You can safely call this an oldie. It has been in the bottle twice as long as he has spent in the cask. This 10-year-old Glen Scotia was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2001, reduced to 50% by Lombard in his Jewels of Scotland series.
The nose is rather light, softly fruity on apples and pears, but especially a bit funky as I often have with Glen Scotia. Think mud and even cowpat. Doesn't sound particularly good... and it isn't. Some white chocolate in the background should offer solace and does so with grace. Some crystal sugar brightens things up.
On the palate it is not really much better, but still. Fortunately, the white fruit now dominates and the white chocolate plays an important supporting role, but a salty edge and a somewhat dirty chemical sweetness throw a spanner in the works. This is quite special, but it’s a tricky malt. It does its best, but... cardboard and mud aren't exactly my favorite flavors. What a pity. The only saving grace is the abundance of fresh apple notes.
The finish is the only good part here. Medium-long, spicy with some white fruit on the deathbed. Not a single off-note now.
Got a bottle leftover from my buddy Manny from the Netherlands. Thx, buddy.