The festival was cancelled, but the festival bottling certainly hit the market with no less than 15.000 bottles. You can find it left and right for around 70 EUR. It’s a 14 years old Glen Scotia that matured on Tawny Port casks, which explains the color. I’m looking forward to this.
The nose makes me happy from the very first moment. Lovely, round notes of red fruit (strawberries, cherries and raspberries) with some peach, vanilla and bubblegum on the one hand, the typical dirty peat of the house on the other. The smoke becomes very big all of a sudden, but retreats just as quickly. Evolves from sweet to salty with some green garden herbs in the middle. There is a lot going on here and it’s all good.
The arrival is quite piquant, but the structure is silky soft. The peat is much more outspoken than on the nose and easily overpowers the red fruit. Salted caramel and nougat appear, while the tannins also kick in and offer up a bitter touch. Midpalate a big maritime hint appears. Ship’s ropes and chewing tobacco. This is very good!
The finish is the trump card. Long, warm and peppery with a sudden death of menthol.
This Glen Scotia on Tawny Port is a whole other league than the one on Ruby Port from two years ago. Impressive.