Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Stated Age
20 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 18/003
Added on
16 Apr 2018 9:30 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 263.11

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137 × member ratings

178 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 1997 GM

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.34 points

  1. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior


    Nose: very jammy and perfectly clean. Juicy raspberries, cassis juice, cherry jam and fresh plums. Orange liqueur. Hints of oak polish. Gentle hints of espresso and toasted oak. Toffee apple and light vanilla. Rather perfect.
    Mouth: starts fruity but there’s a huge impression of vermouth after that, never had it like this before but it’s lovely. Think light winey notes mixed with orange peel, clove and cinnamon. Refreshing whiffs of menthol. Leathery touches and cocoa. Subtle roasted nuts and oak again.
    Finish: long, on light charred notes, Oloroso and chocolate.

    I feel sorry for not having bought more of it myself, it is downright delicious.

  2. Moses scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Wow. That convinced me from the start. With enough water there is a dram that you won't soon forget. For this price (150 €), one of the best! House whisky.
    • Nose
      The spirit comes into its own on the nose. Very sweet fruity notes with cinnamon and raisins. The barrel stays wonderfully in the background. The best espresso notes interwoven in dusty cocoa. Dark berry notes, underlaid with delicate vanilla, give an idea of what the palate is about to experience.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied but reserved with lots of roasted almonds in caramel. A delicately spicy blank book of balance on the palate. You'd like to drink it empty in the living room. Dangerously delicious! In the end, coffee, cocoa, vanilla and apricots remain at a high level. Berry fruits in particular report the transition.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweetly warming with marzipan. Just a touch of fine oak and the delicious dark berries in the background. With a tray of fine spices, he leaves the stage with his head held high. From the act. PLV considered = a TOP malt!

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The first of the new Connoiseur's Choice Cask Strength series I've tried. Not a bad start for me. Very smart series for GM, with good looking bottles and labels.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Solid nose. Some good quality sherry cask right here, man. Clean, and well-integrated. Dried coffee and dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Yes, the sherry is VERY well-integrated. Bright and expressive, and definitely on the elegant side when it comes to heavy sherry. No point in listing all the flavors found in sherry. Just know that this is done well. If there is one complaint, this is on the drier side.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Good length. A bit dry.

      On my second time tasting this, it is not dry at all... wonderful. 91 -> 92 points. What a lovely dram! Perfect ABV.

  4. Dirk scored this whisky 92 points Super Administrator

    To me a future classic, glad I took the effort to drive 200km's to get another bottle. This is just really, really good! I have a soft spot for Glen Elgin but this is top 5 for me! Utterly stunning!
    • Nose
      Red and dark fruits: strawberries, raspberry, cherries, some figs. A touch of chocolate and a hint of leather. Cacao powder and a malty touch. All very juicy! Some espresso beans, toasted oak.
    • Taste
      Sweet red strawberries, raspberry, cherries and chocolate. Orange peel and juicy. Wow! Coffee some toasted oak but all so juicy. I am normally not a fan of heavy sherry influence but this is in balance!
    • Finish
      Juicy fruits. oranges, ripe cherries, some oak and menthol. A little bit of spices but then turning to a mouth watering finish.

  5. Andara scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow! What a whisky, just shared a dram with two close friends and we were very happy. Lost of initial rum/raisins in the nose and then deep, warm and satisfying sherry bomb. Would love to get my hands on an additional bottle! Thanks Grinface for picking this one up for us.

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Maybe it should've been a tad more polished, but I simply like this Glen Elgin too much for it not to reach the 90 point barrier.
    • Nose
      Sweet orange liqueur with a whisper of paint thinner (in a good way), before moving on to raisins, cherry syrup and blackcurrants. A good amount of cocoa powder and oak, with hints coffee and burnt caramel. This is delicious!
    • Taste
      It's that same mix of dark fruits, European oak and and roasted coffee. Really, it perfectly complements the nose, as there is a touch of menthol here too.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and chocolate.

  7. RobbievdB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Well, it took some time for this Glen Elgin to delivers it’s potential. After an hour and some water it releases a very sparkling orange, berry marmelade and toffee sweet whisky. There’s an interesting play between them and the spices, leathery and woody aromas. I do think the initial alcohol sting is bit too much for this age and it could be a bit better integrated. Solid whisky though.

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    very complex and interesting - a whisky that needs time and that wants to be opened with water - I like it very much
    • Nose
      Furniture polish, artificial chemical notes on the sherry, coffee - without water for his age very alcoholic - 2-3 drops of water pure, to breathe extensively .. and he reveals a great variety of flavors: rich roasted malt, roasted almonds, cherry juice, leather , sugared black tea that has grown too long, cloves - a true chameleon
    • Taste
      first a sharp tingle on the tongue, dark chocolate, blackcurrant, again the artificial approaches of a furniture polish, grape-intensive sherry - full-bodied
    • Finish
      sweet sherry, medium in length - at the end, there is still the dryness of the wooden barrel

  9. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    A resonant mix of rich, stewed red and black fruits (hawthorn and bramble jam), overlaid with some varnish, mandarin, nutmeg, red cherry and polish. There’s light heat and slightly nutty, oxidised elements (sultana and sweet date), before dried apricot begins to emerge, adding a Cognac-esque quality. Water is needed to reveal the distillery character fully, with the rosin-like elements seen on the neat nose moving into the background and a mix of almost smoky tropical fruits beginning to emerge. In time it gets waxy and more spiced, with some orange pekoe tea elements. Fascinating.

    Thick and layered, with an instant, full-blooded mix of balanced bitterness, roasting spices, light coffee and a fleeting touch of sage before the fruits begin to pull through, moving into sultana and orchard fruits. It pushes out in all directions: bitter, sweet, tannic, fruity and fragrant, yet somehow a balance is struck. When water is added, the red fruits re-emerge with added raspberries, a touch of marzipan (cherry stone), then clove and those tropical fruits, but always with a slight spike of heat.

    Huge. Allspice, clove, Seville orange and a little menthol; even a charred element.

    Glen Elgin turned up to 11. A first-fill Sherry cask, but it’s not a Sherried whisky as you might understand the term. Not a bad way to kick off the new-look Connoisseur’s Choice range. Available globally (bar the US).

    As necessary as Vitamin C.

    Dave Broom


  10. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89


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