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Campbeltown Region Glen Scotia Distillery Scotland Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Glen Scotia 10yo Campbeltown Malts Festival 2021

Review of the limited and special edition of Glen Scotia for the 2021 Campbeltown Malts Festival.

Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 56.1%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon First Fill finished in ex-Red Wine
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Loch Lomond Group
Average price: € 55.00
Official website: www.glenscotia.com
Vote: 83/100

Like the previous year’s, the 2021 Campbeltown Malts Festival took place entirely online, with a series of events and tastings held online in May, and the usual special edition to mark the occasion.
A bottling resulting from the blending of exceptionally unpeated spirits made between 2009 and 2011, which after maturing in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks, were aged in over eighty ex-Bordeaux casks (from the Medoc region) for five months. Finally, they were put together in ex-Bourbon refill casks and bottled at cask strength without additional colouring or chillfiltration.
Something different from the usual, perhaps a gamble for some, but it’s always good to step out of your comfort zone to discover how our favourite whisky could be in a different guise, a sort of Marvellian What If…?.

Tasting notes

Lively berries emerge on the nose, with a hint of vinous acidity floating over mellow aromas of caramel, vanilla, macadamia nut, candied orange, acacia honey. Almond paste, a touch of lemon and a cidery vein in the distance. Not a hint of alcohol. Fresh and smooth.
In the mouth the alcohol is very present, acting as a backdrop to an audible peppery taste, which opens up to quite decisive fruity flavours (lots of peach with red apple and wild strawberry) grafted onto custard, almond, a hint of nutmeg and tobacco. Wooden vein on the length with a bitter touch and a slight salinity.
Not very long and dry finish of red apple, peach, almonds and a hint of salt.

Very interesting on the nose, a little less so on the palate where the alcohol content exceeds the tones and doesn’t allow the impressions to develop properly. Meritorious as a variation on the theme, also considering its low price, and all in all it offers a pleasant dram that could meet the tastes of those who don’t like oenological influences.

Reviews of Glen Scotia whisky in the blog:
Cadenhead’s Glen Scotia 27yo
Glen Scotia 14yo Campbeltown Festival 2020
Glen Scotia 15yo
Glen Scotia 1991 The First Editions
Glen Scotia Double Cask

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