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Glen Scotia 15-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Classic Campbeltown Malt
Stated Age
15 years old
American Oak Barrels
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
01 Jan 2015 9:39 am by djmaxliving

Average value

€ 55,60

Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 15-year-old

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.41 points

  1. mosesumike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior


    Maltmark from Ralfy:   92 

  2. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    Similar make-up as the 'Double cask' NAS - all-bourbon with a six month second refill sherry finish, though I believe there are bourbon refills used here also.

    N: Refreshingly gentle & rather different from any contemporary whisky on the market right now. Sweet saline with an odd tadpole note [sure I've noted this before somewhere], a little heathery smokiness and a gentle aniseed funk.
    T: A light & gentle oak character sadly under-represented these days - 15+ years of relaxed oak/refill joy.
    F: Oaky, vanilla ice cream with the most desirable mild creamy sweetness without any ADHD antics, and again with that oak character that suggests there's more than 15 years of [patient] maturation here. The finish gets better and better. Everything is delivered to the front of mouth as Ibon [Mendiguren] so rightly points out.
    C: ‘The Foz’ comes out with another epic sound bite: 'Benromach without the kick in the knee’. Its a 'close' experience. A really tasty and refreshingly different whisky to anything I’ve tried at Whiskylive 2017 this weekend. Theres no fragility here though the softness is its charm. I imagine it doesnt take too kindly to water. Fortunately for me, it was just right neat. And as for the tadpole reference, it was a note from that weird Glenalough: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/71656. Who hasn’t eaten a tadpole or two in their time?

    Scores a B[-]

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Jummie. This is a very, very deserving dram. True Glen Scotia character. Not very demanding but very pleasing!
    • Nose
      Charred/Smoked wood and Anise underneeth a pleasant fusty blanket. Without water it stays closed. Adding water immediately gives it more freshness. Hints of green herbs join the nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet, soft, silky. A very relaxing mouthfeel. A sit back and relax kind of experience. It’s character continues nicely on the palate. It is not a very demanding whisky but more then enough to enjoy and ease down after a day work. Dry and bittersweet.
    • Finish
      Gentle. It slides down easily. Dry wood notes, heather, green herbs and a hint of anise. Sticky finish; medium-long

  4. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    edited the review after a second tasting!
    • Nose
      86 86
      quite sharp in the beginning, aggressive alcohol and behind that some strange earthy and mushroomy notes that you sometimes get with bourbon maturation and that normally vanishes after a while in the glass.
      took at least ten minutes to reveal other qualities such as apricot marmelade, fruit tart, hints of vanilla and some bitter oak. pine sap. odd but entertaining.
    • Taste
      87 87
      same sort of fruity profile, quite peppery, fresh green chili peppers, hints of poppy seed. like on the palate it appears a little sharp (alcoholic)
    • Finish
      87 87
      peppery, earthy

  5. rottendon scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Very interchangeable, much better in the mouth than in the nose or on the finish.

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Slightly fermented yellow fall and a pinch of sweat at the beginning, slightly sour. After some life richer and more mature, now slightly sweet, the acid is still there. Grassy notes come up. Now he opens slowly and develops a bouquet, but still outweighs the fall fruit. Nothing is happening here anymore, quite exchangeable. Warmth does not do him any good unless you're looking for sulfur dioxide and alcohol that tickles your nose. Some perfumed soap maybe ...
    • Taste
      In the mouth first honey and some herbs, very soft onset, dries up increasingly, some milk chocolate at the beginning is less the more the herbs on the edge. Can I feel something there? The mouthfeel is also slightly watery here.
    • Finish
      Dry finish with some sugar water, clearly tannin-rich. Hardly reheating and overall (too) short. At the end of a strong-strong Nussigkeit, something labberig.

  6. MullofKilleyan did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    takes some time in the opened bottle then he gets really good
    • Nose
      smoke dark fruit and ham
    • Taste
      nice approach, earthy dark fruits, wild honey, smoked ham,
    • Finish
      dark chocolate, earthy smoke, quite long

  7. LittlePeat scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. mosesumike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The PLV from this bottle convinced me immediately. I think that this whisky is traded far below the radar of connoisseurs. I promise everyone who tries him a surprise. By the way: urgently with water
    • Nose
      87 87
      Already on the nose, it launches colorful: sweet fruits, sour and slightly bitter grapefruit paired with a hint of menthol you can smell the caramel with a little toffee. Always sweet and yet spicy bitter. A big movie theater.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet and sweet mixed with vanilla and honey, it spreads throughout the mouth and brings you one
      sweet jam out which then a little dry and slightly peaty in taste. An amazingly full body for this age. He even comes creamy. Impressive for such a younger malt. Brilliant !
    • Finish
      87 87
      Not very long, but he lays still dark caramel cream after and leaves with chocolate and brown sugar over butterscotch. Respect for the barrel selection. Masterpiece.

  10. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Glen Scotia 15 year old is a tasty and evocative Campbeltown whisky. If you’ve started your malt journey, but are yet to experience the Campbeltown style there’s a few options for you from the three active distillery’s left in the region – this bottling should certainly be on your exploratory list – it’s quite the step up from the NAS Double Cask. There’s a lot of charm and character here – it’s rather like a mogwai – cute and playful, but best avoid getting it wet.

    • Nose
      An appealing and intriguing mixture of reduced fruits (apricots particularly), honey, and gentle smoke – coastal (smoked kipper and a touch of brine) and inland (chalky ashes). Running throughout the nose is burnt caramel and patisserie pastries – these are tempered by tart lemon peels and grapefruit juice, alongside deep earthiness – mushroom – and sharp minerality. The addition of water brings out further fruity character – quite jams and marmalade – but reduces all the other facets into a rather incoherent morass. Stick to it at 46%.
    • Taste
      A good arrival that brings minerality, citrus and earthiness together in a combination that works nicely – tang and scorched earth. Apricots lead off again, but this time are joined by spicing – ginger and pepper. Smoke is somewhat pungent and dirty ala a good Campbeltown whisky – ozone, shoe polish, brine, salt and iodine. Water is slightly transformative, adding ash to the arrival, juicy and tropical fruits to the mid palate and chalky mineral smoke to the back palate. Interesting – but the detriment to the nose is too great to offset this curiosity.
    • Finish
      Short to medium with tangy citrus, sappy woodland oak, touches of iodine and pepper.


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