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Glen Scotia 15-year-old

Overall rating
84.69/100
votes
856
Whiskybase ID
WB62940
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Classic Campbeltown Malt
Bottled
22.04.2015
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
American Oak Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L4/112/15
Barcode
5016840171218
Added on
01 Jan 2015 9:56 am by djmaxliving
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 58.23

86 × in wishlist

856 × member ratings

1956 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 15-year-old

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

  1. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The PLV from this bottle won me over immediately. I think this whisky is traded way below the connoisseur's radar. I promise everyone who tries it a surprise. By the way: urgently with water
    • Nose
      It already starts colorfully at the nose: 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 and bitter. A big movie theater.
    • Taste
      Hearty sweet mixed with vanilla and honey, it spreads throughout the mouth and brings you one
      sweet jam emerges, which then becomes a little drier and also slightly peaty in taste. An amazingly full body for this age. It is even creamy. Impressive for such a younger malt. Brilliant !
    • Finish
      Not very long, but he adds dark caramel cream and finishes with chocolate and brown sugar over butterscotch. Respect for the barrel selection. Masterpiece.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Outstanding Glen Scotia. What a discovery! Between 50 and 60 EUR, depending on where you shop. This is very fair for this tipple. Recommended!
    • Nose
      OMG, what a grand nose this is! Loads of toffee and soft spices, but this nose is mostly dominated by all kinds of fruit going from Seville oranges, raisins and fresh figs to candied pineapple and dried apricots. It also has a milky side that I cannot quite define. And something dusty as if I am sitting in the attic. Lastly there is a candy-like sweetness and a touch of smoke. I really like this a lot.
    • Taste
      It is a veritable flavor bomb on the palate! Quasi-creamy and very spicy, it arrives with quite a bit of oomph. Sturdy fellow, despite its 46%. Very spicy on ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Next to all the fruit from the nose, I also get some soft honey and barley sugars and again that dusty element that makes it somewhat old school and brings a smile to my face. Yes, you can easily call this complex. From the second sip forward it also has something syrupy, reminding me of rum. The smoke joins the fray, the oak gives it a bitter touch and the circle is complete.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long on sweet smoke with dark touches of sugar rich fruit and some cold coffee at the death.

  3. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Believe it or not, Campbeltown has more to offer than Springbank. Glen Scotia has always been a bit under the radar, but it has a lot to offer as a distillery! The 15-year-old expression has an intriguing nose, featuring salted caramel, pastries and apricots. Porridge, honey and floral scent add to the complexity. Spicy, aromatic and increasingly cask-dominated, the palate is balanced out by subtle sweetness, bitter walnuts and a touch of arugula. Lemon balm, nutmeg and salt linger in the resinous finish. Almost like Clynelish 14, a singular malt with character.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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    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[-]

  5. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A great price-performance ratio, it was ordered as by-catch to avoid shipping costs and I have not regretted that.

    First I smell candied nuts, in my mouth it tastes like the sweet cough syrup from my childhood with a herbal note, like an Underberg. A very pleasant companion, with whom you can probably spend a good evening
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Moderator

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

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose develops very nicely - tender but fruity and complex, on the palate he is too weak and arbitrary - because I typed blindly on Glenfiddich 15
    • Nose
      Chalk dust, shriveled apples, cooked pear, bacon rind (without smoke), sweetness, vanilla, cinnamon and clove, apricot, plum, beautifully overripe fruity complex
    • Taste
      very fine bacon smoke, mint, scholadig-nutty oak, sweetness, apple slices with peel - soft - round - quite mild
    • Finish
      grassy, ​​malty, oily - becoming spicier, citric acid, medium-long - slightly mineral

  8. rich_93 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Woody, spicy, sweet, fruity, a bit creamy on the nose. The spice more than the ethanol is initially quite fiery - I like this one with a little bit of water in order to lift the spicy oak and explore the fruitiness and maltiness in a balanced way. Ginger, chilli, dry and well integrated oak. Behind all that fruits - creamy apricot, banana, apple, dried pars, hint of citrus. Honey, malty oat biscuits and a bit of vanilla. Hints of smoke and dunnage funk give everything complexity and earthiness. Classic Campbelltown.

    On the palate, mostly sweet and fruity, the spice is toned down - very pleasant. Honey, malt, creamy porridge, apple pie, custard. Fruity notes of pear, apple, pineapple. Ginger and chilli add spice throughout. Suggestion of wild thyme and some resinous notes from the cask are interesting as well. Dry oak leads into the finish but doesn’t dominate - it mixes with the remaining sweetness and herbal honey notes.

    Overall, a brilliantly crafted, Campbelltown whisky. I prefer this to Victoriana - the smoky and earthy notes give it more character and complexity, making for a more engaging experience. Highly recommended. Too bad Glen Scotia continue to colour it orange to sell at travel retail, I think many enthusiasts overlook this bottle because of that.

  9. MrDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 85pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is pretty intense and spicy with notes of toffee, raisins, milk chocolate and gentle dried apricots.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is full-bodied and pretty oily with notes of dates, raisins, old sugared honey and spicy ginger.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is medium lenght and creamy with notes of red currant, walnuts, tobacco leaves and dark chocolate.

  10. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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