Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
19 years old
Number of bottles
60.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Dec 2008 4:44 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 328,74

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70 × member ratings

101 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 19-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.28 points

  1. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    this will not be everybody´s darling as many may find this too thick and malty. I thoroughly enjoyed it! 92/100
    • Nose
      very curious about this one!

      old style for sure. shoe polish, an austere sherry profile with dried dates, apricots and figs, old coins. sweet malt behind, muscovado sugar and a feeling of rum. a real massive nose if you let it rest for 15 min.  water makes it a bit lighter and adds a wee floral touch.
    • Taste
      this is really massive (I have already added some water, cause I was in fear of my palate). same feeling as on the nose. the maltiness is much bigger, it´s sweet but not overdoing. the same feeling of rum. and lots of nuts. baklavia. it feels thick like syrup.
    • Finish
      endless, malty, thick

  2. Dirk scored this whisky 90 points Super Administrator

    My first "getting to know this dram" wasn't as pleasant as it was now. Now the bottle has been open for 14 days and I like this a lot. It's not your daily dram at all, I haven't had something like this ever before, but I now get the high rating for this dram. I adjusted from 88 to 90 points for that. The alcohol is not dominant and for a 60% very drinkable.
    • Nose
      Warm apples, leather, nutmeg and cinnamon. A faint smell of cloves and some dry bee-wax or dried honey. Can't really put my finger to that smell. Dried fruits apple and peach.
    • Taste
      Taste as if you are putting some old leather in your mouth. Not unpleasant though but not sure how to put this differently, cacao powder, tabac and almost burned caramel. Nutmeg and cinnamon that keep coming back and then ending with a little pepper. Oven backed apple with nutmeg / cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Long finish, very pleasant aftertaste that is very easy for your mouth. Although it has a very faint part of oak in there and it's a bit drying it's very good. Makes me want to drink more. The nutmeg and cacao powder are most dominant but I get some apple as well.

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/der-glen-elgin-60-vergleich-managers-dram-vs-centenary-reserve-29799/ Color: full gold
    Nose: Tobacco, smoke and leather, provided with a slight gum note, but then again cigar box, humidor, coffee beans, wax, honeycombs and wild honey. Salty orange peel with a hint of vanilla, spicy.
    Taste: Very, very salty with powerful orange aromas-orange liquor, packed in a great spice. Caramelized sugar, nuts, tobacco, leather, vanilla with beautiful woody flavors, rounded off by a delicious sweetness of dried mango and honey.
    Finish: very long! Fruity sweet and at the same time salty-spicy! Creamy honey with a powerful oak effect.
    Comment: Wow, what a contrast to the manager's dram; very different, but not bad!
    92 points (nose: 91 / taste: 93 / finish: 91)

  4. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    [First]: Scarlet Moderately scorched Noble Roasted coffee Smoked Slightly smoked Plant feeling is grassy This is wonderful Alcoholic chocolate Chocolate Almond 磯 Salt Slightly sesame oil Burnt wheat [Middle]: Outline Solid The body is thick rather than thick The coffee and almond nuts Cereal sweets are also sweet

    [Finish]: Nose is sharp and the return is furious Moment from the mouth The afterglow lasts for several minutes This finish is amazing Honey Honey Cereal Coffee Vanilla black tea


  5. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A textured body.
    • Nose
      Flowery heather honey, with spicy, cedar, oaky notes.
    • Taste
      Warm honey. Seville orange . Toasted nuts.
    • Finish
      Fragrant. Long and creamy. Delicate smokiness.

  8. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Waykid scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The immense alcohol strength doesn't drown the flavorful and rich character even neat. This takes a long time in the bottle to reach it's peak. It is actually amazingly complex when given enough time and the right amount of water: it opens up layer after layer. This is an individual, in the way Jamie Lannister said: 'There is no one like me, there is only me'. Powerful stuff.
    • Nose
      Initially some balsamic vinegar, some Molkosan (the whey-lactic acid preparate by Vogel). Savoury and pleasant oak, very, very pungent but not tight or closed. Honeyed and cane sugar notes. Salted mushrooms with cream. Leather, really strong. Some farmyard & horse-stable, also a hint of manure. Orange, toffee and raw dark chocolate. Tobacco and cider-wood, as if the inside of a humidor full of cigars. A luscious, rounded and full syrupy and liquorice-oak with time.
    • Taste
      Ammonium chloride, liquorice, savoury dried fruit, fig and apricot, rich and really powerful, even searing while neat. With water: remarkably smoother and rounder. The same elements combined with cognac marinated apple and salty salmiak. Mildly smoky, and liquoricy, in this way a bit in the direction of contemporary Springbank. Some matches-like suplhur, limestone, an interesting earthy, root-vegetable note combined with a pleasant sweetness. Some leather and a bite on a non lightened up, good cigar. Rich, robust, complex, deep and good. Really strong salmiak-smoke.
    • Finish
      Long, savoury-malty, liquorice-salmiak. Very, very good..

  10. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    For those who think Springbank in sherry or port casks produces whisky that's funky enough. 
    • Nose
      The color is appreciably unique, dark and coppery or somesuch. The whisky's pretty closed up at its native ABV. Old unvarnished wood, blackpepper, and surprising saltiness. Be generous with water because it's very hot out of the bottle. With water: Always a bit beefy but it's maybe more like a dried-out meat stock cube than red meat. Blackpepper, a little cola?, wood and a bit, just a bit of pool water. 
    • Taste
      It feels a bit wasted neat since the high % numbs me out. With some water it gets fantastic. The body has a perfect and IMO rare taste of dry, elderly wood that feels a little charred but mostly something like old floorboards. Combined with the surprising oiliness the body develops later it's a sure winner. It is a certain kind of an extremity though since not only is it a punchy Glen Elgin, it's a punchy anything. It's not smoky apart from a slight wisp, but it has this gamey, buttery, nutty slightly salty taste I find ...well... appetizing. Where's my goose liver pâté? With lots of water I find vanilla ice cream, the best kind of vanilla in whisky. 
    • Finish
      The wood and oiliness linger the longest.


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