Glen Scotia 1999 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Wood Range - Sherry Cask
Stated Age
15 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
58.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Dec 2014 3:17 pm by ARDBERG
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 93.69

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63 × member ratings

69 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 1999 CA

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.39 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 59 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  If I had to select a drink for the devil - this whisky is a hot candidate.  It is that heavily spoiled with sulphur that your tastebuds are blocked even three meals and 24 hours later.  You do not smell nor taste anything else than sulphur and you can forget to enjoy any other drink after that...

    Yes, there are people out there who like such an extreme profile and this is absolutely fine with me.  Have fun with this dram!  But why the hell (literally!!!) neither the bottler nor the professional reviewers state this extreme flavour in their tasting notes (see photo).  These are ridiculous:  If this finish is "soft and gentle" than hell is a very cool place to be at....

    I feel completely cheated as the only thing I can do is to pour this bottle into the sink (nevertheless I saved some samples as you never know where you will end up when the final curtain comes down).  As a consequence I decided to buy modern style sherried whiskies only after I was able to taste them by myself (or on recommendation of trusted friends).  I bought this bottle for 65 Euro in March, 2015.
    • Nose
      56 56
    • Taste
      53 53
    • Finish
      48 48

  2. Fabi805 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely awesome. A total surprise candidate that is not for everyone. Thousand thanks to hs305 for the sample!
    • Nose
      88 88
      The smell initially reveals only sulfur. Remembered my New Zealand stay in Rotorua. Since it hisses from every Gullideckel. The holiday was nice - maybe that's why the good recession to the smell.
    • Taste
      95 95
      The taste is overwhelming. In addition to the extraordinary sulfur notes, a great nutty taste is added. This is clearly in the background. A strong start. Absolutely exceptional whisky, when you're used to all the whisky whiskys of the whisky boom. Everything accompanied by the sherry keg in which the whisky was stored.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Here it is again really hard. The whisky moves, without mercy. The sulfur turns into an oily balm, which consume the entire mouth and throat. Just when you think, the finish is slowly sloping, explodes again a salt fountain that made me really moan. Sit back and "experience" instead of enjoyment is announced here!

  3. stoigniew scored this whisky 66 points Expert Junior

    Evidently the smell of burning sulfur. Sour taste, too long cooked eggs. Really disgusting taste. This whisky is not evolving and every stage is covered by sulfur.Almost none of the flavors characteristic for sherry - where are these cookies, toffee, dried fruit? At the end some timid spices, byt mostly - sulfur.

    The rating is really very low, because I have more pleasure of drinking a decent blended whisky in 40% than something like this in the cask strength.

    66 / 100

    The official bottling of Glen Scotia 15 years old is flabbergusting stuff compared to this one. 
    • Nose
      Sulfur, musty, cheap alcohol, some orange fruit (but hard to identify becouse of sulfur), some timid spices (also covered by sulfur)
    • Taste
      Cardboard, sulfur, stale, boiled eggs (for too long)
    • Finish
      Unfortunately long with notes of sulfur, old eggs, burning and sour in an unpleasant way, leaving just a disgusting feeling

  4. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      69 69
    • Finish
      69 69

  5. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    For me it's hard to understand the Springbank distillery a few minutes away using the same water as Glen Scotia can be so different.
    • Nose
      A bit musty at first. The sulphur came a bit later to me and was overtaking the rest but there was still something sweet behind I hope to find back in the taste.
    • Taste
      Oeps! Now it's a sulphur attack first but also sugar and a bit citrus. Pepper and a stinging feeling in the mouth. Water didn't make a lot of difference and I keep a spicy feeling in my mouth.
    • Finish
      Long finish but not the one I'm looking for. It's more a (??? - can't explain) taste in the mouth wich didn't want to leave.

  6. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I guess if anything this could be labelled a Sulphur Bomb. Originally I did not really like the sulphury note some sherry casks impart but it grew on me and I now really like it, so I like this whisky. Aside from the heavy sulphur it’s still quite a complex dram with a very unique flavour profile.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/09/21/glen-scotia-1999-cadenhead/
    • Nose
      At first a little musty, with some smoked fish, kind of like one of those old bait shops. This clears up after a little bit of time in the glass and a lovely sulphury sherry note takes over. Smoked fish is still present, but in the background. Cut slate. Wet stones in the sun. Some herbal spice notes, sharp parsley, cloves (also clove cigarettes) and fennel. 
    • Taste
      Sulphur. not sulphury sherry, just sulphur, so much sulphur. Under that there's some fruit leather, blood oranges and ruby grapefuits. Light pepper. Some nutty wood. Caramelised pecans. 
    • Finish
      Long. More sulphur. Very spicy, woodspice and a little paprika. Waxy fruits and bitter wood. 

  7. Whiskyflasken scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. buddybigbawz scored this whisky 74 points Member Junior

    I'm not particularly sensitive to sulphur and even I found it dominated this whisky, definitely one to avoid if you have an aversion to sulphur. 

  10. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Cadenhead's Official Tasting Notes

    Nose: Walnuts, cloves, nutmeg, dried figs/dates, nougat.

    Palate: Dry, demerara sugar, honeyed, almonds. Again oily. Very
    similar to the nose. Rich yet complex. Festive spices.

    Finish: Soft and gentle.


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