.

  45. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: pleasant smoky notes, vanilla, some oak, exotic fruits, brown sugar, lemon zest •

    Taste: the smoke is reminiscent of campfire, pineapple, honey, vanilla and a little citrus followed by a pleasant spiciness and a hint of spiciness (pepper / ginger) • •

    Finish: medium length with sweet caramel syrup, slightly spicy and shortly hot
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  46. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A sweet and peat well rounded Campbeltown, no funkiness like the other from the area, but a nice brine and creamy well rounded pour this is
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet and grassy, ginger, light funk/peat, green bananas, round and almost creamy
    • Taste
      87 87
      Icing sugar, light spices, oak bitter, ginger, salty,
    • Finish
      86 86
      Oak, crystallized sugar, brine, light peat,

  47. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Another example of why I like Glen Scotia so much. Raw, unpolished, but pretty complex and versatile. Some nice mix of some smoke and salty, oily notes with fruity and sweet flavours. Packed in a good Abv, making it strong but not too overpowered. Great dram for sure.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A raw nose at first, with a slight smoky edge, some salty and oily elements, 'Leukoplast'. But also fruity, some tropical fruits, grassy, hay.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong, pretty powerful, still with some smokiness with a lot of fruit, orange, honey. Thick, oily structure. Later on more milkchocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      In the finish still pretty strong, again some fruity notes edged by some smokiness, some salty notes as well. Pretty long. Some honey sweetness and citrus remains quite long.

  48. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Class of Whisky.
    • Nose
      Starts immediately with wax, salty caramel and vanilla. Lemon tea and a pleasant flag of smoke follow. In the background I find something that smells like gauze bandage. With a little time in the glass, leather and some tobacco join. Behind it I find boiled, slightly sour tropical fruits. In addition a good portion of ginger and marzipan.
      If the roasted aromas up to ashes are still there.
    • Taste
      Salty, spicy start. The ginger appears immediately. Then a slightly medicinal smoke note. Salty caramel and vanilla. The nose pretty much coincides with the taste.
      A few dashes of lemon and this combination of leather and tobacco. Top.
      With the second sip, nougat and some rust dust. A subtle mineral, but also fresh taste is added.
      From the background join in the direction of the finish, dry wood and pineapple from the can. Covered with viscous fir honey.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Spicy, light smoke and a lot of honey.

  49. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  50. Baswindau scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  51. erwinnlim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    An incredible dram for the 2019 Campbeltown Malts Festival, definitely my favourite of the bunch. Full of Glen Scotia character accented by lovely sweet rum casks, 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. Roasted coffee beans. 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. Pears and grapefruits. 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.

  52. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  53. Sylvia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  54. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A 15 year old Glen Scotia with rum barrel finish? Sounds very promising and you won't be disappointed if you give him some time in the glass and add a little water.
    Some nuances are reminiscent of a spring bench 15.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Blindly, it could easily go as an exotic spring bench, but then a somewhat metallic note comes into play. Caramel, butter biscuits and salty tuc biscuits add up. Undiluted with a slight sharpness, so I recommend a little water.
      Citrus flavors are immediately added and a little quince, hay and a very subtle peat note. Amazingly complex ...
    • Taste
      87 87
      A very peppery tone is noticeable in the mouth before being caught by citrus and mint. There is an oily sweetness of heather honey and salty almonds over everything.
      In sweetness, the addition of water intensifies, herbal notes also appear and give the malt a lively freshness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long lasting with a fruity citrus note that slowly turns into pepper and ends as fresh mint. At the very end, an oak wort with a dry finish. Very exciting and independent!

  55. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  56. Dyno scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    rated 88,5 in blind tasting of all my open bottles... i give it 88 instead of 89 in WB, still a very good one from Glen Scotia. The peat is rather hard to spot , so is the rum finish. But that's not a bad thing. Very good value.

  57. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  58. dr.mad scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  59. 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.

  60. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 23 21 22

    Very delicate and delicious! Excellent rum barrels work wonders!

  61. birkzehn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  62. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  63. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  64. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not too peaty with a touch of rum, but a fair drink.
    • Nose
      Salted minerals, yellow fruits, caramel, citruses, smoke and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Peat, pepper, spicy oak, vanilla, yellow fruits, citruses and salted caramel.
    • Finish
      Long, oaky, spicy.

  65. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 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.

  66. Spencer5 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  67. Mark-E scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  68. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    he needs time
    do not add water
    I did not notice much of the rum finish
    Not a malt for me because I expected more from the rum finish
    • Nose
      Smoke fades, sweetness becomes stronger, bananas, earthy
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      sweet, something weird could be rum, molasses ?, slightly herbs
    • Finish
      long
      Oak

  69. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  70. Cube PL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  71. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F21 B22

  72. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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)

  73. 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.

  74. 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

  75. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      starts fruity with a little well integrated smoke, a little salt and a wee sourness. To be honest it reminds me of Kilkerran and this should be good news. Lots of citrus, say lemon, lime and a little tangerine. Also touches of fruit yoghurt. There is also some oak but like all the rest of the components it´s beautifully integrated. A lovely nose!
    • Taste
      89 89
      You get a bit of the rum cask but it´s more a hint than a strong impression. Again it immediately reminds me of Kilkerran with the same lovely mixture as on the nose. It has a heavy attack and surely will benefit from water. Let´s see: with some drops of water the oak becomes louder together with hints of pine sap. There´s also a little bitterness that came in with water so I am not sure if this shouldn´t rather be sipped neat.
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, still fruity with a wee bitterness in the very end.

  76. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

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

  77. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  78. Sporx scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    More balanced than the 2018, surprisingly little smoke. citrus. Slight sweetness, vanilla and nice wood spice.

    taste
    Fruit punch, really fat smoke. Very sweet, wood spice, citrus.

    finish
    Medium length, smoky, sweetish, great finish

    Upgraded 5/21/21 from 87 to 88

  79. coldsun scored this whisky 90 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
      91 91
      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
      93 93
      Baking products, Easter bread (paska), sweet barley malt, wax, wrapped with delicate peaty smoke.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sugar, barley malt, pepper, cinnamon, ginger.

  80. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  81. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Rum cask finishes are best when they're unobtrusive. This one is, and it's a 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 better than last year's festival bottling, which was hitting the vanilla / first-fill-Bourbon notes a bit too heavily for my taste. This one is buttery and sweet, but also well-rounded 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.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  82. wisekyofcourse 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

  83. coldsun scored this whisky 90 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

  84. Hirschhof 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!

  85. wisekyofcourse 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

  86. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  87. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    eye
    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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