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October 4, 2013


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Tasting two Glen Scotia 1992 plus one

There's already been quite a lot of these 1992s by various indies in the last two or three years. Some have been really good but some could be a little dirty.

Glen Scotia 18 yo 1992/2010 (46%, Mo Òr Collection, first fill sherry butt, cask #6, 1076 bottles)

Glen Scotia 18 yo 1992/2010 (46%, Mo Òr Collection, first fill sherry butt, cask #6, 1076 bottles) Three stars and a half 46% is always perfect to start any session. They're big enough to stand the heavier cask strength versions that usually follow and do not make for a weak start. Colour: gold. Nose: oh yes it's a dirty one, and the sherry's meatiness does not make it any cleaner. There's this mustiness, all this leather, the Spanish ham (Iberico), old tools, metal polish, coal smoke, old cellar, exhaust fumes (if you're old enough, you may remember the two-stokes Kawasakis, H2 and such), old humidor... There are alos a few burnt matches but nothing serious. It's a very entertaining nose... Provided the palate is a little straighter! Let's check that... Mouth: yeah well, we have more or less the same. A lot of leather, it's like eating a whole brand new perfecto, I imagine. Also many bitter nuts, walnuts and almonds first, then we have hints of artichoke liqueur, chocolate, acidic coffee and lots of ashes. Extreme and strange but very funny. I cannot not think of some extreme bone dry Manzanilla. Finish: long, bitter, very walnutty. A coastal, salty side is growing in the aftertaste. Some cardboard too, perhaps. Comments: fun, very whacky stuff. SGP:362 - 83 points.

Glen Scotia 21 yo 1992/2013 (52.2%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 240 bottles)

Glen Scotia 21 yo 1992/2013 (52.2%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 240 bottles) Three stars This one came out last month. Colour: pale gold. Nose: as often, it's more blocked because of the higher strength. Not that it's mute, and some aromas that were to be found in the Mo Or are here too (leather and coal), but it's relatively shy for Glen Scotia. Quite some beer, though, ales and stouts. With water: paraffin, ink and lemon curd. A growing smokiness too (rather Suzuki this time, hehe). Mouth (neat): cough, cough... How bitter! This time its even bigger - more expressive, if you will - than the Mo Or but its very difficult whisky. Didn't they fill the cask with unsweetened Jaegermeister at full strength? Also a lot of bitter oranges. With water: I can tell because I had quite a few in the last weeks, it tastes like some smoky, grassy mezcal. Finish: same for a long time. Comments: what a beast! It's a little cleaner than the Mo Or because it isn't ex-sherry, but still... Very segmenting, I must say, and I won't score it too highly because of that. But, well, I like it. SGP:272 - 80 points.

And also (this baby just in)...

Glen Scotia 21 yo 1992/2013 (51.5%, Douglas Laing, Old Particular, refill barrel, ref DL9903, 240 bottles)

Glen Scotia 21 yo 1992/2013 (51.5%, Douglas Laing, Old Particular, refill barrel, ref DL9903, 240 bottles) Four stars and a half Since the Old Malt Cask range has gone with brother Stewart, the Old Particular is Fred Laing's new series that replaces it. I have to say I find the new retro design very smart. Colour: light gold. Nose: it's rather a fruitier, sleeker version of Glen Scotia, without much breadish notes. Well, there is a little ale but that's rather an asset. Oranges, cider apples, touches of tobacco, kumquats, some nice green/blue tea (wu-long)... All very nice. With water: more menthol comes out, as well as wilder earthy tones. Wet wool (right, sheep). Mouth (neat): starts like a good Chablis, I'd say. Something mineral and very pleasantly sharpish (green tea again), then a little chartreuse and bitter oranges. Oily mouth feel. With water: it's the barley that speaks out now, as well as more orange zests and custard. A touch of smoke. Finish: quite long, with a little more bitter almonds and dark chocolate. Comments: I'm impressed, this barrel had a lot to tell us. SGP:552 - 88 points.

More tasting notes Check the index of all Glen Scotia I've tasted so far

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

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