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This is only my fifth Glen Scotia. My experience with this Campbeltowner are somewhat hit and miss, but it is reassuring to find this is bottled by Malts of Scotland, as they are reknowned for selecting fine casks. My first exposure to Glen Scotia was also through a MoS release, back in 2010. Anyway, this one has a nice, dark color, balancing between old gold and amber. That is a bit of a surprise, considering this is a bourbon hogshead.
The first thing my nose picks up is chewing tobacco, liquorice and leather. It appears much older than it is. I feel catapulted to the attic. No. Make that the garage. Where I started my motorcycle, before opening the garage door. Silly, I know, but I am trying to convey the sense of smell, here. Now, do not laugh, but I even get thyme and dill. This is unexpected and very pleasant.
On the palate, it quickly shows its bitter side, like chestnuts, which is countered by liquorice, caramel and hazelnuts. A hefty touch of salt emerges midpalate.
The finish is spicy and long, with sweet and salt fighting for supremacy.
How typical for MoS to bottle another very special Glen Scotia. But a bourbon hogshead? I am stunned.