Review #1307 – Glen Scotia 21yr Gordon MacPhail

The Schtick: This is an independent bottling of spirit distilled at Glen Scotia distillery by Gordon & MacPhail. Bottled after 21 years of aging in a refill bourbon cask, this expression is bottled at 43% ABV.

Review #1307 | Scotch Review #461

Distiller: Glen Scotia

Bottler: Gordon MacPhail

Selection: N/A

ABV: 43% ABV

Age: 21 Years

Nose: Bright and fruity. Lots of fresh baked bread, sweet toffee, honey, apples and pears. Vanilla bean is prominent.

Taste: Apples, light sherry notes. Sweet, lots of toffee. Fresh baked bread, some ash and leather, along with some minerality. Nice oak structure, faintly drying. Thin to medium mouth feel, mild ethanol presence.

Finish: Short, a hair hot. Lots of ash, minerality, plum, vanilla beam and pear.

Overall: This is nice but feels very much like a great number of other drams. Some proof could really help this out, but there is nothing bad about it. It’s pleasant and approachable and delicious all the same.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

4 Most Recent Glen Scotia Expressions I Have Reviewed:



1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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