Thanks to Yoav from Whisky Gospel for the sample.
A while back, after being acquired by the Loch Lomond group Glen Scotia pulled their old range with it’s plethora of age statements, bright colours and highland cows and released a rebranded range of 2 NAS expressions and a 15-year-old (which I found to be fantastic). The point was to kind of bring things under control and rebuild the distillery’s reputation to seriously compete with the other Campbeltown distillery.
This is one of the first expansions of that original range adding a somewhat older expression. It’s nice to see an age-stated expression being added in these days where they’re becoming rarer and rarer, and at a decent price to boot.
Aged 18 years. 46% ABV. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Dirt. Waxy citrus peel. Citronella. Light honey. Vanilla. Hay. Creme brulee. Slight tobacco smoke. Sultanas. Cooked pears in spiced wine. Leads into a slightly bitter woodspice.
Palate: Bitter wood. A little too acrid compared to the nose. Cinnamon. Seville orange. Slight creamy, grassy taste. Salt. Slight tobacco and new leather. Then lots and lots of nutmeg.
Finish: Medium-long. Mainly woodspice. Loads of it. Also some light wood, wood oils, honey and peaches.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This one performed pretty well and was a worthy addition to their range. I liked the slightly smokey notes and how they played with the dirty, fruity character. The only thing is that on the palate there was some unbalanced bitterness which kind of put it behind the 15-year-old for me.