Glen Scotia 18 (New Label)

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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.

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Hazelburn 13 Sherry Cask Matured


A while back I mentioned some interesting Campbeltown releases, among them this one. I reviewed the other two, an 8 year old Kilkerran Cask Strength and this year’s Longrow Red release, but didn’t get round to this one for a bit. Unfortunately the heat has been getting the better of me and I’m not often in the mood for whisky.

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Kilkerran 8 Cask Strength


A while back Glengyle Distillery (read: Springbank) released the long awaited Kilkerran 12 which received quite a lot of praise, from myself included, hacing purchased a bottle. Now they’ve gone and released a young, cask strength version, along with an oloroso matured Hazelburn (which will be reviewed shortly, hard to keep up the pace as summer has just hit and even at night we’re dealing with temperatures of close to 30C).

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Longrow 2001 Springbank Society

IMG_20170616_112044Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/Scotchswap on reddit.

Been a while since my last update, unfortunately things have been quite busy so I haven’t really had much time so really sit down and enjoy some of the whiskies I’ve been meaning to try. Now that I have some time I was really excited to sit down with this one.

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Springbank 12 Fresh Port Hogshead


Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

I’m always happy to get my grubby paws on a Springbank Society bottling. Particularly this one because it’s been matured in a port cask, a fresh one no less, and I’m a sucker for that peat/port combination, and because port matured Springbanks are not something I come across often. Let’s see what this does.

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Springbank 11 Local Barley


Springbank kicked up a real fuss last year when they released a 16 year old Local Barley bottling. It was essentially reviving an older series of there’s where they made whisky using barley grown on the farms surrounding Campbeltown. The plan now is to release a bottling every year for 5 years each using a different variety of barley.

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Cadenhead Glen Scotia 2000 Sherry Cask


Thanks to /u/nofansky for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

I’m always on the lookout to try stuff from Glen Scotia. Their core range is quite limited but there are quite a number of independent bottlings floating around. Unfortunately they can be quite hit-or-miss so I won’t often pull the trigger on a full bottle, but the profile of the distillery is dirty and oily, just what I like, so always glad to try.

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