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Glen Scotia 15

Rich and Malty Goodness

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@RianCReview by @RianC

14th Aug 2020

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I opened this bottle not long after lock down started whilst on a Zoom call with some Canadian friends ... wink wink! I enjoyed this as soon as it was opened but a bit of air has really brought this on as well. Other reviews tend to be quite positive, if not glowing, but there are definitely more than a few that don't seem to get the hype. I like trying these kinds of whiskies though, and the sample I had a while back was enough to (eventually) convince me to grab a bottle.

Review is with a little drop of water and sat for twenty minutes.

Nose - immediate sense of something quite rich and malty yet quite soft at the same time - this is a whisky that definitely needs some patience. Dusty with a slightly creamy malt and barley sugar notes. Fruity too with apricot, raisins, and yellow plums, and quite a lot of spice - think ginger and a little pepper. A little nip of peat and smoke lie at its core. Very welcoming.

Taste - Heavy malty arrival with more dusty dunnage type notes. Again, creamy on the palate and fruity but with more of a candy orange (Jolly Rancher's?) taste. Lots of spice as it develops, like on the nose, but perhaps some cinnamon here too. A big note of toffee sits under it all along with a little touch of peat again.

Finish - Quite long with soft tannins, orange peels, a little liquorice and gingerbread.

I'd probably prefer this neat but it needs a good 45 mins to an hour in the glass to really wake up. A little water does open it up quicker but it loses a touch of the mouthfeel. Still excellent though.

I think I am enjoying this bottle more than the sample I had to be honest. Lots going on here and I really like the heavy malt and fruity notes. Familiar but quite unique in the way it all comes together. Not a 'face grabber', no, this is the kind of malt that one 'melts' into.

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4 comments

@Hewie
Hewie commented

I think you have more patience for this one than I did. it must be one of the cheaper 15 year old whiskies out there but it is still very well made and presented. Definitely not a 'face grabber' but one I reached for when I couldn't be bothered thinking too much about what I was drinking. A nice malty malt but not one I'll be replacing anytime soon.

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@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Nice review. I got a little excited reading your notes as I’ve got one of these unopened (and possibly a sample somewhere). This sounds like the type of malt I like to sit with and explore. Thanks again for your review!!

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Hewie - Just shows how different tastes can be! I find I only reach for this when I'm in a more contemplative mood ha smile It also helps that I tend to enjoy those malty and beery flavours quite a bit.

There are some similarities with this and Ben Nevis 10, although the latter is much more aggressive in its profile. Going off your tastes on here you should definitely seek a bottle out, mate!

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@OdysseusUnbound - Cheers, mate! I think you'll like it but perhaps wait for the cooler weather? Were it not summer, I may have finished this by now!

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