Glen Scotia 14yo Tawny Port Finish Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020 52.8% ABV

glen scotia 2020 festival release

Created to mark the 2020 Campbeltown Malts Festival, which was derailed by the COVID. Distilled in 2006 and bottled at CS, initially matured in first-fill barrels before being transferred to American oak hogshead casks seasoned with tawny Port. A combination of 75% heavily peated spirit and 25% medium peated spirit to bring more smoke and work with the tawny port finish, 1st fill tawny port for 7-8 months.

Appearance: Vibrant Tizer orange. Nice thick coating when swirled with good tide mark, beading almost immediately and forming thick legs.

Nose: Peat forward with BBQ meats and jam (weird meal!). Big liquorice aroma too. There is a coastal element too. Seaspray and sand. A tinge of dustiness, just keeping things interesting!

Palate: Wonderful oily and luxurious mouthfeel there’s quite a lot of initial heat, chillies mostly. Then, after this settles, there’s the peat, red berries, blackberries, salted caramel and digestives.
I like that the sweetness wins through the spice and then you get the coastal elements again. A real journey.

Finish: Medium/long fruit pie, smoke and black pepper.

Overall: it’s my joint-favourite so far with the Seasonal Release. I love the changing flavours and the peatiness against the fruit.

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