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Overall rating
89.53/100
votes
59
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection - Cask Strength
Vintage
11.09.1986
Bottled
25.09.2018
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
2524
Number of bottles
156
Strength
44.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L18/567
Bottled for
Vinothek Massen Exclusive
Added on
27 Oct 2018 9:15 am by Drk Neknul
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 199,95

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 1986 SV

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.53 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] Tonight I am in the mood for a fruity head-to-head tasting so I try two cask strength Glen Elgin - a 21-years old CA (WB id 98106) with 56.8% abv versus this 32-years old SV with just 44.4% abv left. So I am curious if the oldie or the oomphie will win...

    ...and the winner is: The oldie because of its more old-stylish profile which is more appealing to my taste buds. No doubt, both are great drams and it is up to everyone's preferences which one is better. But for sure both drams prove that Glen Elgin delivered excellent quality throughout the decades of bust (eighties) and normality (nineties). We will see in the future if it can keep that high quality throughout the modern boom times too...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour of the CA is at jonquiripe corn while the SV is a tad darker at yellow gold. The SV offers a rich and delicious fruity nose right after pouring the dram with dozens of different fruits, honeys and barley sugars in an appropriate spicy wooden framework. Later waxes and chalky notes join in together with autumn floral aromas. All very balanced and without any off-note. The CA is more shy and closed on that dimension and needs at least ten minutes of breathing, better more. After that it enfolds beautifully on basically the same profile but it is less sweet and adds additional herbal aromas that perfectly fit into this mix. It is nicely balanced too and without any off-note either, but I like the SV better not least because its profile is more old-stylish...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste of the SV is nicely layered on all kinds of sweet flavours like fruits, sugars, toffee and marzipan notes. To balance these some bitter-spicy layers intercept that onrush of sweetness with nutty (almonds, wal nuts), herbal and peppery impressions. An adorable combination! No flaw or imbalance that I can detect. The CA tastes again less sweet (that in fact still is very sweet) with more waxy-oily flavours and delicious bitter notes of herbs and green tea. It is not as layered as the SV but compensates this through a more powerful ("oomphie") impression. Later some delicate coffee-mocha notes pop up that I really like. Chewing is mandatory for both drams! By the way, no flaw in the CA either.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The SV arrives warming on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth without any distracting moment, an excellent mouthfeel! The finish is long and adds a tasty milk chocolatey note. There is a minor drying moment towards the end (cardboards) that is not distracting. The initial mouthfeel of the CA is a little hot due to the high abv but it warms and coats all of the mouth quite nicely too. The finish is even longer than that of the SV with more bitter notes (tea, tobacco) that drive the CA a little out of balance. Water releases more chalky and bitter aromas in the SV and opens up the CA nicely in the nose and smoothes its taste and finish (reducing the bitter notes which is perfect). I like the SV best when neat and the CA better when reduced to about the same strength of the neat SV (45% abv).

  2. mothers_finest scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very horny Glen Elgin! I like it from the beginning to the end. Icing sugar high 10 in the nose; to a subtle woodiness. Sweet on the palate, such as powdered sugar, elegant oak, tropical fruits, pineapple, peaches, cereals, vanilla. There are deductions because the departure is not so brutally long; well he has no 50% vol. Nevertheless, a very well matured, to the point bottled Ex Bourbon! If you do not want to give away the 400 € for a 73er Speysider you have 1/3 of the price here, very good for the Black Friday fare! A sharp malt - the PLV got 93 points. But I do not rate PLV ...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Rom scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The nose is very fruity: apricot, plum, strawberry and raspberry on a background of marzipan: yum!
    The palate is fruity too, quite melted, very sweet after a slightly pungent attack (white pepper) and a little marked by the coconut. The texture is silky.
    Missing a little length but a high drinkability.
    A dram in finesse that makes you want to explore the production of this distillery.

  5. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Elegant old speysider with a nice balance between fruity, floral and herbal notes. Not so far from all the 73 undisclosed Speyside, just a tiny bit less complex (but far cheaper).
    • Nose
      Gentle. Fruity, herbal and floral. Apples, pears, peaches, melons, pineapples. A touch of honey. Subtle spicy notes from the wood. So far so good. With aeration, citrusy notes.
    • Taste
      Fruity and creamy. Coating the palate. Fruits from the nose, floral notes again, vanilla sugar. Just a touch of oak with peppery notes.
    • Finish
      Medium, fruity and lightly spicy.

  6. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Probably bottled a few years too late, this is nonetheless still an impressive whisky, showcasing its maturity through its elegance and subtleties.
    • Nose
      Quite herbacious. There's hints of menthol, but also of oak shavings and dried summer fruits, as well as melon and lemon zest, followed by some floral notes. Elegant and complex, with a slight minerality.
    • Taste
      Nice sweet and fruity juice with a hint of grapefruit bitterness. Pineapple comes to mind. Whispers of oak shavings and resin, becoming just slightly too tannic.
    • Finish
      Lingering wood spices evolving into soft orchard fruit.

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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