Glen Els Diplomat 2016

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Woodsmoked BT
Stated Age
05 years old
1st Fill Amarone + Refill Malaga Cask
Number of bottles
51.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Oct 2016 11:06 am by whiskyinstitut
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 79.50

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114 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Els Diplomat 2016

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.37 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The typical maltiness is a bit restricted in this one.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Blackberry, caramel, peach yoghurt, dough and smoke. Rather shy for a Glen Els. With water a whiff of tobacco.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pastry, dark cherry, blackberry, caramel and smoke. The pastry turns into the last yeasty bit of a tripel beer when adding water.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Cocoa, caramel, blueberry and Bastogne cookies.

  2. LordBellamy scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    with water: first sweeter and more fruity, but also more wood and some soap? works artificially

    Conclusion: great sweet wine barrels, unfortunately not well balanced, added sweetness, little complexity, looks more like a liqueur
    • Nose
      81 81
      Cocktail cherry, raspberry, burnt caramel, light smoke, rum raisins, robbery nut chocolate, very sweet, not very complex, looks set
    • Taste
      82 82
      sweet red fruits, strong alcohol, oak, caramel, chocolate, rum raisins
    • Finish
      80 80
      first very sweet, but it is fast, there are bitter and burnt wood notes

  3. SimpleSample scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very surprised (positive) sensational start. great nose and taste.
    • Nose
      Sherry ... some smoke ... fresh ... bright fruit ... sweet ...
    • Taste
      Sherry ... wood ... complex ... wow :-) some chocolate
    • Finish
      dry .... intense .... clear ..

  4. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An unconventional dram, because of the combination of earthy, slightly smoky even, and fruity. It is a young, powerful whisky, with clearly sweet fruity notes in the taste, but a slightly bitter and sour finish. Yet very successful.
    • Nose
      Quite complex: earthy and fruity at the same time. A soft smoke scent, such as in Lapsang Souchong and pu-erh tea. In addition, showing old, almost rotten wood, and a dunnage warehouse. This almost seems to be a maturation on a fortified wine barrel. In addition, some sharp alcoholic notes (still a young whisky?), Which gradually change into red fruit. I am thinking of cherries, raspberries, stewed plums, but also cassis. In addition, some fresher notes of citrus, and a spiciness that reminds me most of cinnamon and anise. Later, more and more vanilla is set.
    • Taste
      Good drinkable without water, very fresh with plenty of red fruit. Cherry and raspberry predominate. Then light vanilla, chocolate, wet wood, pickled raisins and spiciness of pepper and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      upset, and dominate sour and wry a bit. Tannins, overripe grapes, dark cherries, lime juice, ginger and cinnamon.

  5. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. AquaVitae scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A very enjoyable dram. Maybe not the most complex but very much to my liking.

    Tasted blind during HWF VBT-9
    • Nose
      Very modest. Sourdough bread, white whine vinegar and a litlle caramel. A little water brings out the fresh pears and Nivea creme.
    • Taste
      Raisins, figs and chocolat. The oak aging seems to dominate the distillate, but I really enjoy the taste. I'm guessing this one is not too a high strenght, because it is very potable without added water. A few drops of water converges the chocolat to milk chocolat and let dried fruits shine through.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and very smooth

  7. fgg scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. fgg scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I think the dram is a little punishment for me. Stale, strong, brutal.
    • Nose
      The slightly higher ABV is noticeable but not much. Strong, musty, cardboard air. Peat. Sweet undertones.
    • Taste
      Strong. Bit burning. Furthermore, something flat. Can not recognize much. Muffig.
    • Finish
      Rough on the tongue, slightly burning.

  9. Willum scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Complex and powerful but slightly too dry and 'woody' to really please me. Tasted at blind tasting (VBT9-2)
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet but also bitter. I smell old wood (old oak), grains and black pepper.
    • Taste
      Wood, slightly bitters but also confit ginger, dates and a little bit of honey come to the fore during tasting.
    • Finish

  10. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    HWF VBT-9 (Blind tasting) Sample 2
    • Nose
      Fudge, chocolate, cherries, black currant, yoghurt, oily, rose hip, syrup and amarone wine.
    • Taste
      Fruity, molasses and fish oil (off-note).
    • Finish
      Drying and sweet with some raisins and black currant.


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