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.

Dram Review: SMWS 85.48 Glen Elgin “Prickly Pear Punch”

[60.8%・9 Years Old・Distilled in 2007・Bottled in 2017・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 238 Bottles]

Nose:

Kinda on the sharp and prickly side, but there’s a fruity edge, overripe pears, violets and a white floral tone somewhat mellowing out the spirit hotness, a blueberry tart note in time alongside aloe vera jelly.

Palate & Finish:

Bursting with bubble gum with some sizzling white pepper, green apples drizzled with light strawberry syrup as spices take over.

Vanilla cream atop blueberries and strawberries in the finish.

Thoughts:

Overall a raw but appealing profile despite being off-balance.

✓ [Recommended if you like the distillery/style]

-Nicholas

Whisky Review: Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Series Glen Elgin 20 Years Old “Madama Butterfly”

Style: Sweet and Spicy

Nose:
Icy spearmint swooping down onto lightly stewed tropical fruits on the nose. Quite peppery and sharp, but the ester fruits are holding up very nicely in the middle. White flower coming through, banana, dried mangoes and malt cake on the subtle side. Bit shy but also sweet and alluring.

Palate:
A spicy arrow pierces through the palate, then we are bestowed with some beautiful sweetness. Icing sugar on a lemon sponge cake, lily, pineapple margarita, lightly stewed tropical fruits, aloe vera and boiled lemon flowing along. A final bite of delicious malt cake. Gentle wood smoke at the back, chocolate chip cookie. Finishes with a touch of oak.

Finish:
Spices with a minimal hint of earthiness. Malt, lemon cup cake with a dab of chocolate.

Thoughts:
A very elegant Glen Elgin. Slightly sharp on the nose but mmmm, an array of dazzling sweetness delivered on the palate. Very tasty. Classic Speyside reaching a rather high ceiling here. Very, very close to 2 stars. Well done.

☆ [Recommended]

[51.9% • 2016 Bottled • 1995 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Cask Number: 67 • 135 of 185 Bottles • *]

-Esmond

Tasted at Whisky & Alement, Melbourne