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Hi, this is one of our (almost) daily tastings. Santé!

July 19, 2013


Tasting two more Glen Scotia,
for the better or for the…

Another name that’s not uncommon at the indies’ these days, and that’s actually been ‘revived’ by them. Who will regret the old official 14 yo in its dumpy bottle?

Glen Scotia 1991/2013 'Salted Caramels' (46%, Wemyss Malts, barrel, 279 bottles)

Glen Scotia 1991/2013 'Salted Caramels' (46%, Wemyss Malts, barrel, 279 bottles) Four stars Picture is of last year's bottling. What, salted caramel? We come, we rush, we fly! Colour: gold. Nose: well it’s more mineral than ‘caramely’ at first nosing, and indeed quite salty (sea water). I know, salt does not smell strong. I also get rubber bands and a little hay but all that isn’t very aromatic. An austere nose, but at least it’s not feinty (some GS could be feinty in my book) and I have to say I like these whiffs of brine and seawater that never stop becoming louder. Let’s hope the caramel will be found on the palate… Mouth: well I’m no salted caramel expert, but I do not think this tastes like salted caramels. Or do our friend the Scots make a specific one? Instead, we have some peat, some black olives, some soft chilli, a saltiness indeed and then rather massive notes of salmiak – or salted liquorice. Do the Scots have caramel that tastes like liquorice? Finish: long, salty, liquoricy. There is, indeed, some toffee in the aftertaste. Comments: this is much to my liking, the spirit has a lot to tell us. I was joking about the caramel, there is some caramel but there’s even more liquorice. There. SGP:462 - 87 points.

Glen Scotia 20 yo 1992/2012 (50.6%, The Whisky Cask, bourbon hogshead)

Glen Scotia 20 yo 1992/2012 (50.6%, The Whisky Cask, bourbon hogshead) Three stars Colour: gold. Nose: ho-ho-ho, this is a huge jar full of linseed oil, motor oil, almonds, paraffin and, above all, something that’s not very common in whisky, sesame oil. Or even smoked sesame oil. Very curious now… With water: it changes a lot, becoming very ashy and sooty. Very dry. Touches of moss and dead leaves. Very humussy (is that a proper word, S.?) Mouth (neat): g.e.n.t.i.a.n.!!! Earthy, peppery, rooty and slightly rubbery gentian! Let’s hold our horses, this is no easy whisky actually, some parts are lovely and oh-so-smoky-old-Highlands, but this harsh bitterness can be a little off-putting. With water: the jury’s still out, some parts are charmingly old-skool (the smokiness) but others are frankly difficult. Papery salt or salty paper? Finish: quite long, very briny now. Maybe there are even one or two slices of… gherkins? Comments: this is pretty extreme stuff, for aficionados only. Do not pour this to the housekeeper, or your life will change forever. And not for the better… But I love the gentiany side! SGP:362 - 82 points.

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

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