Glen Elgin 1998-2014, Sherry casks, 46% – Gordon & MacPhail

Generally, I consider Glen Elgin to be a nice and gentle whisky, with fruity notes and some nice freshness to it. In the back of my sample cupboard I found this 15 year old (or 16) from Gordon & MacPhail that I got from the bottler years ago. Seven years, likely.

These random sample bottles are great for on holiday, since I don’t intend to reuse to bottles and I can finish them in one go. A nice clean-up session, if you will.

Image from Whiskybase

So, a very renowned bottler bottling something from sherry casks, at a reasonable age. Sounds good, right?

Lots of grain and sweeter citrus fruits. Dusty barley with a dusting of oak sawdust. Orchard fruits with a slightly bitter hint of apple seeds.

Barley, cracked black pepper corns, dry oak. Some lemon, the pulp, the seeds and the pith. Dry, old apples, red citrus, oak.

The finish is very similar to the palate with the balance between fruit, spice and oak being very well done.

I didn’t get any of the sherry cask notes I was expected. However, I liked this whisky anyway. It has the expected fruity notes, some bitter notes and quite some oak influence. A combination of flavors that work well.

It’s still available for some 115, which isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s also an older bottling. I do expect, though, that you can get this profile from Glen Elgin a bit cheaper.


Thanks to G&M for the sample, and sorry for the ridiculously late review…


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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