Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Stated Age
13 years old
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 Apr 2020 9:47 pm by mark-achterhoek
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 65.09

5 × in wishlist

11 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 2006 ElD

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.25 points

  1. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Color: White Wine (bordering on Straw)

    Nose: Minerality and fruitiness abound right away--it's not shy at all. For the former, I'm getting wet rocks and chalk, which provides a very pristine base upon which the other elements can be built. For the latter, I quickly am drawing out peaches and other, light stone fruit. There's also a little bit of spice there that nods towards something more tropical. Simply put, this is pretty much textbook for a quality, young Speysider aged in refill wood. The thirteen years is long enough to erase any sense of immaturity from the smell, but it's still remarkably vibrant. In many ways, this behaves like its color: a good, fresh white wine. As it develops in the glass, one can suss out more robust, vegetal notes. Think starchy and slightly bitter, well balanced with the preceding. With water, I'm not sensing much change: the minerality remains prominent, perhaps a wee touch of farminess emerging.

    Taste: Oh man, this is drinkable, which is kind of nuts when you consider it's bottled at over 56% ABV. Sure, there are plenty of great drams that you can drink comfortably at this strength or higher, but not many strike me as this, for lack of a better word, "easygoing." The arrival complements the nose in that it's clean, fresh, and light. This isn't the kind of dram you're looking to chew. As for flavors, there's barley syrup and then some more bitter notes that seem to correspond to what came out slightly later in the nosing. This is all integrated with some zestiness that resembles lemon and fresh ginger. Water takes away any bite and really zeroes in on that zesty, refreshing bit. Good both ways.

    Finish: Taken neat, I find it a bit drying, but certainly not over-oaked. I suspected this will improve when reduced a bit. Upon adding water, I find this to be correct.

    Comments: My first Glen Elgin. I've been meaning to get one for a while now, because its distillate has a great reputation in the whisky chatting circles. I try not to be reductivist about one element of the distillation process carrying such great importance, but I suspect some of its obvious character is due to the fact that Diageo still employs worm tubs there. This is clearly a weighty spirit undergirding the refreshing fruit and minerals. That combination really gets the job done here. When you factor in the age and price, it's a tremendous value and fantastic daily dram.

  2. Casketje scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Another beautiful Glen Elgin, which is quickly becoming my favourite distillery. Bottled by the Single Malts of Scotland, who are quickly becoming my favourite bottler as well.

    Not so much fruity (gets a bit fruitier when adding water) compared to some of the 20+ year old Glen Elgins I've tried but more on the classic sweet, chalky, slightly spicy, slightly waxy side. No alcohol sting whatsoever, which is remarkable for such a young, nearly naked malt at 56% ABV.

    No overt cask influence, no huge bold flavours, just a quality spirit that had enough time in a refill cask to take off the rough edges (if there were any to begin with). Not coloured, non-chillfiltered, bottled at cask strength at an affordable price. Single malt whisky as it should be really.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87


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