Glen Scotia 18-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Classic Campbeltown Malt
Stated Age
18 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L2/221/17 11:01
Added on
19 Aug 2017 2:59 pm by Rien

Average value

€ 84.01

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114 × member ratings

127 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Scotia 18-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.91 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • 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

  5. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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

  6. Jssssssss scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  9. Tano77 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  10. 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.


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