Glen Els 05-year-old Noir

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Casino 2015 Edition
Stated Age
05 years old
1st-Fill PX & Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
45.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Nov 2015 11:38 am by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 79.50

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37 × member ratings

83 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Els 05-year-old Noir

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.37 points

  1. matts scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Character: A typical, delicious and tasty Glen Els: strong barrel dominated and with a noticeable youth. Very sweet, but never unpleasantly sticky. This bottling really serves the sweet tooth: whole milk nut chocolate, sweet dark dry fruit and coffee / espresso you should like in this case.
    Rating: Some call it whisky, some call it a liqueur or a lager grain. I'm scared. Despite all the controversy I like Glen Els and the Noir surprised me even more. A nice sweet Glen Els with a strong PX twist. Just "sweet and tasty" does not do justice to this drop in my opinion. There is a surprising amount to discover and the intense cocoa-coffee powder blend I think is just great. If you drink this Glen Els, you do not need dessert anymore. I have a really good 87 points for it today. Tendency 88.
    • Nose
      Immediately recognizable as Glen Els. At first there are sweetish sherry flavors, soft milk chocolate and a lot of hazelnuts. Dark dried fruit flavors accompany this tasty-sweet melange: above all juicy sultanas, dried figs and prunes. Mature, juicy plums join in the process. There is also some honey and a slightly buttery note. I have to think about Panacotta. Initially, a slight amount of solvent oscillates with it. Since the alcohol could be a little better involved. However, this note lays down over time and I like her subtle presence. Somehow, the surprisingly diverse nose becomes even more interesting and lively for me.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly creamy and with a nice, dense texture, the drop hits the tongue. As the nose promises, sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel, hazelnuts and sweet dark (dry) fruits flood the mouth. Raisins, prunes, prunes and prunes make for an enormous dark fruit sweetness - drowned in liquid chocolate and lots of nut. In the transition to the finish comes the oak to more advantage. It provides a delicious spicy undertone and a slightly tart woody taste. A mixture of cocoa and coffee then heralds the finish - accompanied by a pleasantly warm feeling in the stomach.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and sweet. Like a dark, sweet melted grape nut chocolate, into which dark dried fruit and plum jam were sunk. Served on an oak board. I really like that every now and then. Not to mention that this bottling is still a really great surprise at the end: cocoa and especially espresso powder fed provide a delicious farewell greeting.

  2. Othorion scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Hm, I like it very, very good, especially the coconut note, which pervades me through the whole experience from nose to finish, it has done to me. Great malt
    • Nose
      after some time in the glass (which he needs, initially comes a lot of alcohol in the nose): Coconut, I had never seen so clearly, smoke, raisins, espresso
    • Taste
      Again, the association of coconut and dark berries overtake me again. Caramel and some smoke, nice creamy and gentle in the mouth, first sweet and then comes the coffee and the dark chocolate
    • Finish
      Sweet coconut with fruits (orange and raisins) in combination with black coffee and dark chocolate.

  3. Egge scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      The alcohol is very much in the foreground and needs something until it flies.
      Then spicy. The smoke is clearly noticeable and in the overall picture it is reminiscent of a Kaffeerösterei.
      A few herbs are also to smell. Very restless and somehow not balanced.
    • Taste
      Creamy and very gentle. That this is a Glen Els, you can taste it. First nuts and some smoke. Slight notes of red berries.
      Then take over black pepper, which makes itself clearly noticeable on the tongue.
      The coffee in the aroma then on the tongue very strong. Deep black coffee.
    • Finish
      Medium. The coffee continues, it comes to men's chocolate. In conclusion, light sherry notes and subtly fruity.

  4. JohannesB scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This whisky has its strengths clearly in the taste and the finish, in the aroma it is not quite as rounded. Here is a bit to feel the youth, but otherwise is not noticeable by any Fehlnoten.
    • Nose
      Similar to the rouge, the noir also presents itself at the beginning a bit closed and slightly alcoholic. With some time it opens and the alcohol note disappears. The malt is then very spicy and the smoke is more pronounced than the rouge. Raisins in dark chocolate, roasted coffee, smoked ham and nutmeg. Behind it are herbal notes and clear oak cargo, as well as subtle sulfur from the sherry casks. Even with a lot of time, no real harmony in the glass wants to set. The flavors are, considered in isolation, nicely developed - but do not give a "big picture".
    • Taste
      Pleasantly creamy and soft - the typical Glen Els mouthfeel. Hazelnuts, dark berries, caramel and some smoke at the beginning. Then it gets spicier with pepper, ginger and nutmeg again. A very strong espresso closes the impression in the mouth.
    • Finish
      The medium-length finish starts with dark chocolate, espresso macchiato and bitter orange. A nutty sweetness quickly takes the lead and presents pleasant sherry aromas of raisins, dark berries, caramel fine spices.

  5. Smitty64 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      71 71


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