Glen Scotia Victoriana

Overall rating
86.51/100
votes
308
Whiskybase ID
WB133939
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
21/22.02.2019
Casktype
Finished in Deep Charred Oak Casks
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L4.053.19,L4.052.19
Barcode
5016840192220
Added on
01 jul 2019 10:17 am by Lechside
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 74.24

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Whisky reviews for Glen Scotia Victoriana

33 users have left 34 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.51 points.

  1. Vashalme scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Oguzhan000 scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

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

  3. KEngelaar scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    I bought this one in a sample set together with the 15 year old and Victoriana.

    Bottled at 54.2% abv. without information regarding the first maturation. The finish happened in heavily charred casks.

    It is priced at 65 Euros, but I rather see this one at 35 to 40 Euros. As with the other Glen Scotia whiskys, I think that this one is overpriced. For the same price, the Benrinnes 15 year old from the Flora & Fauna series is much better.
    • Nose
      84 84
      It smells like a carpenters workshop. Fresh sweet wood. Dry and tart like wood stain and old leather. The dry and tart notes become better after diluting the whisky to 47%. Caramel, vanilla. Green apple, other fruits and a dash of smoke, i.e. 1 to 2 ppm.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Berries and other undefined sweet fruits. Some spices and alcoholic. After adding some water, the alcohol note is gone and rather exotic fruits like papaya and mango appear.
    • Finish
      83 83
      At first alcoholic, then old oak and dark berries. Slightly smoky, but rather from the heavily charred casks. After adding some water, chocolate appears.

  4. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Romanino scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Maybe I am too unexperienced to appreciate this whisky, but I like 15Y more, sorry. On top of that, for current price (75 EUR) it can buy only a big fan of GS...
    N: sweet, fruity, honey
    T: peaty, salty, from sour lemon to sweet fruit and honey. it delivers what it promised in nose
    F: short, soft smoke and sea breeze

  6. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very solid and sippable juice despite being nas and bottled at higher abv (quite certainly not cask strength though). Highly recommended @65-70 EUR max.

  7. Coldorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I’ve read not overly enthusiastic reviews of the initial batches of this Glen Scotia, but this cask strength 2019 batch is a pretty solid dram for a very reasonable price. It’s full of flavour and easy to sip (I had to pour some more twice while writing this post!)
    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla is immediately strongly preset, revealing the ex-bourbon maturation. It is joined with pepper and orange marmalade on a toast, then charred wood, caramel and dark berries. The nose is really sweet with absolutely no tingling from the alcohol. Water reduction tones down the vanilla a bit while bringing forward the oak.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet at first on caramel with an oily and mouth-coating arrival, the spices kick in after a couple seconds, mostly on pepper, and dark roast coffee. The charred wood is clearly discernible, with burnt wood smoke and oak bitterness but in a subtle delivery. The caramel becomes salty on the back palate and is joined by citrus peels. Water sweetens the arrival and reinforce the wood spices, making the charred wood more prominent.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is long on salted caramel, burnt wood spices and dark chocolate.

  8. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    S 8
    This whisky tells a story.

    [83-85] I'll get a bottle unless my bank account says otherwise.

    N 27
    On the nose, it’s more condensed compared to the aged expressions thanks to the extra strength. However, still very fruit-forward (apple, grapefruit). A whiff of burnt wood and peat smoke. Mild vanilla. More toffee surfacing over time.

    P 27
    Sweet and spicy fighting back and forth. Fierce competition between the iconic fruity distillate and charred oak spices. Apple, pear, peach, juicy dark berries on one hand. Pepper, chilli, nutmeg, and cardamon on the other hand. Fruit characters eventually won the battle and left the tamed oak spices underneath. All accompanied by a nice touch of malty note.

    F 23
    Mid, dry finish. A well-fought battle ended with a mild touch of fruit lingering, celebrating its victory.

  9. YD84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. KB201 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The new bottling Victoriana comes in cask strength and only contains selected casks.
    • Nose
      Alcoholic, apple-fruity, salty and spicy, with caramel and a light note of beech smoke.
    • Taste
      Dry fruitiness gives way to dark chocolate notes.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting; clearly bitter and somewhat peppery. Despite the sweetness, the bitter note remains dominant.

  11. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A cask strength Campbeltown Expression for little money.
    • Nose
      A complex nose with fruity, spicy, oaky and salty aromas. There is a lot to discover.
    • Taste
      Creamy and rich. Even a little bit smoky in the background. I would not be surprised if there are ex-sherry casks involved.
    • Finish
      Sweet and salty in the beginning. Then nuts and spices. Quite long, due to the 54,2% ABV

  12. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  13. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  14. CPI_1972 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very spicy, this is what is dominant on nose and taste. But in a nice way, you are surrounded by spices when you nose it and they warm your mouth up when you taste it.

    There is some smoke behind the spices especially in the finish when it is settling down. Looong and pleasant finish, by the way. Being quite oily helps the finish, the mouth stays coated for long time.

    You can see it on the glass also that is oily - it sticks up for minutes.

    Very good value for the price of this bottle - a success for Glen Scotia!

  15. domdelimar scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    needed a drop of water
    (CROTCH bottle split 2021)
    • Nose
      fruity, vanilla?
    • Taste
      peppery, oily (tounge), fresh fruit...
    • Finish
      strong, lingering...

  16. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 58 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Apples and starfruits rushing to the face, random strong alcohol, seamless charcoal and smoke, and of course a lot of wood, very dry, sharp, not so easy to approach. I picked up the flame gun and roasted the bottom of the cup (I don’t know why I did it), and I really found different aromas, batamwood, salty nuts, cream, pancakes, croissants, although I I won't be scared off by this kind of whisky, but I really don't appreciate this sharp beauty.

    Drink: The wine is strong, fierce, and continues to ignite your mouth. The aroma is mainly apple, wood, salty nuts, and it is somewhat bitter.

    Overall: This bottle of wine gives me the feeling that it is very reluctant. The level and complexity of the aroma, the body and the sense of alcohol are controlled. I may not actively want to drink this bottle of wine. By the way, I drink a 30ml sharing bottle. Thank you Benson for sharing. I hope you won't see this note.

  17. mandragoru scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  18. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Julia E S scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    At first very astringent, with a little water and time the Scotia opens up more and more.

    Wood tart and very spicy! Orange peel, pear peel, peach, unripe bananas, but all the more spicy with bourbon vanilla, laurel and above all strawberry mint, fresh oak that goes bitter into almonds, cocoa, green cuttings, cut flowers and old leather.

    The malt comes out strong and full on the tongue, the spice pushes out the back very strongly. Very peppery. In addition to the previous notes, I still have distinct liquorice and dark nut flavors (Brazil nuts, walnuts) and an overripe apple on the tongue. The aftertaste is medium long.

    Unfortunately not the best Glen Scotia, unfortunately dominated by wood, despite everything a very competent whisky.

  21. Svjatogor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    n: fruit, cacao, pepper, sherry, hint of smoke, nice sour!
    t: sweet, fruit, full
    a: lingering & rewarding, fruit, old wood, sour

  22. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  23. tcrjbv scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I really enjoyed this, sort of on the funky fruity side with not that much smoke. More lively than the 15 year peated rum, much better than the unfunky 18. Sad about the missing age statement, worried about batch inconsistencies, but I would consider buying more of this (which is rare, I usually just like to move on).

  24. Mapl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  25. jkswift scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  26. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Sample tested, but wondering if I drank the same whisky as other reviewers here.

    Nose was very much on the almond side, with clear pistachio notes, spices and maybe a bit of green fruit. In mouth much more spicier, nutty and with a dirty side reminiscent of Ledaig or Springbank (something like sweat, or maybe farm-ish...). Salty and a little dry too, which surprises me considering other reviews here.

    It is good, but nothing really special. Makes me confident that Glen Scotia can do nice things, but also that I won't buy a bottle of Victoriana. I'll revisit it with some more air. 6/10 so far

  27. the_muskox scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wow, really delicious. So much awesome coastal character, mixed with lovely fresh fruit and barley sweetness. The best part for me though, is the hugely oily, rich, mouth-coating texture. It’s so drinkable, so sippable, but still with loads of complexity and character. This was really fun to compare side-by-side the 15, as there were both distinct differences and a clear common thread of character present in both drams. Victoriana definitely won the day, though. An excellent dram.

    Nose: Loads of coastal notes up front, along with a sort of buttery richness. Sea salt, wet rocks, bonito flake… lobster? Clayey mud, musty basement, and salted peanuts as well. There’s sweetness too, but brighter than in the 15. Pineapple, strawberries, citrus pith, and white chocolate. Brown sugar and malted barley emerged after another few minutes in the glass.
    A drop of water added a distinct note of fresh celery(!).

    Palate: Extremely oily, thick texture. Bright fruit and salt up front: nectarine, yellow plums, a hint of lychee, as well as some juniper. The coastal notes come in bright and fresh as seashore and crushed rocks. There’s barley sugar next, starting fairly green, and becoming more caramelized as it develops. Black pepper spice, with caramel, pecans, milk tea, then cinnamon a hit of nutmeg.

    Finish: Long and salty-sweet. Much fresher than the 15, with that oily texture still coating the mouth. There’s a tiny hint of ashy coastal peat here. Plenty more of that nutmeg, as well as lemon, pear, beach grass, and salty sand.

  28. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rather fruity, some orchard fruits and hints of tinned pineapple, and slightly floral. It has a nice oiliness to it, as well as a touch of melted butter and fudge. Certainly fresher and more vibrant, with just a touch of furniture polish.
    • Taste
      Slightly darker than expected. Certainly much more spicier than the nose suggests and more in line with its predecessor, albeit it slightly more funky. Charred oak and properly oily stuff as well. A soft saline quality with just a hint of vegetal peat.
    • Finish
      Soft spices, a tinge of caramel and oak. Much longer.

  29. Collegiate scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Super oily. If someone asked me for the oiliest scotch I could think of, this would be it. I get a lot of fruit in this, particularly banana and some tropical bitter flavours. There is a bit of brine/smoke to this. It’s certainly interesting and unique, as those oils and esters really hang around for a while in the finish. I’m not one for this flavour profile (I tend to prefer young peaters or old sherry) so if you are into fruitier profiles, you could easily score this 3 or 4 points higher than me.

  30. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Orchard fruits, canned fruits, creamy, vanilla, a little Campbeltown funk, slighty burnt cable insulation, butterscotch and peppers. Reminds me of several Springbanks though a little less bold.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  32. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  33. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  34. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    an explosion with strong scents and marked with peppery spices, toasted wood and orangey yellow fruits a little cooked.
    The mouth is softer, more intense also in scents with cooked fruit, butterscotch 100%, it is sweet and confectioner at the same time, the wood comes back with spices softer too.
    The finish is quite long, a little spicy, well caramelized (well cooked!) And woody.
    • Nose
      wl19

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