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Overall rating
87.81/100
votes
38
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1995
Bottled
03.2019
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
2 x Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
486
Strength
50.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
23 Mar 2019 4:50 pm by Tauti
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Average value

€ 117.07

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 1995 CA

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.81 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2019] The new Cadenhead spring release is out and after nosing all drams (which is a great and fair service of the Cadenhead shop, thanx for that!) I decided to buy four different bottles out of this release - among them this one...

    ...that is a fine fruity-honey experience (the trademark Glen Elgin flavours) enriched with spicy and bitter notes which turn this dram into a multi-faceted (never boring) drinking pleasure. Priced at under 100 Euro (I paid 89) this is good bang for your bucks, provided you like such a profile. I do, for sure...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers the bold fruity-honeyed profile Glen Elgin is famous for. There are lots of different ripe and over-ripe fruits (peaches, pears, mango, banana and more) topped with a honey-toffee syrup and some nuts. Later shy spices join in as do some waxy-oily aromas. No off-note or imbalance that I can find, this is pretty delicate to nose (and impressive, too).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste repeats the fine flavours of the nose in different layers that are interesting to explore. In addition to these a delicious milk chocolatey flavour pops up in a later wave before the spices grow stronger and counter perfectly the sweet fruity attack (that is very enjoyable throughout the whole tasting experience). Water releases more toffee and herbal aromas in the nose and chalky-mineral and white chocolatey notes on the palate but to be honest: I prefer the neat dram!
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming with a minor peppery touch on the palate and coats the mouth nicely. The finish is long with more spices (ginger, cardamom) and some fine bitter flavours from the woods (tannins) which provide a tasty counterpoint to the sweet fruits. Hey, this is a great composition of aromas and flavours - I like that! No distracting moments, this dram was bottled at the right time.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    from a 2 cl sample. classic bourbon wood maturation with lots of yellow fruit...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. dramspotter scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The heat is a perhaps a little too much but this is a decent aged bourbon maturation.
    • Nose
      84 84
      subdued; some tropical fruit salad - pears, lychees
      Palate: quite a buildup; not too spicy but it starts to come alive; soft mouthfeel
    • Taste
      85 85
      quite a buildup; not too spicy but it starts to come alive; soft mouthfeel
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium; can be a bit tiring that spiciness. I don't know if that is ginger heat or menthol heat. It is not super hot but tends to dominate the finish.

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A particularly good Glen Elgin with that Cadenhead quality. Seriously, at first nosing it's like "this is a CA bottling, right?" I would definitely recommend this bottle for the price you can still find it at as of writing.
    I had some trouble settling for a final score, but after trying it with Bunnahabhain 1989 26yo cask 3370 (88 pts.) I feel this one deserves exactly the same score, not a point less nor more. It's a good whisky, but it is no Glen Elgin Centenary (*conspiratorial whisper* that stuff's good; I ended up killing two bottles and keeping one more for the future).
    • Nose
      Oh, it's one of those rather fruity bourbon hogsheads, where the bourbon itself sits in the back seat, while bold fruit juice notes are driving. There's quite a bit of fudge in there too, and elegant soft oak, as well as some apple sauce, faint smoke, fresh oranges and honey. Occasionally it's a bit grassy with a side of nail polish, though. Water helps dispel the grass and the polish, making it even more fudge-y.
    • Taste
      Neat it's a bit biting, but unusually full, with a big and delicious body. Excellent middle aged (in whisky terms, >20yo) oak, fruit juice, a bit of leather, and a bit of spiciness. Water makes it somewhat smokier, more in the style I'd expect from Glen Elgin, and brings out the fruit better.
    • Finish
      Long, on malts and nectarines, with a side of taffy. Sadly there is every now and then this sting of ethanol I don't like very much, which drops my final score a few points.

  5. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 22 86

    Great light summer whisky, airy body, very tasty!

  6. toklian scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F21 B22

  7. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I had the opportunity to try with a buddy. The brief notes are what I remembered.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Dark gold

      Nose:
      Very soft ripe and set. Really pleasant and somehow summery. A tropical fruit cocktail with sugar and really creamy, syrupy. In addition a suitable ginger note, which fits perfectly into the picture and sets a pleasant counterpoint to the fruity sweetness. With some time in the glass, the colleague shows his age and you can smell oak wood.
    • Taste
      Soft, almost tender start. Then immediately comes the tropical fruit candy and bring neat sweetness. Again, the ginger comes along and mixes up the sweetness, creamy thing. Subtle bitterness moves on. But really only very tender.
    • Finish
      I would say for a while. In the throat area, he is actually gone quickly. There remains only a little ginger and subtle bitterness. But on the cheeks the syrupy, tropical fruit taste sticks, sticking sweetly.

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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