Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Old cars and cigars
Stated Age
17 years old
1st Fill Spanish Oak Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Mar 2017 1:00 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 90,80

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48 × member ratings

52 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 1999 SMWS 93.70

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.87 points

  1. schero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A wonderfully round Sherry Scotia! Really good!
    • Nose
      Tannic needles in sherry, tobacco, grapefruit, orange marmalade, then pure forest honey, sweet resin, roasted aromas, dried fruit
    • Taste
      Smooth and creamy sweet onset, a little raisins and tobacco, light dryness, pleasant spice, the woody note is slightly resinous again
    • Finish
      Finely interwoven, slightly resinous and at the same time finely spicy and sweet with red fruits, only a very subtle dryness plays along

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful marmalade solo, without the bitterness of other 1st fills, I find it almost perfect as it is. The finish is just a tad too short as it lacks the 20-25 years or more, but then he would have been too bitter for me.
    • Nose
      Ok, first out of the bottle instead of glass. Immediately after removing the cork a smell like I've never had on whisky. Really musty old Chianti. Tobacco wooden box, slightly musty oak, plum juice diluted with water. In the glass he needs time, a lot of time. The power of the typical SMWS fillings is felt, it has to open.
      At first simply real wooden dresser, but mature and old, not with this young furniture polish. In the middle of dry autumn leaves lies the cigar box.
      After at least 10 minutes, it starts coffee beans, macadamia nut, raisins, motor oil, cinnamon, saffron, anise. Somewhere Creme de Cassis, but with 53.4% ​​instead of 20%. : ') After 15-20 minutes also the plum and date follow discreetly and old burned rubber tires.
    • Taste
      Wow, the 53.4% ​​are just right, you do not have the need to water, like some of SMWS's more powerful ones, zero.
      Crème de Cassis all over the place, plum syrup, blueberry jam, engine oil, dark Esther notes like in 25y black rums. And everywhere the sugar of the jam settles, as with the Benrinnes 21 Diageo that I mention in my profile, that's how I imagine Paxarette. Grape sugar, car tires, light dark tobacco, saffron, cardamom, caraway. Licorice and the old dresser of course in the background, dates to grated. An ingenious stuff.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly, something like apple peel or grapefruit, slightly acidic, but only light, which gives a nice counterpoint, probably. also sour cherries. Medium to long, rather the latter. But only very little bitter oak for the nose and the color, rather the remains of the grated fruit above. Cherry stones.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    mhh my first scotia - reminds me of a clynelish with sherry - strong - fresh - yummy
    • Nose
      Sherry meets menthol, fresh, cool fruity, tobacco, wax, pullmoll, red fruits, strawberry jam, currants
    • Taste
      spicy wax note, ethereal resin, sparkling oak notes, strawberry fruit, tobacco, menthol, intense sweet and sour fruitiness with pleasant bitterness, fine oak is on the tongue
    • Finish
      Wax, tart red fruits, still tickling oak, cooling mint - medium in length

  7. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Allandale scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A very nice Glen Scotia.
    • Nose
      Indeed like own your in garage. Nots like: smoking cigars, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, dates,figs and spices ; nutmeg,cinnamon , aniseed.
    • Taste
      Coffee like Turkish coffee, rich toffee sweetness, tobacco and some barbecue notes, steak, charcoal notes.Complex sweetness, also dried fruit, pudding, matchboxes. 
    • Finish
      Middlelong, complex. lovely sweetness, marzipan, dark chocolate,plum jam. 

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: This is getting on for Rancio, certainly polished mahogany, furniture polish=shoe polish, sweet soy>bovril and vanilla-straw. Somewhat disappointingly, adding water brings the vanilla to the fore.
    T: Quite a complex and intense concoction with nutty notes [macadamia=cashew], a waxy mouthfeel and an acute yet sustained attack/intensity throughout - a style for the German’s i’ve been told, by Germans!
    F: Damn that vanilla, it’s everywhere now. Aside from that however, the polish and the deeper, [near rancio] sherry notes from the nose still apply. Lovely resinous waxiness on the mouthfeel at the end, modern and ‘techy’ yes but delicious all the same. No doubt in 30 years time we will be lamenting this mouthfeel style over the new contemporary style.
    C: I reckon this could pass for a cask strength 15yo Glendronach [Revival], and everyone would go mad for it - even with that over-done vanilla.

  10. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes:

    The nose suggests a garage for restoring old cars where the mechanic smokes cigars – we also got roasted coffee beans, pecan pie, dark chocolate, dates, figs and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, aniseed). The palate had a slightly burnt rum Baba, Turkish coffee, rich toffee, sherry, tobacco and a steak seared over charcoal. The reduced nose – Tia Maria and Christmas pudding, dried fruit and matchboxes, while the palate gave amoretti biscuits and Anton Berg chocolates (marzipan, dark chocolate, plum jam) – one panellist remembered sucking on his pacifier. After 16 years in ex-bourbon wood, we transferred this to a first-fill Spanish oak oloroso hogshead.

    DRINKING TIP: While restoring old cars – or for dipping your pacifier.


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