Glen Scotia 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Campbeltown Malts Festival 2021
Stated Age
10 years old
First Fill Bourbon, Bordeaux Red Wine finish
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L4 069.21 10.03.2021
Added on
23 Mar 2021 10:14 pm by erwinnlim
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 49.23

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 10-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.03 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Last year's festival bottle opened up nicely after about six months with a level three fingers down below the neck. It's really lush and creamy now with a wonderful oceanic nose and palate.

    Yes, this one is sharper and more severe now, but I wonder how time will tell. My favorite is the rum casks festival release from 2019 (when there actually WAS a festival) and I'm not usually a rum wood fan. I like good rum, for sure, but not so much as casks to age whisky. Still, that bottling was the exception. It wasn't overtly complex but man it was satisfying. This one has potential.

    I'm a bigger proponent of Glen Scotia these days with limited release Springbanks being so hard to get. Necessity is the mother of invention. Also, I think Glen Scotias are getting better. It's no secret that a significant percentage of Springbanks from 2010-2014 were better than today. I would say often times the opposite is true for Glen Scotia. IMO, Whiskybase ratings have yet to catch up with that trend in Campeltown.

    Nose: Lots of berry notes but they are hard to nail down. I'm going with raspberry swirl vanilla ice cream, sea salt, sharper cherry note, stewed orchard fruits with molasses and turbinado sugar sprinkles, lemon rind, wet sand, baked cobbler.

    Palate: Lemon pledge, cherry chapstick, used garage rags, Silly Putty, Vaseline, wet concrete, spicy oak, whining red wine sitting up and begging for attention, leather bound books, musty library, sea breeze, calcium scent of a dried sand dollar.

    Finish: Medium in length, tangy (sharp, puckery) raspberry, sea spray, vanilla pod, spicy oak (cinnamon).

    How is such young oak so expressive? That's what I'd like to know. It doesn't taste old but at ten years it's amazing that is plays the role it does. Could there be some older whisky in the batch?

    Note to self: find another oaky ten year old Campbeltown malt for purposes of comparison. Water smooths out the tang, but is that a good thing? A little water, yes, but not too much. The alcoholic bite all but disappears with half a teaspoon in a goodly sized dram.

    My 87 rating reflects the benefits of a little water and also the recognition that this dram needs air. I gave mine a good fifteen minutes before even sniffing it. Patience is not only a virtue, it is the sign of an experienced whisky drinker. I'm going to speculate that not all people who have reviewed this whisky have used time as an ally instead of an adversary.

    I'm all for a 15 year Glen Scotia festival release in 2022! This said, I'm afraid there might not be a festival, even after all we've gone through missing two in a row. With this possibility in mind, it's worth asking if the cart was put before the horse in regard to lockdowns (were they planned years ago when the virus was still in development, or, put more simply, were lockdowns the reason the virus was developed in the first place). We can cry all we want about missing our festivals but our ancestors who braved far worse conditions (than a virus that kills less than one percent of those who catch it) would find our blind trust of fallacies of authority to be more than a little naive. And let's not even get started on the "vaccines" which aren't vaccines a'tall but rather rewriters of ancient tried 'n true DNA. I, for one, will be hesitant to gather in a tight room full of vaccinated people, or a car. They've been pumped full of more than gullibility, unfortunately. Yes, we are talking about the shedding of very dangerous "spiked proteins." As for them not trusting me, a man who has abstained from being a guinea pig pin cushion for experimental tech that killed pretty much every test animal given the mRNA-based SARS "vaccine" over a decade ago . . . well, I couldn't care a wit. I'm quite confident in my decision and I do not trust the confidence men and women with fancy degrees who work for giant corporations that benefit financially from greazing up the populous with their special sauces.

    This ten year release seems quite nice for a ten year to me. It's surprisingly complex. Frankly, with a whisky ten years old or younger, sherry wood can add complexity. This said, for 2022's "Festival" bottling, I would very much prefer a 15 year old aged in good ole fashioned bourbon wood with some peat smoked whisky in the batch. And if there is not enough 15 year to spare (and label it a 15 year) then add some mid teens whisky anyhow, along with some young (10 years or older). And let Glen Scotia distillery leak out how they've done that. Old and young marriages can be magnificent. Just ask my lovely young wife (or better yet ask lucky me).

    Here's an idea if 2022's festival is curtailed by a government-enforced quarantine of the healthy: encourage Glen Scotia fans to make videos of themselves enjoying a tasting with friends in a small group. Put Youtube links to them up on the Glen Scotia website and then offer a prize for the most entertaining video. Perhaps the prize might be a bottle of an older Glen Scotia (the 18 OB) for everyone in the winning vid.

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The newest bottling for Glen Scotia for the Campbeltown malts festival follows a similar theme to that of the previous years. Well matures spirit finished for short periods of time in different casks to retain that spirit character. This has a wonderful nose, made better by those Bordeaux casks, though the palate shows it's relative youth. Value (£50) : 9/10
    • Nose
      Full of juicy red berries, plums and cherries here. Has quite some salinity to it, like being by the sea which I very much appreciate. Demerara sugar and some salted caramel toffee. Lighter notes of apple pastry and a floral aspect to it as well. Dark roast coffee and some drying tobacco. Fresh chillies and ginger bring warmth with some cloves at the end. This reminds me of the last Springbank 12 release (Batch 21). Very good indeed.
    • Taste
      Once again there are plenty of berries and a decent amount of sweetness. Its very spirit heavy and has quite an oily mouthfeel to it which is good. I find there is just too much of an alcohol nip, this chillies being dominant initially. Drying leather and salty sea air. Some water really helps bring out some of those juicy berries from the nose along with a classic mineral note I get in most Glen Scotias. (Having had this open for a couple of weeks now that that initial burst of alcohol heat has subdued rather significantly. It's much better now and I'm getting more jammy sweetness)
    • Finish
      That's better, the those notes from the nose return once again. Medium in length with drying leather. Some heather honey. Still spicy but darker and richer now I find. Some dark chocolate covered oranges and candied ginger. More minerality and salt.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    What can you say: awesome part. The only downer: unpeated. Add a little peat, then the mulled wine in the nose would probably not be quite as intense. But apart from that, he picks me up pretty well.
    • Nose
      88 88
      At the first dram of this year's Malts Festival bottling, this was my first association - and now, after a few more drams, it still is: mulled wine. Grapes en masse with a spice mixture in which cinnamon sticks, coriander, cloves (!), Star anise and pepper naturally make their appearance. Ripe plums, blackberries, black currants. With the mulled wine note, it looks quite fat and sometimes intrusive, but you can get used to it surprisingly quickly. Freshly roasted coffee beans, sugar beet syrup.
    • Taste
      90 90
      On the palate with a maritime-salty start. Now you think - with the mulled wine in your head - to get sticky sweetness on your tongue ... but no, first of all the classic Campbeltown feeling with salt and a mineral note, ah. Gradually, a sweetness of grapes, blackberries and blueberries sets in, beautifully subtle, beautifully withdrawn. Combined with wood chips, dark chocolate, honey and white coffee, this is a pretty fine thing. Now add a little peat smoke ...
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long, slightly dry. The berry / grape mix lasts a long time, as does the maritime feeling (with which it reminds me of Springbank every now and then).

  4. DuncanC3 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    It tempts with the nose, promising lovely days by the beach, then goes all business, as the taste changes totally. It's a very interesting whisky to drink and Ill be seeing how my next dram is. For now 84 to 85.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Orange blossum honey, berries, anaseed spice and borbon drift in on the sea air
    • Taste
      84 84
      Wood, vanilla are overpowered by a zingy apple crunch. Spice wins out and a slight bitterness creeps in, perhaps the Bordeaux
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium, spice and oak, with again a very different feel I think due to the Bordeaux

  5. just 2thetop scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    it gets a point knocked off for being non-peated
    a young 10 year old this time but hey it is the sign of the times and the price reflects that so all is good
    The Glen Scotia coastal spirit is present - some brine and light fruits,and some funk. Like it.
    On top, for this special expression, we get a finish in good quality red wine casks for 6 months, that's great for the nose and taste!
    Not fully integrated on first pour IMO - maybe needs some time after opening.
    So all in all a good one but bit needs some patience.
    At 50-55 EUR in Germany a buy recommendation if you are already friends with other Glen Scotia clan members.

  6. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Sour red wine notes, currants, light spicy oak
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and tart, lots of spice and dryness, tart fruits, raspberries and strawberries, distinct oak spiciness, somewhat unpleasant oak bitterness
    • Finish
      84 84
      Bitter finish with a lot of spice, stays for a long time with slightly sprouting fruits

  7. DermitdemWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Really solid malt. Quite fruity, alot of sweetness on the palett. Can take some drops of water for me, as well as some time in the glass. Overall a great deal for the price!

  8. stefsel111 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Maltimizer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    It is in no way inferior to its predecessors. A really great drop with good pricing!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Initially smoked ham and salt, then red berries, tobacco, salty fudges, malt / grain, slightly grassy and cloves at the end.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy and mild, honey and apples, red fruits in the direction of strawberries, lemon zest and vanilla, subtle oak spice
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium-long and creamy, further fruity and very pleasantly round!

  10. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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


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