One of three distilleries currently operating out of the Campbeltown region the Glen Scotia has been running for over 180 years, standing strong through the Campbeltown area losing and regaining it’s region status. Since there are so few distilleries currently operating I think it will be difficult to tell the difference purely on the region itself but so far they are definitely worth a try.
Nose: Though I’m sure my nose is not up to it’s normal capacity due to a recent cold the first hit of this scotch reminds me of Bacca, the Swedish hardwood finish made by Glitsa, followed by a lukewarm steak, some mild portabella mushrooms and chocolate.
Palate: Dry and a little bitter it is like dark chocolate in a pleasant way, with drizzles of dark meat, a fresh berry and a morning coffee.
Finish: Holds on for a medium amount of time compared to the others that I’ve tried so far with it’s taste heading strongly towards a dark chocolate, the taste of a balloon after you finish blowing it up and a bit of wheat grass.
Overall: 7 out of 10
This dram is a good one, healthy in it’s flavor yet simple enough in it’s complexity to really give you a focused taste. I love how it leans toward a dark chocolate through the whole experience while throwing in these seemly random hits of other things that make you feel like your driving fast through a big city with your windows down while the many scents fly through your windows.
Attempting to start from the base of what makes a single malt scotch I have purchased a bottle of Balvenie Single Barrel Single Malt 15 Year Old which as the name implies is a bottle produced from a single cask instead of a blend of multiple casks. It is aged fifteen years in American white oak second fill bourbon barrels with no introduction of any other flavors or influences with each cask producing roughly 350 bottles and it is bottled at a slightly higher ABV than most at 47.8%.
With these taken into account I figured the Balvenie 15 would give me a good idea of what the base of Scotch tastes like so that I have a sort of jumping off point for the rest, analyzing the flavors and variations in them.
Nose: Reminding me a bit of a field of daisies the scent of the this 15 is extremely pleasant. It’s very inviting and warm with a mixture of flowers and wood to it.
Palate: Extremely sweet and sublime I feel like I’m enjoying a wonderful dessert drink that would go well with a large bowl of vanilla ice cream. It has a very creamy thick feeling on the tongue with sugary sweet flowers and vanilla.
Finish: Staying with me for well over 4 minutes the finish is very pleasant, it leaves this hint of pungent candy with you.
Overall: Being so incredibly pure and sweet it makes me anxious to try the other offerings from The Balvenie as this is a Scotch I can see myself enjoying for years to come, I cannot exclaim enough how sweet this Scotch is and I am looking forward to trying it with several different desserts.