- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Manager's Dram
- Stated Age
- 15 years old
- Sherry Cask
- 60.2 % Vol.
- 750 ml
- Bottled for
- SMD. Staff Association
- Added on
- 15 Jul 2011 3:42 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 15-year-old
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.08 points
- A definite sherry bomb, and a very good one at that, but overrated. Its reputation went through the roof when Serge scored 94 for this. It's a definite step up from your regular Balvenie 15 sherry single cask, and the sherry is better integrated, so a 90 for me.
- This Whisky was sold for 461 € at Whiskyauction in Feb. 2015
The Malt Whisky Yearbook  says: ‘There are three distilleries that are inextricably linked to the blended Scotch White Horse. First and foremost is Lagavulin which Peter Mackie, the creator of the brand, inherited from his father. The second is Craigellachie which Peter himself built-in 1891 in order to serve malts for the blend. And the third is Glen Elgin, a distillery that was never owned by Mackie but a part of the mighty DCL who acquired the White Horse Distillers in 1927‘.
How refreshing to end a flight with a youthful digestif. The difference between 15 and 25 years is a significant one, yet older whiskies can lose as much as they gain. I’ve no worries that this Elgin can handle the situation.
N: This smells like a cracker. We start with the earthy fruity abv pong with an almost coastal sherried nose that reminds me of that cracking [and recently enjoyed] 1976 Ardbeg [WLP], albeit without such an intense salty peaty hit. Neither is it as driven. Comparably, the Elgin is more laid back, far less layered and frenetic. Some say this a sherry monster, but I’m wondering if that’s right, even before reducing the abv. Though the delicious shiny leathery sherry talks, doesn’t the distillate talk just as freely? I’m surprised how salty and malty it becomes after just 30 minutes. Hints of Nocino liqueur soon pass towards sweet soy, balsamic [damn Serge – I got that too, honest!], essential orange oils, orange & pomegranate reduction, … geez, stop! Isn’t this what we are missing from modern Macallan?
T: Best neat. This way it’s less lively, more controlled, more together, more impactful,… with a formidable long solid-body surge forwards an unstoppably long travel – Tremors-styley – a reference to a comedic 1990 film starring a young Kevin Bacon. [Incredibly they made 5 more!]. This is heading down the dry-ripe-succulent almost tincture-like route where I can imagine this eventually turning into some sort of food in the form of a dry sweet reduced medicinal glaze, given time.
F: When spirits begin to converge into tinctures and reductions, anything goes. The finish itself can go in any-which-way as it does here, offering all manner of mind-blowing bitter-sweet-savoury-sour duckings & divings.
C: If this younger malt doesn’t perhaps possess some of the deeper leanings that the three previous 25yo’s have shown, it certainly doesn’t suffer from their absence. Bottled around 2003 – and currently fetching £5000! – this is perfectly formed 15yo whisky at the top of its game. Anyone who has the luxury of opening a bottle now is in for a treat.
A classic sherry monster, orangy and pure old-style sherry influence, very integrated, not overpowered. Also very mineral (soil), salty, and malty. Some oak, overall, bright, fresh and fruity.
Wool and leather, sweet and orangy sherry influence, very very intense and juicy, very balanced and integrated. Dried mango, earthy spices. Then towards minty liquor, very minty indeed. Definitely a great sherried whisky with no flaws.
Long, Chinese dry dates, dark chocolate, no overpowered sherry, just a perfect blend between sherry and malt.
- Head to head with then newer managers dram, the sherry is so much more fruity here, amazing
- [December, 2013] I found this dram in an advents calendar sampled by MaRa.
my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
- 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95. I took no detailed notes but it was a large sample and I had it on Christmas' eve...