Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 1000 ml
Speyside Single Pot Still Malt Whisky
Added on
21 Aug 2007 7:11 pm

Average value

€ 37,28

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452 × member ratings

1074 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 12-year-old

74 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.23 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, my secret favorite among the classic malts, often underestimated or overlooked, for 30 € he was a bargain, 35-40 are still fair.
    • Nose
      sweet, caramel, marzipan, honey, with oranges, dried figs / apricots, raisins, fruit cake
    • Taste
      malty sweetness, honey, white coffee, sweetened canned fruits, mild spicy (pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon - but only very soft), dry mouthfeel
    • Finish
      medium long, strong, dark chocolate, pepper

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Notes half way through the bottle some 5 months since opening it:

    Nose: red fruit compote, white and milk chocolate, sultana raisins, honey, caramel, mint, slight aniseed and a whiff of cinnamon.

    Taste: a light to medium body with dried fruits, clear chocolate, a sligthy bitter wood note and some green herbal spicyness.

    Finish: not that long but pleasant with again the dried fruits, cocoa, coffeebitter and a little nutmeg.

    A very decent mildly sherried bottling. Actually quite pleasant, but lacking somewhat in depth and complexity. Still available for around the €30 mark in NL, which is good value for money.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It is a good decent, affordable standard whisky that gives you a certain kind of complexity despite the "lightness" of the dram, It is both easy accessible and demanding at the same time, a bit like the quantum physics thought experiment "Schrodinger's cat". I call this "Schrodinger's dram".

    (Rating interval 81-85)
    • Nose
      Fresh floral note initially, subtle spices (cinnamon and powdered ginger), green apple, soft oak, barley sugar, bitter orange marmalade and kiwi fruit.
    • Taste
      It is a clean arrival with apple and bitter honey, more spices as it develops on the tongue (black pepper in particular), still apple, pear and very crisp character.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite light and grainy (could be a blend in my opinion) with some sour unripe fruit, goose berries or kiwi, mild pepper and diluted apple cider vinegar.

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Perfectly adequate and a quality-level that fits the price. I can't imagine this'll disappoint many.
    • Nose
      Notes of caramel and marzipan at first, with a hint of cinnamon as well. A touch of red berries and forest fruits as well. Gentle and friendly stuff.
    • Taste
      A sweet initial taste (fudge) with a fairly rich mouthfeel, followed by a spicy arrival (nutmeg, pepper, cardamom) and a whiff of burnt carame
    • Finish
      Short to medium in length. Lingering spices. A touch of oak and a faint grassiness.

  5. AdamsB scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Glen Elign Distillery is located near the Scottish town of Elgin. The plant was founded at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Distillery mainly makes your distillates available for creating unique blends. One of the best known wines produced, among others, from the Glen Elign distillate is White Horse whisky.
    • Nose
      Apple, pears, ginger, carmel, honey cinnamon
    • Taste
      Apple, vanilla, ginger, honey
    • Finish
      Apple, caramel, ginger, oak, marzipan

  6. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very nice. A great dram for every occasion.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Very sweet, bright fruits. Honey, malt and caramelized orange.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily and sweet. Orange, apricot, honey and caramel. Some dark chocolate and coffee.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Mitel long. Orange, honey, oak flavor.

  7. Bomshanka scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Fine and mild and not too complicated. Reminds me of summer in an orchard. Quite inoffensive and complex enough to be interesting. May buy again.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet stewed fruits, plums, blackberry jam, followed by some yeasty, bready notes with some light citrus on top, lemon perhaps.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, honeyed pickled lemons, salty caramel, vaguely malty and yeasty. Once in a while a minty note sneaks in.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short to medium on sweet and salt. Salty dough.

  8. schengel10 scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    A very simple, neat Speyside Malt for a small price;
    • Nose
      restrained: some malt, citrus fruit, mint, hint of vanilla;
    • Taste
      sweet (honey), lemons, apples, malt, slightly oily, oak, spicy mouth filling;
    • Finish
      medium length finish, dry seasoning, oak;

  9. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Overall a pleasant whisky suitable for breakfast, similar to a Glenkichie 12.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Soft fruity like scent - Asian pear, coconut husk and figs
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste is very easy going and mild, dried apricots build up into orange peel. Small bits of cocoa like pleasure at the end of the throat.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Lingering cornflakes and honey at the back of the tongue. Medium ending, not too long.

  10. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    88p for an older version more than a decade ago ... 82 for the current version , still a decent whisky but missing the dusty old school effect of the past


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