Glen Scotia Victoriana

Overall rating
84.91/100
votes
613
Whiskybase ID
WB62938
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
01.09.2015
Casktype
Charred Oak Casks
Strength
51.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L2/244/15
Barcode
5016840191216
Added on
01 jan 2015 9:49 am by djmaxliving
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 78.69

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Whisky reviews for Glen Scotia Victoriana

79 users have left 81 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.91 points.

  1. Moses scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    So to get right to the point. This whisky is independent and special. But the 15 convinced me so much, I can't forget it. That's why this is not a NAS that I would buy.
    • Nose
      Some tobacco and nutty sherry. Steamed peaches. He needs time and some water. Then there are bananas, dark sugar with vanilla. Behind it some fresh mint on lemon peel. Roasted aromas with a minimal smokiness.
    • Taste
      The banana is now overripe in the leather saddle. There are also orange peel with a slight tobacco note. Roasted peppery aromas come through. Behind that, sugar-sweet vanilla. Not badly decided when choosing a barrel. A hint of tobacco comes through.
    • Finish
      It ends in the middle with citrus fruits and a compote of dark chocolate and roasted nuts. Slightly bitter oak, but immediately fraternized with a little caramelized sugar. Absolutely ok.

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  3. ldz794140310 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    This dram is relatively rugged, but has enough aroma and flavor to make it worth a try
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smells like burning leather, honey, some sherry. The alcohol is pungent (-1)
    • Taste
      86 86
      Stewed fruit, sherry, new wood, spices
    • Finish
      84 84
      Short finish

  4. FoivosSoueref scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    A perfectly friendly and interesting introduction to the Glen Scotia range. It was eminently drinkable at cask strength with a palate of flavors that felt more like a warm honey sweet hug by two slices of bread than a challenge. Whether this bottle comes off as boring or welcoming will no doubt depend on what you are looking for— something new and exciting to challenge your taste buds or a special sipper to relax within the evening.

    Mental Image: Brunch Pastry Basket.
    • Nose
      Sweet malty sugars on the opening with a maritime salt breeze, green unripened tropical fruits, and florals. Tangy marmalade, honey, mineral oil, and salted crackers emerge over time refraining from familiar notes.
    • Taste
      Medium body with malty melba toast, whole wheat bread, and lightly salted pastries. Pastries give way to fruity undertones of jam and marmalade as well as oaky notes of cinnamon and slightly burnt toast. The honey sweetness combined with the malt gives the impression of sticky morning buns or honey-drenched pastries.
    • Finish
      Lingering grains and dry spices.

  6. joeynoreen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Punktar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I like the 15 a lot, so I had to try the Victoriana after all. I really wasn't expecting much from a NAS whisky compared to the 15 but am pleasantly surprised. He has character. Very spicy on the nose and a hint of smoke. Also an idea of the sea with salt and algae. The taste is heavy with strong spice notes in the Maggie range. Oily and pleasant in the mouth, slightly peppery on the finish. No 15, but with its own note and recommendable.

  8. lucero scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Finn2206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very full bodied NAS, for me it lives up to the Campbeltown hype!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, fresh fruits, a little vanilla and some funk.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full, oily mouthfeel, surprisingly viscous. Again the sweetness comes back for me, a little spicy/peppery note and more cooked fruits on the palate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, sweet, fruity and well rounded.

  10. roban scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Sweet floral and fruity, balanced, lightly smoky, really great for the price.

  11. Bomshanka scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Finally gotten around to try this one out. It has been hyped a fair bit these past years, but alas one can only drink so much whisky. Like many commentators have speculated this appears to be a mix between some vigorous young and some old and noble casks. Maybe to save the latter ones? Thin fast legs at first that leaves some very substantial and slow beads on the edge. Good strength and takes water well. Acquired for the price of 60€ which is very fair.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Green apples, red apples, mashed gooseberries, engine grease, freshly polished steel, lemon curd. Old furniture starts to appear, leather and rubbed brass. Even some dates and stewed plums.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Thick and fat, sweet and sour, lemon curd, hazelnuts, brown bread with orange marmalade. Very fresh and fruity, yellow, green and red fruits and berries mingle to the tune of citrus and spice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Lingers for a while on citrus and oak spice, cracked pepper, even a tiny jalapeño down there. Flint and dust.

  12. ehelkur scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      On the nose it seems quite sweet, a bit floral, a lot of raisins, sultanas, plums and fresh fruits. But the fruity character stands out with peaches, mango, melons....
    • Taste
      86 86
      On the taste side, it is sour.... quite different from what the nose promised, with a lot of spices, tropical fruits, brine and again spices like nutmeg and clove. It has a nice mouth coating.
      Finish
    • Finish
      85 85
      The Finish is long, with notes of ashes, coffee and fruits.

  13. notesofmalt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Glen Scotia Victoriana, 51.5% alc. Original bottling (2015). Expansion: Bourbon barrels, "charred oak casks"

    Nose: Apple pie with cinnamon and burnt oatmeal, some malt and a little caramel. There is also strawberry yoghurt and salted peanuts, as well as a little marzipan, tobacco and shoe polish.

    Palate: Strong and pleasantly spicy, slightly tingling. Again the porridge, with fresh caramel and some coffee. Warm apple strudel with vanilla sauce. I also find a pleasantly tangy lemon sweetness and some chocolate milk here.

    Finish: Long and very dry, again a lot of caramel and some oak. Cinnamon, blackberry jam, citrus fruits and a hint of menthol.

    Conclusion: Glen Scotia in cask strength. Not a whisky for beginners, but a really good one! 86/100 points (2021)

    www.notesofmalt.com

  14. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Jabarkas scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Much less musty on the nose then Glen Scotia 15. If you would tell me, that I am drinking cask strength Craiggelachie 13, I would have believed you. :)
    • Nose
      Citrusy, pineapple, a bit of matchsticks?
    • Taste
      Fruity, peppery, honey, creamy, both sweet and bitter. A bit of sherry.
    • Finish
      A bit of that Glen Scotia mustiness. But only a bit. Mostly it is grapefruit like finish. Oh and a hint of sherry.

  17. EloeOmoe scored this whisky 66 points Member Junior

    Good showcase of character, good proof but simple, thin, caramel forward and otherwise unimpressive.

  18. Gous scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  19. YD84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A stellar dram, lots of complexity without compromising on deliciousness.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's really great! Balanced and complex, nose and taste are extremely contrary. Very nice change. Really well integrated alcohol, present but not too dominant Scotia sweetness, tart-spicy wood notes as a counterpart. Simply an all-round beautiful malt.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Starts with a very nice, clear vanilla note, which is complemented by strong caramel and a fresh hint of citrus. Not as blatantly sweet as I have already noticed in other ex-BC Scotias, but nicely balanced. Somehow there is also a constant fresh note, for me like a mixture of sweet pudding, caramelized wood and a touch of furniture polish. After a while I also find a slightly chocolaty note, which then presents itself more as caramel candy (Werther's Original) and fudge. Maybe a few more chocolate toons. Extremely chic!
    • Taste
      86 86
      Balanced, with great spices and tart fruit notes such as orange peel and a little grapefruit. A touch of dry herbs is added, the taste we move and now rather on the bitter side. The sweetness has receded far into the background and only shows itself with some woody caramel notes. The wood brings a pleasantly spicy counterpart to the herbs and citrus notes. The second become clear again with the second sip and reveal some lemon peel. A surprising, beautiful contrast to the lovely, sweet nose!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Somewhat dry, clearly tart. First the dry herbs and the tart, spicy wood dominate, then the whole thing turns into a nice, pleasant caramel sweetness. A touch of bitter citrus also shows through again. Remains longer than initially suggested. Fits!

  21. M134481 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Cashews, salted peanuts, strawberry and pure dark earth. Subtle fruit tones such as kiwi, pear, orange peel and pineapple juice. Blackberries, strawberry, forest fruits and a touch of cigar smoke. I also notice something spicy, like black pepper and black tea.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pineapple, pear ice creams, strawberry, white grape and kiwi. Cigar smoke, black tea, espresso, coffee grounds, and latte. Dark chocolate and peanut chocolate chunks. Toasted bread, various citrus fruits, lemongrass and chocolate biscuit follow later.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Honey, pear, pineapple juice, tart white grape and a dry finish. All accompanied by sugared chocolate biscuits, cigar smoke, espresso and coffee grounds. Black tea, as if it is between your teeth and you keep tasting it and the circle of my described finish keeps echoing in your mouth. Beautiful finish!

  22. dimitrios scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  23. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Exciting and original bottling with a good price-performance ratio and a strong start.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Strong alcohol that no longer stings the nose with increasing heat. Nice, sweet, sticky and fruity aroma. Pear, honey, heather, pineapple, vanilla, tangerine, light oak spice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Apple, tangerine, vanilla, lemon. Slightly oily.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish with oak, vanilla, citrus notes and pear.

  24. SpringBarley scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Wolf68 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  26. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's always surprising what Glen Scotia is capable of bottling. A distillery that is (wrongly) underestimated everywhere.
    wlk20-11
    • Nose
      88 88
      Mineral and salty, fresh cookie dough, malt, fresh yeast, lemon cake - it has Campbeltown DNA, and yet it is very different from the colleagues over there. Wet wood, salt lick, multivitamin effervescent tablets.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fatty, creamy and oily starter, mineral, salty, lemony. The effervescent tablets, still in the multivitamin flavor. Lays on the tongue for a long time, spreads out, later delivers nice, intense chocolate notes.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to long, sweet and fruity, at the same time salty, lots of chocolate, lemon ice cream.

  27. EvilAFI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Only faults I find are from my own preferences, this is a very good pour. The sour cream note I get in the nose I often get in sweet peated whiskies that I tend to be harsh on the score there, but this taste and finish sing. Balanced and very enjoyable!
    • Nose
      88 88
      A sweet and subtle peat, cream, pear, red grapes,
    • Taste
      91 91
      Ooh that’s a nice palate, subtle yet bold, sweet and light peat again, a briney honey mix, light spice, apple sauce, something unctuous about this that demands a second sip, and third, and so on
    • Finish
      89 89
      Here the oak and spice play their part by keeping the warmth and linger, the sweet notes join in to carry on after the spice subdues

  28. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice whisky, very spicy with wood.

  29. wildhairyhaggis scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Has always been highly praised in various magazines. So a bit disappointed because it "only" seems to be a good whisky - but unfortunately not a very good one. Strong (barrel strength) without being too alcoholic and yet "easy drinking".

  30. L_Gillian scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Dense, warm and very dark. Funk, reeks of farm stables, but in a good way! Further there's sweet crème brûlée, burnt bread and celery salt spice.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily and full. Again that stable-like funk and hay, reminds me a bit of that Springbank dirtiness. Black pepper and tobacco, some vanilla.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Surprisingly round. Sea air, leather notes and caramel. Oak bitterness lingers and later on hints again to something more sweet.

  31. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, grain, grass, some earth, some lemon, apple, melon, nuts, some strawberry, dried fruits, some cinnamon, caramel
    • Taste
      Apple, honey, caramel, lemon, lime, nuts, very light chocolate, pepper

  33. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Quality stuff for a decent price, bottled at an impactful strength.
    • Nose
      Hints of rye bread, burnt caramel, soy sauce, dark spices and berries, with just a touch of wet cloth. Finally a whiff of Greek yoghurt and apples.
    • Taste
      Spicy. Very spicy actually. Mostly ginger and black pepper, with a subtle note of nutmeg. Soft charred oak. It has some sweet, syrupy, red fruity elements to provide some balance. Also, orange liqueur.
    • Finish
      Caramel and leather. Short to medium.

  34. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very enjoyable whisky, with a very own character. Fruity with a subtle touch of smoke, thick structure, nice sour notes. This one is really different and I like it.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Some fruitiness, ripe oranges, a bit organic as well. A clear hint of smoke, dark tea. Then some sweet vanilla notes arive, the nose gets friendlier in time.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruity, pretty strong. Oily, thick structure. Some significant sour note, not unpleasant at all. Orange zest, with some bitterness. Again a smoky note, and some honey sweetness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still pretty strong, sweet and fruity, some peach, honey. Clearly some wood influence now, with again a hint of smoke. Pretty long, tea and tobacco come in later on.

  36. Jssssssss scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Nose
    Strength: (6)
    Tonality: (6)
    Micro-ripe citrus... 2
    Maltose...2
    Still have candied fruit... 2
    Salted toffee...3
    White toast...2
    Wood ashes...1
    Taste & Finish
    Aroma: (6)
    Strength: (5)
    Tonality: (6)
    End rhyme: (6)
    A slight peat appears in the entrance to the green peat bitter... 2
    Total:( 85-86 )
    Although the elements are rich but a little messy, it seems that there is no good integration.

  37. schengel10 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very unusual, very complex malt and really good malt!
    A no-age statement that is really fun!
    • Nose
      lots of honey and caramel, ripe lemon, peach, vanilla, oak;
    • Taste
      with water: powerful start, oily, sweet, cooling mint; Pepper, salt, charcoal, blackberries, creme brulee, cocoa butter, dry oak, complex;
    • Finish
      a long, sweet finish, honey; peppery aftertaste, slightly bitter;

  38. Estega7 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  39. robbiemast scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  40. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  41. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Romansen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  43. domani scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very interesting whisky which, in my opinion, combines many characteristics of different types of whisky in a hitherto rarely perceived and interwoven way. It is sweet, spicy, woody, fruity and everything is accompanied by a light, gentle smoke - 19.01.2019
    • Nose
      Interesting, slightly musty nose, bright fruit, apple, kiwi, dried wood, cracked walnut, brown sugar, reminds me a lot of the roasted aromas of popcorn, malt, barley grains, nut flavors, almonds, freshly opened pack of pretzel sticks
    • Taste
      Slightly chilling, the alcohol has steam, but I do not find it unpleasant, fruity-aromatic, kumquats, brown sugar, bitterness sets in relatively early and sets, some mint, he exudes some burnt, slightly burnt roasted aromas, caramelized honey
    • Finish
      Lang

  44. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  45. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: wow, this reeks of freshly picked green apples. Apple crumble, grapefruits and a dash of pinot grigio. Very juicy nose. With air and a few drops of water, it gets saltier and more maritime. Mint, bay leaves, marzipan, salted and roasted cashew nuts and shoe polish. Maybe a few soapy off notes in the background, that remind me of hair shampoo. Nothing too extreme, rather interesting and characterful.

    Taste: pink grapefruits sprinkled with seasalt. Dry and mineral white wine. Crushed green garden herbs. Mint. Drops of soysauce. A nice, subtle bitterness that adds depth and maturity. Its not overly complex, but super delicious.

    Finish: Herbal and minty with a nice lingering bitterness.

    Very impressed. What a characterful bottling from this underrated and understated campelltown destillery. /89

  46. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  47. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  48. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/62940

    I also found this very decent last year [85]. You have to admire Glen Scotia for bottling at cask strength – a commitment to ‘craft’ no doubt. Ian tells us that next year, the abv for the Victoriana will be even higher at over 54%.

    C: I want to dilute but water doesn’t help it, which is awkward. Despite a decent enough charred US barrel-led sweet vanilla assembly on the nose and palate, the finish after the spiciness is nothing less than 12 months of oloroso – which resulting quashes my interest. Maybe PX casks would have suited this as well as they did for the Double Cask?Scores a D[+]

  49. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  50. Pollenflug scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      I immediately like the elegant nose: burnt caramel crust of crème brûlée, vanilla, ripe (light) fruits and subtle oak notes are immediately present. The alcohol (51.5%) is initially noticeable by a slight cooling, which disappears after a few minutes. The beautiful aroma, peppered with many sweet fruit notes, strong roasted aromas and light smoke, reveals many more associations over time. Peaches, red fruits, bananas, marzipan, roasted peanuts / cashews, malt, burnt crust of bread, mineral notes (salt) and delicate smoke (reminds me of sweet cigar smoke) follow. Exciting and multifaceted!
    • Taste
      The Glen Scotia starts powerful and pleasantly oily. Freshly ground pepper prances briefly on the tip of the tongue and causes a slight tingle. The taste is almost an image of the nose crystallized out. Strong roasted aromas (coffee, peanuts and creme brulee), plenty of vanilla / caramel, sweet fruits, orange peel, dark chocolate, marzipan, spicy oak notes and charcoal / light smoke are dominant. The alcohol is very well integrated, so I do without the addition of a few drops of water. The relatively strong contrast between sweet fruit notes and strong roasted aromas blends into a harmonious and not everyday taste experience.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet and spicy and slightly smoky. The sweet fruit notes flash again before the heavy aromas dominate the finish. Strong roasted aromas, orange peel, plenty of dark chocolate, spicy oak notes and light smoke make the malt cease slowly and warming. A delicate bitterness remains on the palate.

  51. theograph scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Oily, maritime, dirty and with resin, softwood;

  52. chlinatele scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Drunk on the whisky ship in 2017 ... very good malt would have almost bought him ..... Old School
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  53. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant NAS Glen Scotia. I think it's better than the 15yo OB. Maybe the CS ?!
    • Nose
      Fruits, vanilla, marzipan. Sherry and oak. Citruses.
    • Taste
      Candied orange peel, caramelized plum and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet, spicy.

  54. Abadon05 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The nose is really cool here, but then.
    He needs some time, then he gets much better.
    But Campbeltown is not mine either. Still delicious and better than the core range.
    • Nose
      Pear, bright fruit, marzipan. A very horny nose that makes you want more.
    • Taste
      Lemon, pear, burns easily.
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish, pear, vanilla, a certain earthiness, as it can be found at least for me in many Campbeltownwhiskys. In addition mint and totally mild, only with the second sip a certain alcoholic spice.

  55. mer1973 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  56. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The new Scotia line continues to please, the NAS of the barrel fortress, similar in profile to the 15-year release, is also perfectly tailored, the sherry ruled - power, density, good depth, the price tag is very moderate.
    • Nose
      Clear, dry, sherry, spices, dried mushrooms, furniture varnish, raisins, prunes, earth notes, pu er, wood dust, green apple.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, oak, creamy caramel sweetness, burnt crackers, boiled condensed milk, light varnish-resin notes, toffee, burnt match head, light sulfur-metallic taste.
    • Finish
      Soft, wood-lacquer, burnt biscuits, kvasnoe wort, burnt caramel, dried mushrooms, orange peel.

  57. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Great combination of the fruity spirit and refill sherry. Apple and pear, pineapple, vanilla, toffee, dried fruit (mainly raisin) and a trace of wood. Full bodied palate, a tad peppery on the nose, with ample spice from the wood. There is also some gingerbread and dried fruit . The finish is soft, long, and lingering, especially with water. All in all, this is a great whisky. It's NAS, but not of compromised quality. 
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  58. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I tasted this one head-to-head with the Glen Scotia 15 year old Single Malt. This one is definitely more punchy and straightforward while the 15y is gentle/subtle and smooth. I prefer the 15y over this one. Still not bad for a core expression, though.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  59. djmaxliving scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Having tried the Glen Scotia 15 and this, I would choose this one over the 15.  Sadly I didn't get the chance to add water but I would buy a bottle if it had an age stated, very nice indeed.

  60. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The best NAS I have ever had in the glass. Just delicious and with a few drops of water just very tasty.

  61. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-loch-lomond-group/

    N: A finish was administered here too because of the heavy char, but im not getting much of that up front. Here we have a far more obvious sherry element, more in keeping with the Double Cask WB than the 15yo WB. Despite the cask influence the distillate remains clear despite the sweet sherry distractions.
    T: Fruity soft funk with more boldness compared to the 15yo, yet still its softy presented.
    F: Rounded. Char appears very low. Really, is that down to the finish?
    C: I prefer the subtler 15yo though i find this almost as good. Thoughtful sherry percentage.Scores a B-

  62. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  63. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2015]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5. I took no detailed notes as the whisky did not interest me.

  64. vojt466 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I will not complain about taste, it is very good and I think it is very good choice of alcohol, just the price will not be too much
    • Nose
      Burned grass, woody, dried dark fruits, flowers, varnish, light spiciness
    • Taste
      Initially, caramel and dried fruit, blackcurrant, cocoa, later chocolate oranges, chocolate biscuits and sparkling alcohol
    • Finish
      Caramel, chocolate, figs, woodiness and light spiciness and, of course, alcohol - long

  65. peatbogger scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

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

  66. peatbogger scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    A very robust and "masculine" whisky.
    • Nose
      Bold and unusual, which I like. Dark beer, tobacco, light vanilla oak and some citrus.
    • Taste
      I enjoy the higher ABV giving it some rum like punch.

      Over ripe red plums, some of that tobacco, barley, nice oak and spicyness.
    • Finish
      Medium lenght, dark slightly bitter chocolate and nice peppery spice.

  67. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  68. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  69. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  70. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Taste of the Whisky Festival 2016. Interesting, heavily classifiable and original whisky, rich in plenty of scent and flavor, it still spills over and changes even those notes are so slightly schizophrenic (softness / heavier style, sophistication / piquant acuity). Yeah, she liked me and was fascinated.
    • Nose
      Dense, warm smell. Pine wood, menthol, chocolate, tanned wood (this whisky is also finished in heavily taned barrels and boasts the accent "Charred Oak Casks"), but there is also raw wood, a bark of wood, tobacco, some thinner and cinnamon. (87 b)
    • Taste
      The first impression was that she was surprisingly gentle on that strength. Smooth, with skin, bourbon touch, sweetish, windy, then blooms in the flavor, and goes into piquant acuteness. Overall, heavier style with windy freshness. (87 b)

  71. fritzbrause scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very good nose! typical Glen Scotia! wonderful sweetness, fruits, smoke and let may say "Pattex Glue". the palate cannot catch up with the nose. probably too young bottled. there are some nice aromas one like from Glen Scotia, but it is not balanced and to harsh. the finish is medium long with no surprises. might be a good dram regarding value for money, but that fact of coloring is a shame.

  72. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Not bad and NAS whisky, I enjoyed my sample. A bottle is then again something to the price.
    • Nose
      Caramel, wash, vanilla, leather, smoke, charcoal,
    • Taste
      Creamy taste, sweet, caramel, leather, tobacco, vanilla, salt and orange.
    • Finish
      Wood, smoke, salt, spicy, gingerbread, burned sugar.

  73. Shane_IL scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I found this one to be a bit less complex and exciting than the 15. It was still a nice whisky, and the higher ABV gave it some extra oomph but it felt like it needed something extra.

    From my blog: http://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/03/30/loch-lomond-and-glen-scotia-tasting/
    • Nose
      Raspberry sherbet. Nutty sherry. Bit of creme brulee. Stewed peaches. Unsmoked
      Virginia tobacco 
    • Taste
      Old leather boots. Overripe banana. Plum wine. Seville oranges. Light tobacco ash.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Camphor. Fennel. Citrus. Stewed fruit. 

  74. fop scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice to disagree with Serge!  I like it a lot, full, powerfull and a well made whisky. One of the best NAS es I tasted. 89 points

  75. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Glen Scotia 'Victoriana' (51.5%, OB, +/-2015) A new expression – NAS, sadly – and so a new packaging. It’s supposed to be ‘replicating traditional Victorian values’, and is even advertised as being ‘bottled at 51.5° proof.’ Hum, that’s not very ‘CS’, is it, even by Victorian standards… Colour: deep gold. Nose: so very Glen Scotia! Some yoghurt and stout at first nosing, a yeastiness, porridge, then something pleasantly meadowy, and a dusty touch. Indeed, very Glen Scotia. With water: some chalk, dust, more porridge… And some green barley. Mouth (neat): a massive oak at first sips, crunching branches, raw ginger, beetroot, white pepper… I’d say this is either very young, or it’s been treated with new oak. Really ‘a style’. With water: benefits from water, becoming fruitier. Blood oranges, perhaps? But the peppery and gingery oak remains there. Finish: medium, bittersweet, always a little yeasty. Gritty oak in the aftertaste. Comments: bakers should enjoy this new Victorian bottling. SGP:351 - 72 points.

  76. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Colour:
    Deep gold / amber.

    Smell:
    A rich, full, sweet and complex whisky with aroma’s of musty basement, stout, creamy oak, yeast, porridge, old books, gingersnaps, citrus peels, subtle hint of aniseed, some minty tones, brown sugar, cashew, crème brûlée, fresh barley, caramel, toasted oak, cereals, toasted musli, plums, red fruits, cinnamon, hint of Latakia tobacco, currents, rice tart (“rijstevlaai” from Limburg, the Netherlands), soft sour tone of lime juice, creamy smoke and marmalade.

    Taste:
    A powerful, rich, full and complex whisky with aroma’s of dried fruits (mainly plums and figs) salted caramel, forest honey, toffee, brown sugar, coffee, dried cherries, milk chocolate, pepper, toasted almonds, soft bitter tannins, charcoal, soft cinnamon, toasted oak, burned oak, soft bitter tannins, backed banana, sweet tobacco, fresh ginger, candied ginger, there is the crème brûlée again and bitter orange marmalade.

    Finish:
    A long, rich and mouth watering finish with aroma’s of orange zest, marmalade, oak fire, tasted oak, soft tannins, mocha, rich forest honey, soft cocoa and dried fruits. It dies with a lush caramel and vanilla after taste.

    Yeah I know, yet another NAS whisky on the market, alas. But in my humble opinion this is a NAS whisky done right. It doesn’t feel to young or styled after the latest flavor fashion. It has a robust and engaging palette of flavors that keep on changing and surprising. On the nose this is very enchanting and can keep me busy (and very happy) for quite some time.

    The price tag is hefty for this NAS (but that also seems to be the fashion these day’s). The price to quality ratio is better balanced than most new NAS expressions.

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-346-glen-scotia-victoriana/

  77. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hot. Hamse got off to a good start. Idiosyncratic. Interesting. Fat. After the not bad - but very "cozy" - last "cattle" range a very positive surprise.
    • Nose
      wow - the smell has its own, fascinating, smoky-spicy, but not in the Scottish way, rather in the Glen-Els-Alrik direction, plus salt and some Maggi, roasted and salted peanuts ... Tip: no water, before you get rich
    • Taste
      and again wow - very intense and full-bodied, oily, the flavors are found 1: 1 in the taste again, to dark chocolate, sugar beet syrup, you want my charcoal (or burnt bread roll) ... heavy, dark ...
    • Finish
      long, bittersweet, sticky, a pinch of pepper

  78. Remko scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Nose and taste tend to have light - though a little too much - sulfur in my opinion.

  79. Torfding scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Somewhat round and edge-free (or mass suitable) as the representatives of the predecessor standard range, also shorter and less individual in the finish. Objectively, however, not worse, but with its own new character. Too bad, of course, that was colored.
    • Nose
      Caramel, ripe fruit, a little oak, a touch of saltiness, toasted, later, biscuits come to my mind
    • Taste
      a lot of coffee, roasted aromas, with sweetness and wood, a little bit of cherry in the background
    • Finish
      short to medium, chocolate or cocoa

  80. JohannesB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An honest and very straightforward (positive!) Malt. The statement that good and very strongly burnt out barrels were used, he is very fair - many strong roasted flavors make the whisky quite interesting.
    • Nose
      First a little closed and slightly stinging, I give the malt a few minutes in the glass. Baked bananas, burnt sugar, salted cashews and lots of classic vanilla and caramel. Behind is some lime juice and a touch of fresh mint. Above all hover strong roasted aromas, which almost turn into a slight smokiness.
    • Taste
      Very compact and a bit spicy. More peppery than alcoholic. Strong roasted aromas dominate: black coffee, roasted almonds, bitter wood tones and some charcoal. Behind it again some baked banana. The alcohol is super integrated, the desire for water does not come up.
    • Finish
      Very dark chocolate, bitter oak, charred nuts. The salivation is stimulated by the strong alcohol content and so still more classic bourbon aromas come to light: vanilla, lemons and some caramelized sugar.

  81. McLarsen scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Age: NAS
    Fassart: Bourboncasks, finished in "Deep Charred Oak Casks", so Bourbon barrel, finished in the newly burned Bourbon barrel ..., hmmm ...
    Alcohol content: 51.5% Color: ... dark gold ... Nose: ... lasts too, until something flashy appears, wood would be the first, then caramel, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon Taste: ... a certain bitterness as you know it, when the colleague distracted while making coffee, counted and then a petroleum-like liquid comes out ..., black coffee, probably the burned out barrels ..., charcoal could also taste like that. Otherwise ..., the usual suspects, who were already in the nose ... Finish: ... very long and earthy ... Conclusion: ... the cask strength is expected to be the strongest bottling of the new trio. Unfortunately she does not have much to offer apart from the mocha / coffee notes. The concept of combining bourbon barrels with newly charred bourbon casks was not the best idea for me personally, especially since the bottle should finally be traded on the 100 € limit ... 80 points

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