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 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L4 069.21 10.03.2021 , L4 071.21 12.03.2021
Added on
23 Mar 2021 10:14 pm by erwinnlim
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 56.44

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 10-year-old

74 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.16 points

  1. erwinnlim scored this whisky 82 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) : 8/10
    • 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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

  4. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Get started well, end up losing.
    Solid festival bottling, I liked last year's one better.
    I definitely have peat in my mouth.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First impression, eagle owl glue and sour fruits.
      The alcohol rises significantly into the nose, which is probably also due to the 1920s Blender's glass.
      Over time, a fine oak aroma comes through, slightly nutty with sour cherry.
      Wine gum, moss and herbs are added with a strong pull through the nose.
      Otherwise it remains rather closed for the time being, not very complex, but harmonious.
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the mouth I have light peat (maybe 5-10ppm) and a sour wine aroma.
      Lots of green, like fresh grass and tea.
      A bigger sip brings more strength and a fruity sweetness. There are also a few spice notes.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Short to medium length. Dry and flat.
      Again, very grassy and the fruit notes are hardly present.
      Slight bitterness.

  5. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I’ve had this I my collection closed for a while now. This is actually the first glen scotia I bought, but I only heard good things about the distillery.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Wow the nose is incredibly sweet. Reminds me a lot of strawberry vanilla ice cream my parents gave to me as a kid. I can only imagine me eating this by the sea, because it has some nice salt notes to it as well. The berries are really dominant though. There is also a strong honey/maple sirup note here. Digging deeper, I also get a cheesecake and cookie dough note, which fits perfectly with the sweet tone this whisky sets. There are also some nettles, green tea, and apples, accompanied by some orange peel.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Starts very sweet and salty again, the berries are quite dominate again, but are accompanied by caramel, some salt, and even more sweetness in the form of maple syrup there is vanilla, and it has a slight taste of smoke as well it also has some dark chocolate which fits in really nice with the salt.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium Long. Immediately more bitter than the nose and the taste, also more salt, just after a while I get the same notes of the nose, berries, vanilla, honey, maple syrup, caramel, there are some sugar sticks, and some oak bitterness tones in the form of espresso and dark chocolate that is really great with the salt.

  6. whisky_garage scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The aroma is calm, intense. Sweet wine nuances, minerality, creamy waffles.
    We stood and breathed .... Industrial theme, sea breeze, spicy spices, dark berries, roasted peanuts, tobacco.
    The taste is bright and sweet. Marine theme, minerality, creaminess, dark berries, industrial shades, honey, spicy spices, some woody notes. Almost phantom peat derivatives.
    Finish - Long lasting. Minerality, industrial notes, berry theme, vanilla.
    Conclusion: Worthy Scotia, despite its young age, rich, quite rich in shades and half-tones, tasty and drinkable.
    Very much like Springbank.

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Somehow not quite something for me. Slightly artificial in the mouth and a somewhat dull minerality in the mouth.
    You can drink, but I don't necessarily have to do it again.

  8. DailyDramMontreal scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Malty powder smell as usual in Campbeltown. Candy (the small red berries), lime, tangerine. The Malbec is obvious here. Very much like the Longrow Red Malbec smell.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very decent texture, a bit of alcohol punch but its newly opened, the malbec is there a lot. Dry, Soft fruits and delicate spices. Pretty much unilateral but i mean, GS is a distillery you like or not.
    • Finish
      83 83
      A great finish from Glen Scotia, i think the tawny port 14 edition was having more flavors. I think this could've a couple more years of maturation. The finish is spicy but short and acid as you'd expect from a wine cask/finish.

  9. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    What a fun bottling! It really could be sold at the fair, right by the candy stand.
    The fruit notes are a bit too artificial for me, but in any case this is an absolutely independent bottling with a high recognition value - really a nice curiosity. The alcohol is also wonderfully integrated in the nose and palate. The addition of water is not necessary.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Intense, fruity and full-bodied on the nose. Cherry mulled wine is my first association - a very intense, almost over-intense cherry mulled wine note. There are also roasted almonds, vanilla, also slightly artificial notes of cherry (cherry lollipop), cotton candy, cinnamon, cloves.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful, not at all sharp, slightly oily and extremely fruity. The slightly artificial-looking cherry notes can also be found here in full. Whoa!
      Cherry-flavored candy floss, cherry lollipops, pickled cherries, vanilla, rosehip tea, caramel, fine oak spice, and a hint of fresh wood.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Mid-length finish. Caramel, cherries, a hint of clove and vanilla, delicate oak. Finally very slightly dry.

  10. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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


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