Glen Scotia 5yo (OB)

Bitter Young Rose

World Whisky Day and I’ve been deprived from whisky for 12 consecutive days, an eternity. Time to change all that, let’s delve into the sample collection and see what we can find. 
How about an old Glen Scotia from a time when distilleries were not afraid to market a young whisky: for example, here the Campbeltown’er is only 5 years old.

bottled at 40% ABV by A. Gilles & Co somewhere in the 80’s or 70’s even, matured for 5 years in presumably a AO Bourbon casks.

Nose: balancing on that thin line between fruity and floral: notes of pear and melon go hand in hand with those of rose petals.

Mouth: light, fragile and bitter. The fruitiness all but gone and replaced by a mixture of grain, chewy rubber and a fair dash of white pepper.

Finish: the return of the rose petals! How strange is it to actually taste flowery notes? Lined with pepper, it is a fairly bitter and short finish.

The Verdict: it falls into that category of drams that are more interesting than enjoyable. The nose is ok, the palate is rubbish, but I do like the style of the finish. Hey let’s not forget that this is only a watered down 5yo whisky. Not going to recommend it, but try it if you ever have the opportunity, it is quite intriguing.

Score: 75

Nose: 19

Taste: 16
Finish: 21 Balance: 19
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house