Dram Review: Silver Seal Sestante Collection Glen Scotia Guaranteed 19 Years Old

[59.2%・19 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2012・Silver Seal Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Really chocolate-y. Dark, heavy oak and toasted cumin seeds, some sulphur in there, plenty of minerals with some grassiness from the spirit, rose petals and cooked fruits later on.

Palate & Finish:

Sticky and spicy, toffee crisp and condensed prune syrup with a fizzling acidity seasoned with a big dose of minerals. Some chocolate dust to follow on with the maple syrup, out of the rich sweetness also comes a certain grassy spirit rawness. Cigar leaves and bitter red wood tannins.

Lengthy finish, cinnamon and dried chilli flakes.

Thoughts:

This is one quirky whisky, interesting interaction between the feisty Glen Scotia spirit and its generous vessel that’s perhaps overtly-excited. I’m not sure what to make of this except I much preferred how the dram fared on the palate than the nose..

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

P.S. Thank you Mr. Sidhu, it was good to catch up.

-Nicholas

Whisky Review: SMWS 93.80 Glen Scotia ‘Rough around the edges’

Style: Fruity, Peaty and Ashy

Nose:

A whiff of sea breeze at fish market, barbeque smoke, followed by kelp, and acidic mineral notes. Lively maritime influence in the air. Tight with spirit hotness, Acrylic glue transition in the middle. Uplift the smokescreen and we have fragrant, overripe peaches which has been waiting at the back. Creamy vanilla and toffee to round the aroma off at the back.

Palate:

Smoke and fruits switch sides on the palate. Smoky water retreating to the back as overripe fruits filling up the front rows. Vanilla cream tipped into round and rich sweet fruitiness. Toffee sauce drizzling down, then the maritime influence resurfaces again – more kelp, sea salt, iodine and a touch of acidity start rolling back. Finishes with some tobacco ash.

Finish:

Barley taking in minimal amount of honey as flavours are drying up. Burnt wood ashes and hickory smoke finish.

Thoughts:

Young Glen Scotia(s) are always fun to play with, maybe that’s because of its distinctive, expressive and multi-facet spirit character. Adding cask influence into the equation, you quite never know what you are getting but usually there is plenty to play with. Now, for this Glen Scotia, we have a honey cask which injects beautiful sweetness to carry the minor elements through, fruity, funky and smoky. Quite delicious.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[60.6% • 2010 Distilled • Aged 7 Years • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Matured in First Fill Bourbon Cask • t+]

-Esmond

Dram Review: Glen Scotia Aged 15 Years

[46.0%・15 Years Old・Bottled Circa. 2015-2017・Official Bottling・General Release]

Nose:

Minerals and rum soaked raisins, quite vanilla-y with traces of metallic notes.  After a while comes the overripe fruits, dried apricots and honey.

Palate & Finish:

Sweet rum and raisins, not too full bodied but quite smooth with a dose of liquor soaked oranges.  It grows a tad spicy with a gingery kick.

Some liquorice and a wee nuttiness to end, the liquor soaked oranges linger on.

Thoughts:

I must confess I have not paid much attention to Glen Scotia since their previous packaging from a few years ago.  This is actually rather decent and I think an improvement to its predecessors..

-Nicholas