Glen Elgin 1978 CA

Overall rating
89.34/100
votes
34
Whiskybase ID
WB41611
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Chairman's Stock
Vintage
1978
Bottled
10.2011
Stated Age
33 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
186
Strength
43.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 apr 2013 9:35 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 271.44

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Whisky reviews for Glen Elgin 1978 CA

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.34 points.

  1. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Gregorsky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. blacknapkins scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    3cl sample courtesy of Zio Franco. I'd like to have some more.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A lovely whisky, fruity & slightly spicy, white & yellow fruits by the truckload, no off notes. If it was a little sweeter it would be about 94 points, the fruits are of the stewed and boiled down variety rather than sweet but the balance is excellent, worth looking out for.
    My sort of of dram.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Glen Elgin is one of those distilleries I haven’t really payed attention to yet. Until now.. since I bought a line up of 6 different Elgin’s in age, casktype and pricerange. After tasting 5 very recommendable to top class Glen Elgin whiskies, it’s now time to come to the end of this line up with the 6th and final one. This stunning 33yo version bottled by Cadenhead. Did I save the best for last or did I experience the height earlier in the line up?
    • Nose
      In terms of nose I definitely saved the best for last! My god this is fantastic!! What a top class and lively nose after spending 33 years inside the cask!! Like in a lot of old whiskies also this one gives a dusty blanket. The freshness and sweetness are incredible. It is so well matured, well layered, insane depth and great complexity! There is so much sophistication going on inhere and the Elgin spirit is still so recognizable and alive. I’m completely short on superlatives here...
      I get gummy bears, wine gums, a Dutch candy called ‘trekdrop’ based on licorice, very ripe and sweet tropical fruits such as bananas, mango, apricot and cantaloupe melon. There is a whiff of anise here as well. It has a mineral-like texture to it which remind me of chalk. The complexity is stunning. It’s all about age here. This is the result of letting it rest for decades of patience inside a high quality cask. Definitely the type of quality that is becoming very rare these days. Something they will never be able to achieve with today’s overactive casks loaded with a few gallons of sherry still in it.
    • Taste
      On the palate it gives a fresh, sweet, rich and oily arrival. The build up is just terrific. It seems to release it’s flavors one by one, bit by bit. It becomes fuller and fuller bodied during the time inside my mouth. Again loads of ripe fruits here but a bit more on the dry ‘peel’ side I’d say. I get orange peel, orange juice and apricot. Also very mild and delicate spices like anise, licorice and ‘old’ vanilla are present. Again the mouthfeel tends to go to the mineral/chalky side. And it might not be a surprise but again the age, resulting into great depth and high intensity of the body, is fantastic. The balance is close to perfection. Impressive!
    • Finish
      This finish seems to be endless. It keeps going up and down giving mild spices and ripe fruits one after another. It kind of coats the mouth with a silky feeling. It is a sensation you’ll only experience with old whiskies in high quality casks such as this one. Apricot is present again as well as that chalky anise-like side. Soft vanilla cream acts like the desert of the finish.

      Every beginning whisky drinker should have at least one experience to see and understand what a seriously aged whisky like this has to offer. Despite of it’s rather high price, this whisky is worth every penny of it!
      This has been a great get to know with Glen Elgin with 6 very different but all high quality drams. And did I save the best for last? Uhh... HELL YEAH!

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2015]  I had this dram during an "30+ years" tasting at Bonn.

    In 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 90.  Unfortunately I took no detailed notes

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