Glen Scotia 1999 – SMWS (93.44)

A sample of which I can barely find any data and it seems to have been available in Japan mostly. Nice and rare! Glen Scotia is a bit of a hit and miss distillery for me. The one I had in the first SMWS Bottle-Share was pretty stunning, but since then I’ve tasted some OK and some not so good version from Campbeltown’s second distillery too.

Nose:
Glen ScotiaHeavily peated but also a bit moldy like mushrooms. Some tea, lapsang souchong would be my guess. Some lemon freshness behind all these heavy flavours. Pepper and the pinkish ginger you get with sushi. Quite salty as well.

Taste:
Rather beefy and peppery, with some salt. It’s just quite spicy in general. Dry wood but the lemon is gone. The tea and the smoke are still here though, albeit not as prominent.

Finish:
The finish has a bit of a machine grease and oil hint, which can be quite nice and I’ve encountered it before in Glen Scotia, in a positive way. Sweet, almost sickly so. Medium length and something fishy as well.

Nice but not spectacular. I do like this kind of bottlings from Glen Scotia. I feel this one lacks the freshness to compensate for the moldy and machine oil bit. Some fruity flavours would be welcome throughout tasting this dram. Still pretty good though!

Glen Scotia 1999, 11 years old, SMWS, ”A harbour side journey, Refill Bourbon Barrel, 61.8%

4 stars

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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