Glen Scotia 14-year-old

Overall rating
87.06/100
votes
559
Whiskybase ID
WB154189
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
peated - Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020
Bottled
18.03.2020
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
American oak cask + Tawny Port Finish
Number of bottles
15000
Strength
52.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L4 078 20
Barcode
5016840701217
Added on
31 mar 2020 9:33 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 181.74

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Whisky reviews for Glen Scotia 14-year-old

104 users have left 107 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.06 points.

  1. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    "On the edge” at all times. Very brave to fill something like that. I think it's really great. I think the community appreciated that too!

    Full review in a flight of six Campbeltown malts: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/08/04/campbeltowning/

  2. cloudyweedram scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This bottle was opened a month ago and only has about 1/6 left.

    A very decent whisky, and good value for money. Need more products like this. Added a few scores because of for this.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Profound red berry, and salted dry plum. A little butter, a little honey water and a little Coca-Cola. Shredded roasted coconut underneath. Unripe melon adds some needed freshness, minty notes followed, plus a whiff of sweet strawberry juice. Sawdust becomes more notable. The red berry and salted dry plum are always there. Easy and full of fun.
    • Taste
      84 84
      A little salty and buttery. Not red berry jam despite the nose. Instead, there's quite some moist, semi-dried dark fruits. The mouthfeel starts quite round, but becomes drier in mid-way. Some bread yeast is noted. The palate is a little less intriguing compares with the nose.
    • Finish
      83 83
      At last there's the fruit jam. Some resinous notes are also noticed. Light herbal tea kind of bitterness, and the aftertaste of pu erh tea.

  3. Maltimex scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      The aromas of Glen Scotia reveal a very well integrated alcohol content on the nose.
      Subtle but clearly audible, the delicate tawny port wine notes flow into the nose; They are accompanied by a delicate, slightly dirty smoke - a very delicate one. With a very strong smell into the glass, a pleasant menthol note emerges. With a little more time you can also smell a light vanilla bean.
    • Taste
      88 88
      As I already wrote about the 15er Glen Scotia, this bottling also manages to glide smoothly onto the tongue at first, only to then gradually reveal its aromas.
      As in the nose, the port wine finish is subtle and very well integrated, but clearly perceptible. If only every bottler would pay attention to such an artful balance, especially in connection with finishes!
      The slightly dirty-looking smoke wafts over slightly sour red berries - primarily a mixture of blueberries and cranberries; subtle and somehow almost graceful. There is also a slight sweetness of homemade strawberry jam, which is mainly noticeable in the cheeks. In addition to hints of cinnamon, the association with tobacco leaves comes up in my mind.
      Sip by sip, a ripe oak now enriches the mouth.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is long-lasting and characterized by a slight astringency, acidic and at the same time sweet port wine notes (noticeably fermented) and clear tobacco notes.

  4. Francishomola scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      black-red berries,fresh fruits, rich, oily, waft of smoke, pretty sweet,
      mellow, rounded,
    • Taste
      88 88
      prickle, sweat, slightly sour, sour plumbs, peat after you swallow,
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium-long finish, tannin, drying, slightly bitter, slight saltiness,

  5. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Glen Scotia 14 year old tawny port cask finish 52.8%.

    30ml sample at home Jan 2022.

    Mid-tone amber orange.

    Aroma is barley, barrel char and coffee cake, fruited fudge and port, raisin, hubba bubba bubblegum, seared strawberry, that slightly nasal nauseating wine cask vibe that’s not far off pasties and clove. Complex, yes, with good intensity, but weird ... like I find many red wine or port cask finished whiskies.

    Becomes more chocolate covered raisin with time as it settles and then with a long wait it’s coffee liqueur. Even later on it’s rose petal and milky coffee.

    Body is oily.

    Taste is plum tart, hints of coffee, prickly salt merges with the other flavours, liquorice. Again it’s complex. Interesting milky coffee and liquorice, moving to salted fudge, then moving to burnt salty char.

    It tastes like a novelty version of whisky. It still mostly retains its character but there’s a fudgey coffee liqueur note that makes me think of confectionary.

    Despite the aspects of this I don't like, as usual, the peat is highly redeeming for me – I’m not saying I like this fact about myself but to my palate decent peat forgives all. This whisky just about works.

    There’s such a fine line to be tread with this sort of cask, and this one really threatened to overstep ... but then that peat. If the peat wasn't there, this would be quite poor. And yet on the whole I found this a very interesting and pretty enjoyable whisky, as a one off sample. I wouldn’t be going out and buying a bottle but it was worth trying and actually there’s plenty to enjoy here. 3.525/84

  6. Maltimizer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Initially intense alcohol, so I put it aside for now. Now red fruity with strawberries and blackberries, lemon zest and dark caramel. The peat smoke comes through well! Maritime and dry, a bit dirty in the direction of lubricant/oil, sulfur and vanilla.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily and sparkling with lots of caramel, ripe berries/wild berry jam and black pepper, molasses and shisha tobacco, the peat now plays more of a supporting role. Again maritime and slightly dirty, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon zest.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to long, intense alcohol that dries out the mouth, the sweetness turns into a slight bitterness, but not unpleasant! Tobacco and maritime smoke remain.

  7. Martin1965 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Enjoy with a few drops of water!
    • Nose
      Light smoke , Dirty , Earthy , Fruits , Raisins , Dates , Red berries
    • Taste
      Smoke , Fruity , Tobacco , Salty , Earthy , Mineral
    • Finish
      Medium to long with smoke and fruit

  8. Gregorsky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  9. Obynapewno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      cherries, blueberries, strawberries, vanilla, honey, some fat and peat
    • Taste
      A lot of smoke, the first hit of fruit and honey that quickly turns into smoke and tobacco, spices. Alcohol well hidden
    • Finish
      long, smoky, woody

  10. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. hzs275 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  12. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A bottle of outstanding work!
    Unfortunately, this bottle is out of print and cannot be reproduced.
    The overall taste is 89 points, the price is deducted 1 point, and the total is 88 points.
    • Nose
      Very rounded taste, distinctly peat, leather, nuts, vanilla, peach, apple, caramel, and even some bubblegum sweetness.
    • Taste
      The fruity smell I smelled just now has thick peat and caramel, integrated into one, very warm, spicy and a little bitter near the tongue, but still rich in sweetness.
    • Finish
      Very long peat mixed with fruity aromas.

  13. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    That’s really quite excellent. There’s a fantastic savoury meaty peat-reek going on here, much richer in style than the 2019 release.
    • Nose
      Sweet and rich smoke. Sulfurous, but not in a rotten eggs way, more of an intense earthy and leatheriness, or, aha, spent fireworks. There’s a gamey savoury note of grilled lamb, seasoned with thyme and cinnamon. Fruity sweetness from the port casks, of course: Blood orange, cherries in syrup, some pomegranate. Darker sweet notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and butterscotch. Black tea with sugar and lemon.
      As the whisky rests, the sulfur starts to fade, and is replaced by cool earthy notes of damp moss, pine forest, and eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      Medium texture. Arrives smoky and sweet: charcoal, brown sugar, and peach nectar at first, then getting sweeter more to stewed-fruit richness and malt. Develops to earthy peat smoke and more barbequed lamb. Some ginger, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Chocolate-covered candied orange and fruit-glazed peat reek. Heading into the finish is deep dark chocolate, strong black coffee, and fragrant wood.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Dirty earthy peat reek, just a hint of matchstick sulfur returning. Stewed plums, grapefruit, blood orange, and dried apricots. Strong black coffee. Floral, coconut, and a bit malty.

  14. glen efze scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For the Campbeltown Malts Festival, Glen Scotia brings a special bottling onto the market every year. These bottlings have not disappointed in recent years. After the wonderful Ruby Port in 2018, there will be a Tawny Port in 2020 with an age of 14 years, cask strength and natural color. Whisky as we want it, whisky with a bright red-gold color. A nice whisky that arouses many expectations.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      This is Campbeltown style. While Springbank is practically no longer available in 2021, Glen Scotia remains a distillery with wonderful whiskys. Ok, this bottling is no longer available - but the next festival bottling will come next year.

      The alcohol is not too strong, it carries the aromas and does not disturb. And then comes the martime west coast aroma with modern kelp, rinsing edge or even cowshed. This is Campbeltown. But there is also a sweet component here, vanilla and beautiful wine. Tawny is drier than Ruby, which is not so clear in the nosing. Fruits are present, ripe plums and black berries. Add the vanilla and maybe some cinnamon and anise.
    • Taste
      It's one of the smoky Glen Scotias. The smoke is of course present, but it is different from the ostensible Islay Rauch, it integrates wonderfully with the maritime Campbeltown character. Then come the fruits, the ripe plums and the puree, seasoned with strong vanilla. Perhaps there is also a sulfur component in the background, but it does not interfere here and is not noticeable. The Tawny Port stays dry, the whisky has an oily, sweet mouthfeel, then develops in a dry-tart direction. Most importantly, there is a maritime touch that goes well with Campbeltown at the tip of the Kintyre Peninsula.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the port is present, the smoke is present, the wood is present - everything together is a special composition that gives this whisky a very nice finish. The aromas stay in the mouth and you want to keep them for a long time.

      The festival bottlings have simply been great whsikys over the last few years. This is also the case with this bottling. A wonderful whisky. Hopefully Glen Scotia can escape the hype for some time and simply bottle excellent integrity whisky. This one is tasty, complex, and great.

  15. Vagmanou scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  16. Jimbeau scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  17. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  18. Carlos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  19. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  20. kikist scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Without water little bit aggressive but not bad, I don't see significant port influence but overall with some time to open great dram
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nose keeps changing over time, not a single off note for me!

      sweet, caramel, pears, quince, dried lemon peel, vanilla, some salad vegetables, sweet sour pepper filled with young cheese
    • Taste
      83 83
      Without water alcohol too visible for me, significant amount of watter can be added.
      at full strength: alcohol burn, wood, salt, Tawny sourness
      with some water: orange juice, touch of smoke
    • Finish
      81 81
      Not too long,
      sweet, hints of smoke, some caramel, jelly orange, cinnamon

  21. eselsim scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    certainly interesting, but port finish isn't my cup of tea
    • Nose
      82 82
      yeasty dump winey unripe berry
    • Taste
      80 80
      alcohol forward, malt, wood and more wine - not a big fan of it, peat helps to cover up some of the flaws
    • Finish
      82 82
      interesting chalky minerality thats about it

  22. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  23. aryehf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    From a blind sample.
    • Nose
      Spirity, sea side, damp, distant smoke, grapes, dust, citruses, sulphur, pears, dough.
    • Taste
      Thin, spices, grapefruit, wood, walnuts, earthy and grassy.
    • Finish
      Medium, spices, wood, citrusy sweetness.

  24. spawnkam scored this whisky 57 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      60 60
      Peaty and spicy.
    • Taste
      60 60
      Soft. Peat and black pepper.
    • Finish
      50 50
      Long and spicy.

  25. SixPack scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Dark, red fruits. The port barrel leaves clear traces. Subtle smoke. Nothing spectacular, but pleasant.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pleasant in the mouth despite the high alcohol strength, slightly oily, tasty. Sweet and fruity, spreads warm. Rauch is wonderfully integrated and creates additional complexity. Very seductive, invites you to refill.
    • Finish
      90 90
      In the finish, the barrel finish comes through again, dry, leathery notes, medium length.

  26. Apikalov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  27. yfalkov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great stuff, miss it dearly
    • Nose
      strawberry jam, forest berries, toffee, wine, confectionery
    • Taste
      very slightly peated, sweet, spicy, full-bodied
    • Finish
      Long, deep, spicy

  28. Sporx scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    spicy, little smoke. Salt, port finish with sweet currant juice.

    taste
    Nice creamy mouthfeel; Red fruits,
    sweet and wood spice, strong honey. WOW

    Finish:
    Long, spicy, becoming dry

  29. M134481 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Woody, pungent on the nose immediately after opening, but later a spicy palette follows (a mix of basil, chives, coriander and black pepper. The pungent scent reminds me of chili powder).

      A little later it becomes more tart, white grape, cocoa powder, lime, freshly cut Elstar apple and ginger. I also smell something of the liqueur Fireball Cinnamon, cloves mixed with red fruits such as berries and strawberries with raspberry juice and lightly salted maritime extracts.

      Quite thoughtful and quite well balanced. In short: Fruity, spicy and slightly maritime.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pepper, salt and maritime and white grape. Fireball Cinnamon Liqueur, smoky, raspberries, strawberry cloves, white grape and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish does not differ much from the taste.

      Ginger, chili powder, black pepper, tart, white grape, dry, salty, smoky, dark chocolate and cloves.

  30. JoachimV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  31. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  33. yfalkov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      strawberry jam, forest berries, toffee, wine, confectionery
    • Taste
      very slightly peated, sweet, spicy, full-bodied
    • Finish
      Greatly balanced, long

  34. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  35. yellowcake scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a good whisky that does not have anything special and nothing that can be described as outstanding or typical, but it is pleasant to drink.
    • Nose
      slight sweetness, muscuvado sugar, at first just light smoke, it is still slightly closed, spicy notes, but I cannot disentangle them
    • Taste
      rather dry, then smoke and sweetness come at the same time, it opens a little, you can see the barrel, grapes, red wine notes, but also light acidity, a little alcoholic, gummy bear sweetness, raspberries, light honey
    • Finish
      short to medium, rather subtle and mild, there remains a sweetness and a slight acidity, wine gum, raspberries

  36. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Jonnek91 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Nice sweet port nose, and then this great light scotia smoke combined with the perfect alcohol strength at a very fair price.

  38. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  39. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  40. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  41. mike.hu scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

  42. man2392 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    4. Glen Scotia 2005 Tawny Port Finish #2017/4136/6 57.8% recharred American oak, heavily peated 32ppm
    Nose: port, drying, tobacco, fennel, dark chocolate, ruby grapefruit, musk, oud, bergamot
    Palate: really juicy, narghile tobacco, Provençal rose, honeyed ham, pulled beef (reminds me of a smokehouse)
    Finish: marmalade, egg custard and rice pudding with nutmeg

    With water
    Nose: pink peppercorn and rose
    Palate: more orange heavy
    Finish: smokier, burnt toast and activated charcoal

    Cask sample tasted as part of Southport Whisky Club Winter Festival with Master Distiller Ian McAlister

  43. WSP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Wiggerl scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    In the nose you immediately feel a vinous aroma with spices like caraway in the background. In the mouth, the sweet and spicy taste is immediately ready, which leads to the medium-long finish. At the end there is a certain bitterness. You can tell he was 14 years old. A nice bottling. PLV fits.

  45. SpiritsLover123 scored this whisky 99 points Newbie

    I understand that whisky ratings can be subjective but, my goodness, this is my whisky of the year.

    Before I rated this one I purchased multiple Springbanks, Longrows, Kilkerrans and previous Glen Scotia Festival Editions to ensure that this whisky is not one of many exceptional Campbelltown whiskies released in 2020 (because I am new to this style/region), but this one remained my favourite.

    What I look for is complexity, roundness, integrity of presentation, strong flavour, age statement and good viscosity, and this whisky has it all. After just over 5 years of experience, tasting several hundreds of whiskies I can say that this is certainly in my top 3 whiskies. What I like is when the peat meets the red/dark fruits with added funkiness.

    This is the highest score I would give to any man made product. Unbelievable! Incredible! Superb! Good health everyone!
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      99 99

  46. jkswift scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  47. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty, tastes very good to me, the alcohol is very well integrated and because of the restlessness it doesn't seem boring.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Very typical, easy to recognize as Glen Scotia.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Malt and a delicate fruity note immediately after pouring, very closed. After a moment, there appears to be some smoke. After a long time it is still restrained, but toffee and red grits can now be seen. The smoke has manifested. Warmth brings it to life, fruity acidity rises from the glass in the hand up to the nose. It is now really heavy, looks restless, a bit 'dirty', the smoke envelops the compote and does not completely release it. Sometimes strawberries are quite clear, but they disappear again immediately.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very sweet and soft to start with, a great combination of honey and peat sweetness unfolds, tart berries can be discerned in nuances. There is a slight bitterness towards the back, which is very discreet on the palate. The mouthfeel is very oily and dense. In the second sip, the bitterness takes precedence and comfortably balances out the sweetness. A somewhat artificial fruit note is more present than before.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish has a certain length, whereby the sweetness disappears quickly and the slight bitterness ultimately has to give up the ashes. The finish is also a bit fruity in the second sip.

  48. Mascht scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    a great Scotia, typical Campbeltown funk
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoke and red fruits such as cherries, red currants, strawberries with honey, iodine, seaweed, musty cellar and leather
    • Taste
      87 87
      More palatable than expected, again a lot of berries, forest mushrooms, rubber, scorched electronics, tar and a pinch of salt
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, the dirty smoke stays and in the end a pinch of cinnamon comes through

  49. karloff scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    This falls into the category not for everyone.
    I do like Glen Scotia I think it's underrated.
    If I had a full bottle of this I think I might grow to love it.
    As for adding water, well I took Peatbogger's advice as it didn't seem to help at all.
    • Nose
      80 80
      The only thing I am getting from this is the rather subdued peat smoke.
      By the colour of the whisky you can see the port influence but as far as the nose is concerned it's missing. Almost like an illusion magic trick.
      Even with a nose as big as mine I'm struggling.
      Nothing unpleasant about this, just one dimensional.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is a bit more like it.
      The missing port influence has magically appeared out of the box.
      The peat smoke is still very dominant but the port is there, just, and just enough to justify it.
      Well balanced it definitely is not.
      Definitely drinkable without water.
      Dry and spicy for sure.
      Tobacco, old wood, tinned prunes and dried raisins.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A medium to long finish and the spice is like fireworks in the mouth.

  50. ruotkers scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    Tasted it in a group of four.
    Each one likes other things - all of us loved that Glen Scotia.
    Found it as a blind sample in a christmas calendar.
    Am currently looking for a bottle on ebay.

  51. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Earthy, fall leaves and dried berries. Smokey finish. Raspberry coulis, cayenne, minerals, gravel, sweet, but not overly so. Drying finish with raspberries and cayenne. A fine example of the style.

  52. toklian scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F21 B22

  53. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    21 20 20 20 81

    whisky for a location or outdoors, and better in cold weather, it's very alcoholic IMHO

  54. Rollinstone scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Strawberry Jam, Savoury Cheese, Ember Smoke, Smoked Meat, Pineapple and Vanilla.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Does not deliver what the nose promises. Apple, Cinnamon, Wax and more Ember Smoke.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Ash.

  55. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    blind
    • Nose
      Warm smoke, pine needles, old wood, earth, lemon, slightly cowshed, now it's getting a bit maritime, nuts and a very strange sweetness is there too,
    • Taste
      Ok ... lemon, lime, artificial tasting fruit chewing gum, some apple, pepper, ash, there is even more indefinable sweetness at the back

  56. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  57. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A decent whisky that is nice to drink.
    The smoke is moderate. In addition, he has those special dirty Campbeltown notes. In addition, maritime and mineral notes paired with berries. I feel the smoke a little stronger in my mouth.
    A malt that doesn't make any real mistakes, but doesn't really inspire you either. The sample was good. You can also put it in the glass again, but I don't necessarily need a large bottle of it.

  58. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  59. ChrisSym scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      At first tangy and fruity with orange zest and strawberry notes, with a little time the fruitiness gives way to fine smoke, light saltiness and biscuit. Very harmonious and round. The port influence is still cautious.
    • Taste
      The smoke comes first in the mouth, followed by spiciness and a short, strong alcoholic note. The fruits are now darker. Plums, tart, nutty and with a pinch of salt. There is also a pleasant woodiness.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium-long, pleasantly dry, but also a bit more spicy on the palate with a little pepper. The fruitiness subsides, smoke dominates and a bit of bitterness is added.

  60. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Strong and spicy, in the nose some more fruits than in taste. Very intense, that typical dirty side of Glen Scotia in combination with the port finish works pretty good.

    Edit: Had this one some weeks later again in a blind tasting, scored this 2 point lower than my registered rate, and made really different notes of nose and taste. This one came after a pretty dominant Ardmore, which must have had pretty much impact on this Scotia.
    Interesting how these things can work sometimes.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruity, with a dirty side on it. Red fruits, berries, some fake leather and a little peaty note. Spicy as well. Some chocolate, a hint of smoke. Then some raspberry.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pretty strong, pickering, pepper. A little peaty, with again some red fruits. Honeydrop. Then fruity, red fruits, berries, raisins, and some caramel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still pretty strong, a lot of black pepper now, with again a little smoky note, licorice, some honey. Pretty long finish, with some smoke and winegums.

  61. gooos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  62. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  63. stefsel111 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  64. KonstUA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 21, balance 22

  65. vlad78 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The whisky seemed a little simple, but it was sweet and pleasant.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Nose cherry, sweet, a little nail Polish, and Shoe Polish, custard. Jam.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is sweet, like a cherry tincture.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long sweet and slightly sharp aftertaste and a little eucalyptus oil.

  66. jkswift scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  67. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  68. Ostap scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Scotia is traditionally a wonderful festival release in Porto. Rich in nuances, with a chic drink. Peatiness is not very noticeable in the aroma, but then quite noticeable, especially in the aftertaste.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Barberry, sour farm notes (cowberry), protein cream, earthy vegetable (turnip), slightly peat, degree noticeably cools and tickles receptors, pickled apples, vanilla, citrus jelly, notes of cloves and star anise, pepper peas, spice bench, spices palpable, notes of burnt jam, citrus (orange), a bunch of different nuances that no longer have the strength to identify.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, sour, farm, peat, smoke, pepper attack, frankly berry (sweet and sour and juicy), then rolls an interesting salty wave.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pepper, sourness dominates, smoke, peat, long, berry, farm, cool game of sweet and salty.

  69. Henry Wolf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose
    The aroma is soft and intense. Woody notes, leather, spices
    Taste
    Sweet, then sour. Leather, pastry notes, light peat, crème brulee. Old tree.
    Aftertaste
    A very long time. Wood, spices, then dark chocolate and spices again.
    Quite an interesting release! The balance is excellent!

  70. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    My review and rating are based on a single dram.
    I feel it would have taken the better part of the bottle to really get under the skin of this one and make it my BFF.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Spirit driven, the Port influence is not even taking the back seat, I think it's locked up in the trunk.
      The peat is present, but not too noticeable.
      Nosing deep the alc was really aggressive to be below 53%
      Water makes it more accessible.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Arrives with a massive spice attack, at a borderline unpleasant level.
      I really enjoy my CS neat, but I struggled with this one as the almost burning spice over powered everything else.
      A little water... some water... a lot of water... didn't change it noticeably. Even when I could feel the alc was watered down to probably 40, it was still dominated by way too hot spices.
    • Finish
      80 80
      It kept me warm and numb in the mouth for quite some time.

  71. erwinnlim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Another high quality and good value release by Glen Scotia for their Malts Festival. The port influence is not overpowering in any sense but is present enough to leave behind a lovely fruitiness and a touch of spice. Value (£60) : 8/10
    • Nose
      A beautiful nose full of rich ripe berries up front. Strawberry and raspberry preserve, cranberries and sour red cherries. Some grapefruit. Then the peat arrives, quite coastal in character with iodine and salty seaweed but nothing overpowering. Dark almost burnt caramel notes, perhaps from the heavily charred casks. It also has a slight industrial character to it. Classic mineral notes like fresh wet stones. The heavy spirit character is quite on show here. I also get a light sulphur note on the nose, personally not off putting, but it is noticeable. Given time and water the nose becomes less prickly and sweeter with more barley sugar and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Nice creamy and oily mouthfeel carries the bold flavours well. Good amount of sweetness with salted caramel and burnt toffee to support the myriad of sour and musty red berries. Some red chillies give this some heat. More salty maritime notes and the peat becomes darker and more ashtray-like. On the palate the minerality is turned all the way up. Notes of tobacco. Some fresh green apples with cinnamon and cloves. Again the charred oak is present with some wood tannins and vanillin.
    • Finish
      Medium to long in length. The berries are still ever present and more ashtray-like peat smoke cover the palate. More cinnamon and ginger. The oak tannins then come in with bitter espresso or dark cocoa and a slight peppermint note as well. The mineral note lingers on and on.

  72. DistiLesha scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Opens very quickly in the air. One feels that the distillate (newmake) was somewhat rough (there are distant rubbery notes and grainy sourness).
    There is scoch myst with water.
    Water makes the situation much worse.
    Didn't feel the corporate identity of the distillery, tried Glen Scotia for the first time, perhaps it will be difficult to recognize this distillery in a blind tasting, maybe only by these rough notes of newmake?
    • Nose
      Fresh, juicy prunes
      Barley porridge with meat
      Linseed oil
      Lemon zest
      Fresh sharpened pencil
      Baykhov tea
      A sluggish grass can be seen with water
    • Taste
      Peat smoke passing quickly
      Light grain mash sourness
      Raisin sweetness
      Light rubber
      The knot of grape ridges
      Slight dryness
      With water, rubber notes are revealed brighter, astringency becomes quince
    • Finish
      Peat, sourness. The peat smoke becomes brighter with water.

  73. Astrid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Delicious from back to front with a lot of Campletown character. Barrel and distillate harmonize quite well and invite you to enjoy.
    • Nose
      89 89
      the barrel finish is present and soft, the port unfolds with raisins, salted (peanut) nuts, but also red currants, but the maritime notes typical of the distillery are also immediately evident, including vanilla from America round and sweet - unfortunately with a hint of glue, the alcohol tickles the nose a little, sugared pastries, apples, after a few minutes another transformation: subtle ashy spice and wood aromas, honey with pine needles, really dark caramel, cherries , dirty profile
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pleasant drinking strength, creamy with a lot of oak and port, lots of ash, cedarwood spice, here too it looks dirty, salty notes waft over the sea to the rocky beach, hazelnuts and vanilla, tea, thyme and a little laurel
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet sulfur with vanilla, tingling smoke with a bit of cold ash, dry oak, slightly spicy with tobacco and coastal air, nuts, not inconsiderable amounts of delicious cocoa, but stamina is lacking

  74. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  75. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Papaya, peat and cheese. It's better with water, that takes off the cheesy edge. Apple and berries.
    • Taste
      Peat, papaya, cheese and blackberry.
    • Finish
      Peat, cheese and blackberry.

  76. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    What do you take with you when going on holiday to Scotland? Yes, samples Scottish whiskies. This was for me the absolute winner and surprise of the about 15 samples I took with me and tasted in our cottage.

    When poured in the glass it immediately draw my attention: this was something great, Great combi of Glen Scotia on Tawny port cask. This is on my wishlist!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  77. Captain Teague scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: lovely tawny port nose not overloaded...initially vanilla ice cream with hot red berries - loved this as a child :) then some Xmas spice (cinnamon, nelke...) some Smoked ham, Tannenwald and eucalyptus, slight cold bonfire...Taste: Starts sweet (Vanilla ice with red berries) and honey creamy feeling..then salty...sourness red/ white currant mix some slight ashiness and BBQ, finish: short dry ashy sour lemoncest slight menthol...usually 88 but vanilla ice with berries make it a 89 for me ;)

    Note* Nose doesn't take water too well - mouth does *

    After a year way more coastal / briny and imo more peaty / I like

  78. Banzai scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  79. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light smoke, cinnamon, some earth, grass, wood, blackberry, gooseberry, honey, the cherry notes that are typical for me, which I usually have at Port Stories, are somehow completely missing here,
    • Taste
      Honey, herbs, grapefruit, lime, coffee, some earth, some cherry, some ash

  80. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  81. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  82. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  83. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    For peat + port fans, this will work a charm.
    I personally have grown less fond of such "juicy" finishes -and also consider this slightly less coherent and complex than last year's GS festival release.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet strawberries in custard. Earthy smoke. Nice mineral and salty notes underneath. The port also announces itself with a sour side, adding to a fermentary, "yoghurty" overall impression.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Good, oily mouthfeel, very creamy, perfect without water. Sweet and fruity (strawberry, rhubarb) with peppery peat. Satisfying and super sippable.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Smoke, sour berries, sea salt.

  84. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Strawberries, Cherries & Raspberries
    The festival was cancelled, but the festival bottling certainly hit the market with no less than 15.000 bottles. You can find it left and right for around 70 EUR. It’s a 14 years old Glen Scotia that matured on Tawny Port casks, which explains the color. I’m looking forward to this.
    The nose makes me happy from the very first moment. Lovely, round notes of red fruit (strawberries, cherries and raspberries) with some peach, vanilla and bubblegum on the one hand, the typical dirty peat of the house on the other. The smoke becomes very big all of a sudden, but retreats just as quickly. Evolves from sweet to salty with some green garden herbs in the middle. There is a lot going on here and it’s all good.
    The arrival is quite piquant, but the structure is silky soft. The peat is much more outspoken than on the nose and easily overpowers the red fruit. Salted caramel and nougat appear, while the tannins also kick in and offer up a bitter touch. Midpalate a big maritime hint appears. Ship’s ropes and chewing tobacco. This is very good!
    The finish is the trump card. Long, warm and peppery with a sudden death of menthol.
    This Glen Scotia on Tawny Port is a whole other league than the one on Ruby Port from two years ago. Impressive.

  85. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Interesting dram. The blue cheese-like tone in the smell / aftertaste makes it strange but fun at the same time.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  86. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  87. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  88. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Without runaway, from nose to finish. Sounds dull, but it is not. Although it does not achieve the quality of its predecessor, it is not really lacking much. Springbank doesn't have to get warm yet, but what Glen Scotia has been doing lately can be pretty fun if you like the Campbeltown style.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Although you can immediately smell the Campbeltown DNA, he initially appears reluctant. It takes a while to fully develop in the glass.
      In addition to the typical mineral-salty note that shows itself from the start, after a while there are strawberries, lychee and black currant. Crazy mix. Next to it something that smells like fabric softener. Fresh laundry on the line? At least looks very flowery. Sea salt, damp pebbles, fermented grapes.
      And there, now a subtle note of smoke emerges. So far, it was probably hiding behind a pebble.
    • Taste
      88 88
      On the tongue, with a pleasantly strong start, the smoke shows up from the start. Sweet forest berries, black currants, strawberries, cherries. Salty, mineral. Lots of dry wood. Malt, biscuit dough and tobacco leaves. Apart from that, very maritime with fresh sea air and a hint of marine diesel. Less floral than on the nose, but more fruity.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Clearly dry and smoky, medium length. The fruits linger, now appear fermented, darker, juicier.

  89. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Straight after opening the bottle I was a little bit disappointed because I had high hopes after last years nice Peated rum festival bottling... Still good solid whisky... Now after the bottle is open for 3/4 weeks now it makes a noticeable difference... Whisky gets more mellow, red fruits and some peat in the nose... Round and complex in the mouth, little bit nutty, water helps the development... Like it better, rating improves from 88 to 89. Very drinkable and great price / value relationship. Well done

  90. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/06/03/summerton-virtual-whisky-festival-2020-part-1-3/

    Last year’s festival bottling featured a rum finish. The year before that it was port. There’s a finishing theme. 2020’s festival release sees a peated malt mainly matured in refill and 1st-fill bourbon with a tawny port finish. Colour: a lovely pinky hue as is the [tawny] port-finished way.

    N: On the nose, we’ve gritty grimy [grimy as in ‘get out all your bike/car cleaning products, pour a drop or two of each into a saucer, and mix grimy’], and shammy leather characteristics you won’t find coming from many other distilleries – Loch Lomond perhaps [and St Georges]? In relation to the previous two whiskies, we’ve a considerably deeper maltiness that’s come from a far longer ageing time frame. Indeed, I think this is the oldest malt in the festival lineup by some margin. The smoke and port influence is clear though it’s more integrated into the backdrop rather than upfront. Desirable toasted oakiness comes through later on, the previous bourbon cask contents low-key. Reduced a touch, this was around 57%-ish at cask strength. Joe: “,… on the knife-edge of complexity”.

    T: Same curious arrival as the nose had indicated. Hits the palate mid-centre, though water will broaden it. With a thin yet dense mouthful then, we’ve a gritty [Colin “mucky”] idiosyncratic journey as I’ve come to expect and appreciate from Scotia, and this release doesn’t disappoint. The tawny influence navigates us through a dry grimy oily soft saline peaty and [Iain McAlister] medium charred terrain. There’s no arguing with the balance.

    F: Finishes right and true with [tawny] fruits and flower petals dragged through a mechanics yard, encapsulated within a spirit & oak interplay.

    C: Like Bimber, the choice to include this for Summerton carries the festival spirit. Likely to be the best of the flight by a country mile. Scores 86,.. but I could push to 87 points. It’s hard to imagine not going on a journey with a bottle. You may not find many similar examples for your tasting shelf.

  91. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  92. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Short notes as the ones I tried to save earlier were lost.

    Peaty whiskies and maturation in port wood can be tricky as the whisky can get quite a sour note (which doesn't combine well with the peat). Glen Scotia has proved that the combination can work very well too. This whisky is well-balanced, with peaty, maritime notes as well as cream and mixed red fruits. Especially with a few drops of water it is excellent.
    • Nose
      Quite shy in the beginning. Swirling the whisky until the top of the glass helps to get the aromas out. The peat influence is a tad dirty in the beginning, though not as dirty as GS can get. Then there is quite some brine, which works well, along with creamy vanilla-strawberry milkshake, raspberry and tinned peach.

      The influence of the peat diminishes over time, giving more room to the fruit. Yet a few drops of water bring back the peat again (I feel it's more in balance too).
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied. More dominated by the peat than on the nose, with a considerable amount of peppery heat (which is lost with a few drops of water). The peat is quite rubber-like (bicycle tube) and maritime (tarry rope). Along with it comes the brine again, then wet wood and of course red fruit jam. Towards the finale, there is ginger powder.
    • Finish
      Medium, with a good combination of the peat, spice, wet wood, vanilla and mixed red fruits.

  93. SRB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  94. Bam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice filling, the finish fits well. However, he can't get to last year's bottling, and the smoke is a bit too dirty / bitter for me.
    • Nose
      Immediately clear smoke, dirty towards burnt gum and slightly phenolic, with a little seaweed. With strawberries and cherries. The oak is herbaceous and slightly musty. Everything is carried by a honey note.
    • Taste
      Strong start, silky mouthfeel. Immediately salty caramel with wild strawberries, cherries and a dash of lemon. Honey, some nougat. Then the oak slowly takes over, again very herbaceous. Only now is the smoke coming up again, dry and bitter.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Fresh citrus, menthol and strong oak. There is also some strawberry left. Milk coffee, and very easily the bitter smoke.

  95. birkzehn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  96. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  97. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  98. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  99. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  100. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Another nice filling of the festival series. I would have liked a little more fruitiness, the port has been relatively reserved in the malt. Nevertheless, a whisky that is reasonable in terms of taste and price.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoke, spices, fir green, sourdough, iodine, liquorice, vanilla, and later orange. The alcohol cools the nose.
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet beginning, smoky, dark fruits, spices, liquorice, strong alcohol, but well integrated
    • Finish
      87 87
      quite bitter medium length finish with oak and smoke

  101. ValStern scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      50 50

  102. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  103. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Successful port finish that does not overly dominate the malt. I only noticed the smoke in my nose.
    • Nose
      First it tingles slightly in the nose. Not alcoholic at all, but rather spicy and with a whiff of smoke removed. It brings a fine salty breeze. Finally, the port finish shows with sweet currant juice.
    • Taste
      Pleasant mouthfeel. Here too tingles a little. First I take a surprisingly fresh fruity acidity. Over time, it gets sweeter but also spicy. Strong dark honey. I don't find the smoke in the taste. But the dark currants, which are much less sweet here than on the nose.
    • Finish
      Warming and spicy. Clear oak. Pleasantly dry.

  104. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    EYE / NOSE
    Amber. Very fine, reddish tinge. Then the scent from the nosing glass wafts towards me. Dirty, impure, so the very first associations. Is it sulfur or a tannic note from the Tawny barrels? Sulfur in such a festival bottling? Hardly likely. On the other hand, the smoke is barely noticeable - what phenol content does GS still use? In the air, the somewhat dirty impression quickly diminishes. Freshly uncorked bottles are always such a thing. Then comes a berry sweetness. Red currant juice - but for children's taste, mixed with plenty of sugar.

    PALATE
    The alcohol is very well integrated, I notice very positive in view of the barrel strength. The malt looks round and ripe, not as youthfully impetuous as the powerful Ruby Port, but not quite as elegant as the Rum Wood last year. The character somewhere in the (golden) middle. Very pleasant mouthfeel, slight tingling on the tip of the tongue. A clean, fresh and quite fruity malt with a balanced, nutty port sweetness, without great sperenzien, which is wonderful to drink. Nuances of spices that I associate most with pastries. A hint of cinnamon, a little green cardamom, that describes the direction. Amazingly 'light' body, which I note in the overall view as extremely positive. You like to take a second sip on the sunny terrace, almost too much.

    FINISH / CONCLUSION
    In the finish, which is very warm, velvety and sweet, the great hour of phenols strikes. The wood becomes palpable - noble bitterness struggles in a balanced struggle with fruit sweetness and the smoky peat influences. Towards the end the tawny then becomes wonderfully chalky, slightly grassy and a little dry. To see none of the perfume-like off-notes that sometimes plague Glen Scotia bottlings. Iain McAlister and the small Glen Scotia team did a good job. Glen Scotia will always be in the shadow of the spring bench icon and yet the ugly duckling under Ian has gradually become a little swan.

  105. WhiskyOss scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Subtle peatsmoke, well balanced with the fruity Port-notes. Dangerously drinkable! After a while the peat gets more present in the taste.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  106. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ah, a magic word on the label: PEATED.

    More information from Brian: https://malt-musings.blogspot.com/2020/04/more-tawny-port-from-glen-scotia.html?m=1

  107. StephanB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A peated whisky was composed here from the 2004, 2005 and 2006 distilleries of the Glen Scotia distillery, which can now be described as a 14-year-old malt. It was developed in refill american oak hogsheads, medium charred american oak barrels and in first fill bourbon barrels. Then there was a finish in first fill Tawny Port hogsheads and the whisky was bottled at 52.8 vol% without coloring and cooling filtration in cask strength.

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