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Glen Scotia 18 Year Old

5th September 2017
Glen Scotia launch new Oloroso sherry finished 18 year old expression.

Glen Scotia 18 Year OldThe Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown has released a new Glen Scotia 18 year old expression.

The new whisky was matured for 17 years in American oak casks, before being married together and finished in Oloroso sherry casks for 12 months before bottling.

Bottled at 46% ABV with no added colouring and non-chill filtered the distillery say the new whisky "embodies the signature aromas of Campbeltown, with hints of vanilla oak interwoven with subtle notes of sea spray and spicy aromatic fruits".

Glen Scotia Master Blender, Michael Henry commented on the new 18 year old saying; "Glen Scotia distillery is one of only three surviving Campbeltown Scotch whisky distilleries and much of the original design has remained the same over that time, with the stillroom, dunnage warehouse and fermenters all dating back to the 19th century.

"Glen Scotia 18 Year Old is bottled at 46% ABV, natural colour and is non-chill filtered ensuring the whisky’s rich smooth taste and distinctive flavours are preserved. On nose you will detect the scent of sweet toffee, perfumed floral notes and an air of crisp saltiness. On the palate, it imparts notes of rich deep vanilla fruit flavours, with mild hints of apricot, pineapple and plump sultana. The finish is long and dry, with gentle warming spice. A true taste of Glen Scotia and Campbeltown."

It is worth noting that this is a new expression and not a repackaged version of the Glen Scotia 18 year old launched in 2013 which was presented in the garish blue packaging adorned by a Highland cow. From what I can make out the difference between the two is that the new Glen Scotia 18 expression was finished in Oloroso sherry casks for 12 months before bottling which has hopefully added a good sherried dimension.

The Glen Scotia 18 year old has a RRP of £85 here in the UK and will also be available in global markets, including Taiwan, Germany, Belgium and Poland, it will also be available from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

Glen Scotia 18 Year Old Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Crisp saltiness, perfumed floral notes and thick sweet toffee.

Taste: Rich deep vanilla fruit flavours, apricot and pineapple, plump sultana.

Finish: Long and dry with gentle warm spice.


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