Sample received from /u/buddy_dosser via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit. Thanks!
Ah Glen Scotia, the other Campbeltown malt. Sometimes they can be a bit sidelined by all the attention given to Springbank, especially because until the recent revamp their distillery bottlings were a tad sub-par, but that doesn’t mean they can’t put out some damn fine whisky which can be found amongst several prolific independent bottlers.
This particular one was bottled by Cadenhead (owned by the company that owns Springbank…) as part of their Wood Range, meant to highlight the various cask types and their influences. This was matured in a Sherry Hogshead.
Aged 15 years. 58.7%ABV. Matured in a sherry hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: At first a little musty, with some smoked fish, kind of like one of those old bait shops. This clears up after a little bit of time in the glass and a lovely sulphury sherry note takes over. Smoked fish is still present, but in the background. Cut slate. Wet stones in the sun. Some herbal spice notes, sharp parsley, cloves (also clove cigarettes) and fennel.
Palate: Sulphur. not sulphury sherry, just sulphur, so much sulphur. Under that there’s some fruit leather, blood oranges and ruby grapefuit. Light pepper. Some nutty wood. Caramelised pecans.
Finish: Long. More sulphur. Very spicy, woodspice and a little paprika. Waxy fruits and bitter wood.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I guess if anything this could be labelled a Sulphur Bomb. Originally I did not really like the sulphury note some sherry casks impart but it grew on me and I now really like it, so I like this whisky. Aside from the heavy sulphur it’s still quite a complex dram with a very unique flavour profile.
I can see how someone could absolutely love this stuff like me, or absolutely hate it. It really can be quite a polarising one.