Glen Els 2010

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
French Connection
Stated Age
04 years old
1st Fill XO-Cognac Tonneau
Number of bottles
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Nov 2014 8:55 pm by SteveW110
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 74.90

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Els 2010

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.98 points

  1. Fabio2 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Delicious fabric - minimal spritlich - dry. Kind of a typical Glen Els, but not cute.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Glen Els is not yet very known in our neck of the woods, but in Germany it enjoys high esteem. Next to some spirits like liqueur and gin they now produce four different single malts: Glen Els, The Alrik, Willowburn since very recently the heavily peated Emperor’s Way. I’ll stick to Glen Els for now, of which no less than 180 different releases have been put out so far. This ‘French Connection’ is somewhat special, as maturation took place on former cognac casks with a finish on Sauternes Barriques and Blood Tubs from Chateau d’Yquem.

    The nose is quite sharp and alcoholic. I get mostly honey and vanilla, followed by apricots, walnuts and white wine. The sap of pine trees. White pepper. Leather. Finally something chemical that I cannot quite pinpoint.

    It’s pretty alcoholic on the palate as well. A bit scorching. Once your saliva glands have extinguished this some, walnuts, peach, apples and apricots appear. The sweet, white wine is unmistakable. Hint of milk chocolate. A handful of hazelnuts. Feisty on white pepper and ginger.

    The finish is pretty long, drying and becomes mildly bitter. At the death I think I get some green grapes. That must be the Chateau d’Yquem, I suppose.

    I tasted both cognac and Sauternes wine. They overpower the whisky, I think. Feisty, young, sweet, but not exactly my cuppa. And truth be told: 75 EUR for a 4 years old whisky is a bit optimistic, no?

  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    An unusual, young, good whisky, for about 75,00 € but very expensive!

    [Color] straw yellow;
    • Nose
      intensive (Alcohol), Grapefruit ua, Honig, Vanilla;
    • Taste
      diluted: aromatic, supple onion, caramel, biscuit, fruity (peach, grapefruit), cognac, creamy, complex;
    • Finish
      quite short, sweet finish; slightly burning in the aftermath;

  4. SimpleSample scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Yes, ok ... but not my favorite Glen Els.
    • Nose
      Sweet ... light floral notes with honey notes. Mild odor despite the strength
    • Taste
      Season with light smoke and another sweet one
    • Finish
      Very short and mild

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. C.H.M. scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    When man needs something light. Chateau d`Yquem something different

  7. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    The whisky contains a note that I would most likely call rubber. Personally, that touch bothers me a lot.
    • Nose
      Vanilla. Leather. Grapes. Rubber. Nutmeg. Nut chocolate. Floral notes. Subtle smoke in the background.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Caramel. Becoming spicier. Flowery.
    • Finish
      Medium. Initially sweet. Vanilla. Bitter orange. Smoked sausage. Dark chocolate. Espresso.

  8. KHansen44 scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    I had also inquired with the Master Distiller times: The Tonneaus used from the Cognacbereich had 400 l content.

  9. murphyr12 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Glen Els French Connection gently Woodsmoked) Distillery Bottling Barrel: 1st fill XO-Cognac Tonneau Final Touch at Château D'Yquem, Sauternes Barriques & Bloodtubes March 2010 - November 2014, 4yo 55% Prologue Tonneau? Wikipedia helps: Tonneau (also Tonneau de mer, Tonneau metrique) or Tonne was a French volume measure for dry goods and liquids. Tonneau is a unit of measurement for the weight and corresponds to 1000 kg. In Marseilles, the term was applied differently to the product (900 liters of oil, 18 boxes of 25 bottles of wine, etc.). As old French measure (for Bordeauxwein) corresponded to 1 Tonneau = 912 liters. To Château D'Yquem is said that it is one of the most famous wineries on earth. It produces exclusively white wines, which are among the most expensive wines. It is known especially for its sweet wine. Color gold Nose Heavy notes of vanilla and honey. Here the alcohol shows clearly and rises in the nose. So gently "nose". Here I will probably work again with water. Resinous, woody and a hint of walnut. It smells like a joinery. The cognac with its sweet aroma breaks through again and determines the basic tone of the whisky. The walnuts become more intense. So far, the Cognac prevails best, followed by a slight spiciness of D'Yquem. For his very short maturity, this Glen Els is already much riper. Whether it's because the barrels were still very wet or you just have a knack for maturing here, I'll leave it open. If you move the Glen Els a little in the glass and give it more oxygen, it looks much sweeter and lighter. On the tongue There's the youth and the cask strength! Starts sweet and with peaches, but then quickly becomes rough and impetuous. He is not metallic, but sprittig. The finish is accompanied by light bitterness and light grapes. The mouth does not dry out and it leaves a pleasant and grape mouthfeel. Well, as announced, with water. At first I thought he was losing flavor, but he just needed some time. Sauternes and Cognac are in the foreground, no spice. Remains consistently sweet with grapes and star fruit. Milder now on the tongue. And to the end. Oily, again green grapes, honey and a little vanilla. But a little flat. Conclusion Of the three today tasted Glen Els he is the youngest in the league and you can tell. He is drinkable with and without water, I tend with this clearly to the water. The bottling costs 70 € and here I put a veto. Since the PLV does not quite fit for me. A Glen Els lover might disagree with that, but I do not like asking for a $ 70 whisky for a 4 year old. For the free sample, I'm still grateful, as I've been much more disappointed in the price range.

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Reminds me strongly of the Speyside Hero, also has this Nuttelabrotgeschmack, but the light Fehlnot keeps me from breaking into praise, in approach but very interesting and durc'haus edible
    • Nose
      a torrent of dark chocolate, I've never had it so extreme, also clears the nose, which reflects the very high alcohol content, the chocolate is gradually superimposed by a fruity note, maybe apricot, goes at least in the direction, including caramel, if I take everything together it has something of a Lumumba
    • Taste
      chocolate again, a little bit nutty, the chocolate puts everything in the shade, now comes a touch Mon Cherie, you can still notice a bit the youth, which gives him a slight false mark.
    • Finish
      dry, the dark chocolate sticks to the palate, clearly hazelnuts


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