This Glen Scotia comes in the new, very nice bottle (a welcome change from the weird bottles with the psychedelic colors and cows) and was bottle at drinking strength in 2015. It matured in American Oak barrels with a sherry finish for about 6 months. It is surprisingly dark.
OMG, what a grand nose this is! Loads of toffee and soft spices, but this nose is mostly dominated by all kinds of fruit going from Seville oranges, raisins and fresh figs to candied pineapple and dried apricots. It also has a milky side that I cannot quite define. And something dusty as if I am sitting in the attic. Lastly there is a candy-like sweetness and a touch of smoke. I really like this a lot.
It is a veritable flavor bomb on the palate! Quasi-creamy and very spicy, it arrives with quite a bit of oomph. Sturdy fellow, despite its 46%. Very spicy on ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Next to all the fruit from the nose, I also get some soft honey and barley sugars and again that dusty element that makes it somewhat old school and brings a smile to my face. Yes, you can easily call this complex. From the second sip forward it also has something syrupy, reminding me of rum. The smoke joins the fray, the oak gives it a bitter touch and the circle is round.
The finish is medium long on sweet smoke with dark touches of sugar rich fruit and some cold coffee at the death.
Outstanding Glen Scotia. What a discovery! Between 50 and 60 EUR, depending on where you shop. This is very fair for this tipple. Recommended!