Glen Scotia 14-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020
Stated Age
14 years old
American oak cask + Tawny Port Finish
Number of bottles
52.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L4 078 20
Added on
31 Mar 2020 9:33 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 74.28

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316 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 14-year-old

58 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.11 points

  1. 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.

    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.

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is better than the palate. It reminds me of a Springbank on the nose. I'm thinking of the 15 rechar sherry (USA release), but that is in another league from this. Just a few superficial but noteworthy similarities. The nose sets me up for high expectations, which fall in the mouth (the opposite of the Springbank rechar sherry, which champions through on the palate). The tawny seems almost raisin like on the palate, with a date thing happening. A bit musty as well. Dunnage-y, which is not a bad thing, but to an extent that seems to muffle the sweeter notes. I would say it falls a bit flat at cask strength as well. A drop of water opens it up nicely. Still, I miss that sting on my tongue that extends the finish through a torturous pleasure. No, I'm not into that sort of thing, ha. But in the case of this whisky, cask strength equals long berry note on tongue. The berry note is believable, as well, and not fake as though a Jolly Rancher nightmare. I hate Jolly Rancher candies, which exude offensive chemical effluvium rather than a foodie feeling. This berry note is like a cross between a raspberry and a strawberry. Very nice. There's an interplay of new leather, wet sand, and rhubarb pie filling. I suggest leaving this dram uncovered for about five minutes before getting into it. The oxygen does it good, at least until the bottle is below one third down.

  4. 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.

  5. WhiskyOss scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. erwinnlim scored this whisky 88 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. Then the mild 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 dirty character to it. Classic mineral notes like fresh wet stones. The industrial 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. 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.

  9. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  10. Captain Teague scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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 90 for me ;)

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

    Another thing I want to say for once: Some Bloggers often Argue that the community is rating bottles to high and that 50/100 is still good..let me tell you that you need 75% to pass most exams. So you don't start when you don't get over 75...from experience you know after a while the direction you want in the glass... if no mistakes happen you will most times rate over 80 after some years of experience. But you are never safe from some sulfur and plastic taste producing single cask...


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