Glen Elgin 16-year-old

Overall rating
91.51/100
votes
179
Whiskybase ID
WB454
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Manager's Dram
Bottled
31.10.1993
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
60.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
08 oct 2007 4:12 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2366.01

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179 × member ratings

166 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glen Elgin 16-year-old

24 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.51 points.

  1. SimonOHA scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Much more complex than the simple and excellent wood juice it gives the impression of being.
    • Nose
      Syrupy nose much sweeter than the ABV predicted. Fat on caramel butter. Intense on dried fruits, prunes and dates. Dense without freshness. Raw oak syrup, no solvent, no varnish, nothing. Walnut syrup filtered through leather. The prune becomes plum again when allowed to breathe.
    • Taste
      Really excellent mouth, right away. The main framework remains unsurprisingly wood, a dense, heavy, raw wood. But every sip is different. Once on bitter caramel, another on dried fruit molasses, yet another on Christmas cake spices with candied fruit. Citrus honey.
    • Finish
      Warm finish, long but not as long as one might think. On buttered tobacco. Leather with a bit of dirt.

  2. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dried fruits, raisins and plums. But also strawberries. Rich honey and dark chocolate. Tobacco, followed by walnuts. Then Oranges. Later also caramel and nutmeg.
    • Taste
      Oranges. Tobacco and also dried fruits here: raisins, plums. Then a hint of dark cherries. Some lovely dark chocolate and a pinch of brown sugar. Plenty of spices too, such as crushed black pepper, cloves, and a touch of cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Long, with the same spices, caramel and maple syrup.

  3. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    dried glue, sherry with macerated fruit, mold, cask dust,
    very damp wood, wood chips in fact, leather, the old worn out decrepit in which we still like to curl up,
    sugar, cola, dried fig and date, grapes, spices on cardamom, pastry
    caramel, dark chocolate, lightly roasted again coffee grounds, crushed walnuts.
    mouth:
    spicy, a little sap from a flower stalk, spices on white pepper, ground almond shell,
    the caramel with the extract afterwards, the alcohol that comes suddenly with the cooked vanilla, it looks like a rum in fact!
    then the fleeting bitterness gives way to cooked fruits, caramelized on the fireside, black cherry, more subtle blackberry, grilled orange zest
    wood with tannin in return
    final:
    on the leather, the vegetal (the green stem) mint, the excessive sherry which mixes with dark chocolate, nuts, coffee and more mixed fruits at this precise moment
    intense finish that lasts, less on wood and leather than a big Glendronach, more on black fruits and sherry with a trace of toasted bitterness
    (36)

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    striking, independent, very sophisticated drops - wonderfully complex, tasty and concentrated
    • Nose
      95 95
      starts with a musty nose with a lot of old books, subtle retro sherry nose with a lot of orange oil and polished wood - mhhh ok? I expected something more
      after a few minutes it opens, the nose fills more and more with ripe dry-sour sherry flavors that I would have blindly located in the 1950s and 1960s only here with 60%, instead of the often usual 40-43% - pure power without one Touch of alcohol in the nose,
      sweet and sour notes dance, the sherry flavors are complex and exciting, it looks very old - crystalline - dusty wood, red groats, blossoms - very big nose cinema
    • Taste
      92 92
      dusty wood, leather, bitter herbs, red drops, red groats, wax, oak cabinet wall, shoe polish, leather, chocolate
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Managers Dram OB bottled 1989-1995 15-19 years 60%-66.2% H2H

    The clear winner here was the Aberfeldy 1991, sorting out 2nd place was very difficult but on the second tasting I gave the nod to the Glendullan with the Glen Elgin a close 3rd.
    What is clear here is that there is an emphasis on peat & pepper in most of these bottlings.
    My palate is smashed , the high abv made for an interesting H2H,

    Tasting Order
    1 – Aberfeldy
    2 – Cardhu
    3 – Craganmore
    4 – Glendullan
    5 – Glen Elgin
    6 – Glen Ord (Ord)
    7- Oban 16 year 200th Anniversary
    8 – Oban 19 year

    Result
    1 – Aberfeldy bottled 1991 19 year 61.3% WB ID 25
    2 – Glendullan bottled 1989 18 year 64% WB ID 170
    3 – Glen Elgin bottled 1993 16 year 60% WB ID 454
    4 – Oban bottled 1994 16 year 64%, 200th Anniversary WB ID 9869
    5 – Glen Ord bottled 1991 16 year 66.2% WB ID 12618
    6 – Oban bottled 1995 19 year 59.8% WB ID 453
    7 – Cardhu bottled 1989 15 year 63% WB ID 17868
    8 – Cragganore bottled 1992 17 year 62% WB ID 20097

    All whisky was tasted with 3-4 small drops of water form a pipette

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with a few drops of water.
    This is a whisky for big boys and girls, it tales no prisoners but the sum of the parts add up to a really entertaining experience.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Rich sherry, rich fruit cake, the very best toffee & fudge and then stewed plum, date and blueberry.
      Very good with a little black currant coming through and more fudge of the rum & raisin variety, finally some coffee notes are coming through.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Silky smooth at first but then bang, the peat & pepper smash into your tongue like an anaesthetic numbing it, now a little bitterness creeps in and it is also a little drying with spoil things a little, just a little mind.
      With a little time in the glass you get to taste some of the nice fruit flavours, hints of orange, mango and red pears but the pepper is always lurking acting as a counterbalance.
      I really like the mouthfeel but there is just a little too much pepper for me but the overall experience is really good.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is long & peppery with some peat keeping the fruit at bay

  7. Calmar scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Very high-quality sherry whisky, on the one hand a strict dry aroma, on the other - a sweet-mineral taste / finish, but everything is very harmonious, cohesive, very deep and varied, an excellent release.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, old wood, solid wood furniture, dusty dried fruits - prunes, apricots, raisins; earth notes, dried mushrooms, burnt jam, furniture lacquer, herbarium, puer.
    • Taste
      Powerful, saturated, oak, pepper wave, a lot of sweets - raisins, baklava, burnt jam, a little unexpectedly after an extremely dry aroma, coffee, licorice, cola, leavened must, exploding caramel, light mineral-metallic notes, burnt caramel.
    • Finish
      Spicy, invigorating, cola, licorice, caramel, dried crackers, dark beer, chocolate, coffee, tangerine peel.

  8. OJK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. valery77 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      One-piece, at first a little closed. Dusty barn, bags of flour, old furniture, raisins, dried figs, dried apricots and other dried fruits, sweet pastries, sweet sherry, very delicate notes of the carpentry workshop, apple peel, plum jam, prunes, light medical notes (fresh bandage, cough lozenges ), chocolate sweets with fruit fondant. 24
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, moderately dry, powerful, at first a little burning. Black pepper and other spices, dried fruits, cardboard, paper dust, wood tannins, prunes, red apple and other ripe fruits, a little bitterness of oak bark, citrus zest, tobacco smoke, fruit caramel. 23
    • Finish
      Long, tannin, somewhat astringent, with a hint of menthol and sour berries (viburnum, lingonberry). 23
      Powerful, very tasty sherry, it seems older than its age. Balance 24
      Total 94

  10. Whisky_Addicted scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Color: dark with a reddish tint
    Nose: basket of garden red apples, pink rose, buckwheat honey, butterscotch, fresh fudge. Further oak, varnish, burned wood. Then sweetness, prunes, white port. Having thrust the nose into the glass in its entirety, the alcohol vapor is easily nibbled and marzipan appears.
    With water it becomes very alcoholic, I do not recommend it.
    Taste: velvety, kumquat jam, wood, varnish, tobacco smoke, bay leaf, stale sweet apple pastille.
    Finish: long-lasting, warm, pepper, oak, pitted sweet apple core, lemongrass. In general, after 10-15 minutes, a citrus smack in the mouth.
    Conclusion: a very interesting whisky. Layered. Taste and finish are more strict in comparison with aroma. The fortress, although 60, is not felt. Why is it an association with a person aged. Who survived in his path and joy and sorrow.

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Not just a sherry monster but really balanced and quite complex - a perfect example of well matured sherry whisky - excellent!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Intense, good sherry wood, lots of dried fruits, brown sugar, hints of toasted bread, acacia honey, toffee - great!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Punchy, oily, creamy, good sweetness, more dried fruits, plums, figs, dates, prune, you name it, toffee, dark chocolate, nutmeg, sherry wood - fantastic!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, still fruity and not drying at all

  12. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. el Gato scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. el Gato scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A good swimmer, this one. A bit more fresh and citrusy with water. Very pleasasant. Some black berries and prunes in the finish with water as well. A very nice dram, all in all!
    • Nose
      Sherry! Dried fruits for sure; Raisins, dades, prunes. Apricots. Chocolate. Menthol. Christmas cake and cardamom. Nutty. Definately some burnt notes here, as well as freshly cut logs. Oak
    • Taste
      Tannins and burnt notes at first. Then christmas cake and the dried fruits of course. Hint of chocolate. I like it better and better for every sip. More jammy now, apricot.
    • Finish
      Medium - long finish. Still Jammy. Tobacco. A bit sour. Oranges. Spicy. Tannins. Oak

  15. Allandale scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Very nice different Glen Elgin, but too heavy oak.
    • Nose
      Big,funky and Sherried. Very leathery and slightly savoury, bringing to mind roast goat, cherry, molasses,tonic. Then the picture shifts to a toffee roastery at full tilt, chicory coffee and some sulphur.
    • Taste
      Big and, as if you hadn't guessed by now, Sherried. Quite sweet fruits wave frantically at you as the tide of tannin bears down on them. Water calms the tannins ,allowing some of the distillery's fruited notes. Like apricot.
    • Finish
      Slightly astringent.

  16. Peter87 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  17. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    What a dram! 
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. MikerG2k scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  21. Bram84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  22. jankes scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  23. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 404 € at Whiskyauction in Aug. 2015

  24. whioli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  25. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/der-glen-elgin-60-vergleich-managers-dram-vs-centenary-reserve-29799/ Color: Madeira / mahogany
    Nose: Dark fruits, plums, blueberries, blackberries, lined with lots of leather. Delicious notes of grape nut chocolate, raisins, walnuts, herbs, malt and caramel. An earthy spice with delicate wood flavors completes the whole thing perfectly.
    Taste: Starts with lots of salty-spicy power, sweet honey and orange notes. Again leather, dark fruits and oak wood; Interplay between peppery herbs and pleasant bitter-bitter wood notes.
    Finish: very long! The above-mentioned interplay ends with wood and a delicate residue; lined with nut flavors. Even in the finish, leather flavors contribute significantly to a rather dry finish.
    Comment: The winner of the manager Dram Blindnosing from 1993 rightly wears the honor; great nose!
    92 points (nose: 93 / taste: 92 / finish: 90)

  26. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Originally only distributed to friends and staff at the distillery.

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