Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Refill Sherry Butts & Refill Sherry Hogshead
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 Aug 2015 12:16 pm by Hare&Copper

Average value

€ 89.23

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23 × member ratings

49 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 1998 GM

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.57 points

  1. dramspotter scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    a somewhat deceptive beast; you think you are in safe pleasant hands and then the finish pulls out some stops. So it seems a bit broken-backed. Nose has it for me followed by taste before the fall.
    • Nose
      83 83
      lovely tang after the previous bourbon; yeah that refill sherry is there; cloves, oranges, raisins,
    • Taste
      81 81
      hmm, a bit chewy; sweet dry oloroso lacings here
    • Finish
      77 77
      medium; deceptive. It goes a bit shoe polish. It is quite intense in the finish given the ABV and it is refill wood but I guess 16 years takes its toll. Certainly interesting and not appalling but seems out of step with the nose and palate, like a late rush to make up for any perceive mildness that has come up into now.

  2. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. RichardMayston scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose nothing to write home about, but mouth wow, grapefruit and tobacco. Poor man's builder's tea break..
    • Nose
      Initially boiled cabbage, needs to air and time to get passed this. 

      Grapefruit prunes burnt dog hair, burnt orange peel, fruit cake. FADES
    • Taste
      Alcohol toffee Apples, grapefruit tobacco, Liquorice. Big tongue journey. 
    • Finish
      Oranges, cloves 

  4. Georges scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Georges scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sulphur, sherry, tobacco, chocolate, mint, honey
    • Taste
      Liquorice, spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove), sulphur, cherries 
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy (clove), nutty, oranges 

  6. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An attractive example of this great
    ignored Speyside distillery. Beautifully rounded, characterful, and
    well-balanced. Juicy fruit and rich spice give a perfect level
    of attitude to this dram with a pretty long and enjoyable finish.
    Nicely complex and very tasty. Works well with a few drops of water
    bringing the lovely fruitiness to the fore.

    I thank Gordon & MacPhail for the sample and the photograph!

    • Nose
      The nose starts off with subtle sherry flavours, nicely mixed with dried
      apricots, tangerines and red apples. Gentle spices emerge with oak,
      cinnamon and caramelised
      ginger, followed by vanilla, a whiff of dark chocolate, and faint
      smoke in the back.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity on the palate with vanilla, dried apricots and a touch
      of pink grapefruit. This is immediately complemented with a bold
      spiciness of oak, black pepper,
      cinnamon, candied ginger and aniseed. Lingering notes of hazelnut
      and cocoa towards the finish. Nicely mouthfilling.
    • Finish
      The finish shows good length with a warming and dry spiciness of oak and
      pepper, followed by slightly bitter grapefruit peel on the tail.
      With water: Fresher on the nose by adding a few
      drops of water. Fruity with strawberries and red currant, followed by
      spiced oak and aniseed in the back. Very fruity on the
      palate with red currant and brambles and a creamy sweetness of
      vanilla and blossom honey. The bold spiciness is significantly tamed.
      The finish is medium long, slightly warm and creamy with
      prickling oak in the back.

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The sulphur is quite distracting and subtracts from the overall experience. That's a shame.
    • Nose
      There's a faint smoke with a burned edge. A touch of sulphur, maybe. Notes of cappuccino and dark chocolate, but also vanilla, apricots and orange juice.
    • Taste
      Ah, yes, definitely sulphur. The gunpowder kind. A bit distracting. Slightly dry, with nots of bitter orange and ginger. A hint of chocolate.
    • Finish
      Drying with oranges. Medium in length.

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    With a better finish it would have scored higher. Seems best neat.

    Tasted by itself and in a lineup with Longmorn "The Ten" n. 4 12yo (81), Glen Keith cask 120578 (87), Glentauchers casks 5072 + 5073 (88), Elements of Islay Bw5 (89) and Craigellachie HL 10589 (88), as well as head to head with Glen Elgin Centenary (92).
    • Nose
      I like the nose. It's round and very expressive, what with faint smoke, coffee, some slight farminess, butter on frying pan, and fresh peeled oranges. A dash of water brings up smoky maltiness at the expense of the other aromas. 
    • Taste
      At first it's great. The oranges are there, and some sweeter fruit component too, and some pipe tobacco and refill sherry wood. Then, much like the Imperial Japanese Navy, it loses steam midway and it's downhill from there.
    • Finish
      There's nothing wrong tastewise. The mentioned tastes linger and it maybe gets a little more like chocolate, but it is too quiet now. 


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