Blind Tasting Competition 14: Glen Scotia 13yo, 1999-2013, 61.4% – SMWS (93.55)

Well, at least I’m not a complete free fall anymore after this dram. Yesterday netted me no points again but I’m getting a couple of measly points every second day. Unfortunately, I’m still dropping in the rankings since I only get somewhere between 9 and 20 points of the possible daily 100.

Note: The following was written before the reveal of dram #13, since I’m at the office’s Christmas party during the night.

We’re in peaty territory here again. Peat in the way of the musty kind that I think is from Bunnahabhain, based on the first impression. Or Laphroaig. A second sniff brings some lemon to the initial mustiness. Dusty barley, hayloft, fresh lemon. Going the Laphroaig way here.

The palate shows quite some alcohol, but not overpowering. There’s a minor tinge of salt, with grass and light flowers. There’s vanilla in the background and some white oak too. Some licorice root, and lemon peel. Not as fresh as the nose. Quite some peat here in a slightly medicinal way. Iodine and bandaids. Hessian.

The finish starts of with a slightly more syrupy feel than I expected. Some vanilla and quite a lot of smoke. Slightly salty and a bit more heavy than I expected too. The lemon is almost gone now. Hessian and other musty flavors take over.

I’m doubting between Laphroaig and Bunnahabhain. My guess is this is some 10 years old, maybe 12 and the ABV would be some 52 to 53 %, I think. Again, I’m not going for a specific bottling since the lists are vast, and it has never done anything for me. Let’s just average everything out and go for 52.5% and 11 years old. As a distillery I’m picking Laphroaig since I generally dislike peated Bunnahabhain more than this one. Which I actually quite like.

Well, 20 points for not being too far off on the age department. I would never in a million years have guessed this ABV which is almost 10% higher than I thought it was. Also, I never knew Glen Scotia to be this peated! It’s a weird one, but I shouldn’t expect anything different from Ewald. Still, kind of a bummer since Scotia did cross my mind, if not for the peat. And Longrow is much more clean than this.

On the other hand, we hadn’t had Campbeltown yet and all regions are represented in the competition so the chance was increasing for that to happen. I just thought it would be a bit later, again, because of the peat.

It’s a nice dram, but barely any points. Bummer.

Glen Scotia 13yo, 1999-2013, 61.4%, SMWS (93.55)

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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