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December 3, 2019


Little duos, today Glen Scotia

Everybody seems to love the new official oak-boosted expressions, and indeed they seem to have saved many an uncertain cask using contemporary wood technology (rejuvenation/STRising and re-racking, really). But we’ll rather have two little IBs today…

Glen Scotia 9 yo 2008/2018 (55.9%, Kintra, 239 bottles)

Glen Scotia 9 yo 2008/2018 (55.9%, Kintra, 239 bottles) Four stars
Colour: gold. Nose: indeed there is this pretty peculiar coastalness, as if someone would have slightly smoked some mentholated gooseberries and then shipped them to America on a ship. Like Greta. Very nice wax, candlewax, paraffin, plasticine… It really is a ‘different’ malt whisky, but I find it much less porridge-y and even yoghurty than earlier Glen Scotias. With water: it’s got an obvious medicinal side, also some vanilla. Mercurochrome matured in first fill bourbon wood. Mouth (neat): indeed, it’s very idiosyncratic. Crushed mint leaves plus lime juice plus engine oil and waxes. Works. With water: gets very creamy, while lemons would creep in. Another malt that’s pretty limoncello-y. Finish: long, creamy indeed. Limoncello wood? Comments: I can’t remember having spotted lemon trees on the Mull of Kintyre. Have you? After all, they’re still getting a wee bit of the Gulf Stream, aren’t they.

SGP:551 - 86 points.

Now who would have easy access to Glen Scotia’s warehouses? But of course, their favourite neighbours…

Glen Scotia 27 yo 1992/2019 (45%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 150 bottles)

Glen Scotia 27 yo 1992/2019 (45%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 150 bottles) Three stars
That’s not many bottles and given the low natural strength, some leakage may have occurred. Just a wild guess. Colour: straw. Nose: this is a little touchy, I would say. It’s pretty sooty, with also whiffs of chemical yeast, then yoghurt sauce, soft honey vinegar, Woolite, copper polish, fino, fabric, turnips, sorrel soup… I’m really curious about the palate, because the nose was a little unlikely. Quite a soup, really. Mouth: it’s a little hard, dry, austere, very grassy and leafy, bitterish, with a sour, almost yoghurty dirtiness in the background, then those turnips again, eggplants, artichokes… A very unusual drop for sure, void of any kind of sweetness, not to mention fruits. Would they have distilled roots and vegetables? Finish: rather long, now with green lemons (not lime) and notes of raw aguardiente. Comments: it’s actually not too far from some cachaças that I could try, or am I dreaming? A very different malt, not easy to assess but really worth checking out.
SGP: 361 - 81 points.

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