Nose: very sweet. Initially it is all crème caramel, caramelised fruit sugars, wood sugar, toffee and fudge before some apple and peach come through. In time a charred note of bourbon with a pleasing dusty dryness. Has some power.
Palate: sweet start and quite fat and though the alcohol gives a little tongue-tingling buzz the result is a good mid-palate weight. The dry distillery character is there still, but there is now depth to counter. Water slightly dismantles the different elements, but adds some dried mint. Finish: deep and dark.
Glen Scotia is one of only three distilleries in Campbeltown, which in 1851 was the whisky capital of the world. Classified as a separate region, the whiskies made here are very different from the Highland, Speyside, Lowland and Islay and the whiskies of Glen Scotia are a fine example of this of historic style.