Glen Elgin 19-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Centenary 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

€ 403.19

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Whisky reviews for Glen Elgin 19-year-old

21 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.25 points.

  1. wncvirus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Notes of old oak, some peppery notes, tobacco and wine notes.
    Taste: It is a fairly closed-off whisky, but with the addition of water you can experience notes of old rotten wood, some figs and apricots. In subsequent attempts, the noticeable herbal notes and the taste becomes a bit spicy.
    Rating: 90 | 100. Quite long finish with a wooden aftertaste. Definitely a good whisky. It is not an easy whisky. To fully feel the power of this whisky, however, you should spend a little more time on it.

  2. malthead scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  3. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    For having sulfur in all three categories, he still gets a lot of points, which shows what a promising malt is behind it.
    • Nose
      Unfortunately a bit sweet sulfur notes at the beginning, it becomes more gentle but remains, caramel, brown sugar, honey, ivy, slightly damp cellar, macdamia, later red apple and plums pickled, quince, peach, cognac
    • Taste
      Quince, plums everywhere, cloves, nutmeg, cumin, camphor, truffle, walnut, unfortunately a hint of rotten eggs, brown sugar, forest honey, parmesan and blue cheese
    • Finish
      And the same game, also here sulfur, malt, nutmeg, plum, apple, resin, clove, medium length

  4. valery77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Powerful, slightly alcoholic. Vanilla, sour apple, wet wood, damp basement, raisins, creamy toffee, fermented plum jam, rotten fruit, furniture varnish. 23
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, sweet, scalding. Black pepper and other spices, dried apricots and other dried fruits, creamy toffee, malt motifs, red apple, unripe bananas, woody tannins. 22
    • Finish
      Medium in length, tannic, slightly astringent, tea leaves, heated metal and metal shavings are added to the end of the dram. 22
      Strong, powerful, non-trivial whisky. At first impression, the putrid motives in the fragrance are perceived on the verge of off-notes, but then everything is transformed into an interesting, whole picture. Balance 22
      Total 89

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Old and Rare 2020. Nice sherry and very balanced dram. very good.

  6. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Good sherry whisky on an industrial-mineral basis, a good balance between sweetness and mineral pungency, a fairly wide range of derivatives.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, dusty boards, fudge, toffee, raisins, nuts, baklava, vegetable oil, old leather goods, light mineral notes - grindstone, stone chips; oiled tool, metal shavings, light earthy and putrid shades, burning leaves, cappuccino.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, sweet-woody, astringent bark, raisins, fudge, burnt jam, burnt caramel, more minerality, burnt matches and sparklers; industrial notes - textiles, welding spray, insecticides, stain; dark chocolate, bursting caramel, cola.
    • Finish
      Soft, refreshing, oak, menthol, light notes of fondant and butterscotch, furniture lacquer, a little industrial tones, minerality, metallic acidity, chocolate, cappuccino.

  7. Whisky_Addicted scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Color: nutmeg.
    Nose: Smoked hookah, slightly rotten ripe fruit, furniture lacquer, leather, cherry tincture, rotten foliage, fortified red wine.
    With water, the profile does not change, it becomes less assertive. I do not recommend it.
    Taste: oak, cherry, sweet tobacco smoke, ripe black grapes, dry sherry.
    Finish: long, oak, tobacco, kumquat jam, mushrooms, dry sherry.
    Conclusion: great whisky. There is no excessive sweetness. Fragrances individually can scare them off, but together they create a very beautiful picture. The strength is 60%, but it is felt only in the depths of the glass, and at the same time does not cut the nose. Fine whisky for the evening. I recommend to everyone!

  8. 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

  9. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  14. 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..

  15. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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.

  16. Peter87 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Bram84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  18. 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.

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

    This Whisky was sold for 215 € at Whiskyauction in July 2015

  20. franpincoffee scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The nose is baked apples with cinnamon, warm, toasty, and very complex. The taste is very smooth with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, and the finish is lingering and subtle with a hint of toffee.

  21. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur 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)

  22. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A rare bottling of Glen Elgin, released to celebrate the distillery`s 100 anniversary in 1998. This is a 19 year old whisky with an outturn of only 750 bottles. TWE


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