Connoisseurs Choice

Glen Elgin

1998, Aged 17 Years

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 131
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Brand: Glen Elgin, Connoisseurs Choice, Gordon & MacPhail
Expression: 1998, Aged 17 Years
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 17 years old
Year of bottling: 2015
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail
Issue 131
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Earthy and meaty, sweet barbecue smoke, light but luscious honey and hints of green apple, lime and quince. Mature sawdusty oak appears. Beneath lies a touch of sumptuous sherried dried fruit.
Palate: Mature oak shows first but it’s not overwhelming. Sugar sprinkled barley, honey, apricot and lime with a touch of coffee, earth and subtle dried fruit.
Finish: What a finish! Mouthcoating oak and honey with some grippy coffeed tannin and green fruit. Dries a little towards the end but the honey balances and lingers.
Comment: Breath-takingly complex!
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: A dusty sherry bodega, cheesecloth, wax, and a hint of damp oak. Like being in the hold of a 19th Century trading ship.
Palate: A robust spirit intertwines with copper, vanilla, candied ginger, and white travel sweets. Some foam banana penny sweets.
Finish: Dusty, slightly bitter, and coppery.
Comment: There are elements of this which evoke vintage malts of yesteryear, however slightly bitter undertones let down the balance of this whisky.
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Glen Elgin Distillery, Longmorn, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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