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Glen Scotia 5yo

A Bitter Young Rose

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@PandemoniumReview by @Pandemonium

22nd May 2016


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World Whisky Day and I’ve been deprived from whisky for 12 consecutive days, an eternity. Time to change all that, let’s delve into the sample collection and see what we can find. How about an old Glen Scotia from a time when distilleries were not afraid to market a young whisky: for example, here the Campbeltown’er is only 5 years old.

Description: bottled at 40% ABV by A. Gilles & Co somewhere in the 80’s or 70’s even, matured for 5 years in presumably a AO Bourbon casks,

Nose: balancing on that thin line between fruity and floral: notes of pear and melon go hand in hand with those of rose petals.

Mouth: light, fragile and bitter. The fruitiness all but gone and replaced by a mixture of grain, chewy rubber and a fair dash of white pepper.

Finish: the return of the rose petals! How strange is it to actually taste flowery notes? Lined with pepper, it is a fairly bitter and short finish.

Verdict: it falls into that category of drams that are more interesting than enjoyable. The nose is ok, the palate is rubbish, but I do like the style of the finish. Hey let’s not forget that this is only a watered down 5yo whisky. Not going to recommend it, but try it if you ever have the opportunity, it is quite intriguing.

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Ol_Jas commented

Where do you find a moldy oldy like this? You mention it was from your sample library—did you swap for it, maybe? Or just pour it from one of your own bottles long ago?

If I came across an old Glen Scotia 5 at any reasonable price in the wild, I'd probably jump on it immediately, regardless of what reviews might say (if any other reviews even exist!).

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Pandemonium commented

@OlJas Not a sample, but a miniature from an auction. Funny thing is I paid only £2 for this one. On a miniature auction everyone is going for the rare and well known stuff. No body cares about an old Glen Scotia, Auchroisk, Dufftown, Knockando,... You can buy them relatively cheap.

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