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The first Glen Scotia I tried (not so long ago) was also a single cask from Malts of Scotland, but that was a sherry butt. This is a bourbon hogshead, cask 1926, bottled exclusively for Belgium.
The second difference is, of course, the age. The sherry butt matured whisky was 18 years, this one matured more double that time: no less than 37 years! That’s quite exclusive if you keep in mind that Glen Scotia’s production is few and far between. And there are only 197 bottles available, so it does give you some kind of privileged feeling to be tasting this.
It smells wonderfully sweet: dades, figs, dried apricots and raisins. Maybe it’s because I know how old this dram is, but I would swear I can smell the age. It’s got that mustiness about it, but it doesn’t detract from the nose. On the contrary. It gives it some extra class. Something waxy too. This is a very pleasant nose, indeed.
It’s perfectly drinkable at 45,1% and has no need for water at all. It’s very oily in the mouth. Somewhat oaky with dried fruits and liquorice, but also a rather sharp bitter touch. But again, very good. Balanced. Wonderful. Surprisingly so.
The finish is medium and reveals a salty character.
My first Glen Scotia – which I scored a 79 – was not bad, but this is definately a top dram. Malts of Scotland again succeeded in selecting that exceptional cask. Unfortunately it comes with a price tag of almost 200 EUR, which means not all of us will be able to afford it. If ever you get the chance to taste it, don’t let it pass you by.