Glen Scotia 2001 Cask Sample
For my first review I was unsure where to begin but as events unfolded last week it soon became obvious where to start. As previously stated my love of whisky truly developed in Campbeltown and with news this week of the purchase of The Loch Lomond Distillery Co. then it would be a good time to mention Glen Scotia- a distillery where I was given a warm welcome and access to the whole whisky making process.
I always find it is no surprise that most IB's will have a Glen Scotia in its range. As a small producer Glen Scotia has in the last year doubled its staff and was making 9 mashes per week and produced over 460,000 litres. So I was delighted when I received a sample from Iain McAlister the distillery manager. The sample I reviewed was a 2001 Ex-Bourbon Cask, Non-Peated, with a whopping 59%ABV. Now this cask will be used for the 12 year old Glen Scotia and will be bottled at 46%ABV RRP £36.99
At 59% You definitely get the initial strength but quickly softens down. Big Oak nose with almond and a faint whisp of the sea.With water it opens up alot fresher, lighter with the oak still there with a sweetness coming through.
No surprise at 59% this has a lively intro, but actually calms down quickly to be very pleasant for me. A nice light coating with earthy and light fruits coming through lemons and apples. With water it opens up alot, fresher lighter with the oak still strong and now sweeter.
A dry finish with and without water a pleasant light lingering flavouring. Has hints of the sea coming through or perhaps that was me reminising of life beside the sea.