Glen Scotia 25-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Classic Campbeltown Malt
Stated Age
25 years old
American Oak Barrels
48.8 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Jun 2017 11:23 am by RoyC

Average value

€ 278.33

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 25-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.79 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    24 years in refill with a one year first-fill finish.

    N: It’s impossible for me to get the 15yo out of my mind, one that has quickly become a GS benchmark.
    T: Straight ahead at times, countered with a curious funkiness.
    F: Lime lemonade. 
    C: Decent & interesting though i refer the sooty and briney 15yo.Scores a B-

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Fat malt, oily, toothpaste - really! Ashtray smoke, dung. Quite bold. I like this. It’s got character. Peach, lemon, apricot, apple, oily smoke, coconut. Really nice. A mineral side, with wooly notes. Eucalyptus and a touch of lavender even. Sounds disjointed, but it works. The extra abv is essential. Really cool official 25 by Glen Scotia.

    Although I like it, it’s a bit of an ambitious price. Just based on price alone they are saying, we recognize that we aren’t quite on the level of Springbank, Laphroaig, but we are more desired than Glengoyne, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Talisker... The Mortlach of the Hebrides?

  3. Macheye scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Glen Scotia 25 year old is complex, elegant and highly refined. The 48.8% ABV is incredibly well judged, offering crispness of flavours and character, without ever feeling over-powered or aggressive. Classy stuff indeed. Class rarely comes cheap and such is the case here – a look online shows a fair bit of price variance for this one from £250 upwards to almost £300 at some outlets. But, if you’re looking for an indulgence look no further. Excellent.

    • Nose
      Delicate and sophisticated. Golden syrup, malts and cereals are backed up by light sea breeze and a cooling peat smoke which is part medicinal, part herbal, almost mentholated in character. There’s some hints at age here with dusty leather-bound books, oil paints, windowlene and an intriguing plasticene aroma. Vanilla and light woodiness can be detected throughout. Halfway between sitting by a fireside in an old library and walking alongside a bubbling stream whilst the dying embers of a campfire finally fade away.
    • Taste
      Oils and polish make for a full mouthfeel, but one which is never aggressive or cloying. There’s an almost Cognac-like quality to this with sharp grape and citrus juices mixing with herbal smoke and sappy, resinous wood. Toffee apples, dusty books and leather again, and now some spicing in the form of pepper and ginger. These all make for a wonderful interplay between sweeter notes and bitter, drier ones. Underlying there’s a chalky earthiness which marries excellently with the smoke which is still on the down low, but ever-present throughout the palate – it’s both coastal and inland, with some sharper notes of medicine and iodine, and others deeper ones which offer more pungency as one might expect of a whisky from Campbeltown.
    • Finish
      Medium to long with a lovely progressive fade in the back of the palate. Wisps of smouldering oak smoke and a touch of white pepper.

  4. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Here the disillusionment was just as big as the Bowmore 18 Manzanilla Cask. I was looking forward to it because I like the 15s so much.
    It would be correct to say that he actually tastes good to me. But where did the 25 years go? Unfortunately, the PLV does not fit here. Sorry Glen Scotia. Exciting for me was just that: In USA oak matured plus Bourbon Nachreifung .... and a total of 25 years .... actually exactly mine. Granted, great nose!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Light, calm and sweet. Without miss notes. Yogurt lemon tarts with vanilla icing sugar. That's a special nose. Respect. With some water, floral notes are added. So I like smoky too.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full-bodied and very earthy with a hint of smoke he sets without disturbing. Delicious vanilla with slightly salty sea spray. The fresh oak also prevails. But everything stays too young and excited. Where did the age go?
    • Finish
      86 86
      At least now everyone would have to remember what I'm talking about. Where is the basic character of this bottle. He behaves in the finish only at medium level. Unfortunately he did not last. Too bad.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this during the Glen Scotia open day at the Campbeltown whisky festival.

    The colour is pale gold and the texture shows fast legs and late tears.  The nose is fresh on fruity (oranges) and floral aromas with some hints of milk chocolate and wood.  The mouthfeel is warming, coating and a little peppery.  The taste is sweet, fruity (hints of banana and coconuts) and spicy (peppers, vanilla, cocoa) with some notes of milk chocolate again.  The finish is in-between medium and long and neither drying nor bitter.  Water is not needed.

    A delicious dram for sure, but the price is simply ridiculous.  As a drinker I would not pay more than 120 Euro for such a bottle...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Simultaneously earthy/aged and sweet/fresh. Beautifully composed, with plenty of oily, briny Campbeltown character coupled with ex-bourbon-wood softness.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Beautiful aromas of high age: dusty attic, damp cellar, old, leather-bound books. All this alongside chalky minerality, coastal salinity, and a lovely waxiness. Some coal smoke and an ashy aspect as well (=the Campbeltown DNA). Sweet-and-sour in character: exotic, acidic fruits (guava, papaya, lime) tango with the more saccharine bourbon notes (vanilla, caramel, brown sugar). Creamy, soft and lovely all the way through, and yet full of character. Water dials up the residual peatiness.
    • Taste
      89 89
      More punchy than the nose (and the ABV) would have you suspect, so a drop of water should be allowed. Tiger balm/menthol, creamy vanilla, custard, beeswax, canned mandarins, plus quite some coal smoke and darker roast aromas. Complex and gradually evolving. Very (and I mean *very*) good, but perhaps not quite as spectacular as the nose.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A return to form: waxy, creamy, soft, with flashes of peat and the pulp of exotic fruits. Very long.

  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      somewhat restrained in appearance, slightly smoky, delicate fruit, hints of candied lemon, some oak, vanilla. Complex.
      With a few drops of water and a while later, spices are added and the whisky appears a little more aromatic and open in the Nosing glass.
    • Taste
      Slight onset, at first slightly smoky, spicy, slightly tart with oak / wood aromas, also hints of lemon, now also some coffee, spices, (hint of carnation), trace sweetish, hardly fruit, rather tart.
      A few drops of water make it seem a bit sweet, but "kills" the slight touch of coffee. In my view, adding water does not do him any good.
    • Finish
      Sweetish tart, oak (tannins), hint of smoke, hint of pepper, soft, finally drying slightly.

      Not bad but expensive ...

  8. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very elegant nose and first taste with a lot of fruit. Surprisingly spicy finish for a 25 yo which gives a much younger impression before it fades away.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A lovely sherry-influenced whisky that shows its age in its balance and depth.
    • Nose
      Rich dried fruits and citrus, mixed floral notes, and sherry with a bit of coriander and allspice.
    • Taste
      Honey, mixed citrus and dried tropical fruits, and malt.
    • Finish
      Rich sherry with tannins, oak, and preserved citrus peels.

  10. Frion83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Amazingly fresh for 25 years, light and peaceful whisky, you just have to drink it in pleasure, and not dig into the nuances.
    In my coordinate system is inferior to 18k.
    • Nose
      Lemon pie with vanilla sugar, drizzled with lemon-ginger jam.
    • Taste
      Light earthiness, vanilla, oak.
    • Finish
      Long, light and fresh.


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