My first taste and my first review since joining Flaviar.
I also think this is a bourbon drinker’s scotch. Delicate vanilla nose from the bottle intensifies in the glass. Smooth, balanced taste of sweet yet a bit sharp, with a lovely wisp of smoke finish. Adding a couple drops water evened out the taste and brought out the oak. I love it and will be sure to buy it again.
On the nose I got some tropical fruits and spice. Taste was initially fruity, but quickly gave way to ginger spice flavor. I did get some dry, pine notes on the finish. Adding water intensified the spicy ginger notes.
Just received this from Flaviar, and I like it a lot. Someone described at as a bourbon-drinker's scotch, and that feels appropriate. I normally prefer a little more delicate flavoring, but this has the Glen Scotia character I love.
One of the best bottles I've ever had. I normally prefer sweet and sherry, but this is so wonderfully complex and unique. The briny character, the smoothness - this whiskey demands to be contemplated and appreciated.
Presentation: Stylised Box that carries the narrative somewhat. Striking bottle; light green glass showing off the deep golden brown whisky inside.
Nose: Sweet, bourbon like nose when uncapping. In the glass I get a fairly compact nosing of mainly heavy vanilla and raisin, no smoke at all. Adding water dampens the nose very quickly.
Palate: Lovely oily mouthfeel from the cask strength, brings a beautifully balanced sweet and savoury initial hit, some jammy flavours turn up and then the whole thing matures wonderfully with very subtle smoke and a fair amount of spiciness.
Overall, despite the slightly disappointing nose, a delicious and beautifully balanced whisky.
Malt with a hint of peat on the nose. Earthy and grassy. Salt and peat on the pallet, developing hints of fudge. Aftertaste is woody with lingering smoke on the back. On subsequent sips, hints of caramel and Sherry. A few drops of water opens more caramel flavors and tones down the peat. Hints of fresh fruit start to appear. Overall smooth and pleasant with nice aftertaste. I think water does help to open this up more.
This is a very very good whisky, love it! Smooth and tasty. Glen Scotia really is a Gem and I like that Gordon and Macphail takes them out into the light.
The flavour spiral does not agree with the actual whisky, it’s not smoky not at all.