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18 May 2010

Glen Scotia 1992 (Malts of Scotland)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted 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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