Maker: Glen Scotia, Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK
Note: Not chill-filtered.
Michigan state minimum: $70
Appearance: Dark caramel. Colored?
Nose: Fruit of the forest pie with vanilla ice cream, roasted almonds.
Palate: Medium-bodied, medium-sweet. Caramelized sugar, high rye bourbon, brown butter.
Finish: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, alcohol.
Parting words: For years, Glen Scotia has been the other Campbeltown distillery, the best known one being Springbank. There’s now a third one, Glengyle, but even that one is owned by the same folks who own Springbank. Springbank had the distinctive bottle, the big fanbase, the cool sounding name and the stable of old Campbeltown names like Hazelburn and Longrow to use for various expressions. Glen Scotia had a generic-sounding name, boring bottles, boring expressions and poor distribution. The name is still there, but the bottle looks good now and there seems to have been an effort on the part of parent company Loch Lomond to improve distribution and upgrade the line with entries like Victoriana and this.
Double Cask shows a good balance of sherry cask, bourbon cask and peat influence. lacks a little in integration but it’s never boring, which is a much greater sin. This is a $70 single malt, although I would hesitate to buy at >$85 or so. Glen Scotia Double Cask is recommended.