Creamy, waxy, fruity, sweet and savoury all at the same time. At times you would think this is a particularly creamy and well-aged Clynelish. Glen Elgin is such a brilliant, characterful and complex spirit. In Speyside it's second to none, and it's a shame that Diageo doesn't really seem to care about presenting it in an adequate fashion (instead trying to premiumize Mortlach and thereby ridiculing themselves) - thank God for the Indies, because this bottling is a perfect delivery on what Glen Elgin can be like. And it's even perfectly affordable compared to other whiskies of the same age. It's a treasure and I strongly recommend buying it or a similar bottling.
Creamy and waxy at first, opening up to melons, candied apricots and lemon curd. The oak from the excellent hogshead makes its entrance by adding wonderfully crisp notes of wormwood, caraway and fresh mint, giving the malt a very satisfying savoury twist and adding to the complex nose. Add one drop of vanilla oil and you have a characterful old style nose that lets the distillate shine while at the same time showcasing a perfect maturation.
Punchy and waxy attack, with something medicinal and balsamic always lurking in the background. The aniseed/wormwood note from the nose is always present, while you experience a walk through an orchard with apples, apricots, greengages and a honey-ridden beehive on the palate (maybe it's an orchard next to a hospital). This is a beautifully paced and balanced Speyside whisky and it's almost ridiculous how approachable and dangerously drinkable it is (the strength is perfect).
Medium to long, with that satisfying interplay between honeyed fruits and that aniseed note that keeps you longing for the next sip.