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Glen Scotia Double Cask

(70cl, 46%)

Glen Scotia Double Cask

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Glen Scotia Double Cask Bottling Note

Ooh, looks like the Glen Scotia range has had a bit of a redesign! They've gone for quite a classic, refined design this time, and have even introduced a selection of new expressions, including the Glen Scotia Double Cask! This Campbeltown single malt is finished in a combination of first-fill bourbon barrels and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Vibrant fruit emerges first (peach flesh and green apple peels), followed by chewy vanilla fudge, a hint of salinity, then an array of oak-y spices including some char.

Palate: Opens with more fudge with a little dusting of powdered sugar. Powerful, oily and a touch herbaceous with some German brandy character.

Finish: Sherried notes come through more on the finish.

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Glen Scotia Double Cask Reviews

Go on then

Just as described.
It does burn a bit though it's quite cheap and quite good.
Do want to try other cambell town whiskys

22nd October 2020

Cheap as chips and pretty tasty.

For the price, this is great. Absolutely super.

21st October 2020

Not overly impressed

Almost stings the tongue! Quite sharp, definitely had better Whiskys

29th September 2020

Good for the price

Sherry meets char, interesting. Whilst I enjoyed this Whisky, I found the char, to over powering for my taste, a little water calmed the char and the drink became more enjoyable. But saying that, it is value for Money.

10th August 2020

Love the GS range and look forward to trying.

I can't say I've tried it but I simply have to balance away the review below where the person has become confused that their scotch doesn't improve not with a drop of water, but with a "Dark Jamaican mixer".

7th July 2020

Revolting finish - Avoid!

When making a purchase I haven't tried before, I found the reviews on Masters of Malt have never failed me, until this bottle. There is not much going on with this but a funny taste, which is a hint of what's to come. That hint turns to a revolting mess on the finish. Never drank such a bad whisky and I've tasted Haig Club, it even a overpowered a Dark Jamaican ginger mixer! Re-reading the reviews I still cannot explain the disparity between what I read and what I've tasted - maybe its a dud bottle.

4th June 2020

Never let it finish without ordering another

You'll be hard pushed to fine a better value for money whisky

Has a big salted caramel punch that coats your mouth, especially on the finish. Holds it own against whiskies double the price

27th May 2020

Nice malt 46 % vol

Lovely dram I took some with me last summer on a cycle trip round arran & treated myself when I arrived at Lochranza youth hostej

27th May 2020

Absolutely beautiful

This is the second bottle I've tried from Glen Scotia, the 2003 Festival being the first, and I was not disappointed. (Lasted all of two sessions, in fact)
For £36 you will not find a better Scotch on the market.
Next up I'm going for the 20 yr old........I just know it will be outstanding! 🤓🥃

4th May 2020

Very hard to beat at the price point

This whiskey basically has all the characteristics I love at a great price. Love the maritime salty notes, the sweet fudge from the first fill bourbon casks then then big sherry hit at the end. It's up there with the best non age statement whiskeys I've ever tried and will definitely always keep a bottle in the collection (open!). Great 'go-to' dram to relax with and share.

9th April 2020

Great value, strong coastal flavours

Double cask is about the style and flavour and has no age statement because it is a mixture of aged casks (6-9 according to brand ambassador) that isn’t always the same. The saltiness that comes from being surrounded by angry coastal waters comes over instantly but this has more to it than that with a sense of vanilla. It stands well against the 18yr old big brother and if you are more cost conscious is a very well priced alternative.

1st March 2020


A really fine whisky for the money.

3rd December 2019

Stick With It...

I usually drink smokey and peated Islay malts but fancied a change, my local whisky shop recommended this. First taste seemed a bit insipid if I’m honest, but the aftertaste was pleasant. It’s very easy to drink and reveals a great saltiness with each sip. Quite impressed for the price, a good whisky for when the smoke and peat gets a bit much!

27th October 2019

definitely worth a try

strong salty start, round strong honey body, extremely pleasant experience.

27th September 2019

Well Worth A Go

The first Campbeltown I've ever had, received as a gift. It did not disappoint. Hard to describe but it has the maritime tang of a good Talisker with the vague flavour of a good bourbon. Different, and worth a go.

17th April 2019

Very good

Not had a Campbeltown before. I wasn't impressed at alle after the first couple of measures. And then it started to make sense. It is a wonderfully rounded un-peated malt. Rich and mellow with an, at first, confusing saltiness. For the price, I reckon it's a steal. Will definitely be buying more of this one.

25th February 2019

A little too herbaceous for my liking

Sweet and salty in the start, extremely herbaceous in the finish. It's okay, but doesn't suit my palate... I probably won't be touching it again.

28th June 2018

Well balanced. Delightful

Not chill filtered, at 46% ABV just above the threshold for chill filtering, so nicely oily, but given the rake and plough mashing surprisingly not too malolactic in nature. The long fermentation renders rich estery flavours.
Nose is very well balanced and yet contradictory in nature with spicey sweetness and some smokiness possibly from heavily charred American White Oak casks probably first fill. PX cask is utilised nicely balancing the other flavours and enriching the whisky. As one would expect, some maritime influence evident, more so on the palate. The distillery character has not been overpowers by the dominant porous PX cask with low Tyloses content, suggesting the finishing has been closely monitored.
My preference is always the heavily peated Kildaltons, especially Ardbeg expressions, but this is one of my favourite whiskies. Excellent balance and blend of distillery new make cleric influence and cask influence from both the American White Oak and the PX cask with its intensity of sweetness, syrupy and Xmas cake, but not sickly so, as too many of the Sherry finish whiskies can be and are. Delightful.

17th June 2018

Campbeltown never dissapoints

It's almost impossible to find anything from this distillery here in Northern California. I tried the Victoriana in Scotland about a year ago and was super impressed so I have been keeping my eyes peeled for all their expressions. Found a couple bottles of this at Bevmo of all places so I grabbed all that I could and I am so happy I did. This is an awesome whisky like everything from Campbeltown loaded with character. There's some sherry fruit with oak char, leather, a hint of peat, some vanilla, and that classic Campbeltown brine. Rich and yet light bodied at the same time with a finish that just gets saltier and saltier. Reminds me of a less sweet Benromach 10 actually. I love it. Cheers! The Sugarbear

27th April 2018

Seriously Salty

I managed to pick this up for £25.60 at a local supermarket. I thought at that price I’ll give it a go and go against my better judgement. It’s ok, just really overly salty and to me a little too fudgey. I don’t think I’ll buy it again. 3/5. It’s be 2.5 if I’d paid retail.

19th April 2018

Happy days.

Delicious. Very smooth on the tongue. Wonderful warmth. Beautiful colour. Really nice drinking.

12th April 2018

Great whisky.

I am no expert, but really enjoyed this. Amazingly rich and complex for the money. First Cambletown whisky, will be getting more!

17th February 2018

Beyond good

A wonderful warm, rich explosion of flavour. Better than many single malts I have costing many times as much.

16th January 2018

Adding just a drop of Highland Water made the flavours burst out Delightful!

What a classic malt! This is the first time I've had this whisky and I must say it's one of the best and it most certainly will not be the last!

15th January 2018

Loved it

Smooth fine single malt whisky don't need ice or water just self control not finish bottle off as once you open and try you won't want to put down

2nd January 2018

It sticks out

Nose: one of a kind peat, cream, butter, fudge, touch of sherry, fruity. Taste: Smooth, creamy, butterscotch, fruit touch of sherry, very sweet. Long finish, mellow, sweet with peat. If you're creating a whisky shelf of varied flavors, then you need this one. It has personality, it's not like most malts.

13th November 2017

Tremendous value for money

Concur with the notes by the MoM a love, but there is gentle smoke in the background suggesting a highly charred American white oak cask, otherwise the notes are pretty much what I detected.
One of the best malts I have tasted and not just for the money.

13th November 2017


Coatline and legs - slow run, oily, syrupy.
Nose - dried fruit, temperate fruits,spices, clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, smokey. These flavours take a long time to evolve. Vanilla and caramel, some coconut in the background. Lightly peated.
Palate - very similar to he nose, medium to full bodied on the tongue.
Finish - seems short not long lasting . Sweet, fruit, slightly smokey.
Balance - very balanced and a very good price.

14th September 2017

Great whisky from the Wee Toun with a depth and complexity that is refreshing

This review is for a great whisky at a great price point for the quality. An amazing discovery which really captures the nature of the region. The nose jumps out of the glass with a great combination of fruit and candy. The salt is there on the palate, but not overpowering with a hint of the oak peeking through. As you drink it the nose opens up a bit more with the candy drawing through to toffee, and the sweetness slowly develops in the mouth to replace the brinyness.

This is a great after dinner whisky, or a dram for the late evening.

11th July 2017

Great whisky for it's age

This is a great, spirit driven whisky given it's age of just 5 years. With some water it turns really sweet, a true summer dram. Recommended.

17th June 2017

Better single aged malts available in my view.

Possibly overpriced for a malt with no stated age in my view, although there are plenty of others (unaged) in the same category. And for me the extra alcoholic strength is a minus point. No need for it and it adds, for me, unwanted fire. Also 'Gold for best Cambeltown' is a bit of obvious BS as there are only three distileries remaining, so one wonders how much of a significant accolade this really is? I do, as a fan of 12 and 15 year old's wonder what age this whisky has? No great is my suspicion.

11th April 2017

My new favourite whisky

Amazing. Thick Dundee cake aroma, with marzipan overtones. A glorious sherry vanilla taste, with hints of salt and smoke. Long, satisfying spice in the finish. And glorious value for money.

30th March 2017

A Nice Surprise

My first Glen Scotia since the 14 yr old Dumpy Green bottle of the 1990's which I liked very much. This double cask is excellent and had little hint of it being NAS probably due to the balance at 46% alcohol. The oily, briny flavor is there as in the 14 yr old but much better with the fruity nature of it. The after taste is sort of like an ice cream bar with sea salt. Great for after dinner. I rate it in the high 80's and an A for its price point. Buy it!

19th February 2017

Really good one and affordable.

Great smell and taste! Almost like marmalade

31st January 2017

Great whisky to try as your first experience.

I have friends who are not big on whisky but GS changes their mind and opinions.

I think it is an exceptional whisky and wholeheartedly endorse it

20th January 2017

Nice but in small doses

A sweet finish on this strong and spicy whiskey, nice straight or with a tiny spot of water , heartburn inducing for those who prefer smoother blended whiskey

11th December 2016

Great Dram

A real surprise.
Wonderful dram for a double cask finish as opposed to a full maturation

30th October 2016

highly recommend

An excellent whisky full of flavour and character. hints of sweetness on the tongue at first taste with a warm maritime sensation afterwards. Surprised with the price as I would have expected to pay more for this.

22nd September 2016

Truly "Maritime" Flavor

Many Scotchs claim to have a "Maritime " character. The briny flavor of this reminds me of the sea breeze at the beach I take my daily walk on - like it was aged in a cask stored in the hold of an old sailing ship. And the 46% ABV gives you an extra bang for your buck. I wouldn't marry this one, but I wouldn't kick her out of bed, either!

3rd August 2016

worth every penny

a whisky full of taste, round and compleet

1st June 2016

sweet and spicy

Enjoyed this from the moment I sniffed the cork! It's very smooth, despite the 46%, and it does what it says on the box - "rich and spicy". On the nose, there's vanilla, fudge, heather honey and yes, it is a sweet whisky, but well balanced with the spiciness and a little salty brine. One of the best drams I've tasted for a while.

2nd May 2016

Uncommonly smooth

I received an advent calendar for Christmas, and rather than try one per day, I bundled several in to small batch taste testings over several weeks. The Glen Scotia Double Cask advanced all the way to the finals of my scotch head to head "tournament".

This scotch presents a remarkable blend of velvety, warm glow with a pleasantly bitter burn. Definitely one of my favorites. I ordered a bottle and will have difficulty making it last!

16th January 2016


I too am enjoying my advent calendar. Day 7 is hands down the best yet, I was quite surprised to see the price... I'll be picking up a bottle.

Nose: Toffee, fruity
Taste: semi sweet, orange, vanilla, coffee, chocolate , moderate body
Finish: very pleasant, long, like the slight persistence of chocolate bitterness at the back of the tongue

I agree with the previous reviewer and say I also quite enjoyed Glenfarclas 25y

14th December 2015

Great flavor and texture

Comments from Dec 7, 8, and 9? You must all have the same advent calendar I do. ;-)

Along with the Glenfarclas 25, the Glen Scotia is the standout so far for me, and a much better price point. I also noticed the viscosity, and was reminded of the stellar viscosity of the original True Blue (no longer available) from Balcones. I really do miss that one.

10th December 2015


Off the top great colour.

Starts with some great fruit on the nose and the sherry peaks out with a touch of sweetness. I like a more muted sweetness, which lets the peaches, toffee, and apple come out. After a while the nose opens up more, a touch of smoke or charr that teases, but is not overwhelming. The smoke disappears upon taking a quaff and didn't really return.

On the palate it is wonderfully spicy, a nice warmth from the alcohol. A little syrup and the hint of a moment by the quay.

Left me with some nice saltiness, without a cloying sweetness, but a touch of lingering bitterness that helps wash the palate.

All around a great dram that I will buy a bottle of!

Final Note: I am doing the 2015 advent calendar. As a result, I get one drink at it to decide if I like it enough to buy more. Sometimes I need to drink something three or four times to make up my mind. Thus, my rating is based on a one-time drink experience.

10th December 2015

Very nice, well balanced, a classic scotch.

Color is a pleasant light caramel, very clear and attractive in the glass.

The nose was very pleasant with just the right touch of smoke and a distinct cocoa undertone.
The overall taste was quite sweet but with enough bite to let me remember what I was drinking. To me this presented like the classic scotch.

The finish kept the sweetness going giving way to pears and apples.

Very nice overall if not in your face incredible...85 out of 100

8th December 2015

An excellent bargain with a smooth finish and a hint of smoke in the nose.

Light caramel colored, with a vanilla and maple syrup aroma. Light burn, balanced flavors and an excellent viscous mouthfeel on the mouth first sip. Smooth finish with a hint of smoke in the nose. Gingerbread and orange notes on the back end of the finish. A not overly sweet whiskey which I highly recommend and is an excellent bargain!

8th December 2015

It's Excellent.

I'm no whiskey aficionado, but for once, I taste all the things listed in the description. It's lovely and unique! Got quite the burn on the way down, though. Love it.

7th December 2015

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