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Glen Scotia 11-year-old

Overall rating
80.28/100
votes
171
Whiskybase ID
WB163124
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition - Sherry double cask finish
Vintage
2008
Bottled
25.09.2020
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
FFBB, PX and Oloroso Sherry hogsheads
Strength
54.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L4 269 20
Barcode
5016840154211
Added on
03 aug 2020 3:24 pm by davidmarcos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 66.17

22 × in wishlist

171 × member ratings

391 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 11-year-old

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.28 points

  1. RobbievdB did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Whoever approved this for bottling was either completely wasted or mentally insane. This is like the devil pissing on your tongue instead of the version with the angel. Imagine vanilla milkshake that has been out in the sun all day, rotting veggies, sulfur etc. It’s so rotten this tingles on your tongue. I had 30-40mls out of a 100ml sample but knew enough. Still hearing my sink and sewage downstairs complaining. On the positive side, pest control won’t be needed around my house for quite a while. Not even rating this.. just giving a clear DONT BUY advice.

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Well...this is weird. Not particularly a liquid business card for Glen Scotia IMHO..once in a while you run into a whisky that is an insult, even for your sink or toilet. Sulphur allover the place
    • Nose
      Cheap caramel fudge, sickning vanilla milkshake. And something I get for the first time: Garbage bags...rotten fruits. It would not surprise me at all if this cask has been molded from top to bottom.
    • Taste
      Weird taste. It’s stinging on the tongue, it’s unbalanced and cheap. I really get the feeling someone switched this stuff with some cheap ass blended Scotch.
    • Finish
      In the finish sour and rotten. Unfortunately the finish is not short enough, this is something to forget very very fast. Weird moldy and rotten strawberries, Outdated raisins and rotten oak. Blegh. Rotten eggs remain.

  3. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    That was a really tasty dirty barrel, or several. Actually a picture book example of a "dirty malt". I like that very much, only the whites at the beginning were a bit annoying. You can deal with it longer.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    No surprise when they are cleared up, hardly anyone can get as dirty as the Campbeltown stills. It was also clear that he splits the ratings like no other, you have to like this here (and have the time).
    • Nose
      87 87
      A very unique aroma that flows towards me from the glass here. Smells a little like cholesterol (which hardly anyone has ever smelled, it's not tasty!). The causes are light phenolic smoke and mustiness, old laundry or hot laundry (in the saucepan on the stove, which is why hardly anyone will know that) and something chemically sweet. First he gets a lid and goes into the corner for the next half hour.
      Now the profile is still sloping, but more in the classic dirty way. Mineral, sea, iodine, salt, sweat, some cowshed and phenolic smoke. Behind it also caramel that doesn't dare to go forward. With a little bit of hand warmth, green apples come to light, but now there are also slanted notes again, but this time with a lot of acid, furniture polish, disinfectant, floor wax. Later, with more warmth, these notes have disappeared, but now apple aroma and raisins and a very strong note of grape sugar.
    • Taste
      90 90
      This peculiar note now also continues in the mouth, but is initially very pleasant there, well packaged in honey and herbs. Towards the back it looks musty and rather repulsive for a short moment before the sweetness takes over completely towards the finish, which is limited to the first sip. The mouthfeel is rather thin, yet dense, the alcohol is quite strong but civil.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is long and actually very nice with slowly fading sweetness and some ash, whereby the chest area still warms up nicely. In the second sip, then clearly cough syrup, which with a slight bitterness lasts a little longer before it becomes sweet again.

  4. master_art scored this whisky 55 points Member Senior

    Terrible whisky. Trashcan nose and taste. Good reason to avoid Scotia special releases in future.

  5. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I can well understand that this malt polarizes.

    For someone who is fairly new to the world of whisky I would describe it as "demanding".

    Personally, I really like him with his very special profile. Especially if you give it some time in the glass.

    It definitely falls into the love it or hate it department.
    • Nose
      89 89
      a whole gush of sweet lime comes at the first moment. Very intense nose, citrus fruits, a really dirty musty but also very refreshing note.
      Caramel, furniture polish, fruit acid, apple, a slight hint of phenol smoke can be discerned.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The notes from the nose continued here as well.
      Only now they seem sweeter and at the same time more sour.
      Very powerful aromas thanks to the more than 54% alcohol.
      He doesn't need water.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, beautiful finish in which the aromas, especially from the palate, come into their own again. Very nice.

  6. AKernel scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Moldy cheese. The bad mold that makes you sick, not the good one like in a Roquefort or Gorgonzola.
    • Taste
      Dishwasher detergent, toilet cleaner and moldy fruits.
    • Finish
      Moldy bitterness. Luckily not long.

  7. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 50 points Expert Junior

    how do you rate such a booze?
    luckily only had one sample for the sewer.
    • Nose
      Puke - lactic acid
    • Taste
      the tongue burns
    • Finish
      the tongue continues to burn

  8. Oggiesdrams scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    I've been meaning to follow up on a review on the after many reviews calling it out for off notes mainly sulphur. Firstly this needs time, this is a bottle which needs to be opened and left, have a glass...have another a week later and start to see it develop. The 'off notes' and sulphur mellow more into a springbank funk than garbage as one described. Secondly this needs a drop or three of water, don't be shy but don't drown it otherwise you are left with an insipid dram. Thirdly I hope you enjoy it more than some have been with the sample they have received.

    Great dram but as some mentioned not a poster child for GS, I personally think it's very good with mountains of flavour and that springbank funk I personally like intertwined.

  9. Marcel74 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This one had been waiting for a while to be opened and after reading the reviews I was a bit hesitant, but it did not disappoint me, but it is not a winner
    • Nose
      Lots of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla fudge, the double finish makes it very barrel driven. The malt is pushed away a bit
    • Taste
      Sparkling arrival, sweet chocolate and prunes, raisins and dates… clear sherry flavours
    • Finish
      The finish is a bit dry and therefore short

  10. Falang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    People are so negative about this dram. Sure, it's a bit weird and it doesn't seem to be fitting in a regular Glen Scotia line-up, but in my opinion this dram is intriguing! It's a dram with character. A lactic nose with buttermilk and Fruitella-candy. A full oily taste with pine and cardemon, coal gasses and weirdness. A finish that is absolute amazing changing all the gasses and lactic influences and changing them into cooked berries with peaches. This is weird, crazy, strange, but intriguing! Wanne change the regular whisky-experience? Go for it!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very special nose, out of the ordinary: very lactic with buttermilk, sheep cheese, nail-polish, Fruitella-candy and honey. The combo is weird, but it's weird in a good way :-)
    • Taste
      90 90
      Pine cones and cardemon. Star-anise and Laurel. Spices like kerry and white pepper. A bit like wet carboard and rubber sea-shoes. Oily and strong. It turns your mouth upside down. Some gasses seem to be there to; like coal-gas and even car-fumes on a winterday (stuck in the air, taking a bit breath away). This is special! But again, special in a good way.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Semi-long finish with honey, hint of white chocolate and a lot of peach. The dram is changing and really opening up. Some cooked fruits (cooked berries) too. Wauw!

  11. Doublehorn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The first time I tasted this one was from a fresh bottle and wound-patch & (throat) desinfectant were overwhelmingly present. Sherry cask? Never! Today I tasted from a 3/4 empty bottle and the difference is staggering: hay, salty, sherrycask (really!) and a hint of wound-patch in the background: very well balanced. The only problem I had was the mouthfeel: extremely drying, as if it had been an active red wine cask. The finish was long and pleasant, but the whisky was out of stock in the liquor store... Better luck next time.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. fomillo123 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Another totally underrated Glen Scotia release, in my humble opinion. For its 11 years it has a lemony waxyness that might be a bit off-putting for some people. It's unpeated but there is the typical funk that I would describe as light glue note. I love the stuff.

  13. SevenofNine scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A unique whisky. After open opening this bottle on christmas day. Xmas in a glass. Pine pine pine with a suttle funk.
    Sour milk. Pencil and old books. Strawberries and apples. Complex for its age and a true shapeshifter! Well done Glen Scotia!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Not a good whisky. Cardboard, cheap cutie, very superficial. Alcoholic. Has something like expired milkshake and fermented, rotten and sour fruits. It's going in the direction of vinegar. In addition, a very dominant cardamom note.

    Edit: After a year the bottle only has 20ml fill level, I would judge the whisky a little more benevolently. The oxidation has tamed it noticeably, now more typical Campeltown notes come through: minerality, malty sweetness, the acidity is still there, but smoothed. I still wouldn't call it a good whisky, around 78 points.
    • Nose
      74 74
      First: cardamom. Then vanilla, sweetness and caramel, but of the cheap kind. An old kerosene lamp. A strawberry milkshake that's already over. Alcohol stinging. In addition some spices.
    • Taste
      69 69
      Again this cheap, artificial industrial sweetness together with milkshake that has been in the sun for a few days. Something sour, like vinegar. Petroleum. The mouth contracts. In addition, spices, especially cardamom.
    • Finish
      71 71
      Gets very dry. Contracts the gums. What remains is cardamom and vinegar. Plus cheap industrial caramel and vanilla in the background.

  15. Balticsailor68 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I really do like Glen Scotia. But this release is not worth to be tasted. Alcoholic sharp, despite 54 % vol. thin and something unpleasant I can´t identify.

  16. gezzabel scored this whisky 55 points Newbie

    I didn't enjoy this malt as I have other Glen Scotia releases. The nose was what i can only describe as so sickly sweet it didn't seem natural. Like artificial caramel and vanilla. Did they put Nesquik in the barrel?! It was really hard to get beyond this and left a very sickly sweet feeling on the palate. A really bizarre bottling which offers none of the typical features of a Campbeltown malt. Not a patch on the glorious 15 y/o. It's so weird, it's almost worth getting a sample just to experience it! Definitely not for me though.

  17. Erik1908 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Glen Scotia, one of my favorite distilleries. I have tasted some really good ones and this distillery never disappointed me. Until today. When my friends asked me to take part in a bottle share for this 11y old, I did not hesitate. An 11y old Scotia at CS for a fair price. What could go wrong?

    Well actually a lot. Just imagine you open up the refrigerator and you no immediately that something in there has passed the expiry date; but what?

    Who on earth has authorized to bottle this? This smells bad like rotten food. Was there something wrong with the cask? Did they find something dead in there when bottling this whisky?

    The taste isn't any better. Alcoholic, dry, spicy and bitter. Nothing pleasant to be found.

    Simple advise: do not buy this whisky. My 10cl or what's left of it will go down the sink.

    72 Points, and today is a positive day. I for sure do not understand the 90 point scores by some members here.

  18. myspringbankhell scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    There is a great malt hiding underneath a blanket of Farmyard fumes. If you can get past that there is huge gummy chewy fruity sweets. This could be amazing, but the stink on the nose dominates. I can only think that the original FF Bourbon casks were stinkers and then they got some PX and OL to disguise. Despite the excess funk I have grown to enjoy it.

  19. Defeatless scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Quite an odd bottling of Scotia. There is for sure some extra on it with these finishes, but I doubt this is for the better.
    This note is made for today. I will come back to it tomorrow.

    A day later doesnt make it any better, even worse to be honest.
    • Nose
      65 65
      This is an odd nose for a Scotia. Some dirty undertone here. It has quite some sherry influence, some moss, some fruit. But there is a strange note in the background I cannot get to.
      A day later I cannot think of something rotting must have been in the cask.
    • Taste
      70 70
      Sweet and sherried, some tropical fruit. Quite an oily mouthfeeling. There is a bitter note in the back, but it doesnt sit in the way.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Long length. Again there is an odd taste here. Almost chocolate/coffee. I fades away with some wood notes.

  20. MaltMusings scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Mid gold in colour, a hint of red? Swirls cling to the glass as a hairline crack, take an age to bead up and fall as thin oily legs.

    Nose: Musty dunnage warehouse notes - strawberry jam but also other dark fruit and berries - plums, dates, black cherries, blackberries. I keep thinking peat smoke but them say there isn't any... cask char maybe?

    Palate: Smooth very sweet arrival, hints of toffee, honey and tropical fruit then the spice kicks in - Christmas spices - cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and a little dried fruit. There is a weird cardamom note here too.

    Finish: Long lingering spice, very drying and that cardamom note again.

    Overall: Wow I think I've just tried the first Glen Scotia I wasn't keen on... It seems to have lost it's Campbeltown DNA - no smoky salinity, no oak led spice. There is the oily appearance and a little tropical fruit but I'm not convinced. I know this is a special release and is supposed to be a little different but if I'd blind tasted it I'd never have said Glen Scotia. That said it is a nice dram, sherry led but not a sherry bomb by any means. I'll definitely be buying a bottle for over Christmas, I'm sure it will go really well with cheese but I'll keep going back to the Tawny Port for my Glen Scotia fix.

    https://malt-musings.blogspot.com/2020/09/glen-scotia-sherry-double-cask.html

  21. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Kyiv, Whisky Dram 2022
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. JoshNRW scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Glencairn glass

    Needs at least 30 minutes before it's drinkable.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Phew, that doesn't smell nice, associations are stale vinegar cleaning water, vegetable juices fermented with lactic acid, sulfur of the worst kind, although I mostly like sulfur in whisky, vomit.

      That can't be what I wanted and I put him in the corner for 30 minutes.
      Sweet sherry and strawberries come more to the fore, but there is always a perceptible unpleasant flavor profile or an off note or two in the background.
      The alcohol is not particularly strong and there is a hint of minerality in the background.
      With water and 45 minutes, the off notes have disappeared and what remains is a simple, young sherry whisky without enthusiasm.
    • Taste
      78 78
      The start is mild, then there is some sweetness, which cannot be clearly divided in the middle part due to a suddenly occurring sharpness and all the rest that remains after that are the off notes and the stench from the nosing.
      With water it becomes rounder and cleaner, but still no real pleasure.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Sharp and repulsive. Bearable with water.

  23. shurique scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    That’s really weird - strange whisky, reminds me bubble gum ????

  24. vb_bembel scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Strange whisky. Unpleasant, sulfur-spoiled nose.
    It doesn't get any better in the mouth either. Fortunately, I only had one sample.

  25. Mauli scored this whisky 50 points Member Senior

    Terrible whisky. Musty and pungent on the nose.

  26. Flint scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    I like "dirty" whisky, but this one is clearly over it for me. For me it doesn't get better even after a long time in the glass. Fortunately only a sample

  27. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Far too much sulfur, moldy notes, not very pleasant

  28. Daisymupp scored this whisky 70 points Newbie

    Nice taste

  29. bikenerd scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Nice nose but weird on the palate!

  30. ThorstenH scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  31. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    11-08-2021
    • Nose
      72 72
      fruit
    • Taste
      74 74
      fruit, sweet cherries
    • Finish
      73 73
      fruit, sweet cherries

  32. Roland_Ott scored this whisky 72 points Member Junior

    I can‘t retrace all the bad ratings.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Smoke, maritime, sweet and berry at the first taste. On another tasting sour, Sherry aroma, caramel and with water (Vanilla).
    • Taste
      50 50
      Strong astringency and extreme burning on the tongue. Salty and with water sour.
      Smoke, Vanilla and maritime aroma.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long (>20 min. )
      Sour, later sweet.
      At the beginning maritime aroma, then mango.

  33. Kuciownik scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Cheesy, dirty, with water with chalk aftertase.

    There are notes of sherry and sweet fruits, but all in all this whisky smells and tastes dirty. And not in a good way... Think about dirty feets, or some homeless fella asking for a change.

  34. Funtik scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    20 20 20 20

  35. DramJammin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  36. jvanopstal scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    A somewhat strange appearance, but after all quite OK
    • Nose
      78 78
      Plums and some red fruit
    • Taste
      78 78
      Sweet and oily with spices
    • Finish
      77 77
      Short but strong and a bit dry

  37. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  38. DailyDramMontreal scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Bubblegum, weird artificial flavors, pepper
    • Taste
      84 84
      Red artificial fruits, pepper, freshness, texture is ok, quite alright.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Spices, alcohol is present even after a long time opened, very dry.

  39. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  40. ctu scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  41. mattheww scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    very special"...

  42. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    An unusual Glen Scotia here, dry plums, fizzy drinks and cheese stand out. You have to like that.

  43. Saltmark scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Sharp on the nose. Maybe some dusty dried orange zest. Strong alcohols with bitterness and sulphury notes. Might work as a medicinal product..

  44. EvilAFI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A sour milk note is off putting here, the sherry pokes through in the nose, but then it’s just sweet and spice. Short finish. Not one I need a second pour of
    • Nose
      84 84
      Musty red fruits (jam), light tobacco, sour cream, earthy peat
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet, spicy, a bit hot, vegetal, butterscotch, chilli pepper
    • Finish
      82 82
      Spices, acrid, short

  45. Dominique69 scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

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

  46. McMoulis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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