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

€ 61.58

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 15-year-old

92 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.63 points

  1. 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[-]

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The PLV from this bottle convinced me immediately. I think this whisky is traded far below the connoisseur's radar. I promise everyone who tries him a surprise. By the way: urgently with water
    • Nose
      87 87
      Already on the nose it lays 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
      88 88
      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 gets creamy. Impressive for such a younger malt. Brilliant !
    • Finish
      87 87
      Not very long but for it he puts on dark caramel cream and leaves with chocolate and brown sugar over butterscotch. Respect for the barrel selection. Masterpiece.

  5. 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!

  6. PaulDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Assertive, quite full, with the aroma of dates, raisins, walnuts and mineral smoky nuances, the taste is strict, dry with notes of bitter nuts, wood, honey and ginger, the finish is long, tart, woody-nutty.
    This is absolutely not my type, but I can not help but appreciate it. Strict, adult, without naive sweetness, tart and full, even brutal.

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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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