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19 Sep 2012

Glen Scotia 1992 (Archives)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Scotia

Just a small part of a cask, probably, this Glen Scotia 1992 in the Archives series. I would never buy any Glen Scotia without trying them first. I’ve had nice surprises but quite some disappointments as well, even from the same period and bottler. What will it be today?

 

Glen Scotia 1992 ArchivesGlen Scotia 20 yo 1992 (50,4%, Archives 2012, hogshead #08/71, 80 btl.)

Nose: roasted chestnuts (plus other nuts) and soft smoke at first. Simmering fire. Then some grassy notes, heather, olives and ferns. A little rubber and coastal notes. Slowly moving towards caramel aromas and baked apple. Not the easiest profile. Mouth: an intensely vegetal taste, with lots of leaves, tobacco juice, green herbs, pine sap… Fairly salty and bitter. Something sweet and caramelly in the background, as well as a lot of cough syrup. A cardboard-like flavour as well. Some peat. Nutmeg and hints of ginger. Brrr. Finish: long, salty and earthy, with liquorice and bitter herbs.

A perfect example of a Campbeltown whisky, dixit Whiskybase. They’ve got a point, it’s old-fashioned, coastal and a little rough. An outsider with some flavours in uncommon amounts. The vegetal notes and the adversarial character make it difficult for me to simply enjoy it. Around € 85.

Score: 79/100

Glen Scotia 1992 (Archives) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-19

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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