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18 May 2010

Glen Scotia 1992 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Scotia

Glen Scotia is the only distillery in Campbeltown apart from the two Springbank plants. It is probably the only distillery in Scotland to use washbacks made of Cor-Ten steel (kind of a pre-rusted steel). Its production is rather irregular which means it’s rarely found as a single malt.

This 18 years old Glen Scotia was matured in a sherry butt and bottled by Malts of Scotland.

 

Glen Scotia 1992 | Malts of Scotland Glen Scotia 18 yo 1992 (53,3%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask #429, 199 btl.)

Nose: a bit weird. Rubbery sherry, with a bunch of roasted / burnt notes (burnt pastry, hints of sulphur, burnt grass). Some mint. Red fruit as well, evolving to raspberry vinegar. Wet newspaper and dusty old fabric. I kept changing my mind about this one, it seems to change constantly. In a way it’s really ferocious, but on the other hand that makes it interesting. Mouth: punchy and rather herbal (cloves). Caramel. Quite woody. Salty liquorice. Aftertaste on roasted coffee beans and cocoa. Water doesn’t change the profile. Finish: dying quite soon, but with a nice chocolate ending.

Quite extreme… Interesting but not really a drinker’s whisky. Around € 80.

Score: 78/100
(debatable score… make that 63 or 85 depending on your mood)

Glen Scotia 1992 (Malts of Scotland) 2 Ruben Luyten 2010-05-18
  • http://whisky.foodnwine.co.il Gal

    u know, i think the entire “Campbeltown” region is overrated.
    Springbank. sheesh

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I can tell you’ve never tried an older Springbank… I’m not a big Springbank fan either, but the old stuff is marvellous and the least you can say is that they’ve developed their own unique style.

  • http://whisky.foodnwine.co.il Gal

    Guilty as charged.
    i have not. it’s tough getting stuff like that. also $$$.
    why cant new SB be as good as old ones? why ?!

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Old Springbank was sherry matured. That’s getting expensive nowadays. Also, remember that the distillery had a problematic time with closure in the 1980-1990′s which means most of the stock is pretty young. Quality is rising again by the way.

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  • aw

    Gal, I know it’s expensive but if you and some mates can club together to get one of these:-

    http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-4733.aspx

    then I guarantee you will love it.

  • http://onversneden.com/2010/05/01/glen-scotia-1992-malts-of-scotland/ Johan

    I totally agree on this one, this is a whisky with a strange twist.

  • MARS

    I totally agree with the springbank 21 years old. But I think it’s possible to get a it a little cheaper.

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