Glen Scotia 25-year-old

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

Average value

€ 485.40

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 25-year-old

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.78 points

  1. 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

  2. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Here the disillusionment was just as great as with the Bowmore 18 Manzanilla Cask. I was looking forward to it because I like the 15er so much.
    It would be correct to say that it actually tastes good to me. But where have the 25 years gone? Unfortunately, the PLV does not fit here. Sorry Glen Scotia. That was exactly what was exciting for me: Oak matured in the USA plus bourbon post-maturation ... and for a total of 25 years ... actually exactly mine. Admittedly great nose!
    • Nose
      Light, calm and sweet. Without missing notes. Yogurt lemon tart with vanilla powdered sugar. That's a special nose. Respect. With a little water, floral notes are added. So I like smoky too.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied and very earthy with a hint of smoke, it starts without disturbing. Wonderful vanilla with a slightly salty sea spray. The fresh oak also prevails. But everything remains too young and excited. Where's the old age?
    • Finish
      By now everyone should notice what I'm talking about. Where is the basic character of this bottle. It behaves in the finish only on a medium level. Unfortunately, he didn't hold out. Too bad.

  3. 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-

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Freshly sawn oak, a lemon chewy candy is added.
      After a while I got peanuts with a hint of mint, then canned peaches and white pepper. By no means boring
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Likudi scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

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

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    An excellent complex and deep aroma, unfortunately, is replaced by an overly tart taste, somewhat reminiscent of not the best Irish whisky
    • Nose
      Open, dry, sweet berry, caramel, a little carpentry workshop, wood shavings, solvent, dry wood dust, mineral notes - stone chips, plaster, drying out brickwork; floral-citrus tones, lemon peel, some light smoky shades, smoked meats, dry herbs.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, oak, a lot of caramel sweetness, the astringency of young bark, leather goods, tobacco, cardboard, dust, something got us wrong, grain, tablets without a shell, yes, the sweetness was not enough to compensate for these bitter-tart eruptions, dry herbs , buckwheat honey, if not for this bitterness it would be very good.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, caramel, leather goods, oak, a little bit of tablet bitterness, dry herbs, lemon peel.

  9. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 04-14-2021. Nose is great. This whisky needs time. Complex.

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with 5 small drops of water.
    Honey and pineapple on the nose but it is closed and not giving much away.
    The palate is full of fruit gums flavours with just an edge of Woody bitterness but it does not detract thankfully.
    As you go on the fruity bitterness goes up a few notches but adding a little more water gets rid of this.
    Not an easy malt but certainly interesting and better with water for sure.
    I wonder if this is any different to the 2019 bottle I have yet to open?
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87


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