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01 Aug 2011

Glen Scotia 1992 (A.D. Rattray)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glen Scotia

This Glen Scotia 1992 was distilled in a problematic period. Between 1979 and 1999, this Campbeltown distillery was only operational for 7 years. It is part of the latest series by A. Dewar Rattray. It’s only half of the cask by the way, so we can expect the other half to be bottled on a later moment.


Glen Scotia 1992Glen Scotia 19 yo 1992 (59,6%, A.D. Rattray 2011, sherry butt #2 (part), 359 btl.)

Nose: a dirty start (some rubber, sulphur and organics) although it gets better after some breathing. Typical huge sherry: dried prunes, blackberry pie, walnuts, raisins… Some roasted malt notes and faint smoke in the background. Leather. Hints of mulchy leaves as well. Mouth: just as sherried. A slightly salty dryness alternates with a herbal sweetness (Ricola bonbons). Dry fruits. Roasted chestnuts and oak. Balsamic syrup. Some nice mocha as well. Plenty of caramel flavours. Reminds me of some 1950-1960’s blends in a way. Finish: quite long and dry, on spices, bitter chocolate and oak.

Difficult to assess, although I think it’s more consistent than the Glen Scotia 1992 by Malts of Scotland. You could argue it’s over-sherried with little distillery character left, but if you’re looking for a sherry monster, then it’s quite interesting. Around € 85. Distributed in Belgium by Jurgen’s Whiskyhuis.

Score: 82/100

Glen Scotia 1992 (A.D. Rattray) 3 Ruben Luyten 2011-08-01
  • ALouis

    Ruben, why you never mention the color and reflects?
    This is an important part of tasting notes.

  • Ruben

    I don’t agree, for me it’s the least useful part of tasting notes by far.
    I work with colours every day for my work (both on screen and on printed material) so I know how difficult (and even useless most of the time) it is to describe colours in words. And if you can’t accurately describe a colour, then I don’t think it has much sense, at least not if you want to detect characteristics of a whisky.
    What would it add if I described the colour of this Glen Scotia for example?

  • ALouis

    La couleur du whisky est très importante:
    elle donne des indications sur le fût, la maturation et fait partie intégrante de la dégustation.
    Une roue des couleurs existe et permet de définir assez précisément la couleur du whisky.

  • Ruben

    Yes but nowadays cask type, age, maturation… are mentioned by most of the bottlers and I pass on this information in the review. I think it’s more precise than trying to deduct characteristics from the colour (which can often be misleading as well!).
    I agree it could be valuable if I couldn’t find a decent picture for a certain bottle. Of course the picture will never be completely accurate but it gives you a rough idea, just like a verbal description.



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