Single malt whisky - tasting notes

14 Mar 2012

Glen Scotia 1991 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Scotia

A brand-new Glen Scotia 1991 bottled by Malts of Scotland.

 

Glen Scotia 1991 Malts of ScotlandGlen Scotia 20 yo 1991 (54,5%, Malts of Scotland 2012, bourbon hogshead MoS 12009, 158 btl.)

Nose: elegant nose with lots of pipe tobacco (the sort of mild tobacco with a nice vanilla edge) and hints of cigar boxes. Very subtle exhaust fumes. Underneath is a leathery element and hints of toffee sweetness and raisins to round it off. Old linen and library dust as well. Different kinds of fresh herbs. Vanilla. Needs some airing, but it’s certainly complex with a subtly out-of-bounds character that works really well. Mouth: again quite unusual, with the same kind of tobacco feeling and hints of dust. The old Campbeltown style. Quite some herbal notes and roasted nuts. Oranges. A light saltiness and bitterness as well. Liquorice and aniseed. Finish: long, with dried grasses and a very faint caramel / chocolate note.

Another Glen Scotia that’s all but middle-of-the-road. I love how they can be complex but strange and intriguing at the same time. An adventurous dram, I adore it. Around € 100.

Score: 90/100

Glen Scotia 1991 (Malts of Scotland) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-03-14

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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