Whisky Review: The Whisky Agency Glen Elgin 1995 Aged 23 Years

 Style: Fruit bomb

Nose:
Extremely clean, icy and fruity aroma. Pineapple infused into pear drops, passion fruits syrup, lime zest, jello and even a hint of overripe kiwi berries all shining magnificently. Very good. Melted honeycomb gently pouring over the fruits, and all the sweetness aligns neatly and presides over a frosty spearmint. Mineral notes, wood incense at its tail. Seems like we have a fruit bomb here.

Palate:
Similar to what the nose has suggested, more pineapples, pear drops, tropical fruits and lime all rolling out onto the palate nicely. Peppermint continues to power the expression, whereas malt comes in the form of cornflakes. Some vanilla pods, then the oak barges in, the dryness sits in and spreads across quickly. Wood planks, white pepper and saw dust accumulate for quite a while. The bitterness gradually wanes, leaving a trail of lemon tart and passion fruit pavlova.

Finish:
Oak slowly losing its grip and allow the brilliant fruity esters shine. A final sip of Pina Colada to give a slight bitter-sweet finish.

Thoughts:
A rather elegant fruit bomb we have here. All the fruity elements line up neatly and strike a beautiful chord together. Good power balance but perhaps the oak lost a bit control on the palate which affects the expression, well, some Speysiders are prone to that, it’s something you can shake off after a few drams. Otherwise an exceptional drop from this distillery.

[48.2% | Independent Bottling | Single Cask | 1995 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Natural Colour | Hogshead | *+]

☆ [Recommended]

-Esmond

PS: Feels like it is a sister cask of the Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Glen Elgin from 2 years ago.

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