Liquid Art is a fairly new bottler from Belgium. A whisky guy I met a couple of times at Maltstock (Serge Reijnders) is part of it and was kind enough to send me some samples recently.
I just checked their website and they seem to be doing well since of their four current bottlings, three have already sold out. Not strange with two of those being a 1987 Bunnahabhain and a 1997 Clynelish. Those two will be reviewed shortly.
I’m not sure what it is with Glen Elgin. It’s one of those whiskies that’s always under my radar, even though almost all of the ones I tried were good to great. They seem to be a distillery that doesn’t get much shelf space in The Netherlands. I might have to visit them when I am in Scotland in November (yes, that has finally been booked).
Anyway, the Liquid Art labels are pretty ‘in your face’ with screaming colors that look more of modern art than of anything classically associated with whisky. This one shows a stag beetle in purple. While that is something completely different from what I’m used to, I kind of like it.
It starts of with straw and sawdust, then the heat of white pepper. It has a certain ‘green’ scent to it with plants, wet wood. There’s a light touch of hazelnut, oak and acorns. Later I get hints of dry leaves and autumn.
The palate is very sharp (much sharper than <50%) with lots of peppery heat (the white pepper kind, so little flavor from that part), leafy herbs and plants, that green thing again. Acorns, autumn leaves. Quite spicy with again that hazelnut hint, Brazil nut as well this time.
The finish is rich and mellows quickly with flavors of oak and a hint of vanilla. Warm and long.
I wanted to state that this is a very classic whisky, but I’m not sure whether that’s true or not. That greenness is not something you come across often, and while it’s something unexpected, I really liked it. The flavor of oak was very specific too, in the way that I crossed out ‘wood’ for ‘oak’.
I really enjoy this whisky, I even tried it with water since I thought the palate was so sharp. Unfortunately that took something away of the green flavors in favor of more generic bourbon cask flavors of vanilla and pastry. While those flavors are nice, you can find them in practically any whisky so I enjoyed it more neat. Much more.
What’s even more interesting about this whisky is that the price was initially set at 75 bucks. For a 19 year old single cask I find that rather cheap and wish I had gotten myself a bottle.
Glen Elgin 19yo, 1995-2014, 49.3%, Liquid Art (Stag Beetle label). Sold out but went for € 75
Thanks to Serge for this sample. I loved it! You don’t have a bottle left for me, I take it?