This one clearly had a more subtle maturation due to less activity from the cask. Nevertheless it makes a great impression. My sense is that it’s been a refill cask and I tend to love these types of maturation. There is a great Elgin freshness going on inhere! After 24 years it is still very lively and bright! I get more citrus then in younger Elgins. But also there is orchard fruits. Sweet&sour nose, complex, layered and well mature. A little dusty layer on top at first but soon the freshness breaks through. I get green and red apples, semi sour mandarins, lime, lemon peel, licorice, honey, vanilla and
On the palate it starts rather fresh, soft and creamy and then a more peppery, chili like bite comes in. Right after this it develops to a medium dry but quite full body. It gives loads of spices and herbs on the taste which is another indicator for me to think this was an old and intensive used refill cask. It gives fresh but ripe fruit sensations like Apple, pear and apricot. Besides that a combination of fresh and dried spices like cinnamon, licorice, black tea, dried vanilla and wood spices.
Long and quite wood driven. Old casks, whisky soaked oak, wood shavings and pencilshavings, strong spice flavors. Vanilla yoghurt and dried green herbs. A musty mouthfeel stays behind.
Another very good expression from the Elgin distillery. But I did like the previous one 23yo Arc, better. Not because this one is bad, just because the other one was terrific!