Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Industrial chimney soot
Stated Age
08 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
58.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 mar 2022 12:50 pm by Armando

Average value

€ 68.76

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2 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Glen Scotia 2013 SMWS 93.175

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.50 points.

  1. Gareth74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I can see your knickers!

    I LOVED the Glen Scotia Campbeltown Festival 2022 8 year old PX finished whisky. It’s ticked all my boxes. Sensibly priced, naturally presented, pantaloons bursting with flavour both big and bombastic but also containing layers of flavour. A nose that could have appeared in Life of Brian (you know the bit) and a great balance of flavours. It got it all right. But one thing about it had me wondering. ‘What would it taste like without the well judged PX overcoat?’

    Well. Now, thanks to the boyos at the SMWS, I think I know. How nice!

    So, this SMWS Glen Scotia is essentially the same 8 year old (give or take) that would have gone into the festival bottling (though a single Malt rather than this single barrel) minus the PX and you can really feel it. Right down in its bones, defrocked. Nowt to hide behind. This feels like a peek behind the curtain or inside the magician’s Magic cabinet. What’s it like? Hmmm?

    On the nose and it is a very clean, well defined sooty, ashy peat, creamy, rich and bursting with an almost Wriggly's juicy-fruit infused character. There lots of melon and white fruits and the peat is smooshed into the fruit with delicious bourbon notes and vanilla pods and liquorice. Nice creamy Murray mints are colliding with some sort of vague chocolate mouse or old fig(?) and sweet nectar and a little watered down honey. And the bourbon barrels feel completely at home in there with everything else going on. Oooh it’s nice. This feels fresh and lively and full of vigorous intention without getting too prickly or rough. It’s got that nice balance between all its bits that makes me think it’s going to sock it to me and deliver on all these olfactory promises. If it’s anything like the PX festival bottling I’ll be pleased as punch. Enough blathering - get in my mouth, young’n.

    Mmmmmm oh yes. Clean, fruity, not quite crystalline, more a muscular slightly salty, peaty soot. It’s weird but clean is a sense I get from this. Clean soot. The abv launches the flavours into the palate, the sweetness explodes, the peat is wrapped in a nice oaky ginger punch with some smoked charcuterie, some brine, toffee of some description, a creaminess in the mid palate swirls around with the salt and oak stopping things from becoming too drying, sweet minty toffees, more of that liquorice arrives - just a little, ooh. It’s a bit nice. With a dash of water and things become a little less sweet, more herbal and ‘serious’. It’s better nearly neat. Keeping the sweetness in the arrival suits it to a tee. What a cracker.

    So, underneath the Festival 8year old, based on this, I think it’s safe to say they weren’t trying to hide a thing. This is a thumper of an 8 year old. Bursting with sweet, clean sooty peat, bristling with sugary ginger and creamy wood and salty toffee.

    No hiding. Everything on show (down to its knickers). It’s all good!

  2. Armando did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS notes: Stone fruits and gooseberry tarts merged with burnt hazelnuts and salted cashew nuts while maritime aromas deepened to peat bogs, tobacco and leather. A wave of sweet medicinal phenols on the palate joined coal and smouldering leaves to give an industrial feel before fennel seeds, nutmeg and cloves complimented coffee beans and singed prunes. Aromas became more ashy and sooty by adding water, giving a dirty chimney stack feel that had elements of charred meat and leather. The palate remained sweet with toasted cereals, liquorice and cough syrup garnished with dried herbs, oily mackerel and nuts roasting over smoking charcoals.


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