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June 8, 2023


We’re nonetheless in Campbeltown,

only for yet another day

Effectively, remotely, sadly. We have had some possible undisclosed Glen Scotia proper yesterday, however at present would be the official day. Within the olden occasions you would discover quite a lot of Glen Scotia bottled beneath grocery store personal manufacturers.

Glen Scotia

You already know, these cheaper ones which are at all times voted ‘Greatest Whisky In The World’ based on sensible PR businesses who know that it is best to by no means, ever point out the classes. However at present Glen Scotia’s regained some lustre, partly thanks, in my view, to some reasonably sensible re-racking campaigns, it is identical to at cousins Loch Lomond. We’ll additionally see if we are able to discover some older ones…

Glen Scotia Distillery (Glen Scotia)

Glen Scotia 12 yo 'Seasonal Release 2022' (53.3%, OB, finished in amontillado, 14,000 bottles)

Glen Scotia 12 yo ‘Seasonal Launch 2022’ (53.3%, OB, completed in amontillado, 14,000 bottles) Four stars

First fill bourbon then amontillado, wooden works certainly, let’s examine. Color: golden. Nostril: previous vin jaune, amontillado certainly, mustard, tarragon and shallots (proper, sauce béarnaise – fairly) plus damp cellar, previous barrels, marmalade, smoked paprika (I’ve to say I like smoked paprika)… We’re someplace in Andalusia certainly, having apéritif sheltered beneath a parasol. Certainly, not precisely in Campbeltown, a lot for ‘a way of the place’. However it’s very good. With water: extra bone-dry sherry-like wine, with touches of aniseed and mint. Contact of sulphur (or leek soup). Mouth (neat): very properly boosted, you simply must get pleasure from heavy dry sherry (or equally dry whites from the south of Spain). Walnuts, pepper, mustard, plus quite a lot of toasted oak, nutmeg, cinnamon… With water: add sufficient water and you will provide you with a glass of Tio Pepe. Saltiness popping out, seawater… End: lengthy, on comparable notes. Feedback: blended emotions. I am keen on dry sherry and I like to be transported to Andalusia by the best way of a sip of whisky. However, there’s not a lot Campbeltownness left. In fact that exists. Oh properly, let’s open our minds, I discover it superb, please move the olives and the jabugo.

SGP:372 – 85 factors.

This must be comparable…

Glen Scotia 2012/2020 (55.6%, OB for Independentspirit.de, oloroso finish, cash #19-657-7, 240 bottles)

Glen Scotia 2012/2020 (55.6%, OB for Independentspirit.de, oloroso end, money #19-657-7, 240 bottles) Three stars and a half

The earlier official livery. They’ve modified a number of occasions; I feel the present one is okay (however not my enterprise). Color: gold. Nostril: certainly, that is comparable, just a bit hotter, extra spirity, slightly leafier… It is also true that it is 50% youthful. Greener walnuts, sauvignon blanc (nettle, capsicum, tomato leaves, celery) and mashed turnips, plus the anticipated mustard. And behind all that, touches of mangos – presumably from bourbon! Hurray! With water: saponification occurring, let’s wait…. Good, it obtained a lot earthier, with musty previous cellars and previous barrels once more. Mouth: tropical fruits upfront, or reasonably some jams made thereof, plus pepper and mustard, Thai basil, coriander and cardamom… That is the sherry wooden for certain. With water:  extra citrus, in addition to inexperienced walnuts and at all times these mustardy touches. Feels ‘oloroso’ certainly, nevertheless it doesn’t really feel ‘solera’. One-cask oloroso, as they make vin jaune? Some sort of ‘anada’? End: similar. Feedback: you completely get the truth that this one is sort of the identical whisky, solely youthful.

SGP:372 – 84 factors.

Can we now have simply bourbon, please?

Glen Scotia 2009/2019 (57.2%, OB for Acla da Fans, 1st fill bourbon, cash #171, 128 bottles)

Glen Scotia 2009/2019 (57.2%, OB for Acla da Followers, 1st fill bourbon, money #171, 128 bottles) Three stars and a half

This one for Switzerland. Color: full gold. Nostril: these batches have been Springbanky, actually, medicinal, mineral, sooty, paraffiny… Think about some seawater blended with ointments and cough drugs, plus lamp oil and, properly, toothpaste. Chalk. Actually, Springbank. With water: loses a little bit of focus when watered down. Grassy damp chalk or one thing. Mouth (neat): certain you do really feel the ‘artful’ oak, with some guava, inexperienced pepper, capsicum… However these violet sweets (nothing to do with Bowmore right here) and all this doughy, sooty improvement maintain nodding to the mighty neighbour. With water: extra spicy sweetness from the barrel, bananas, guavas… I am even getting some rye bread. End: reasonably lengthy, with a number of jelly infants and a few orange soda. Hey even perhaps irn Bru! Feedback: Springbank on the nostril, reasonably some Irish on the palate. Bah it is all the identical neighbourhood anyway. Rather more sweetness than within the ‘sherries’.

SGP:641 – 84 factors.

Campbeltown 7 yo 2014/2022 (54.5%, The Coopers Choice, Banyuls cask finish, cask #125, 372 bottles)

Campbeltown 7 yo 2014/2022 (54.5%, The Coopers Alternative, Banyuls cask end, cask #125, 372 bottles) Four stars

Some blended malt on paper. Proper, this must be Glen Scotia, as I doubt anybody, even perhaps the house owners, would have dumped Springbank into ex-Banyuls wooden, actually. As an example Banyuls is among the PXs of France, very roughly, besides that you could have them white, rosé or crimson. I consider this was crimson (do not get me mistaken, some are stupendous). Color: apricot. Nostril: sport, grouse, cranberries, gunpowder, cabbage, hoisin sauce, paraffin, basalt… And that works. Wonderful. With water: ripe peaches (en regalia, ha!) Mouth (neat): what a humorous concoction. Hate the thought, reasonably love the outcomes. Higher than the opposite manner ‘spherical, I suppose. So jams in abundance, leaves, and peppers of every kind. With water: certainly, peaches and raisins and really fruity hops. End: lengthy, leafy, peachy, pepper. Feedback: it is all good enjoyable, actually. Completely unlikely for certain, however I might name it a goodwill whisky. I am certain it could take a number of ice cubes too, as Banyuls do. To hell with guidelines!

SGP:661 – 86 factors.

Did not we point out older Scotias? Simply ask, that is Whiskyfun!

Glen Scotia 12 yo 1979 (59.8%, James McArthur, +/-1992)

Glen Scotia 12 yo 1979 (59.8%, James McArthur, +/-1992) Three stars

Proper, this can be a miniature, not even certain they ever bottled it as a 70/75cl bottle. Hate it that this identify has seemingly disappeared however keep in mind James McArthur is the one firm that is ever bottled a Malt Mill single malt. And among the highest Port Ellen an Caol Ila ‘sherry’! Cheers Arthur (and cheers Peter H.!) Color: straw, however gosh, there is a useless wee spider inside! (why do you are feeling the necessity to add ‘useless’, S.?) Nostril: porridge, mashes, plastics, mud, bitter cream, horseradish, mustard… Let’s name it mister Austere. With water: I am getting zests and castor oil. I agree that is uncommon. Mouth (neat): somebody’s smoked bitter oranges again in 1979, it appears. Some Mozart Kugeln, caramel, marzipan… With water: extra bitter oranges, however not a lot improvement apart from that. End: reasonably lengthy, fairly peppery. Feedback: definitely very charming, however I’d suppose present day bottlers would have dumped this cask into PX very quickly. You are proper, or into ruby Port, zinfandel, Bordeaux, tequila, marsala… Oh, and they might have filtered it out in order that no (useless) spider may have made into your tasting glass.

SGP:451 – 81 factors.

Certainly, malt whisky the previous manner – I do not say the higher manner: take any cask, disgorge, bottle. However let’s have one other older Glen Scotia…

Glen Scotia 8 yo (80° proof UK, OB, +/-1960)

Glen Scotia 8 yo (80° proof UK, OB, +/-1960) Five stars

So, 46% vol., from the A. Gilies occasions and mentioned to be the most effective Glen Scotia ever bottled and the most effective whiskies to have ever originated from the Wee Toon.  Color: deep gold. Nostril: not THAT spectacular at first, just like many older Scotch whiskies together with well-known blends, however give it time and it will begin to unleash myriads of dried fruits (all of them, actually, no must listing them) after which this type of waxy, barely smoky coastalness that is additionally fairly standard north of Inverness. Yeah I do know that is the opposite aspect. The smoke from a Craven ‘A’ and a glass of middle-aged Meursault, then zillions of tertiary, and maybe even quaternary aromas (what’s that, S.?) Roasted nuts, honeys, no matter…Mouth: it is like visiting each the Louvre and the British Museum, an actual catalogue of aromas. Smoky, salty, waxy figs, let’s assume in abstract, or we’ll nonetheless be sitting right here in about ten hours; I’d suppose you’ve got obtained different issues to do in your finish. End: medium, extra in the direction of meats and sauces let’s assume. Similar feedback, we may construct an entire listing however we shan’t. Feedback: now I perceive why Angus went for a rating of 94 out of 100 5 years in the past. However I feel he is been slightly conservative, that is pure bottled philosophy. The place did they put the recipe? The Distillery has modified fingers so many occasions, I hope they have not misplaced it.

SGP:652 – 95 factors.

I additionally needed to have a handful of Hazelburn however I consider we might higher not. Loss of life seat impact assured. See you.







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