If I’m not mistaken this was in the first batch of whiskies ever released by Archives, which has since become a more-or-less household name for whisky fanatics in The Netherlands, and abroad.
I got my hands on a bottle recently, when a fried of mine started pruning his collection. With this being a decently aged whisky from a distillery I like, it sounded like a good idea to do a share with it.
There’s a lot of junk in the glass, even though it was clean before I poured the whisky. Almost like a Blackadder Raw Cask, but without the bigger chunks.
I don’t really mind this, but it not something you come across often. Except, of course, with Blackadder’s whiskies.
On the nose there are some hints of charry wood, but that might be suggestive. Apart from that it’s fairly gentle, but there is more funkiness than normal for Glen Scotia. And Glen Scotia is not shy of being a little funky. Some custard, some hessian, some dried apple.
The palate brings some heat, more than the nose suggests. Red chili peppers, dry oak, a lot of dryness. There’s sawdust, hessian, dried apples, old oak. It mellows with a little bit of time. It still has some of these charred wood notes, embers, soot.
The finish starts with some of the harshness again, some of the heat. The wood notes linger longest, and the funkiness is a bit more pronounced than it was on the palate.
It’s a solid whisky, with a bit of an off-kilter profile for Glen Scotia. Slightly less balanced with more funkiness than normal.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s keeping the whisky from scoring higher than the 86 points I’m giving it.