Nose: Coconuts immediately jump out at me, accompanied by some banana and papaya. Then there’s brown sugar and pecans. A herbal freshness too, eucalyptus. There’s some occasional lime and a candy store scent. This one is quite a shape shifter, makes it a very engaging experience. With water, the citrus notes come out more, mandarin in particular. Also a very sudden liquorice note.
Palate: A sugary sweetness and dried plums. There’s barley too, and a vanilla-honey-oak cocktail. As in some other Glen Scotia’s, there’s an ever so slight dirty note, kind of like that other Campbeltown distillery. With water, there’s more milk chocolate and canned fruits to be discovered.
Finish: A medium long finish. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Some red peppers pop up, but are quite subdued. An umami note too and if you’ve ever had pink chocolate, that’s in here too.
Quite a shape shifter of a whisky this one, but I’m not one to knock complexity. Glen Scotia is rapidly rising in my list of great distilleries.
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