Glen Scotia 15-year-old

Overall rating
85.00/100
votes
1147
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

€ 76.36

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Whisky reviews for Glen Scotia 15-year-old

122 users have left 134 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.00 points.

  1. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The PLV of this bottle immediately convinced me. I think this whisky is well under the connoisseur's radar. I promise a surprise to anyone who tries it. By the way: urgently with water
    • Nose
      Already on the nose it starts colorful: sweet fruits, sour and slightly bitter grapefruit paired with a hint of menthol you can already smell the caramel with some toffee. Always sweet and yet spicy bitter. A big movie theater.
    • Taste
      Heartily sweet mixed with vanilla and honey, it spreads throughout the mouth and brings a
      sweet jam which then becomes slightly drier and slightly peaty in taste. A surprisingly full body for his age. It even comes across as creamy. Impressive for such a young malt. Brilliant !
    • Finish
      Not for very long, but he adds dark caramel cream and finishes with chocolate and brown sugar over butterscotch. Respect for the cask selection. masterpiece.

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  3. DramALife scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good amount of strength thanks to the higher abv, it’s just not as flavourful compared to the NAS ones... Maybe sherry casks did create quite a synergy with GS distillate? Nonetheless, the finish lingers with a good amount of weight. Overall, still an enjoyable dram.
    P.S. It does feel a tad thinner compared to the previous batches too.

    Medium legs.

    81-85 - Another dram welcomed
    • Nose
      83 83
      Salted fruits (ripe banana, red apple mash). Lightly charred oak with a mild touch of peppery spices. A tad citrusy and perhaps leathery. Less sweet compared to the NAS expressions. A bit thinner too. Vanilla slowly surfaces.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy, yet much drier on the palate, with plenty of cooked malts seasoned with crushed peppercorn. Nutmeg and cloves. Barley sugar. Dunnage warehouse. Fruits, mostly apples, are in the background. A touch of salted caramel. Again, more vanilla.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short. Warming malt and oaky finish with a touch of fruity wax lingering.

  4. Kawauso scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Woody. Not much alcohol, but you can sense the years of aging.
    • Taste
      87 87
      First a little bitterness and astringency. Then old wood and leather. Not too sweet, complex and very pleasant. The finish is gentle with a sense of maturity, but it has a strong aftertaste.
    • Finish
      86 86
      It lasts long and relaxing. Sweet and mellow.

  5. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This single malt stringently follows a line. The American white oak casks were certainly not all first fill, which means that the brandy still has some influence after 15 years of aging. Nevertheless, the spices with the slightly maritime base note of "Glen Scotia" find a lot of oak to create a pleasant, little fruity and slightly acidic overall picture.
    • Nose
      Sun-dried wood, dried figs, a tart-sour note resonates, physalis, tart citrus fruit, sea buckthorn, the odd puff of smoke
    • Taste
      Dry wood determines the start, vanilla, salty maritime, muscovado makes a sweet first impression, then it turns in the tart-sour direction, dry figs, apricots, physalis and sea buckthorn, becoming malty, liquorice, ginger, roasted hazelnuts
    • Finish
      Medium length, ginger, toasted oak without end, liquorice, sea buckthorn, apricots, vanilla shows up again, dried pineapple, slightly maritime with a salty note

  6. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very woody nose from the start, with a hint of ginger and blood orange peel. Baked apples, a drizzle of vanilla, iodine which gives a nice fullness, and again this warm and sparkling side that I had noticed with the 10 year old, this time more pronounced. Gingerbread, fudge, marzipan, dry land and evergreen forest. The palate is robust, on varnished cherry, oak, with dried fruits, nuts, apricots, grapes, and some exotic but discreet fruits, papaya, guava, dragon fruit. Controlled spices, paprika, nutmeg, white pepper. Long finish, wood splinters, intense charcoal, cola, tea notes. Hazelnut.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/12/glen-scotia-15-yo-classic-campbeltown.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Mr. D. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. CellarToberi scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Non-chill filtered. Caramel colour added. Matured in 1-st fill ex-bourbon and refill American oak casks. Finished for very short in Oloroso ex-sherry casks. Thick slow slowly forming primary legs. Mid-size very slow secondary legs. Trailing droplets. Advanced level scotch. Characteristic of the Campbeltown region. Superior to the 10 YO: balanced, higher ABV pronounces feints notes.
    • Nose
      Cereal: malt, toasted barley, dough, biscuit, hay, grain bread. Spicy: black pepper, ginger, mint, cinnamon, tea, baking spices, bitterness. Fruity: ripe fresh fruit: red apple; citrus: lime, tangerine, grapefruit; stone fruit: candied cherry, apricot; dried fruit: raisin; marmalade, jam. Feints: funk, wax, tang, dust, sulphur, tobacco, leather, manure, farmyard, slight astringent notes. Nutty: walnut, hazelnut, almond, peanut, nutmeg. Maritime: sea spray, brine, iodine. Sweet: confectionery, caramel, toffee, honey, vanilla. Floral: orange blossom, fragrant, orchid, heather. Woody: charred oak, cigar box, cedar. Herbal: grass. Savoury: fresh vegetables, mushrooms, ham. Earthy notes: minerality. Oily: cream. Smoky: very slight peat note. Full body: robust, drifting, very interesting. Rich: pungent. Water turns up sweet, fruity and smoky notes, but narrows the range of the body.
    • Taste
      Sweet: toffee, honey, syrup, caramel, vanilla, confectionery. Fruity: citrus: tangerine, lime, lemon zest; stone fruit: apricot; fresh fruit: red apple; dried fruit: raisin, prune; jam. Smoky: mild peat. Spicy: ginger, black pepper, mint, cinnamon, baking spices, chili. Woody: charred oak, oak tannins. Nutty. Maritime: sea salt. Winey: bourbon, sherry. Oily. Savoury. Herbal: vegetal: paprika. Cereal: toasted malt, hay. Earthy: minerality. Texture: silk, mouth coating. Rich. Full body: dry. Water extends the development.
    • Finish
      Long. Sweet: toffee, confectionery, vanilla, honey, caramel. Spicy: ginger, pepper, mint, espresso, chili. Maritime: sea salt, brine. Fruity: ripe fruit: red apple; stone fruit: cherry; dried fruit: raisin, fig. Winey: sherry. Woody: oak tannins. Nutty. Cereal: toasted malt. Savoury. Herbal. Full body. Water extends the finish.

  9. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasty, balanced dram with a touch of Campbeltown funk.
    • Nose
      Oily, sweet balsamic, coconut, ginger, buttery, vanilla.
    • Taste
      A little farm. blood orange, white chocolate,
    • Finish
      Mild, medium length.

  10. SimondeVette scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Good dram, but incomparable with Springvank 15. Pretty complex and spicy
    • Nose
      Soft, spicy, fig, citrus, some toffee, vanilla
    • Taste
      Spicy, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, some smoke, strawberry, orange, coconut
    • Finish
      Soft en sweet, short, nice peat character

  11. SimonOHA scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It is drunk very easily, it is greedy. Good daily well done.
    • Nose
      Nose of roasted orange with caramel, apricot. Really very fruity and pleasant. Some metallic notes. Vanilla, nuts and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Very fruity on the palate, on oranges and apricot. Good pepper too. Caramel and cinnamon. Juicy oak. Iodized in large sips.
    • Finish
      Fairly short finish with warm notes of wood, chocolate and citrus zest.

  12. ldz794140310 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    To be honest, I personally think this is a delicious, very finished whisky, and I'm wondering why it doesn't score well
    • Nose
      89 89
      It's very interesting, smells like ripe bananas, roasted fruit, rich sherry, and the sweetness of it is very appetizing
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is espresso, then sherry, then chocolate milk
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium finish, with some spices and old wood lingering in the mouth

  13. luelae did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Very nice. Spices, salt, sea and later red berries.

  14. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A good all day dram without any weaknesses and with a sufficient complexity. I have a feeling Scotia is on the up.

  15. Larry411 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Toasted oak, dark molasses-based rum, malt, engine oil, pears, finely ground white pepper, and candle wax.

  16. KEngelaar scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    I bought this one in a sample set together with the Double Cask and Victoriana.

    Ex-Bourbon, but not much else is known. Glen Scotia produces only a low quantity of whisky. This makes it rare by nature. Also it was sold multiple times in the past few decades. Now the question is: What drives the price upwards, low output or bad management decisions? I would say rather the latter, considering the taste.

    To me, this whisky appears to be a starter whisky, which is sold at a premium price. I could get two bottles of 15 year old Dalwhinnie for the same price.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Sweet, vanilla, some lemon and orange, butter biscuit. Medium spicy notes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very spicy, sweet, caramell and a decent amount of oak.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium length. Spicy, sweet and oak. A rather dry palate, with a barely noticeable maritime note. After some time, liquorice appears.

  17. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quite light bodied but well balanced on honey, cooked fruits, vanilla, toffee, quite nice

  18. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Quite fruity and straight, the mouthfeel is probably a bit thin, still quite nice overall
    • Nose
      88 88
      Ripe apricot, plum, some orange peel, cinnamon, hints of dried fruits, marzipan, toffee, brown sugar, tobacco, little acacia honey, notes of oak wood, pepper - very nice
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruity, spicy, pepper, good sweetness, dried fruits, apricot, jam, orange peel, some herbs, woody notes, hints of vanilla
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, fruity, little spicy, woody, little zesty, more herbs

  19. joeynoreen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  20. DramALife scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    S 8
    Soft, delicate, yet full of flavours. One of my favourite 15yo OB. How did they pack that many elements into a 15yo bottle???

    [83-85] I'll get a bottle unless my bank account says otherwise.

    N 27
    Spring flowers, fairly fruity, vanilla oak, peppery spices. A whiff of the coastal breeze. Dusty wooden box. Vanilla grows over time. Also, I’m gradually getting some zingy citrusy.

    P 26
    Fruity & coastal. A lot sweeter, barley sugar, subtle red fruits (apple, strawberry) surfacing as we dilute it down. Culinary herbs. Crushed peppercorns transiting to baking spices. More bourbon characters coming out from behind.

    F 23
    Mid-short finish. A bit dry from the oak. Warm malt and a touch of vanilla lingering.

  21. Gil firth scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Great price for this sweet funky bottle. Honey, funky smoke, orange, apples, loads of caramel.
    Nice introduction to campbeltown and glen scotia.

  22. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Fantastic, you knew it was a great whisky from the first sip.
    And when you look at the price, it's unbelievably good.

    I knew it was great before I opened the bottle, but didn't expect it to be this great!
    For me, I prefer this bottle to the famous Lagavulin 16yo.

    The total score is 89 points for taste, and the price does not affect the score, for a total of 89 points.
    • Nose
      American oak barrel provides a vanilla oak scent,
      Full of sweet flavors of banana, grapefruit, honey, toast and more.
      I personally really like the aroma of the bourbon and the bourbon is also made with a brand new American barrel, they have the same rich sweetness but this Glen scotia has a more complex woody note with a sweet smokiness, oh , this fragrance is so attractive to me.
    • Taste
      The body is thick and the taste is very rich.
      A tropical fruit-like aroma at first, then toast, cream and malt sweetness play, followed by vanilla, oak, and finally a touch of sea salt and smoke.
      Fantastic, I will want to drink it every day.
    • Finish
      The sweet taste like banana peel and grapefruit lingers in the mouth, and the smoky smell lasts very long.

  23. Francishomola scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    12 may 2022
    • Nose
      88 88
      rich, soft, mature, vanilla, slight green leaf, it feels some shery-winy finish, 87

      05/12/2022
      apple, pineapple, fruity sweet, citrusy, little green, dry nose, sherry nose,
    • Taste
      87 87
      rich,

      05/12/2022
      dry, oaky, spicy, with water less spicy more fruity and you can feel more Campletown and sea character now.
    • Finish
      86 86
      tannis, drying finish,

  24. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-06-2022.

  25. ZLako scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    N: fruity, toffee, milk chocolate, some smoke, salty air, apricots and some dried plums

    P: sweet and spicy, lots of chocolate, fruityness and some malt and salt showing through

    F: long and elegant

  26. Romanino scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Unfortunately, I had only sample, but I will buy a full bottle. Nose and taste are really really good, just finish is a bit weak.
    • Nose
      89 89
      OMG, that was great! sweet, jammy, like jam from mix of dried fruits. a bit spicy after a while, but well balanced all together
    • Taste
      86 86
      fuity, funky, smoky, oily, a touch of ginger, iodine and spice at the end. but not too spicy, a slight bitterness
    • Finish
      82 82
      not very intense, it fades away quickly, it does not uncover anything new to me, still fruit and soft smoke

  27. Obynapewno scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It reminded me of Abeleura a bit in smell, very tasty
    • Nose
      Grapes, apples, cider, sweetness, refreshment, a little cinnamon and pears on the back, very soft smoke. A beautiful palette of fragrances
    • Taste
      Seemingly creamy but also spicy, fruit, honey, a drier end, a bit of peat, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      medium long, chocolate, warming

  28. romantickizzel scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Superb

  29. bankimate scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. hzs275 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  31. romantickizzel scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Superb well rounded a little funky relatively easy to obtain , no brainer !!!

  32. Spoerkel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fruity and strong at the same time. One could bet on a higher alcohol content. Very neat PLV.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. romantickizzel scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Absolute gem bang for your buck whisky. Richness and smoothness does not comprise complexity or a long finish!

  34. Vagmanou scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  35. Emieloss89 scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Glen Scotia 15 years old - 84

    Nose:
    Like having a picknick on the beach with a bonfire in the background. Charcuterie accompanied with fruit jams and some light bread.

    There’s the maritime saltiness, mixed with a meaty umami and a sweet fruitiness with spices. All held together by a slight layer of smokey vanilla. Beautiful! It’s a full aroma, not too thin but also not too intense. It’s well balanced and complex. I absolutely love it. 86/100

    Taste:
    So good. great balance. Full but not too heavy, almost bouncy on the tongue. There’s salmiac, there’s complex sweetness, there’s spices like vanilla and anise mixed with the pepper from the oak. Oily on the tongue but a bit more dry against the roof of the mouth. Some maltiness mixed with this beautiful bit of smoke that just holds everything together. It’s not a heavy Islay kind of smoke, more like a bbq type of smoke but not that intense. It works in the background to knit everything together. This is my kind of dram. The only thing I would have liked is a bit more of the fruitiness that you find in the nose. 87/100

    Finish:
    Pepper, smoke, oak, maritime, dry. It’s good, but not a lot to discover as opposed to the nose and taste. Medium length. 79/100

    Conclusion:
    A great dram, one of my favorites that I will keep on the shelve. Great price to quality ratio. Too bad the finish is lacking a little bit compared to the other areas or it would have scored even higher. It might have been a little cold for the dram at 18 *c. I’ll have to try it a gain in a bit better climate, that usually reveals a little more sweetness.

  36. rich_93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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.

  37. Emperor69 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Glen Scotia 15YO Classic Campbeltown Malt

    Category: Single Malt
    Producer and bottler: Glen Scotia Distillery
    Region: Campbeltown
    Fortress: 46%
    Volume: 700 ml
    Bottling date: 06/26/2018
    Barrel type: American Oak Barrels
    Min. age: 15 years old
    Filtration: none
    Dye: no

    Nose. An interesting combination of ash-mineral tones (ashtray, sea air, salted caramel, dusty wool), dry wood, lemon peel, baked fruit motifs (yellow apples, pears, plums, apricot and pineapple), dried fruits (raisins, figs), heated thawed butter, vanilla, ginger and anise. The nose is rich in nuances, but does not open immediately, of medium intensity.

    Taste. Buttery, creamy, fruity, mineral, with slight embers, smoke and a mild spiciness of the whisky spices. Pleasant and soft, complex, balanced sweet-sour taste with a slight bitterness in general, repeating all the features of aromatics.

    Aftertaste. Medium duration. Bitter, drying. Cinder, road dust, limestone, wood and spices attack.

    Outcome. I don’t know what it was like in 2015, when it was first born, but for a 2018 release, it’s more than worthy. An interesting synthesis of fruity and smoky styles of scotch, with its own curious features. Delicious, light, with the right whisky characteristics. If you take it at a discount, you get a good combination of price and quality.

    Rating: 86 out of 100.

  38. aw-home scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
      Earthy and maritime notes with malty sweetness, citrus fruits, anise and oak aromas.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Malty sweetness with earthy and maritime notes, aniseed, oak aromas, citrus fruits and a slight spiciness.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Long with a slight spiciness, aniseed, maritime notes, malty sweetness, citrus fruits and oak aromas.

  39. Totolino scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  40. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nice ex-bourbon aromas on the nose: caramel, vanilla, a touch of citrus (orange) and a floral touch of perfume. Everything is more sedate and "creamier" than in its younger neighbors Hazelburn 10 and Kilkerran 12. Finally, a minimal association with glue, not yet disturbing.

    Slightly tingling and sweet and spicy in the mouth. In the finish, the spice intensifies towards espresso and now and then fruity notes flash up (apples / pears). In the end, there remains a little too much bitterness.
    Length: 6/10

    More sedate than its younger Campletown competitors. Where these points with their liveliness, one wonders whether it would not have preferred to stay a few years longer (although the oak note in the finish is almost too pronounced).

    Grade: 2

  41. 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.

  42. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  43. Kazbarr scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

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

  44. hafssol scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    “Rich and smooth” tells the label, and so it is. It displays a lot of character, pairing the oaky bourbon cask influence on a textured, fruity malt; the result is perfectly balanced, between sweet floral notes and some spicy bitterness.

    The typical Campbeltown oily mouthfeel is still present but less pronounced than in other whiskies of the region, and so the maritime and slightly smoky background. They all support a bright and warming taste of apple, apricot and vanilla, carried by a lively salty breeze, that keeps echoing in the (quite long) finish.

    My favourite Campbeltown malt until now: richly matured, elegant, very pleasant and even easy to drink. One to always have in the cabinet, for a reasonable price also.

  45. dimitrios scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  46. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  47. Foudos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  48. 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

  49. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  50. McMoulis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  51. Gweddry scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      very specific, bad luck, smoke trail, pine needles, strawberry stick, honey, tar, crusaders, tip filling, salted smoked, lemon pepper, omelette trail
    • Taste
      trace of sherry, trace of smoke, sweet and salty, pepper, trace of carbon, chili peppers, minerals
    • Finish
      pepper, crustaceans, prunes, a trace of sherry, apples

  52. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  53. AndrewJ scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Could be a bad bottle (bottled 06.10.20) but very disappointing. Not glad I bought two. In summary, lacking aroma with few of the attributes described by others, thin and bitter arrival, little fruit or oak. Finish extremely short curtailed by bitterness with little or no evidence of age. Improves slightly with water but becomes even more thin.

  54. g00se scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicious campletown standard.
    purchase recommendation
    • Nose
      Sweet like raisins and marble cake, but also slightly sour like wet sand and fermented grape juice. Also salty and fresh.
    • Taste
      soft and light
      first bitter, then briefly sweet
    • Finish
      nut and grape, strong, long, tasty

  55. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's a more accessible whisky compared to the previous bourbon matured 'disco cow' official bottles I tried. It's richer but luckily hasn't lost it's mildly coastal edge.
    • Nose
      84 84
      An easy nose, malty and sweet. Quite floral with some fruits as well: citrus fruits, banana and maybe some strawberry too. Vanilla and a bit of coffee round it off.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full of character. It's fruity with oranges, apricot and sour red currants. Also a bit oily and mineral, revealing some of its Campbeltown origin. The floral notes of the nose reappear together with some oaky spices.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Creamy, with croissants, vanilla, red currants, and nutmeg. Some coffee and dark chocolate. It's a bit salty/mineral too, and lingers with some tobacco smoke. Nice!

  56. bredstrup scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Now this is scotch! Glen Scotia has really nailed a super balance - a VERY decent product for a fair price - I really recommend this 15-year-old to anyone being fan of Campbeltown!

    The sulphur is there (like it should) - so don't go there if you can't stand the fusile character in whiskys
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fusile notes at first. Wooden polish, old wood (like a cupboard in your granddad's office). A faint smokiness and then comes nuttiness and some coffee notes. Old tar and a salty breeze from the sea. Wow!

      With water: Fusile notes fades a little into the background, letting the other notes speak more clearly
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweeter than the nose suggests. Bourbon vanilla, some fruitiness, but still with character from the nose: Old wood, old attic, salt and bitter chocolate
    • Finish
      85 85
      Dry and a little bitterness and tannins. Salty notes,

  57. rb854 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  58. Portfolioman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    all in all this is an appealing whisky,
    the nose promises more than the whisky can deliver
    • Nose
      dark fruits, sherry, some oak wood, later also light acidity
    • Taste
      Peppery, medium sweet sherry, oily and creamy, oak
    • Finish
      pfeffrig, lang, adstringierend

  59. jkswift scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  60. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  61. YD84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Toffee, salted caramel, malty, doughy. Spices - cinnamon and clove. Fresh fruits. Ginger, betel leaf, barley sugar. Buttered croissants. A touch of peat. A bit of mustiness, maybe even some diesel. Water brings out more fruits - oranges, pineapple and banana. Lovely mouthfeel. Superb whisky, and outstanding value for money.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  62. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  63. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  64. Feorag86 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Salted caramel, rosemary, butter biscuit, honey and sweet ripe mango
    • Taste
      86 86
      Arugula, walnuts and salted caramel
    • Finish
      84 84
      Lemon balm, creamy and mango

  65. Jabarkas scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Sour and sweet both on nose and tase. I feel some sherry influence in it. Very juicy and profound taste. Some caramel as well. Not a bad one. But I was expecting more from a Campbeltown. Its influence is there. It feels kinda like rotten dark fruit. Not in a bad way though.
    • Nose
      Blackberry, a bit of alcohol, mustiness
    • Taste
      Dark fruits, a bit floral, musty. Fruit sugar. A bit creamy.
    • Finish
      Sherry notes, Campbeltown funk. Oh and there are some maritime notes. I did not find them earlier.

  66. maltmitch scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    If the finish were a bit longer and less dominated by the wood, a top whisky. So it is a very good, and above all affordable standard range of whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fruit basket full of ripe fruits. Apples and bananas. If you wait a bit, sweet toffee is placed over it
    • Taste
      88 88
      Toffee, vanilla and cream. A short sweetness that is quickly replaced by woody bitterness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium long with vanilla wood notes

  67. 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

  68. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Very exciting in the nose, as it shows an interesting development of the aromas over time in the glass. In the mouth and especially in the finish, it then falls off from the nose and looks almost a little arbitrary. Not a big bottle candidate for me.
    • Nose
      86 86
      first a slight smoky note with slightly salty notes in the background; somewhat malty hints; changes interestingly over time in the glass and continues towards fruit; ripe fruit; Apricot; some citrus; Vanilla; caramel
    • Taste
      84 84
      soft; tart fruity aromas; some honey; Herbs; a hint of dusty dark cocoa notes; bitter oak notes
    • Finish
      82 82
      short to medium length; somewhat malty and grassy notes; somewhat dusty dark cocoa notes; delicate bitter bitter oak notes

  69. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    needs a good amount of water. 4/10, pretty quiet and narrow on flavour. hard to tell if the spirit, wood, or vatting is at fault. (bottle from 2017)
    • Nose
      smoked salmon on rye bread. closed. with water: orange potpourri, honeydew w parma ham, bit of marzipan, and glacée cherry sweetness
    • Taste
      arrival is fair, some barrel char, more rye bread, russian black bread to be precise, spread with caramel (good shot of sweetness in here). touch of potpourri, becoming bitter and a touch fusel in the finish.

  70. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Mineral dry walnut with dates, raisins, old honey and spicy ginger.

    RATING: 85pts - [n22,t21,f21,b21] → |83-85: Decent|

  71. keizerjos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    That is one of those that I have never had after 6 years of whisky and fifty samples and tastings.
    The scent of freshly roasted nuts pops out of the glass. Honey, always honey, completes the atmosphere of the nut stall at the fair. An edge of resin, but nevertheless sweet, I am crazy. There is something chemical about it that I cannot appreciate. It is nice whisky in the sense that I would be pleasantly surprised by it in the hospitality industry, but that I am also happy not to have a whole bottle of it. Bored quickly. Ka says "Strong wine influence" and damn it, he's right.
    Second tasting: Honey, sugar waffles and vanilla in the scent. The taste is perfumed, with an oriental edge and pepper. The chemical flavor is also very far away but it bothers me considerably less than the last time. There is something of coffee or cocoa in the aftertaste. Quite interesting, this one, and this price for a 15YO SM with a lot of character makes it great.

  72. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great nose of toffee and spice, honeyed palate and tart finish. A balanced expression with a nice sweet, briny peat backbone.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Toffee, sour apple, ginger, oak, leather, vanilla, touch of peat
    • Taste
      87 87
      Briny, peppery, honey, oak spice, malt
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium, drying, but fruits remain for awhile (tart apple, orange zest)

  73. IIIZIII scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A great, affordable Highland Park alternative. Aromatic orkney type of peat. Very sweet, not the typical vegetal nature.. Slightly beefy, gentle smoke, briny, coastal notes. As it opens up, a really special salted character comes through. Integrated honey notes, honeyed toffee, milk chocolate, fruits
    • Taste
      Very aromatic peat with some salt. Tich flavour, spicy oak, oily. Great texture

  74. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 91 points Expert 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.

  75. Jssssssss scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Nose
    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.

  76. 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.

  77. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  78. JNuyts scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      84 84

  79. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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

  80. MullofKilleyan did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    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

  81. LittlePeat scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  82. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  83. 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

  84. 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.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glen-scotia/glen-scotia-15-year-old/
    • 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.

  85. Erik1908 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  86. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  87. 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.

  88. Wolv scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  89. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/whiskylive-2018-day-1-part-2-2/

    C: In relation to what’s gone before, today I find it fruity>malty>waxy and salivating to the end. It really is an enjoyable dram. I’m going to adhere to try the 15yo everytime I can, to track its progress.Scores a B-

  90. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

    I had samples and a bottle last year and found it to be cracking whisky [88]. I meant to buy another bottle at the time, before batch consistency affected the character/profile but let it slip.

    C: After the young NAS, there’s a marked difference in flavour complexity and a soft yet vibrant fruity bouquet reveals a beautiful bergamot note. Sadly the unique dusty, hollow oak character which I found divine in 2017 batches has disappeared. I’m guessing there’s less older stock in here. Decent whisky nevertheless but it’s impossible for me not to lament last year’s batch.
    Scores a B-

  91. malthead-sven scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This was the first one I tried from the new range. He is closer to the old 18er than the old 12er.
    • Nose
      bright fruits, pears, white balsamic vinegar
    • Taste
      balanced, the light fruitiness continues
    • Finish
      medium length, with light wood and peach kernels

  92. jeoff scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  93. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautifully balanced, with the right amount of smoke and great complexity. Glen Scotia has seen quite a few revamps in the past years, but just as Loch Lomond, they seem to have found their bearings.
    • Nose
      Whiffs of campfire smoke, apples and oranges (hah!), as well as freshly baked puff pastry. Salty-savory undertones and dried apricots.
    • Taste
      Spicy and cask-laden, with peaches, caramel, and orange peel marmalade. Mild peppermint and honeyed oak.
    • Finish
      Medium. Caramelized orange candy, tannic honey.

  94. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/bottle-polishing-december-delights/

    The disparity between reviews shows that this one has divided the room. It would appear that 2015-16 batches were far less superior to batches seen from spring 2017 till now. 

    N: With its dark pinky/orangey hue, this is a decidedly malty/toffee number, albeit gentle, packed full of tasty plump dried fruits including a whole heap of ripe raisins [think Eccles cakes], apricots and soft citrus-y jams. The spicy biscuit-y & [old man] mustiness is simply the icing on the cake, joined by a complex subtle vanilla & sweet herbal liqueur note. Whichever way it turns, it likes to return to this delightful malty cereal base [Shreddies as well as German pastries], with leathery & mineral overtones. The cask control & balance display is as commendable as the character/smell & taste of the oak, without being blatantly bourbon-y nor sherried in the modern style. Old & split oak fence panelling does it for me.
    T: Is that rum on arrival? It is rum on the arrival, but that perception doesn’t last long. The arrival warrants a little water to smooth off the edges as the oak is ‘large-ing it’, and just a little prickly/spicy. With a little water there’s a wonderfully rounded, honeyed malty/toffee-d arrival with a firm yet musky oakiness following through. I utterly concur with Ralfy’s dark treacle note. He calls this 15yo “a contemporary masterpiece”. Later I’m getting old liqueured raisins with a complex heathery toasted barley sweetness coupled with a faint herbal/medicinal edge and an oaky char with firm hints at a little peat smoke. Vanilla liqueur becomes more prominent as it opens out with a complex ginger spiciness wrapped up with the oaky/cereal whole. Develops a malty chocolatey side with a malty waxy & dry heathery mouthfeel on the turn. This is quite something. Hard to think of anything currently available that is on par with this, style-wise. 
    F: Again, it’s the taste of the oak character which appeals, just as I picked up the first time I tried this at the beginning of 2017. We’ve more herbal treacle liqueur notes and crystalised ginger with more of that lovely oakiness at the death, the vanilla wafer thin, softened with many years of age. Later, I discover lots more mouthfeel curiosities & subtle finishing action. Distinctively Loch Lomond-y in style.
    C: I’d not picked up on the six month sherry finish at all. For me it’s predominantly ’oak’ matured, with neither the two main bourbon or sherry camps blatantly featuring - how refreshingly. Tastes like there’s plenty of older casks in here, the whole lot from refills I imagine. No doubt the present cask management and profile therefore will change once this batch is exhausted, so get in their soon with your order if you’re going to. For me, this is one of the most distinctive modern malts i’ve come across in a number of years. I predict it will be Ralfy’s whisky of the year for 2017.Scores a B[+]

  95. Dyno scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    love this bottle! price/quality it is a stunner i think.

  96. KayMeertens did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • 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.

  97. dRambo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  98. 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

  99. Toffie76 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Gourmand, nice and nice
    • Nose
      Mocha, caramel, toffee, classy coffee. With the addition of water the whole becomes more floral. a trace of smoke, of leather, in slight touch.
    • Taste
      biscuity, malty. Super balanced, dried fruit, cake / cake. Vanilla.
    • Finish
      Of medium length, the whole goes out in a nice fade out without big transfers in the flavors.

  100. 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.

  101. Dieter_W scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I had a sample of 5 cl. Blind tasting. Ralfy gave him at least 92 pts.
    • Nose
      a lot of peppery nuts, orange peel - vanilla pod - honey - moist hayloft - flowery - fruity
    • Taste
      Sharpness I feel on the tongue black pepper and ginger. The alcohol is very nice on the tongue. Nobody from Speyside for me. It has sharp, salty or mineral genes.
    • Finish
      medium

  102. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A nice, gentle, soft and juicy dram.
    • Nose
      Ripe citrus, supple leather, dried fruits, some spice, vanilla, toffee.
    • Taste
      Full body for a non cask strength whisky. Spices, ginger bread, roasted nuts, muscavado sugar, vanilla, toffee, pineapple.
    • Finish
      Medium, spicy and a bit woody. Gingerbread again, raisins, and a hint of cinnamon.

  103. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Divisive whisky. It has it's own beauty, I feel it sometimes...
    • Nose
      85 85
      Forest fruits, mascarpone, tomato paste, nutella. Touch of salt and smoke.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Surprisingly big oak. Spices. Dark chocolate. Touch of fruits.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, oaky, fruity, slightly smoky.

  104. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A good mellow, a very good aroma, a taste / finish also keeps the level, it does not strike, of course, but for a basic mole, the knead is a good, lively and cheerful character, distinctly distinguishable and bourbon and sherry derivatives combined into a single picture, good strength and density for a commercial fortress ;
    • Nose
      Open, wet, grain, malt, brags, raw barrel, stain, light notes of raisins and apricots, almonds, homemade pastilles from apples, dried mushrooms, varnish-resin notes, pre-foliage.
    • Taste
      Thick, oily, spicy oak, a wave of white pepper, creamy notes - toffee, boiled condensed milk; a little young bark, light sulfur shades.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, a little pepper and ginger, grapefruit peel, light notes of raisins and dried fruits, dried apples, oak.

  105. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    BLIND:

    N: I suggest Loch Lomond straight off the bat. Notes of currants, molasses, creamy-sot cheese, marmite, a touch of sweet tomato~MSG, Feast Bar nuttiness and smoky phenol oils. It’s so distinctive and yet i’m drifting away from the mainland [Talisker?, HP?], and possibly even further afield. 
    T: On the palate, a heather woodiness, dark malt and creamy chocolate.
    F: The smoothest transition into the long, wood-aromatic smoky finish. 
    C: This is spot on whisky, and once revealed it reaffirms my believe and reverence for this recently released expression that i was thoroughly impressed with at Whiskylive 2017.Scores a B[+]

  106. RR60 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  107. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  108. Schlossgespenst scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  109. Schlossgespenst scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A mature, solid Campbeltown malt, which pleases with its alternating blend of creamy caramel and pine needle spice. At just under 50 € a real P / L winner.
    • Nose
      Fresh, slightly maritime nose, followed immediately by a dark spicy honey note. Pine needles with creme brulee. A nice, spicy-fresh start, which makes you want more. Occasionally the salty Campbeltown note comes through and reminds of its origin.
    • Taste
      Strong-spicy onset with simultaneous supple oiliness. Herb-sweet honey, earthy notes and the above-mentioned pine needles alternate again and again. A beautiful, tart and spicy experience.
    • Finish
      The seasoning stays warm, the malt pulls down. The pine needles change into a herbaceous bitterness that lasts pleasantly long. Nice whisky.

  110. PierreFunck did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Ralfy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1Z0LAnsnuI

  111. Cubey666 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  112. gerardsmike scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      81 81

  113. hs305 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had a dram during the Glen Scotia open day today that was extremely cardboardy both in the nose and on the first sip.  To not damage my tastebuds I sampled it in a small bottle and retasted it after I called it a day. 

    This extreme taste is caused by a cork taint that turns this dram undrinkable.  As this bottle was more than half-empty when they served this whisky to me obviously no one has claimed this flaw before.  Okay, it happened close to the end of the Glen Scotia open day but even when I am "tired and emotional" I cannot swallow such a whisky...

  114. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

    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[-]

  115. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting standard, had already some GS but always UA, never of them. The maritime notes are not to be overlooked, in addition to the oiliness, which I also like Caol Ila and nice fruit, probably. a tic to sour-citrusy.
    • Nose
      Raisins, in between cereals, some menthol, orange peel, a little maritime in between, salted ham, citrus notes
    • Taste
      Orange oil, maritime salty oiliness, lemon juice, green pepper, menthol and middle-aged oak, as if you were to give Caol Ila in Cointreau, sweet malt and cereals in between, herbal honey
    • Finish
      Fruity-salty, orange peel, lime, salt, pepper, medium-long

  116. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      83 83

  117. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    initially gives off sherry notes
    then turns into bourbon, very interesting to say the least (ultimately a
    bourbon cask), a tamed version of paul john
    bold
    (yet still beautiful)
    • Nose
      heavy fruits, roasted sugars,
      caramel, elegant sherry, fresh grains, light grass, (grains, butter and bourbon
      after a few minutes)
    • Taste
      heavy fruits, roasted sugars, citrus,
      butter, grains, neutral spices, orange peel
    • Finish
      short-medium, grainy sweet, orange peel,
      citrus tang, syrupy fruits, grains and light grass at the back followed by
      lightly malted grainy sugars

  118. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    After the first sweetness in the nose comes a clear earthy menthol freshness, then raisins in the direction like rumrosienen. after that, not much is left

    The taste is nicely carried by the 46% but it is mild. the earthy note is also clear here the spice stays in the background. The finish is dry and has a disinfectant bordered Unternote

    Something is different but not wrong

  119. Daan Tje scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    1
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  120. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  121. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  122. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A clean-cut, no-frills affair. Good, eloquent casks, good age. Here to show you that American-oak casks, too, can impart spicyness and “dark“ aromas. Sweet and salty, easy and deep at the same time. A whisky that doesn't scream for attention but simply delivers: marzipan, oranges, wood spices, a hint of cinnamon, clove and pepper. All that on a mineralic, slightly chalky background. It took me a second bottle to sniff out the minuscule amount of peat smoke, but once you notice it, it’s there, adding to the complexity.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Old leather, resin, wild honey, speculoos, rosemary, charcoal, mellow yet prominent oak, a thread of smoke, an idea of limestone and some oily harbor water. Opens up nicely with a few drops of water, which also reigns in the spicy heat that this brings to the tongue.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Ticks a lof of boxes from sweet to sour to spicy. Oranges, apricots, dried dates, raisin bread, leather, baked cinnamon, candied ginger, a bit of liquorice... Are we sure there’s no sherried component in here? Much darker, mustier, and spicier than the stated mode of maturation (“American Oak Barrels“) would have you assume.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Salted caramel, sea breeze, thyme, well-rounded refill oak, a maritime/mineral aspect (wet sand and stones), mouthwatering fruity acidity and again, a touch of peat smoke.

  123. TheWhiskyAgent scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Mucho presente! Vanilla, Honey, Apricots, Peaches, Parma ham (the good stuff), some boullion and Maggikraut (a Herb). Also a salty breeze from the Sea. On the palate: This has got some volume, spicy, a little sweet and some oak coats the inside of the cheeks. Fruit compote with cloves. Not quite as complex as the nose suggests. With water some fruits get lost but there is some caramel appearing. A floral note and some green Bananas have been found. The taste has changed too, it’s lighter, looses volume and spiciness. More oak which makes it quite astringent. I would not advise adding water here. The finish is medium and on the dry side. A recommendable Whisky.

  124. djmaxliving scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose - Pear, fruittella, ginger, spice, barley, vanilla, light syrup, peaches,  wine gums & milk chocolate. A decent complex nose which keeps changing. 

    Taste - light milk chocolate, spice, nutmeg, oak with some sweetness.

    Finish - strong spice finish, mellow slightly with water.

    Comment - 15 year old whiskies tend to be good and this sits with them, worth trying. Improves with time.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  125. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet fruit, Grapefruit, caramel, toffee, fudge, hint of menthol. The start is a bit fresh, like a hint of fisherman's friend. Yet it twists to the fruity side.

    Taste: sweet and savoury. Honey, vanilla, a little like bunnahabhain and a little like springbank. A sweet mix between my favourites! Love this one.
    Sweet marmelade, some dusty, seemingly verly lightly peated taste.

    Body: full and creamy, very good they don't chill filter.

    Finish: medium-long. Dark caramelcream. Chocolate, brown sugar. Fudge.

    Price: very fair and reasonable for this quality.

    Presentation: Nice and decent.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  126. drkrylov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  127. drkrylov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lots of rich fruit here - apricot jam, satsuma segments and apple pie. Wafts of sea breeze and baking spices develop after a minute.
    • Taste
      Vanilla and fruit, with ginger and cinnamon bring a subtle dryness to it.
    • Finish
      Quite long with continuing spice.

  128. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    There’s this particualr thick leathery note I pick up in a whisky with just the right amount of light peat and subtle sherry influence and this had it. The nose was somewhat refined but on the palate it was a real heavy hitter. Wonderfully complex and full.

    From my blog: http://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/03/30/loch-lomond-and-glen-scotia-tasting/
    • Nose
      Rich nutty wood. Pine tar. Camphor. Leather. Stewed fruit, hint of sherry funk. Sea salt. Green Apple. Orange peel. Light wood spice. 
    • Taste
      Heavy vanilla cream. Leather. Sulphury sherry. More pronounced spices now, ginger, pumpkin spice. Brine. Sour apples,maybe even good cider. Oolong tea. 
    • Finish
      Medium long. Bitter wood. Leather. Light sherry nuttiness. Vanilla.  

  129. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    While the last GS (crayfish design) fillings worked more like randomly dumping some barrels of a certain age, the new ones make a "targeted" impression, so somebody has intentionally created something and the result is delicious, and that's just what ~ 50 € are OK too.
    • Nose
      intense and sweet, flambé custard, cane sugar, fresh fruits (ripe pear, yellow gooseberry, peach)
    • Taste
      darker, stronger than the nose, bitter-sweet-spicy, caramelized sugar, walnut, cocoa, coffee, burnt chocolate cake, pepper
    • Finish
      long and dry, chocolate, coffee, wood, pepper

  130. zinaf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Excellent whisky. The best Scotia I've had and certainly much better than the weird label series before the new releases.

    EDIT: re-tasted this whisky from a bottle that was open for a month or two and the whisky had opened even more. Fantastic dram. A truly great work by the Glen Scotia team.
    • Nose
      Sweet salt, barbecue sauce, roasted almonds, salty vanilla icecream, dough - all this is rather softer than the Double Cask version and very pleasant.
      Then more of a briny side gets on to with a grassy light vanilla; hazelnut paste; Anthon Berg marzian bar.
      With Water - triggers a lot of herbal spices such as rosemary. Then setles a bit and get floral and perfume scented.
    • Taste
      Sweet; barbecue and spices. Excellent balance of the flavours in the mouth. Herbal notes emerge.
      With water - very good, nice sour-sweet flavour; citrus as well
    • Finish
      Long; light spice; not drying; some fruit as well

  131. C.H.M. did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A little bit of everything.

  132. Torfding scored this whisky 81 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. Not a bad drop, but somehow lacks its own new character, wood notes are not everything. Too bad that was colored.
    • Nose
      somehow hard to see through, I think first of all a hint of ham, later apple and a little lemon; In another experiment, I have clearly smelled cucumber water here, with time flies the aroma, however.
    • Taste
      Oak with its bitterness, dry, candied fruit, roasted nuts, a touch of coffee
    • Finish
      short and dry, bitter wood notes

  133. JohannesB scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    In the aroma, this malt needs a few minutes to fully develop. The nose is then really great with everything that distinguishes a maturation in good ex-Bourbon barrels. Unfortunately, the taste and finish clearly too bitter, the fruits can no longer stand out.
    • Nose
      Pears, apples, vanilla and sweet malt. Behind it lies a clear yeast note. Then getting sweeter with syrup, cane sugar and fresh cake dough. Later, a touch of pineapple and mango comes to the fore.
    • Taste
      Strong, spicy and at first clearly fruity. Berries, caramel and ginger. Then it gets bitter-spicy: a whole force of roasted walnuts, coffee beans, oak and burnt cake dough takes the lead.
    • Finish
      First bitter with espresso and coffee beans wrapped in dark chocolate. Then it gets creamier with salted caramel, creamy candies and a lot of vanilla - but always remains dry and bitter-woody.

  134. McLarsen scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Age: 15 years
    Fassart: "Old American Oak Barrels", so Bourboncasks - neatly toasted
    Alcohol content: 46% Color: strong medium dark gold Nose: ... at first relatively inconspicuous, later apple, pear and vanilla Taste: ... yes .... fruity, apples and pears as the nose suggested, any berries, marzipan ... Finish: ... stays long, is nutty, bitter, dry and especially the oak tree remains in focus ... Conclusion: ... I can not think of much about it, for me personally not the yellow of the egg, reminding me remotely to his 12-year-old mentioned at that time ..., but only my own impression ... 78 points

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