Glen Scotia 25 :: ABV 48.8% :: RRP £274.49
This is most certainly an exciting dram! A very new release from Glen Scotia, which itself is a fairly recent acquisition of the Loch Lomond Group. I am pretty excited to be able to try this aged release. I have been a fan of LLG for a while and always make a point of visiting them when I see them at shows. Mainly to catch up with Ibon, their hardworking and luminous rep, but also (obviously) to taste their wares and be regaled of stories of beautiful Campbeltown. I am pleased they are gaining in popularity and I’m seeing whiskies from this company become much more readily available in bars and retailers.
I’ve been a fan of the Victoriana before now, and if what people tell me, it’s a lot of people’s ‘current go to’ whisky if they see it in a bar. The 25 year old should do well.
Coming in at a slightly sweat-inducing £275, it’s on the cusp of ‘special occasion’ and ‘major event’ – for example celebrating getting tickets to Whisky Birmingham! But, it’s very hard to put a value to these things and at the end of the day it’s about where you want to put your pounds.
So, on to the whisky….
Lovely golden colour which really doesn’t huge amounts away. But I am told no artificial colouring.
On the nose it seems to be a much higher ABV than the stated of 48.8%, it really feels like a cask strength bottling. But give it a little time, and some room to breath and it gives way to something more refined, with an underlying fresh, slightly candied nose. There is also a lovely, oaky punch that comes through after having let it sit a while.
To taste, the fruit comes through nicely as does unexpectedly a hint of brine, although not in an overpowering way. It balances well with the fruit notes. It is more subtle than I first thought, given the nose, and needs time and numerous, considered sips to get the most out of this whisky.
The finish has a gentle richness, with subtle stewed fruits, it’s very giving and lasts a while leaving one with a warming glow and a secret smile on the lips. It’s a whisky with fire on the nose and purr in the belly.
I am quite enthralled and if you can splash the cash this is a whisky worth buying. I hasten that this is not a ‘session’ whisky – for the price or the style, and certainly not one you’d get out for mere passing acquaintances. I do think it needs a bit of time out in the glass to breath. It gives it a chance to open nicely, and let the fruity and heather notes come through. It would also welcome a couple of drops of water.
To buy, this is an online only find as I’ve yet to find a stockist – Master of Malt being your best bet.