Glen Els Ember

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cream Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Marsala, Malaga, Moscatel, Port & Claret
45.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
18 May 2013 12:15 pm

Average value

€ 64.90

5 × in wishlist

84 × member ratings

123 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Els Ember

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.26 points

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: actually comparable to Journey and Wayfare, a bit of this peppery smoke, but less so than Rarities, especially not quite as peppery spicy.
    Mouth: a little fresher, menthol, pepper and now the smoke comes through pretty clearly. Finish: spices, wine, light wood smoke. Another nice whisky.

  2. Najzero scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    This is the perfect example of a wow moment gone wrong.

    Got a 5cl sample from a beloved sample buddy and..

    Smell #1: wow, this is awesome, you can smell the burning wood in there! That's quite fresh and not that old smoke in any way

    Taste: phew, sweet fresh smoke... I like it?

    Smell #2: please stop - oh god, why would anyone drink this

    Finish: is okay, but mostly that vanishing fresh burning wet wood

    For me it was a new experience, and for that I am thankfull - as some tend to tell, that this is the spirit behind Glen Els - I pass on some of them for now :-D

    I'd give it a 70/100 (70 is a whisky, I would not like to have a full bottle in my collection, but still could take a sip from time to time)

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    All right, the smoke and the sweetness are very nice, but nothing more.
    • Nose
      Berries, cherries, fine seasoning with the wood smoke dhinter, chocolate, citrus acid in between, raisins
    • Taste
      Berry bushes are caught up in smoking fumes and spices, smoked sausage, raisins, dark caramel, looking a little young, brown sugar
    • Finish
      Smoky-spicy, grilled notes, dry sweetness remains

  4. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. malthead-sven scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    The variety of barrels used in the aroma can expect more. The typical Glen Els Rauch note convinces.
    • Nose
      Limes, oranges, caramel and milk chocolate, the subtle wood smoke brings greasy, sausage notes, then dark fruits, raisins
    • Taste
      spicy, candied sugar, a little youthful sharpness, balanced
    • Finish
      medium long, dark chocolate, the smoke comes through again

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: A [young] NAS, single malt from Germany. On the nose: Cooked & salted butter, caramel-butter, sweet-maple-bacon/ham and [salted] toffee. Its creamy, peppery and smoky too. To be clear, this is very buttery. with butterscotch and Harveys Bristol cream - and when you look at the cask types used, the complexity and curiosities on the nose are more understood.

    T: Very sweet & creamy malt with buttered wafers and more [light] bacon. Theres a salivating development with lots of sweet, savoury maltiness. with a common, light, sour note into the finish. Thats after more buttered, creamy, sweet, toasted toffee delights.

    F: A fine, bitter-sour, smoky malt=spirit. A little more cream with a drying finish, but it’s not all plain sailing mind. Theres a sweet, smoked, rubbery weirdness also, arguably not dissimilar to an Auchentoshan profile. Again, check out the cask complexity involved in this ‘vatting’ to understand more, the complexity/confusion.

    C: A sacchariferous malt such as this will always be popular, but theres more to this Ember than the sweetness. I like this a lot. Lots to look forward to from this German distillery, that was established in 1985. Its my first whisky from them even though they’ve been producing whisky since 2002. I’m on catchup.

    Scores a C[+]

  7. Teekanne scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I like it very much and overall better than the DE although the finish is less spectacular. Simply works well, from the beginning to the end.
    • Nose
      First, sharp in the nose but far less violent than the DE by Glen Els. Here you can already guess a marzipan note and also the smell of Christmas cookies spreads. Somewhere I mean to perceive soft smoke.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly mild with sherry notes.
    • Finish
      Here, too, very sweet with smoke integrating with an oak note here. The sherry soon makes room for milk chocolate and marzipan.

  8. Luhmi scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  9. irrerelevant scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    sweet, fermented, yeast, champagne, ripe pear, the wood smoke takes some getting used to, mild and soft, weird bitter on the finish, dries off easily, somehow woody ... not so mine

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I like it, but it can't compete with the 2014 Four Seasons which is in the same price class.
    • Nose
      Bramble, toffee, liquorice, orange, cherry, smoke, milk chocolate and some sulphur. Perhaps a little cheese. Nice, but it lacks a bit of punch.
    • Taste
      Toffee, bramble, liquorice, nutmeg, chocolate, orange, smoke, candied cherry, herbs and sulphur.
    • Finish
      Toffee, bramble, orange, nutmeg, salmiak, smoke and dark cherry.


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