Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
A Fine Christmas Malt 2018
Stated Age
17 years old
Number of bottles
58.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Added on
09 Nov 2018 5:26 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 85.86

4 × in wishlist

58 × member ratings

85 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 17-year-old ElD

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.95 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This Christmas Malt is really strange ... The nose looks a bit dark, but mostly shows its friendly, sweet and fruity side. In terms of taste and flavor, however, this filling completely disappoints me at the moment. Just a fine peppermint note rises from the spicy and creamy finish and makes me a little milder. Is it up to me or maybe my daily form? Before I finalize my notes, the malt has to be put into the glass a second time. As of today, I award a maximum of disappointing 82 points (22/20/20/20).
    (Second tasting: The nose is also the best component of this bottling at the second tasting and loses noticeably in quality after the addition of water.Taste of water makes sense in terms of taste, it takes the extreme sharpness and makes the taste appear more harmonious and milder I hardly noticed any differences in the second tasting, the addition of water takes the taste out of extreme sharpness and brings out a few more flavors, otherwise I stay at my 82 points given the day before and am a little disappointed with this bottling ...)

    22/20/20/20 (82P)
    • Nose
      Slightly opaque amber rests in the glass. From the streaks sticking to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter a multitude of long and oily "legs" are released. Dark caramel and baked apples rise, hazelnuts and juicy raisins are dusted by a pinch of cocoa powder. The alcohol is present the whole time, but does not bother. Fruity orange juice mixes with a few splashes of redcurrant juice, cherries fall into creamy milk chocolate, hints of cinnamon and other spices are distributed in the nose. More and more chocolate and raisins come to light, discreetly tart and spicy wood tones show up. Slowly my salivation is stimulated. Do I smell brandy? The nose reminds me a little bit of chocolate beans with brandy filling ...
      (Second tasting without added water: nutty, roasted aromas, apple, oranges, cherries, cinnamon, chocolate, raisins, mild and yet powerful, floral, cognac, Christmas)
    • Taste
      Spicy wood elements are distributed on the tongue at the first sip, burned wood tones and a pinch of crushed pepper are distributed suddenly on the tongue. Dried orange and lemon peels are doused with alcohol, black pepper and chilli are powerful and voluminous on the palate. Tart and spicy wood elements follow, creating a slightly floral aroma. The second sip is a bit milder at first, dried berries and grapes merge with dark caramel. Relatively quickly, however, then the peppery and wooden sharpness increases and almost numbs the palate. With a slightly rancid walnut flavor blends taste and aftertaste.
      (Second tasting without added water: powerful, voluminous, hot pepper and extremely wooden sharpness, chili, stimulates the salivation, creamy, spices, wood, slightly smoky - with added water: creamy, mild, wooden, nuts, oranges, raisins, subtle toffee and Caramel)
    • Finish
      Heavy and voluminous draw alcohol swirls through the palate and dress it with plump warmth. Dried orange and grapefruit peels stick to the tongue, spicy and slightly tart wood elements rest on the palate. Again, slight floral hints come to the fore, I also think I notice a subtle hint of smoke.
      (Second tasting without added water: citrus fruits, dark and creamy caramel, wooden, mild and nutty - with added water: milder and creamier, at the end of the after-sound still sharpness flares up)

  2. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A Christmas malt... is it Christmas or Krampus? I got this as a swap for Christmas, seems it might not be up to my par, but it really is a Christmas malt... so many Chirstmas notes even the evergreen tree.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Christmas in a glass. Fruit cake, holly garlands, evergreen trees and wood fires in the fireplace. This must be sherry finished, loads of fruit cake and nuts, clove and burnished copper. Rich and intense there's a lot going on there. I don't feel this is actually 17 years though...
    • Taste
      76 76
      Balance goes out the window here. Malt and rosehips, the palate is all over the place here. Evergreen and pine pitch, malt and sweets. This has a shotgun blast of sweet, salty, sour and peat sort of in a shotgun effect. This is a manufactured styyke whisky. it sort of hits a little on all the marks and doesn't seem to hit them.
    • Finish
      71 71
      I'm not sure what I get here. Sherry is dominant here. It's covering the malt, it's a little all over and there's still some things that don't seem to find. Pastry and raw dough, floral and peat and a ton of sherry looking to hold the whole thing together. The sherry makes it a forced cohesion... it's a whisky made for everyone and as a result it's sort of a winner for not be in particular. it's a fine malt but it's not "all together".

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      du sherry,des épices,du bois,des fruits secs,du cuir,typique!
      c'est varié ,mais indifférencié
    • Taste
      ouh la,l'alcool!
      puis les épices,fortes,poivrées,une sensation bucolique avec des herbes séchées embaumantes,un peu mentholée !
      le sherry est moins fort en bouche,on sent à peine le moisi,mais le bois est bien présent!!
      retour du chocolat noir,du café,très agréable,un peu sur l'after eight!
      un peu de vanille alors et de caramel doux
    • Finish
      assez longue sur les mêmes senteurs,poivre,bois sec,fruits madérisés!

  4. Reluktanzmotor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ha, after a few weeks in the opened bottle I have to raise the points from 84 to 88. Now it has become a nice round, very sweet sherry whisky, with no sharp corners and edges. Amazing. But it was already discontinued by a whisky lover. And that meant: Typically Glenfarclas. Well then...

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  6. Grollie scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Reluktanzmotor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I agree with didi1893 in everything. 84 points.

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Sometimes a tad too sweet, other times too spicy. Not quite my whisky, although I can see why this was chosen as a Christmas whisky.
    • Nose
      Very sweet, almost overly so. It has a candy-esque veneer at first (it simmers down after a while), with plenty of fruit underneath. Warm apple sauce, oranges and raisins. There's a hint of tobacco leaves that brings some balance.
    • Taste
      After an initial creaminess, follows a pretty spicy arrival. Cracked peppercorns, cloves, chili. A hint of nougat and chocolate, as well as light caramel notes and a subtle flavour of bitter oranges.
    • Finish
      A lingering fruitiness (citrus), with a hint of oaky bitterness and a subtle spiciness.

  9. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    a genuine winter warmer. needs time and air to develop its aromas ~ 20 min.
    • Nose
      a potpourri of baked apples, mashed wild berries, cotton candy, buttery, lovage/gloves, beef broth, indeed reminds on a christmas market.
    • Taste
      oily, vibrantly warm, spicy, sweet fruitcake soaked with brandy, cinnamon, tart sherry, umami, pepper and a very light breeze of bbq smoke.
    • Finish
      frosted cherries, orange peel, mixed nuts, cherry pit, peppermint, long

  10. -sAxo- scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80


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