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Glen Elgin 16-year-old

Overall rating
86.71/100
votes
161
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Friends of the Classic Malts
Bottled
2008
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
European Oak
Number of bottles
9954
Strength
58.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281023939
Added on
19 Oct 2008 1:44 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 173,58

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161 × member ratings

279 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 16-year-old

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.71 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2018]  Another quick review of a sample.  The colour is russetmuscat and the texture shows many small tears that consolidate to a sticky ring and very late some fat tears with slow legs pop up.  The nose is rich on overripe fruits, barley sugars, some herbs and wooden aromas.  It arrives a little hot and peppery in the mouth but nicely coats it with a minor adstringent feeling at the end.  The taste is bold but not overly complex as is the finish.  It is again a little adstringent from tannins at the end but this is bearable.  Water improves and smoothes this whisky - I like it best when reduced with a fair share...

    This truly is a bold dram with impressive flavours and if you like these particular flavours then you will adore this whisky.  Unfortunately I am not a fan of this profile but still it is an easy drinkable and memorable dram...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. Dramned! did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The complete tasting with information and photos: https://dramned.blog/2018/03/02/glen-elgin-16-jahre-585/
    • Nose
      Already after pouring the whole room is flooded with the flavors - that is striking even my otherwise not whisky-affine woman on positive. What a present whisky! Candied oranges that water your mouth, juicy sweet tangerines, strawberry puree with vanilla sugar and soft prunes are the first impressions that flow towards me. This malty dark Demerara sugar. Sweet pipe tobacco rises from the glass, I see my father puffing and Rauchkringel blowing sitting on the sofa. The lump of a greasy old leather jacket and old musty oak wood adds beautiful dry spicy accents to the smell.
    • Taste
      In the mouth a nice trio of warmth, dry oak and fruity honey sweetness. Then again the juicy oranges and tangerines, this time accompanied with cloves and cinnamon sticks. Under the mighty sweetness lurks but a strong tart oak, it tingles and goes off right on the tongue. The sherry-typical prunes and raisins are also very present. And then the strong European oak barrels become more and more dominant. Herb and powerful, they provide a moist musty dryness and a light fur on the tongue, like the tannins of a really dry red wine.
    • Finish
      The medium-length and sherry typical finish is warm and is determined by beautiful spices such as cinnamon and cloves. Sweet prunes, dark cane sugar and the strong oak barrels provide more spice.

  3. Gloin scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This was my first Glen Elgin, a slightly different, interesting sherry whisky. Delicious, especially the reminiscent of jam bitter orange I liked it. Water does not make the whisky any better, but the alcohol is not too hot. That's a pity. I have 86 points.
    • Nose
      sweet raisins, caramel, orange peel and a little mint, the alcohol stings slightly in the nose. Little changes with water.
    • Taste
      strong onset, sweet orange with white pepper, slightly astringent, after a moment, the sharpness goes back and becomes molten chocolate. The oak is rather restrained. Water worsens the mouthfeel and robs the whisky of the beautiful oily mouthfeel. For this one recognizes clearly bitter oranges.
    • Finish
      dry sherry, now the oak beats, bitterness remains on the palate, burnt brown sugar with the shell of bitter Seville oranges.

  4. Syleo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is how a sherry-emphasized malt has to be for me - not exuberant and drowning sweet, instead it balances between the distillery character, fruit, cocoa and barrel influence.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The malt presents itself in brown, golden, red and caramel colors. Are there plum and caramel bars? That's how they should smell! Old, slightly sulphurous raisins collect in the middle of a freshly washed, damp wooden plate, next to it a few brine and chilli. This interplay of sweet-fruity and tart-earthy notes continues. The smell of the damp railroad ties blows in from behind the house, fresh paint a little due to the alcohol content, and on the stove is a pot of boiled sausages, the aroma of which makes your mouth water, with freshly peeled, almost woody carrot sticks next to it. On the sweet side is Malaga ice cream with a good shot of schnapps in the foreground, orange jam, medium-dark chocolate, beeswax, pears, strawberries and lime.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The malt takes on the mouth area with a strong sweetness and chocolate, the 58 percent by volume distribute properly. Orange marmalade and honey, berries, dates and all of them under frosting give the sweetness first, before the barrel takes over at the back, but rather as cocoa powder or cinnamon, orange chocolate with chilli and a little clove, although dry and almost furry, but never really woody .
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is characterized by a slight bitterness of tobacco, spices and tart grape skins, but balanced again by cocoa powder and chocolate sweetness and full-bodied wine notes.

  5. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very juicy and rich sherry whisky, the struggle between sweet creamy and oak principles, and unfortunately there are too many oak trees, a certain imbalance in taste / finish is clearly visible.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, first nose - tangerines and toffee; dry boards, wood dust, sharp mineral notes - stone chips, whetstone; sweet creamy tones - boiled condensed milk, fudge; dried apricots, pipe tobacco, raisins, dry herbs, light industrial shades - textiles, steel tools;
    • Taste
      Thick, rich, strong oak notes, raisins, dried fruits, creamy sweetness, all this is covered with tart bark, ginger, coffee and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Tart, invigorating, oak, dark chocolate, raisins, leather goods, light earth notes, puer.

  7. Whisky_Addicted scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: alcoholic, sweet chopped apples, honey, apple jam, laden nectarines, boards, bitterness.
    Taste: burning, green apples, vanilla, fresh bark of a tree, dust, hay.
    Finish: medium, wood, bitterness, sour apples, burnt sugar.
    Conclusion: not much whisky stepped forward compared to standard 12. The aroma is pinched, with the addition of water, bitterness comes to the fore, the taste is the same.

  8. kimmosuo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Glen Elgin tends to do sherry cask really well. Let's see how this fare.
    • Nose
      91 91
      High quality. Clean sherry. A bit of cola -- grape. Also, somewhat earthy and somewhat nutty, which, in my book, is very tasty in a sherry cask.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Can taste the strong ABV. Very slight rubber, but not egregious at all. Good quality sherry casks, but unidimensional. Not too much tertiary flavors to be found.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A good length, but there is a bit of oaky bitterness towards the very end. Again, not very complex.

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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