Character: A powerful and lively bourbon filling, which comes from the basic character sweet-sour and spicy. You should like citrus fruits, herbs, spicy oak and a slight bitterness (grapefruit).
Evaluation: Discovering fillings like these gives me tremendous pleasure. In this case, it is responsible for a gifted surprise sample. For me, this Glen Elgin is a clear recommendation and a worthy bottle candidate. Sweetness, acidity, fruit, spicy oak, herbs, malt and a slight bitterness in a dynamic balance. For this enjoyable Bourbon experience I have 91 points today.
Immediately a real fruit basket flows into the nose. Especially ripe pears, apples, honeydew melon, apricots and khaki. Subliminally, a little pineapple resonates harmoniously and candied citrus fruits come through in no time at all: pink grapefruit, orange and lime. Lemongrass is also present. The nose is lively and harmonious at the same time. The fruits are followed by delicious mint and an unspecified fresh herbal mix. Suddenly the nose tilts back into sweetness. For a moment, I even have to think about mashed ripe wild strawberries. The citrus fruits, fresh green tea and elegant malt change almost constantly in the background. Then ripe pears are full again - accompanied by ripe green apples. A sweet and sour nose, in which one can fall in with pleasure. The alcohol is perfectly integrated. All around Nice. My anticipation of the first sip is great.
At most, slightly creamy, otherwise comparatively clear and extremely fruity-intense, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. First, it is flavorful of barley malt carried the full boil citrus fruits. Lemon peels, blood orange juice and pink grapefruit make for a sour, slightly bitter first impression. Some vanilla and caramel feather the acid skillfully, but are quickly pushed by a neat pinch of pepper and the spicy oak back into a supporting role. Against the backdrop of said citrus fruits and bright exotic fruits unfolds a burst of spicy oak flavor. For a moment it tingles easily on the tongue. In the transition to the finish, more and more almonds join the oak, and especially the grapefruit dares another assault. Wow. I forgot to experiment with water. An indication that this bottling is just as good as it is.
The finish is medium to long. Citrus fruits, herbs and spicy oak dance tango on the tongue. The drop sounds sweet, sour and spicy. With a slight bitterness, as I like it: at least I can not get the grapefruit out of my head.