Glen Scotia 15 YO
Glen Scotia 15 YO, 46 %
A lot has changed at the Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown since I first visited back in 2011. They have new owners, they have refurbished and cleaned up the distillery, and they have re-branded and launched new products. What looked very much dead and forgotten only a few years back is now very much alive.
So it is time to have a closer look at one of their “new” products, the Glen Scotia 15 YO which was launched in 2015. (Yes, I know, not all that new - but there is so much whisky and I am but one lonely nerd working my way through the piles).
All I know about this bottling, other than the age and ABV is that it has been matured in American oak casks.
Nose: Vanilla ice-cream served with strawberries. Sun-ripened oranges. Mild oakiness with a touch of salt. Toffee and fruit candy with a light coating of dust.
Taste: Full-bodied and packing a spicy punch. White pepper, raw ginger, cinnamon and vanilla. Apples and mixed citrus fruits. Light honey. A touch floral.
Finish: Medium to long finish. More creamy now. Still spicy, now with a pinch of salt. But the fruitiness does grow and balances the spices better in the end.
Comment: A complex and enjoyable Campbeltown dram.