[August, 2018] Another one of these fruity Speyside distilleries that are capable of producing great malts. I like the design of the new still house after they expanded and modernised this old distllery.
This release is a top notch Glen Elgin dram that offers both a flawless old-style (distillate-driven) whisky and an amazing fruity-honey-spicy profile that is dangerously sniffable and quaffable. Still there are gems at a reasonable price out there, you simply have to discover them...
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers Glen Elgin at its best: A fruit salad with dozens of different home-grown and exotic fruits. There are fine barley sugars and heather honey aromas too with some spices (white pepper, cardamon). Excellent!
The taste is layered on fruity and delicious chocolatey flavours with spices and a touch of honey. All very balanced and without any flaw or off-note that I can find - the wood is just about right to provide a firm structure for all the different flavours. Water is not needed.
The dram arrives charming and instantly coating (creamy) in the mouth. The finish is long and vanishes very slowly on fruity flavours and notes of shortbread, very delicate. No distracting feeling like bitterness, dryness or astringent moments despite the long time in cask.