Glen Scotia Victoriana

Overall rating
87.33/100
votes
74
Whiskybase ID
WB191942
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
17.05.2021
Casktype
Finished In The Finest Deep Charred Oak Casks
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L4.137.21
Barcode
5016840192220
Added on
16 sep 2021 11:19 pm by MacBaernsten
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 65.22

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Whisky reviews for Glen Scotia Victoriana

19 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.33 points.

  1. glen efze scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Campbeltown is a difficult whisky region. Springbank is the star and sinks into the hype. Glengyle is still overestimated and produces too little. And Glen Scotia has often been overlooked. That is changing rapidly. The Victoriana is still a borderliner - NAS, color status not specified, but could be natural, un-chillfiltered, cask strength.

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    • Nose
      The nose immediately presents a clear nuttiness, popcorn and roasted almonds. There is also Earl Gray Tea and orange marmalade. There's nothing you'd expect from NAS, no pear, no metal, no yeast. That could be something. Fruit comes, the fruit is ripe and has sweetness with sufficient fruit acidity, wood without bitterness comes. And there comes a moment when you start to wonder if the whisky has peat. If it's the burnt out barrels, it's smoke - not shure. But it's Campbeltown! It is the brackish water in the harbor with oil floating on it and musty driftwood with algae. But that's delicious, because the warm popcorn and the orange marmalade are on top of everything.
    • Taste
      The whisky is cask strength - with other NAS this leads to burning notes. The alcohol doesn't bother here, it carries the aromas and is well integrated. I despise NAS whiskys - not this one! It has power and fruit, but the fruit is not unripe. There's sweet plum must thickened with enough acidity. There are also warm fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry and because we are not in Cornwall but in Kintyre, some seaweed slipped into the jam and it burned a bit. Then another sip of Earl Gray – delicious! I would say it is unpeated and the smoky notes come from the barrel char.
    • Finish
      It remains exactly the barrel char with a fruity-nutty component. The Whisky doesn't disappear meaninglessly like other NAS. There's a staunch sailor in Campbeltown harbor who you want to drink with but not fight.

      Wow, Glen Scotia has progressed so well in recent years that it's almost impossible to write about it. Actually nobody should know that. But this is a NAS that takes the butter off the bread for many Springbanks. It has the Campbeltown funk we're looking for, it has fruit and depth, it has complexity. This is a wonderful whisky! Do I have a new favorite distillery?

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  3. Sander79 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

  5. SimondeVette scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very rich. Phenomenal
    • Nose
      Coconut, vanilla, some smoke, honey, raisin, apricot, marshmallows, caramel
    • Taste
      Vanilla, red fruit, some smoke, buttery, lemon zest, nougat
    • Finish
      Caramel, young oak, butter, white pepper, citrus

  6. praisethepasta scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The overall experience is just top notch, although, and I mean this in the best possible way: this is not a beginner’s whisky. It develops and alters its appearance as you go back and forth, playing games of seduction as it attracts and holds back, being bold and big, yet subtle, layered, complex and versatile all in one.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity and floral with a harbour-like oiliness to it. Notes of vanilla and vanilla oil, liquorice candy and winegums. Intertwined - and now it becomes really interesting – there’s notes of greenhouse and geraniums and wet clay, developing towards a sweet (cherry) funk, with a slight farmyard/antiseptic touch. Also, there’s something elusive, reminding me of a mixture of coffee and truffles bringing in an earthy note. A drop of water (not strictly necessary, mind you) brought out the vanilla oil and floral notes. Dare I say this is excellent?
    • Taste
      88 88
      The ABV is noticeable, but not overwhelmingly so. Viscous and slightly dirty – oily, with again that maritime note shining through in the form of beach pebbles now. Coffee and chocolate as well, and all of this is sitting on a dense, mouthcoating texture. The floral an herbaceous notes from the nose are there, but are taking a step more towards the back, adding a delicate and subtle touch behind the powerhouse. Again, the added water brought out hints of green fruit and floral notes. Yep, I’m going to say it: this is excellent!
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, with a woody bitterness to it, dense and drying. After the water the farmyard notes linger an linger.

  7. Quincybeurskens3105 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    It reminds me very much of the old football field I uses to play at. The room where the balls were stored had a perticular smell after a rainy training and the smell of this whisky reminds me of that. Super strange but very nice.

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Exciting, drinkable whisky that has a great, special aroma.
    • Nose
      sweet with ripe yellow fruits, some floral notes, orange blossom, essential oils, citrus, but also a little oily and sooty.
    • Taste
      strong, sweetish, drier than the nose would suggest, also some smoke. a little salt and slightly dirty.
    • Finish
      rather light, spicy sweet, a little salty maritime.

  9. Jimbeau scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    I find it a bit austere but pretty OK
    • Nose
      86 86
      A lot of vanilla, some green fruits, leafy, little grassy, nuts, marzipan, dates, hints of leather, little earthy notes, cocoa, probably also some coconut oil
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, creamy, nuts, marzipan, subtle sweetness, spices, herbs, little fruitiness, tobacco, hints of engine oil, some woody notes
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, spices, herbs, woody notes

  11. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes from an online blind tasting...
    I liked that very much.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      gold

      Nose:
      Pleasantly smoky start. Reminds me immediately of Springbank 12 CS. Maritime, rust, slightly metallic scent of blood, marzipan, a bit of cowshed, sour cherries, hints of leather, overripe tangerines, mint, dried herbs.
    • Taste
      Dirty start. Rust, metallic (not necessarily youth), maritime, sandy. Smoky, warm popcorn, oranges, applesauce and simply delicious.
    • Finish
      medium length Pleasantly smoky. Oily, slightly metallic and still with a nice sweetness.

  12. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Candied citrus, apple pie, pineapple, cinammon, vanilla, hay, nice and fruity.

  13. molpet scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    94,5 points from Jim Murray. TOP of the line whisky for more than a fair price. Skipping this one would be a mistake. The whisky gets better and better after opening. Water and oxidation do it really well. The best, most fruity, complex and ingenious non-peated NAS whisky I have ever had. Highly recommended! I had to organize myself a backup bottle of this...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  14. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet and a bit savoury and meaty, quite fruity on baked apple, blueberry jam, fruit cake, honey, caramelly chocolate, slightly salty coastal notes, roasted nuts. Besides these sweet aromas there is also a resinous character in the background.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A full and creamy mouthfeel, sweet citrus, grapefruit, lemon zest, baked apple and some dried stone fruits, honied toast, still nutty, caramel, faint saltiness, spicy on ginger, pepper and some clove.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long: a sweet honied fruitiness switches to bitter grapefruit, toffee, liquorice in the back and a nicely drying and charred wood note.

  15. Erik1908 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I consider Glen Scotia as an interesting alternative for Springbank, which is hardly affordable anymore.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Also in this dram, I recognize the slightly rotten smell which I experienced more often in Glen Scotia. Sometimes it is too much which brings such Scotia's below par. But in most cases it stays within acceptable limits. Like this time. In addition clear earthy, malty and musty notes; combined with salty coastal flavors.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Basically, the flavors found in the nose continue in the taste. In come dark and earthy spices. No fruitiness or any sweetness to be found. Drops of water do not change the structure.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long to long finish. Very salty and dry in the aftertaste.

  16. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    11-08-2021
    • Nose
      71 71
      vanilla
    • Taste
      72 72
      vanilla, pepper, spices
    • Finish
      70 70
      vanilla, pepper, spices

  17. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A bottling that still flies under the radar - and can happily do so for a long time. Campbeltown in its purest form. Since I have the current batch # 23 of the Springbank 12 CS (55.9%, 100% ex-Bourbon) open, I have added a dram from the Springbank for comparison. And it's really amazing how similar the two whiskys are. Springbank is one of my favorite distilleries, but when I see the current prices for the 12 CS and then have a Glen Scotia Victoriana in my glass, which does a very similar performance for U60, I start to wonder ...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The nose calls directly: Campbeltown. Mineral and maritime, as you would expect from a jumping bench. Not ironed flat, but angular, bulky and demanding. Lemon zest, freshly sliced apple, nougat, marzipan. With and with comes peach cake and a malty note. But always there and accompanying the impression of standing on the pier of a harbor, the sea air and the smell of chugging fishing boats in your nose. There is something primeval, archaic about it.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Pleasantly strong start with salted lemon wedges and seaweed. As in the nose, it is not a soft flatterer on the tongue, but rather a guy with rough edges. Here, too, a port scene immediately pops into my head: boat planks soaked in salt water, chugging diesel engines. Lots of toffee and caramel, the lemon wedges are omnipresent.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long, slightly dry, lemony, spicy, salty. Remains absolutely stringent right into the finish.

  18. Candy62 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    This whisky is a real time machine. Where am I now? In the 19th century?
    Nose: old books, leather armchair, dried berries, old wood
    Palate: dry, leather, light honey, dried berries, nutmeg, oak
    Finish: dark chocolate, oak and honey
    Cheers, one dram to the memory and time of Robert Burns.

  19. elipszis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      coconut!
      bounty chocolate
      salty
      cinnamon
      musty
      strong
      woody
    • Taste
      87 87
      salty
      sweet
      coconut
      peaty
      oily
      nutty
      intense
    • Finish
      87 87
      bitter
      coconut
      medium long

  20. Falang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I love this dram. What a surprise. I tasted the 2021 Victoriana during a Glen Scotia tasting. It was lined up as second last one. And it blew me away. The 2021 version is stronger in alcohol then the 2020 version (54.2% vs. 51.5%) and I believe it's better like this. The extra alcohol punch and the difference in taste really uplifts the whole; The 2021 Victoriana has a rich nose with sweet apples and cereal on top of a leathery layer. The taste is balanced and sweet with chicory and gingerbread, hint of nuts and hidden seaweed. Finish is long with old porto (white port) and a touch of dry sherry. Lovely!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, rich, a lot of apples, full flavor like a bowl of organic cereal with roasted nuts. Besides these sweet aromas there is also a deeper layer that is more robust with some leather and greasy shoe-polish.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oily in the mouth! Really full and complex. The whisky beautifully grows while tasting; it is round and sweet with gingerbread, herbs, and some nuts. Hint of seaweed in combination with Flemish chicory. Wauw! The 54.2% doesn't really kick in. The entirety of the dram remains balanced.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and sweet aftertaste that slowly evolves and dies out. There are hints of white sherry and even something nutty like in old porto. Hint of maritime aromas. Really really pleasant.

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