Duncan Taylor NC2 (distilled at Glen Scotia) 1981 vintage 18 year old, 46%

Price: $114 Issue: Fall 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

Glen Scotia has always been the bridesmaid to Springbank. This is justifiable, considering that both production and availability of quality bottlings have been sporadic over the past decade or so. I like this one. It really shows the simple, coastal pleasantness of this Campbeltown distillery. Ripe malty notes are accompanied by brine, cut hay, banana cream pie, and honeyed vanilla. Lingering salty, malty finish. With all the sherried and wine-finished Springbanks recently on the market (not that there's anything wrong with that), here's a nice, no-frills, Campbeltown whisky.