Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Loch Lomond Group
Average price: € 63.00
Official website: www.glenscotia.com
It is all in all a recent discovery of Glen Scotia malts, with whiskies that have never disappointed me.
Not exactly known as a distillery, despite being one of the few still remaining in the Campbeltown that was once, in its own right, THE whisky region, and with a profile that is sometimes not very accommodating to please most.
I have already covered the history of this distillery in the article on the First Edition, so I would say that you can pour this 15-year-old into your glass!
On the nose, the Bourbon garb is clearly evident, with marzipan, vanilla, apricot, freshly baked tart. With time, the aromas grow and stratify, with a surge of fruit (peach, melon, yellow orange), lemon zest and a delicate coastal profile. Sprinkle of cinnamon.
The palate is very saline, with a herbaceous, wet edge that disrupts the olfactory aromas, rediscovering a little of Glen Scotia’s unfriendly soul. Pepper, walnuts, a touch of malt and polished wood, ginger, a slight bitter note in the background. Lemon. The contrast between palate and nose is in some ways disconcerting, it almost seems as if you are dealing with two different whiskies, practically a bipolar distillate. Underneath it all, but really underneath it all, there is even a hint of peat smoke, but in the time it takes to notice it, it has already disappeared.
The finish is rather long, dry, herbaceous and lemony, with wood, spices and a hint of orange.
This is a dram that’s so unconventional it’s a hoot! Definitely not easy, probably repelling, but really fun and original.
The Scotch Noob