Glen Scotia Campbeltown Harbour

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Classic Campbeltown Malt
1st Fill Bourbon Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
LK2 347.18
Added on
25 mar 2019 4:48 pm by Nidan

Average value

€ 38.27

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86 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Glen Scotia Campbeltown Harbour

17 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.79 points.

  1. praisethepasta scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A fine introduction to the Glen Scotia range, although the minimal ABV diminishes some of its potential, but perhaps that was always the idea to lower the bar a bit for those unfamiliar with Glen Scotia or Campbeltown as a whisky region. What I don’t fully understand, is why this is similarly priced to the Double Cask, which I feel has more to offer.
    • Nose
      81 81
      fresh fruit straight off the bat. Apples, melon, white stone fruit and orange peel. Some salty notes balancing out the sweetness from honey, icing sugar and vanilla which almost goes into a sweet cheese/custard note. Underneath there’s a grassy, funky signature Campbeltown note, although it’s hidden a bit. Well balanced this, quite straightforward, but pleasant and engaging.
    • Taste
      80 80
      salty notes are leading the way. Sea spray indeed. The fruit is less outspoken, although there’s no mistaking the apple notes here. Mid palate it becomes a bit thin and slightly watery on the mouthfeel – must be the minimal ABV, but it bounces back quite well towards the finish with a peppery and savoury-herbaceous note.
    • Finish
      79 79
      The finish continuous on this salt and pepper, herbaceous note. It’s short to medium long and drying towards the end. Only now I’m getting hints of a gentle ashy peat note.

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  3. Lovermalt scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Basic entry with a nice peat nothing more

  4. scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    20+ 18 19 19 76

    the nose promised a little, but the taste disappointed - young, soapy ... hmm, it's rather difficult to drink, but maybe you can, that's just the question of why? hmm, sad...

  5. Dottore scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    The positive thing is that the distillery character clearly comes into play here. If you want to get to know Glen Scotia in its purest form at a very acceptable price, you will definitely find it here. However, the probably very young barrels lead to a certain dissonance in my mouth with unfortunately a clear sprightliness despite a boring 40% and metaliness. It lacks character, surprise and richness of aroma. Still nice. Certainly not wrong for beginners to discover Campbeltown Malts

  6. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A bit of everything w/o doing anything extraordinary - which is to be expected from such a nas entry bottling. Works as an introduction to peated malts, no off notes except maybe seems rather young if you want to hold it against it... ;-)
    Maybe a good pick for a slightly peated malt (at a fair price around 35 EUR in '22) in a beginners' tasting?

  7. rolabob scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Obynapewno scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Good to start your adventure with Glen Scotia, feel youthful, a little untamed
    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla, light smoke, a little sea, caramel
    • Taste
      Sweetness, fruit, peach, vanilla, toffee, a little bitterness
    • Finish
      short, peat, grassland

  9. MrDvorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 83pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is fresh and clean with notes of mineral water and citrus fruits followed by hints of smoke and cookies.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is bitter-sourish with nice domination of sour oranges complemented by fruit marmalade and caramel.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The finish is medium lenght and rather dry with touches of orange zest, vanilla and different pastries.

  10. MarcinCh scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A bit of dust. Sea, light salt. Traces of smoke from a dying out fire, ash. Spices, a little spicy. Caramel. A trace of fruit far away. Peaches. "Warm" nose. On the other nose, the fruit is more noticeable, more sour. There are also notes of pudding. Citrus.
    • Taste
      A little sea, salt. Lots of spices, spicy, pepper. Traces of smoke again, more ash. More and more over time. A bit of oak bitterness. Slightly sweet caramel in the background. There is some oiliness for a NAS stand in 40%.
    • Finish
      Ash, some smoke. Sea traces, salt. Spices, pepper. Traces of caramel. Again ash aromas. Some caramel appeared again. Medium-length finish.

  11. sarthur71 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  12. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Campbeltown Harbour is a NAS-expression from the Glen Scotia distillery, matured on first fill bourbon casks – which explains the color. My dear friend Nadine offered me the sample.
    The nose is very friendly with lots of sweetness from baked apples and even some candied oranges with a touch of caramel and smoke in the background. Very approachable, maybe even a tad easy.
    The body if unfortunately very light. Again relatively sweet on apples, caramel and digestive biscuits. The smoke is rather subtle, making it an easy malt on the palate as well. I do like the salty edge that appears midpalate. And there is also a light pepper… yes, from the second sip forwards this becomes interesting.
    The finish is medium long, on soft smoke and some sweetness as well as a peppery prickle.
    Very accessible Glen Scotia, making for a good introduction into the house style.

  13. KdB scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Nice basic Campbeltown whisky: value for money! Honey-smooth and fine weekday dram.

  14. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Matured in first fill bourbon casks.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Maritime, briny notes, some peat smoke, iodine, floral notes, heather, toffee, vanilla
    • Taste
      82 82
      Fresh, fruity (peaches, oranges, apples), sweet, light smoke, vanilla cream, herbs, toffee
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long, dry, smoky, sweet, caramel

  15. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    700ml/¥2980@ Liquor Mt.

    Appearance: Medium amber.

    Nose: Light smoke, toffee and vanilla, bit of brine. Malt biscuits. Bit of apple and stone fruit, but not much.

    Palate: More campfire smoke, caramel, biscuits, malt sugar, salt, bit of apple.

    Finish: Honey, vanilla, light oak, smoke and pepper. Not particularly long but not bad.

    With Water: Smoky, sweet, peppery.

    Overall: This is an easy, very likable whisky and really a decent intro to Campbeltown, as it fits the style but does so in an easy way. Goes down too easy maybe. It has enough complexity to keep me interested, despite the young age, and was a fantastic bargain at this sale price.

  16. Fetterkern scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    Kind of tasty, but too little of everything. Alcohol too, you can see the 40%.

  17. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Fruit and mineral, with the aroma of orange, vanilla, sea spray and gentle haze, the taste is slightly sweet with sourness, with hints of fruit marmalade, oranges and cookies, a medium-length finish, with notes of baking and oranges.
    Quite a nice malt for very understandable money, the average level of quality of the base GS releases is quite high.

    RATING: 83pts - [n21, t20, f21, b21] → | 83-85: Decent |

  18. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Very sweet (red groats, vanilla, cake), slightly fresh.
    • Taste
      80 80
      A little dry oak, a little hay, sweetness recedes.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Light and medium length. Slightly nutty.


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