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 9:56 am by djmaxliving

Average value

€ 59,06

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 15-year-old

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.69 points

  1. mosesumike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior


    Maltmark from Ralfy:   92 

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist 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 Senior

    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. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A strong wine influence.
    • Nose
      Blueberry, cherry, malt, cardboard, marzipan, caramel, fig and peach. With water some apple.
    • Taste
      Blueberry, toffee, malt, peat and cardboard.
    • Finish
      Blueberry, toffee, peat and chocolate.

  6. 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.

  7. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Very unique expression of a 15y old whisky matured in amarican oak. I would have guessed that there are some sherry casks involved. But I am sure that there are some older whiskies used. One of the best drams for a long time!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Lots of oak, vanilla, citrus, apricot, orange, plum, cigar box, leather, cinammon, clove, nutmeg, toffee. Very busy nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Bitter-sweet, very rich, silky mouthfeel, oak wood, tobacco, coffee, vanilla, nuts, caramel, dried fruits, orange, hint of smoke,
    • Finish
      90 90
      Tannins, pepper, chili. Not as good as the nose and palate.

  8. Jssssssss scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Strength: (6)
    Tonality: (7)
    The tonality of dried fruit is full of vibrant raisins, pound cakes of dried apricots... 4
    Brown sugar cake...3
    A little bit of powdered wood... 2
    Burning incense...1
    There are still fresh salty and sweet pears... 2
    Taste & Finish
    Aroma: (6)
    Strength: (5)
    Tonality: (6)
    End rhyme: (6)
    Slightly roasted nuts...1
    Entrance smoke sense... 2
    The palate is slippery and more acceptable.
    Total: ( 87 )
    The overall integration is good. Many aromas like pound cakes are very good. The salty sweet aroma of the juice is dominant and has a corresponding complexity.

  9. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This whisky shows a most beautiful development in nose and taste when allowing (much) time to breath and only a few drops of water. It is clear that Glen Scotia is working on an improved image via the contents in the bottle instead of the decoration. Scotias’ close neighbours show the way.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Heavy, complex, sherry wood, marzipan, icing sugar, beeswax, perfumed with red fruit.
      With water there is even more beautiful complex preserved red fruit. Jelly pudding. Cake. Sweet pastry. Spicy hints of wood and sage.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Light arrival in contrast to the heavy nose. Immediately the development starts, hot and heavy of citrus fruit sours and sherry wood spices.
      With water the arrival is heavy and complex. The development is long with juicy apples, citrus fruit, peach.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Beautiful long, warm, dry finish. Complex.

  10. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86


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