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Glen Scotia 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.47/100
votes
175
Whiskybase ID
WB190979
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Seasonal Release
Bottled
10.10.2021
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Ex-bourbon, heavily charred & oloroso finish
Strength
54.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L2.283 21
Barcode
5016840154273
Added on
01 sep 2021 11:07 pm by MaltMusings
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 81.29

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 12-year-old

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.47 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Another interesting release of a promising single malt. The heavily charred for NL was an instant succes. I’ve had a dram of this seasonal release in a liquor store (Dramtime) and I wasn’t instantly convinced. So I took a 6cl sample with me to further investigate.
    • Nose
      That’s a recognizable scotia nose! Star anise, dried oranges, wood resin, pine tree, charcoal and freshness in like eucalyptus. Rich and tasteful! The rather high ABV is very well detectable. It gives the nose, at least neat, a slightly tart feeling. It gets less with hand warmth. Old leather, polished oak and licorice take over. The nose clearly gets more accessible when adding 3ml of water on a 25ml. More oaky flavors like sawdust, charred oak and definitely more fruity flavors are released! It boosts the complexity.
    • Taste
      Oily and rather aggressive without water. Loads of rough dried spices and a little further down the line some fruits like pear and sour apple. It reminds me of Nutella hazelnut paste as well. But I hope that water loosens things up a bit. Just like in the shop this afternoon I have the feeling this one has more to offer when the beast is tamed. Yep, that’s clearly the case here. But be a little easy on the water. The body tends to be rather fragile. Just 3ml makes the body quite a bit thinner. It’s right on the edge. Star anise comes through better as well as pine tree flavors. Some coconut and vanilla cream as well.
    • Finish
      Rather long and powerful without water. The peppery alcoholic driven body blocks the more subtle flavors to come out. Quite some oily and silky flavors after a while. Again a little tart-like feeling that seems to build up over in time. Also the finish gets so much more friendly with 3ml of water. It brings out the flavors that were hidden before underneath to much alcohol. It gives room to more ‘bourbon-like’ flavors like vanilla, honey, sweet apple and nutmeg. The nuttiness in like hazelnut and star anise come back as well.

      Well… where to start. If you want to rush things, just don’t pour yourself this dram. In my opinion this is not a beginners dram. It’s something to take time and patience with. Work with it, play with it. Too quick and you’ll be disappointed. Taking it easy will show it’s true potential. Water brings back the balance between hyper active, heavily charred oak and the oloroso casks, so it seems to me. I’m not sure yet if this my cup of tea. Luckily I still have another 2-3cl to try again after some oxidation.

  2. elipszis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      red apples
      toffee
      cinnamon
      star anise
      vanilla
    • Taste
      88 88
      red apples
      sherry
      cinnamon
      brown sugar
      winter feeling and tastes like sitting by the fireplace and drinking some mulled wine
      intensive
      nutmeg
    • Finish
      88 88
      salty
      cinnamon
      medium short

  3. glen efze scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Glen Scotia again, maybe my new favorite distillery. This is a new Limited Edition aged in heavily burned casks and Oloroso casks. The color is bright, rich gold. And it's an unpeated Glen Scotia. So let's look for the Campbeltown funk and all those odd flavors we whisky freaks seek in the whiskys of this port town at the end of the Kintyre Peninsula.

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    • Nose
      On the nose it is not a typical Campbeltown whisky at first. At least we're not directly on the harbor here, but rather in one of the better neighborhoods (is there one in Campbeltown?). The fireplace is burning but not smoking into the room and there are pastries with vanilla pudding on the tea table. But there is also a bowl of fruit cocktail and a log crackles briefly in the fireplace (that's right, they don't heat with peat).
    • Taste
      Well, even in the better parts of Campbeltown, we stay in Campbeltown. And even if the wind doesn't blow from the port, the breeze from the country doesn't bring fine fruits and no fragrant flowers, but grain, dry meadow herbs and tart berries. And then it becomes clear that the wood in the fireplace is not freshly cut, it was already installed in the shed. It's not typical Campbeltown Funk. But the whisky is interesting. The tea has been steeped too long, the flowers on the table are dry - but the evening can be good.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is of weathered wood with dry herbs. It's all a bit fragile - but the pastry with the vanilla pudding is still on the table.

      This is not a Glen Scotia that is convincing at first sip, which immediately surprises and overwhelms with its Campbeltown West Coast aroma. It's bulky. Anyone who has been to Campbeltown knows that the town is not picturesque - except in a few places. Somehow this whisky fits. And somehow he's good. But he doesn't want to convince or even be liked at the first tasting, he wants attention over a longer period of time. He will get it.

  4. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Still very interesting on the nose with a good mix of fruity and spicy influences. Almost not to be enjoyed undiluted on the palate with poorly integrated alcohol. In addition, little complexity and too much bitterness. Not really convincing in the overall result.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Stormy, almost aggressive start with pear, orange, spices, roasted aromas, pine resin and a bit of sweetness. Stinging alcohol. Add coconut and vanilla with water.
    • Taste
      82 82
      First a soft start, then quickly burning from the alcohol. Sweetness and flavor, dark fruits.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-long finish that occupies the mouth with dark fruit, oak, plenty of bitterness and burning alcohol.

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful and well balanced in the nose, but very much wood heavy in taste and finish. Overall not bad indeed.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet and resinous with quite some buttery fudge notes. Butterscotch, dried apricot glazed in honey, some sweet citrus, unripe apple and jammy berry notes, dusty wood, pine needles, nutmeg, toasted sandalwood in the back and slightly tarty.
    • Taste
      84 84
      An oily mouthfeel, quite dry on the palate, unripe apple, bitter citrus and some more rounded berry notes. I'm getting a bit numbed by the amount of wood spices. Adding several milliliters of water is recommended, but it remains spicy on loads of pepper, ginger, clove and dusty wood.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long and dry: fading bitter fruits and some honied liquorice before the tannic and charred wood notes kick in. They don't take over completely though.

  6. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Smell: Alcohol present, pine cones, eucalyptus, according to Enziannote, lemon balm spirit, including cinnamon and caramelized, brown sugar, with a few drops of water German. Wood sweetness, vanilla, toffee, not exactly overly complex ...

    Taste: first of all alcohol very present on the palate, German. Spicy wood, roasted hazelnuts, again cinnamon, earthy notes, medium. until long reverberation, again carried by alcohol and wood ...

    Color: brightening copper tone, medium Water's edge, of course

    Conclusion: It already has something Christmassy, and a few drops of water "catch" the alcohol nicely, the large bottle still doesn't have to be ...

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. molpet scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Ing Tretti posted a very good description of the nose and taste. Might be just my personal preference, but this combo deserves its 90+ rating from me for sure!
    • Nose
      91 91
      First fill bourbon casks for 10-11 years? Absolutely! Vanilla, honey, caramel, light fruits and sawdust. A hint of red berries - must come from the oloroso sherry finish...
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste matches the cask combination on 100%. Must have been all active casks going into this. Stagering and captivating at the same time... The price/performance ratio is more than OK. For this quality of whisky, I am even ready to pay 100-120 Euro, to be honest.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long. No off notes.

  9. Ing Tretti scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Cinnamon, anise, cardamom, sawdust, dried apricots, peaches, grapefruit, grapes, ginger, a little bit of vanilla and finally a slight maritime edge.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and spicy, abv. is on point, powerful with hints of dried red fruits, cinnamon, all balanced by the oak. This one is easy to enjoy.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Slightly metallic, but showing the coastal character of Glen Scotia in the end.

  10. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Quincybeurskens3105 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Trial Olympics 2022 sample 9

  12. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Trial Olympics 2022 sample 9:

    Smell: Grass, mint, heather, lemon, wet pine forest, vanilla, burn your nose hairs... also some red fruit, strawberries, after leaving it for a while much creamier too, red fruit subtly also a bit peat and more tropical. Also sweeter with caramel.
    Taste: alcohol first, chocolate very far away, slightly dark fruit, but the alcohol gets in the way. With a sip of water in the mouth very creamy, full, musty, almost towards Glen Scotia, very light peat also in the taste.
    Finish: Blackberries, with that water that musty and creamy lingers for a long time. Really delicious, almost strawberry tea. Chocolate after a while.

  13. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Almond, milk chocolate, apple and blueberry syrup.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Apple, hazelnut, caramel. Slightly meaty.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Apple, caramel and hazelnut

  14. Thoma scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  16. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  17. TimkoT scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Bitzi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A great Christmas whisky - cinnamon and orange zest, quite a bit of complexity for this age,

  19. VEF206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Jimbeau scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. KlausBlaueDer scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

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    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  22. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Sweet, sour, red apple, hardly spicy, a bit artificial

    taste
    Sweet, acid, fruit, astringent

    finish
    Medium length, red fruit, slight bitterness

  23. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. bankimate scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  25. hzs275 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  26. shytoy scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  27. SebStar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 911: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXN8QPh_gFk (82/100).

    "This is selling in the UK at 75 pounds a bottle. And I'm telling you right now you're gonna get a lot of far better whiskies that this for that price. For what it is, it's too expensive."

  29. JBKwb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. JoachimV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      First clear bourbon influences with red fruits: vanilla, caramel, dried red fruits, oranges and coconuts.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Thick mouthfeel. Just a little too much alcohol in your mouth. Vanilla, dried red fruit, brown sugar, warm pears and later comes the sherry cask with raisins and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium aftertaste. Dried red fruits and cinnamon.

  31. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very well blended Scotia!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, fruity, dried red fruits and a clear message of the oloroso casks.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet arrival, nice thick and oily. Heavy on the dried fruit and leather polish side.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long length. A bit dusty, but taken over quickly with sweet red fruit notes from the sherry cask.

  33. Ruisdael scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Comes with a drop of water to a fantastic taste! 87/100

  34. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Mapl scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  36. Bene37 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Nose: fermented pear, milk coffee with brown sugar, flowery, a few raisins, some cinnamon and anise, slightly nutty

    Palate: creamy and sweet and sour, milk coffee, raisins, a little pear, a pinch of cinnamon, perfume note

    Finish: medium-long, tart, fermented pear, some milk coffee, some anise

    Evaluation: somehow unbalanced and all over the place - not mine. It doesn't really go together: sweetness and acidity, coffee with milk, fermented pear, a little aniseed and cinnamon. He doesn't like to convince me. 79/100 or 4/10 (almost 3/10)

  37. glenrob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  39. Serhii89 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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