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Glen Scotia 19 Year Old A.D. Rattray

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

5th Feb 2012

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According to legend, Duncan MacCallum’s spirit still haunts this Campbeltown Distillery. But that the distillery, currently property of Loch Lomond Company, is up for sale since 1999 is fact. That the crew of neighbouring Springbank keeps it running three months a year is confirmed by one, vehemently denied by the other. Whatever the case, we are going to taste an independent bottling of a 19 Year Old Glen Scotia, bottled by A.D. Rattray at a cask strength of 59,6%.

The sherry influence is truly vast. First fill, no doubt. Coffee beans, balsamico, raisins on syrup, dark chocolate, garden hose, some eucalyptus, fake leather sofa and a whole bunch of dry red wine. If I give it a few minutes, the ghost of wet cardboard, which I also got with the official 12 Year Old, rears its ugly head. Diluted it becomes even more sourish. Wine vinegar for god’s sake. And the rubber is more prominent too.

After the initial bomb of alcohol, the red wine again surfaces but is overpowered by the garden hose aroma, which is not to my liking. I even get some slightly burnt rubber. Very dry and rather bitter. Feisty on spices as well. This is deep sherry, bordering on sulphury. You have to like it, I guess. With water, I get some oranges and dades, but the oak shouts hard and drowns everything else.

The finish is very long, but oh so bitter on drying, red wine.

This Glen Scotia is not really my cup of tea. It needs water to be palatable, but that seriously ruins the nose. Undiluted, it is simply too bitter. A profile that has to be to your liking. Don’t get me wrong, I love heavily sherried whiskies. But if it is over the top, it is over the top.

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@bwmccoy
bwmccoy commented

Thanks for the review. My wife purchased a half bottle of this for me as a Christmas present, but I haven't opened it yet. Which cask was yours from? Mine was from cask #2. Distilled March 25, 1992. bottled July 25, 2011.

7 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Yep, sherry butt no 2.

7 years ago 0

@systemdown
systemdown commented

Wow, interesting tasting notes. Yeah seems like a fragile whisky at 19yo if it doesn't take well to water. Bit of a downer when you add water and it makes the nose or palette better, only to ruin another aspect. Oh well. You've got me looking forward to trying my 15yo Glen Scotia though. Cheers for the review.

7 years ago 0

@bwmccoy
bwmccoy commented

Thanks markjedi1 for letting me know. I was afraid you were going to say that. :-) I will let you know what my experience is after I open the bottle. Thanks again!

7 years ago 0

@bwmccoy
bwmccoy commented

Update - I recently finished the half bottle and I agree with your score. I don't know if it was because I read your review first and therefore my expectations were set pretty low, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, I agree with your review and I wouldn't buy another bottle, nor would I recommend it. However, I found it to at least be drinkable. I was afraid it wasn't going to be after reading your review. :-) I once purchased a 16 year old Macallan from the Whisky Society that's nose reminded me of rotten eggs. I thought "how did this get past the tasting panel". This Glen Scotia was better than that, but not that great either. Thanks again for this review as well as all of your contributions on here!

7 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Well, glad it was not as bad as you thought it would be. :) And thanks for the kind words.

7 years ago 0

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

@markjedi1 said this: "That the crew of neighbouring Springbank keeps it running three months a year is confirmed by one, vehemently denied by the other."

Does anyone (Mark?) have links to more info on this funny little part of the modern Campbeltown story?

2 years ago 0

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