GLEN SCOTIA 28 ans 1992 Exclusively for Kirsch Import and La Maison du Whisky French Connections G&M 56,2%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Campbeltown, 70cl, Ref: 57969

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Founded in 1832 by the Stewart and Galbraith families, Glen Scotia was mothballed for the first time in 1928. After reopening in 1933, it was once again mothballed in 1984. After recommencing production in 1989, it was bought in 2019 by the company Hillhouse Capital Management. Boasting remarkable freshness, this rare and venerable version invites us to visit the region of Campbeltown, which was home to some 34 distilleries in the early 20th century. Discarding the unnecessary to get straight to the point, it perfectly reproduces the maritime and rustic character of this peninsula-based single malt.

Profile: the refined first nose is salty, exotic (banana), herbaceous and hot. Allowed to breathe, it develops notes of frangipane and fresh walnut. Next, plant infusions (sage, verbena) bring lots of freshness to the aromatic palette. The creamy attack is slightly camphoric. On the mid-palate, a fine layer of liquorice covers the malted barley. The end of the palate is mineral. The silky start of the finish is also invigorating (grapefruit). It lingers on herbaceous (chlorophyll) and wildflower flavours. The retro-nasal olfaction is spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg) and the empty glass maritime, fruity and floral (tuberose).

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  • Appearance : topaz with green tints.
  • Nose : refined, complex. The very pleasantly salty first nose is also tinged with exoticism (banana), lemon, herbaceous notes and chili. In a word, coastal. Allowed to breathe, it develops notes of frangipane, coconut milk and fresh walnut. Later, plant infusions (sage, verbena, camomile) arrive at the perfect moment to refresh the aromatic palette, which resembles a grand cru Alsatian Riesling.
  • Palate : lively yet creamy. Herbaceous (hay, alfalfa), slightly camphoric and milky (fromage blanc), the attack has lots of zest. On the mid-palate, a fine layer of green liquorice covers grains of malted barley. A few yellow fruits (plum, pear) then spread a deliciously sweet juice over the taste buds. At the end of the palate, flavours of liquorice sweets highlight a stunning minerality (schist).
  • Overall : long, silky. Very lush (prairie) and aromatic (tarragon, bay leaf), the start of the finish is also characterized by the presence of citrus fruit zest (grapefruit, lemon). Spring-like, it lingers with flavours of chlorophyll, wildflower (dandelion) and green bean. On the retro-nasal olfaction, a few notes of burnt wood and a handful of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) create a strong backbone for the flavour palette. In unison, the empty glass is mentholated, maritime (sea spray), fruity (William’s pear) and floral (tuberose).
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The brand

Located in the heart of the former capital of whisky, Glen Scotia is today just one of three distilleries in Campbeltown to hold a whisky production licence. This town, located in the south of the Kintyre peninsula, was the ancient scene of what could be called the “barley rush”, and in the 1880s was home to some 30 distilleries, including Glen Scotia, which was founded in 1832. At the end of the 20th century, Glen Scotia was mothballed on various occasions (from 1984 to 1989 and from 1994 to 2000), leaving it, likes its counterpart Springbank, with many shortfalls in its stocks. Mostly available as a 12 year old official bottling.

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This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

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Of all the existing specialist bottling ranges, Connoisseurs Choice is without doubt the oldest. The label underwent a few changes in the 1980s. Plainer and more restrained, it became two-toned with creams and browns. When segmentation by region of production region was adopted by the whisky industry in the early 1990s, the range changed its identity again. The label now shows a map of the region of Scotland where the malt comes from. To the delight of whisky enthusiasts, the range, which is always evolving, is now bottled at 43% and 46%.

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Erik S. published 01/03/2021 following an order made on 18/01/2021

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Perfect dram

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