Glen Scotia 20, 1992-2012, 51.9% – Westwood Whisky

This completely random Glen Scotia came from an auction a few months ago. By now the bottle is empty because of me liking the whisky, it being used in a tasting and some bottle-shares.

For some reason the ‘Westwood’ thing stood out to me, because when I was 25 years younger that was a game studio that made the original Command & Conquer games. Totally random and I do realize one has nothing to do with the other, but hey, here we are…

I’ve had a bit of a focus on Glen Scotia since visiting them in 2018, and with them still being relatively affordable, the focus might stay a while.

Earthy, coastal, with oak and a whiff of old cheddar. In a good way. Grist, with some oak.

Quite dry, with lots grain. Barley, pepper, oak. Some apple, a hint of bitterness. Again, that whiff of cheese. A minot acidic note, with the cheese/milk notes makes me think of buttermilk a little bit.

Barley, with a bit more sweetness. Still dry with some white pepper. Dry oak and a bit of custard.

It’s quite a straight forward whisky that does what Glen Scotia is supposed to do, without going in any strange direction. I think straight forward is a very good direction for this whisky.

I like the whiff of cheddar and buttermilk, in combination with the grain. It’s a bit porridge-like, but with pepper makes it a bit more than a ‘breakfast whisky’.

What’s also good is that it is not overpowered by the cask in any way, unlike that bourbon cask sample from the recent online dunnage warehouse tasting.



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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