Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 37.93

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1409 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 12-year-old

91 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.32 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. Calmar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Interesting whisky, the main player here is certainly aroma, it is he who sets and develops the main theme, the rehash of which, in one way or another, is repeated in taste and aftertaste.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, dry herbs, boards, honey-floral shades, a lemon slice in tea, some tart mineral notes - dry plaster, stone dust; sweet candy motifs, freshly cut grass, gouache-like paints, watercolors - not oil; some oil deep-frying shades of textiles - tarpaulin, canvas; subtle tones of plastic and detergents; overall very harmonious.
    • Taste
      Powerful, saturated, old wood, old books, varnish, dry herbs, candies, lemon peel, floral-honey notes, some industrial motifs - textiles, oil; tobacco, old leather goods.
    • Finish
      Soft, warming, oak, lemon slice in tea, industrial textiles, paints, coated tablets, old leather goods, a little ginger.

  3. dinclas scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A decent dram for me, sadly the price is rising but still good value. The best thing for this one is the combination of sweetness and spicy taste, not flat
    • Nose
      84 84
      Honey, summer flowers, apples, ginger
    • Taste
      85 85
      very sweet, apples and almond comes first, then honey with a little bitter taste, followed by ginger and citrus, spicy beneath tongue, great complexity for a young one
    • Finish
      83 83
      short-medium, oak, a bit drier than taste, a hint of citrus peel

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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

  5. 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.

  6. Mannix65 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    with a few years longer in the barrel determined very interesting, for a 12 very complex
    • Nose
      Floral, ginger, rose water, cardamom, chai, dates filled with marzipan, oriental
    • Taste
      Plums, hints of Met u. very subtle sherry (?), very spicy, nuts
    • Finish
      dry and medium long

  7. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Glen Elgin 12 year old 43%. Golden yellow-orange. Aroma is white bread, some iced gems, faintly woody but quite barley-led I'd say, something like simple cheap shampoo and copper, some gummy sweets if you sniff hard, rhubarb soda perhaps. But a lot more straight forward than I am making it sound. Body akin to semi-skimmed milk. Not light and watery, not full and oily - just like semi-skimmed milk. Taste is again quite simple. Very easy on the tongue in every way. Takes a while for the flavour to come out but it immediately gets on your breath. The taste is also barley-led, bready, mild, salted crackers, rusty sort of finish. It would be very easy to drink a lot of this, and there's a lot to be said for that. It's clean, easy and doesn't put a foot wrong but it is also lacking in unique character. 3.4/81

  8. crapachino scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    Full of scent and taste for 12yo. And still very, very affordable! Unexpected and real delight.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Apples, apples everywhere. These red cider ones, sweety. Some meadow flowers, heliotrope honey. Really nice!
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very sweet and smooth, somehow oily. Apple continues, together with honey and fried almonds. Some accents of caramelized lemon peel. Traces of olive oil, but still very pleasant.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Mediocre, much drier than taste and nose, oaky and bitter, roasted almonds continue. Nice contrast to the scent and flavour.

  9. Malthead19 scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    - a good, solid, strong, honest 12 year whisky
    • Nose
      subtle sherry smell
    • Taste
      very aromatic and fruity, sherry a bit noticeable, strong character, you notice the 43%, very mouth-filling, like a warm explosion that spreads over the palate and then quickly disappears
    • Finish
      short finish;
      but long, spicy aftertaste

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Decent dram, kind of underrepresented by Diageo. Nice fruity and malty notes but nothing to write home about.


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