Glen Scotia have been doing a good job recently. Particularly in terms of upping the quality and putting out good whiskies that people want to drink. I’ve been trying more of them recently, since, as we all know, when its good, it’s the equal of Springbank.
I’m a bit late with the festival release, but it was quite a large batch, so it may still be available.
The new Victoriana is brand new, as it’s the new version with a batch number and a different strength.
Glen Scotia 2008 Peated Port 57.8%
Nose: Malt, oily, light creamy smoke, ethereal florals, soot, orange and grape.
Taste: Full on, heather and orange, very spicy but good with lots of white pepper.
Finish: Medium/long length. Ginger then creamy vanilla.
I was expecting this to be more peaty or more porty or both, but actually it stays quite true to the distillery character. Great price on this one I should mention, and good availability too. It was under £50 for a limited edition, interesting, cask strength whisky.
Glen Scotia Victoriana Batch 1 54.8%
Nose: Soft and floral, malt and Campbeltown funk, much more balanced than the last batch I think and smells older, cherry, rose, geranium, ethereal but lots there to keep you hunting.
Taste: Soft and malty, lovely balance, cherry, orange, funk, chocolate and all balanced awesomely. Slightly floral and fizzy, nice clove spice, drier and drier as it develops.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Chocolate and malt, a little rubber here, funk and orange.
Finish lets it down a bit but a huge improvement on the last batch. Pour from a freshly opened bottle and it was getting a little harsher as it developed, so it could be one that doesn't oxidise very well.
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