Glen Scotia Victoriana

Tasty Tastings Episode 62

I reviewed the old disco-cows-on-happy-pills range from Glen Scotia on Tuesday. And today I am going to review the one!

Some general thoughts about the new range: Although it is a good thing to have a more diverse (albeit smaller) range now, I am not feeling too happy about the fact that two out of three bottlings are now without an age statement. Add in the fact that all expressions are now colored and I am not that sure if this new range is a real improvement, at least on paper.

With regards to the Glen Scotia Victoriana: I like the addition of a cask strength version. But I am not sold on the idea of finishing the whisky ‘in deep charred oak’ (i.e. heavily burned out bourbon casks) after maturing it already in some sort of other bourbon casks. That sounds a bit like an overkill to me.


Glen Scotia Victoriana

Glen Scotia Victoriana









Name: Glen Scotia Victoriana
Age: NAS
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Glen Scotia
Cask Type: Finished in deep charred oak casks
Strength: 51.5% Vol.
Colored: Yes
Chill Filtered: No


Not bad, but needs time to open up. Vanilla, burned caramel and baked bananas with cinnamon. Polished wood and (not surprisingly) roasting flavors.


Very bitter. Tastes more like dark coffee than anything else. Charred oak as expected. Very dark chocolate with nuts. Gets spicier towards the end.


Very long. Dry, almost earthy. Very bitter again. Dark chocolate. More charred oak.


I could be nice and say that this expression is ‘straightforward’ but instead I am honest. To me, this expression is pretty bland and has not much to offer besides a heavy (charred) oak overload.

Score: 75 / 100


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2 Comments on Glen Scotia Victoriana

  1. Andrew Blatherwick // November 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm // Reply

    ALL single malts should be non-chill filtered with an age statement at least, natural colour should also be expected but i’d forgive a bit of caramel if it has the first two components.

    • Christopher Hayn // November 20, 2015 at 1:37 am // Reply

      I agree with that in general, although there are a few (very) good NAS on the market. As for coloring: It isn’t a deal breaker for me, but I am getting a little suspicious once they still add caramel above a certain age…

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