Review #1377 – Glen Scotia 8yr SMWS 93.115 “Seafood Cycles”

The Schtick: This is an independent bottling of spirit distilled at Glen Scotia, bottled by SMWS after 8 years of aging in an ex-bourbon barrel. This bottling, “Seafood Cycles” is bottled at cask strength, with no coloring or filtering. Let’s see how it is.

Review #1377 | Scotch Review #476

Distiller: Glen Scotia

Bottler: SMWS

Brand: SMWS

Selection: N/A

ABV: 61.2% ABV

Age: 8 Years

Nose: Sweet buttercream, bright fruity lemon citrus, musty sea air. The fresh baked bread and maritime is a nice balance given how sweet it smells.

Taste: Sweet, thick and rich. Honey, musty paper mache, bright apple. Then things get serious. Charcoal smoke, burning wood, and minerality storm in. Next is some brine and a faint fishy note. The ABV is hard to ignore too – pretty hot, although it’s young and north of 60%. Creme brulee and sweet toffee round out everything.

Finish: Long, rich and nutty. Almond, brine, ash and more fresh baked bread play all over. Lots going on here.

Overall: I really like this. I’ve yet to have a Scotia this young, this powerful, and entirely ex-bourbon. Stats I expected not to like, but I’m into it. Nice work, Scotia (and SMWS).

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

5 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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