Overall rating
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Refreshing Elderflower Fizz
Stated Age
28 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
48.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Sep 2013 9:06 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 132.27

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14 × member ratings

12 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 1985 SMWS 85.27

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. DocF scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Color: pale straw.

    If this had been Signatory's first of the 1980s Elgins, not too many people would have cared for more. It almost goes in the dreaded Bowmore / Garioch direction. Honored 82 points.
    • Nose
      Joa. Let's start positively with "fragrant malty", some summer honey, then dry wood. And that was about it. No, hay. With water: Keep closed, but it looks rounder.
    • Taste
      For 28 years and this alcohol strength amazingly burning, artificial flower fragrance, some soap. With water: Malty. Some lemon.
    • Finish
      Rather short. Malt, lemon flavor. Some soap again. Approaches of turpentine.

  2. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Mirabelle plum
    Flavour: Old & dignified

    The fruity notes are dominating to start; peaches, ripe melons and pineapples but very soon sweeter aromas appear with white chocolate ice cream, limoncello and a refreshing elderflower fizz with a delicate minty note. The taste neat is still fruity but with a drying, slightly chalky mouth-feel. Pear biscuits, cooked pineapples, grapefruits - all with a dusting of icing sugar. With water, crystallized fruits in Tutti Frutti ice cream, lavender and lily of the valley, reminding some of a lady’s powder compact. The taste is now very floral with an elegant perfume scent; a chic and sophisticated example from this distillery 3 miles south of Elgin still using worm tubs to cool the distilled vapours.

    Drinking tip: Whilst playing croquet on a sunny afternoon

  3. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Chic and sophisticated.
    • Nose
      Fruity notes, peaches, ripe melon and pine apples. After this appears white chocolate ice cream, limoncello.
    • Taste
      The taste neat still fruity but with drying slightly chalky mouth feel. Pear biscuits, cooked pineapples,grapefruits . some icing sugar.
    • Finish
      With water: crystallized fruits in a nice sweet ( tut tie fruity)  ice cream,lavender.

  4. Finlaggan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:


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