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Glen Scotia 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.19/100
votes
322
Whiskybase ID
WB99817
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Classic Campbeltown Malt
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L2/221/17
Barcode
5016840181200
Added on
19 aug 2017 2:59 pm by Rien
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 94.22

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322 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 18-year-old

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.19 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Anyone who knows the 15 has not missed anything here. It's round and fruity. Has a slightly smoky note but can't do anything better than the 3 years younger brother. On the contrary, I had a slight bitterness here. At 15 there was nothing to be felt.
    • Nose
      Tender vanilla honey with straw and tobacco in the background. The citrus notes can be smelled very well, but the apple Helene also speaks out. Is there a sea breeze? or even some bitter wood notes? Difficult to make out. The nose is very cautiously simple.
    • Taste
      Spicy, peppery with the oily sweetness of oak it starts on the palate. Apple Helene and a hint of vanilla comfort the slightly bitter wood. Slightly hotter than the nose and slightly salty (imagination). Behind the nutmeg, some tobacco and new leather come into their own. Already delicious.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and extremely spicy, peppery (too much for me), it slowly signs off with dark chocolate in the coffee.
      It clearly loses the comparison to the 15 with me. But still a good malt. Especially in the PLV!

  2. Noface83 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Great OA with age, 46% and not cool filtered. That brings intense notes and neat spice. However, the wood is quite dominant and you have to like that - especially in the finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fresh (slightly salty sea air and lemon), fruity (pear) and honey-sweet, caramel biscuit, malt, light smoke and earthy notes. The oak also taps with sharp wood notes and herbs.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Crunchy, tingling and woody. Malt coffee and a lot of chocolate, some salt caramel, vanilla and some pepper and herbs.
    • Finish
      84 84
      First chocolate again, then lots of pepper, menthol and bitterness, plus honey sweetness and licorice. Medium long and on the woody side.

  3. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sea breeze, mint, lime juice, earthy, very delicate smoke, pears, cereals, thyme
    • Taste
      creamy, relatively soft, some pepper, again the pear, thyme, milk chocolate, a hint of vanilla, cornflakes
    • Finish
      Medium, warming, pepper, now bittersweet chocolate and some coffee, spicy

  4. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is deep, pretty fresh and little bit salty with notes of caramel cake, assorted fruits and black pepper.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is sweet and oily with a profile of sweet oranges, ginger, spicy oak and gentle sherry sweetness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium lenght, slightly spicy and woody with notes of dark red fruits and burnt sugar.

  5. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Bittersweet salted caramel candies with assorted fruits, black pepper, wood and ginger.

    RATING: 86pts - [n22,t22,f21,b21] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  6. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I think this one is the best, widely available OB Glen Scotia around. Also price-quality is very decent.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fruity, quite sweet. A hint of marine notes. Candied oranges and fermented lemon peel. I also tend to find some lavender in the background.
      With some water you get more cookie dough.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, a little touch of barley initially. hint of sour shows up. Again some sugar sweet oranges. Hint of ginger.
      With water: more friendly and somehow more mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length. A bit dry and hay like. A little tannin but in a good way. Clear wood influence.
      With water: Less woody, more fruity.

  7. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It has potential, especially in the nose, but it does not exhaust it until the end. In the finish he falls unfortunately pretty much.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Honey-swirled apricot and peach pieces. The sweetness but only at the beginning, quite short. Then: mineral, salty. Menthol. Lemon water. Beautiful chocolate and coffee bean notes. Caramels. Interesting mixture.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very chocolaty on arrival, with orange zest, hazelnuts and almonds. Mild and dry from the beginning. Dried dates, dark chocolate, bread dough. Something watery creeps in and dilutes the flavors a bit. Finally salty and peppery.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long and dry, with chocolate, marzipan, coffee powder and menthol.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Fresh fruit salad, very drinkable and enjoyable
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, citrusy, apricots, quinces, hints of honey - very good
    • Taste
      Oily, very fruity, notes of oak wood, subtle sweetness, spices, pepper
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm

  9. ClixMalt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    7/10 - Good. Willingly take a dram or two, but not a bottle.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  11. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    With the bottlings of Glen Scotia you can really tell that the curve is going up, the stuff just keeps getting better and better over the last few years. For me, this one is more of a smell, probably because that's where the influence of the Oloroso comes into its own. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/03/19/18-jaehrige-standards-aus-der-zweiter-reihe/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. Obynapewno scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  13. KILLSWLTCH scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  14. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tropical fruits, apples, oranges, toffee, butter, a touch of maltiness and doughiness. Spices. Hint of salinity. Oily mouthfeel. Beautiful whisky, just not sure it's better than the 15 year old. That's no slight on this whisky, it's just a testament to how great the 15 is. This definitely has a place in the cabinet.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. hlz30 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, floral and malty. Decent stuff.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Mild hint of lychee and violet, and a hint of sea breeze with kippery notes at the beginning, followed by some soft ripen pears and estery pineapple. Brand new leather and ripen plum (influnce from the Sherry cask finishing?) and cooked mash in the body. Vanilla and cream were also found.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Medium to rich body. Salty and pleasantly sweet. The bitterness is there but rather mild. With chewing the slightly sour cocoa and soft spices came out. Still the malty flavour is prominent.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short. Refreshing citrus, jasmine flower, and new woods. The malted barley is also evident.

  16. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like the underlying dark red fruit sweetness, the oak, malt and peat don’t overpower and this is a pretty well balanced dram.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Light peat, honey, malt, musty sherry, fig
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, oak and peat, then dark sherry sweetness, cherry, dark caramel and a tad drying
    • Finish
      88 88
      Woody, light spice, again dark red fruits and light sweetness

  17. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  18. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Quite hardened, too baking and bitter, although it looks worthy of its age.
    • Nose
      86 86
      woody-nutty, almond, in the distance - flowers and sweet fruits
    • Taste
      84 84
      oily, stringy, syrupy sweet, rather spicy, almonds, a little salt
    • Finish
      84 84
      very powerful, heavy, warm-burning, quite oaky, spicy and bitter

  19. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  20. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  21. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  23. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 699: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8Lbdr3Q4vA (83/100).

    "Previous maturation, before the final 12 months in sherry, was a little bit undermaturing. ... So you've got an 18 year old whisky that's behaving more like a almost heading towards 15 years in terms of the form."

  24. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great nose, unfortunately a little weaker at the back, but interesting and tasty.
    • Nose
      Nice fruitiness, yellow fruits, dried apricots, peach, juice gums, spices, honey.
    • Taste
      Sweet, honey, vanilla, fruit malt, light oak flavor on the back.
    • Finish
      The finish alternates between bitter spice, malt and fruit.

  25. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  26. claymore84 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-22-2020 at a blind tasting with Whisky Jason.

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

    Exciting but still very boubon-heavy, nice easy drinking that opens even more with a little water
    • Nose
      fresh and light fruity with almost exotic notes, the Ollorosso takes a lot of time to make itself felt. Some sea air and herbal notes
    • Taste
      As the nose suggests, the flavors also come through clearly, no big surprises, only a pleasant chilli catch is added
    • Finish
      The finish becomes a bit duller and also releases a few flavors from the barrel, but would not have predicted it to be 18y. Rock solid with a great distillery character

  28. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    did not blow me away
    a pleasant Easydrinking Malt
    • Nose
      fruity, pleasant, pears, malt
      later oak, light fruit, tobacco
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      spicy, oak, slightly licorice
    • Finish
      medium long
      thin, light oak

  29. Jssssssss scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Nose
    Strength: (5)
    Tonality: (4)
    Slightly brighter, some finally have a fresher tonal chamomile... 2
    Yellowish fleshy fruity...3
    Almond cookies...1
    Honey tea...1
    Taste & Finish
    Aroma: (4)
    Strength: (5)
    Tonality: (4)
    End rhyme: (5)
    Whiter wood but not dry
    Total: ( 86 )
    Today, it is a relatively fresh one. The last few candied sweets are slightly thicker and can finally be drunk.

  30. HunterRomario scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Strong, malty, honey-spicy, with creamy milk chocolate and heavier fruitiness. (88 pts)
    Taste: Matured, very spicy. Malt, strong fruitiness, sweeter spices and honey. (90 pts)
    Points: 89
    Summary: I enjoyed, this Glen Scotia gave me a lot of saddle and probably thanks to maturing in oloroso sherry barrel it left a significantly better impression than the once tasted classic 18 yo from the series with cattle. A shot number 2 at the Whisky Festival in Radebeul 2019.

  31. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great expression from Glen Scotia. They do have a high Standard (except for the Double wood which not worth calling by name).

    I’d say in the GS core range Victoriana is the best for me, this 18 comes in very close as 2nd and the 15yo is at a decent 3rd place.
    • Nose
      Rich and mature. Fresh Mint leaves And quite perfum-like. Coastal, salty character accompanied with a hint of sherry wood, green herbs and sweet dark fruits. Well balanced at 46%. No water needed.
    • Taste
      Smokey and salty. clear hints of Bourbon with quite a big edge of oloroso sherry. Red fruits. And a slight minty mouthfeel. The Glen Scotia spirit is still there. Clearly which is a very good thing!
    • Finish
      A long, pleasant, sticky finish. Slightly pepery and dry. Aged wood and again that coastal salty character with a hint of (peat)smoke.

  32. Tano77 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  33. Erik1908 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This bottle was my contribution to the Loch Lomond Group tasting I had with my friends. The quality of the Glen Scotia compared to the GS 15y, made me modify my score for the Glen Scotia 15y from 87 to 86. The Glen Scotia is in all aspects much more mature.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Coastal smell, fruits, more spicy compared to the 15y.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fruits, vanilla, good body. Oily, waxy.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long and nice. In the very end a touch of smoke.

  34. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very decent whisky. Can you drink well? But now nothing that imposes itself as a purchase candidate. But I would not refuse, if he is offered to me.
    • Nose
      He is set as the 15er. But still has a certain freshness. The fruits are a bit yellow. Glazed yellow apple in butter. Physalis. In addition a clear citrus note, which I describe with lemon cake. Vanilla and charcoal.
    • Taste
      Pretty oily. Reminds me a bit of the very juicy and delicious Eierlikörkuchen (there comes a lot of oil) my mother. With some apricot jam. Take 2 orange drops. Now a little ginger. After that, it gets a little more acidic.
    • Finish
      Grapefruit. Milk with a lot of unsweetened cocoa. It is getting drier. Some grass.

  35. ishi scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Difficult and attractive aroma, fruity, malty; sweet, very smooth, bit salty. Very good

  36. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Colour: amber.
    Nose: sweet, leather, vanilla, salt, spices, oak, grass, sweet fruits, furniture varnish, cake and olive oil.
    Mouth: sweet fruits, salt, spices, oak, pepper and chocolate.
    Finish: long with spices, vanilla, chocolate, dust and smoked salmon closer to the end.
    Glen Scotia 18YO is a good balanced, complex and interesting whisky for thoughtful drinking.

  37. SweetPeat scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Super interesting, very complex, varied. Have never smelt so much malt in a whisky!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Liquorice, salami mousse, smoky, soot, heavy oil, Williams Christ pear, herbs, a trace of hay. The smoke reminds of the Fujikai 10 years, but in delicious.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Heavy oil, soot, wax, heaps of malt, peach, caramel, brown cane sugar, pepper on the tip of the tongue, neat oak, but not bitter, dark chocolate with coffee bean splinters
    • Finish
      87 87
      long (7/10) and slightly dry

  38. Frion83 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Rich, rich and complex copy.
    • Nose
      Dried figs, deciduous foliage, vanilla and oak. Sherry sweetness and berry sourness. A grain of salt.
    • Taste
      Oily fruit bomb. Saturated, dense, sherry, vanilla with oak.
    • Finish
      Long, rather sherry, with oak and vanilla.

  39. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    At a Tasting.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  41. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  42. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

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

  43. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

    Despite my exposure to and interest in anything from Loch Lomond in the past few years, I’d not tried the 18yo before now.

    N: Buttery compost and more besides.
    T: More rounded, full bodied and woody [in a good way], than the 15yo
    F: [No notes]
    C: [Today], I like this more than the 15yo.Scores a B

  44. cfosterk scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    really well priced oloroso influenced whisky. some flat notes, particularly in the development and finish
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  45. Shane_IL scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This one performed pretty well and was a worthy addition to their range. I liked the slightly smokey notes and how they played with the dirty, fruity character. The only thing is that on the palate there was some unbalanced bitterness which kind of put it behind the 15-year-old for me.Reviewed in my blog:https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/11/03/glen-scotia-18-new-label/
    • Nose
      Dirt. Waxy citrus peel. Citronella. Light honey. Vanilla. Hay. Creme brulee. Slight tobacco smoke. Sultanas. Cooked pears in spiced wine. Leads into a slightly bitter woodspice.
    • Taste
      Bitter wood. A little too acrid compared to the nose. Cinnamon. Seville orange. Slight creamy, grassy taste. Salt. Slight tobacco and new leather. Then lots and lots of nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Mainly woodspice. Loads of it. Also some light wood, wood oils, honey and peaches.

  46. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  47. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      89 89

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