Glen Elgin 22 year old

Apr 11

Glen Elgin 22 year old from Cadenheads

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Mashtun notes

On the nose this was fruity, spicy, floral, and had hints of celery, cucumber, and mint. The palate gave us burnt sugar, molasses, dark fruits, and spicy mulled wine. The finish was medium, fruity, and had subtle hints of rum. This dram has a beautiful amber colour and thick full bodied texture. Letting this dram breathe doesn’t do much but a little water really brings it to life. A little water opens up the nose and brings together all the fruity, floral, spicy flavours. It also enhances the rum notes. This is a very unusual dram that proves the marriage of a Speyside whisky and a rum cask can work, and work well. We really enjoyed the contrasts in this whisky and it certainly challenged our palates. If you are lucky enough to get the chance to try this, don’t pass it up!

Overall Mash Tun Score = 72/100

Glen Elgin 22 year old Cadenheads

Scotch Whisky is known the world-over by the Brand names of large blending companies. These blends are the mixture of the products of various distilleries which were originally independent family owned units. Until the middle of the 20th century there were many small firms that bottled and sold the pure product of the local distilleries. Since Victorian times the firm of William Cadenhead has provided this service. Cadenheads never chill-filter or chemically alter the products that they bottle nor do they add colouring agents.

Notes: 56.8% ABV -  Distilled using a ‘wormtub’ (spiral tube for condensing the spirit quicker) to create a ‘meatier’ more full bodied dram. Around £85 per bottle at time of tasting.

Glen Elgin 22 year old Cadenheads

Nose:

 A slight burn and then violets, caramel, fruit, and celery

Palate:

Spiced rum, dark fruits, and mulled wine

Finish:

Short, sweet, fruity and spicy

Colour:

Amber

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Slightly mellows the nose

Water:

Brings out rum notes on the nose and palate

Overall score and comments:

69/100 – I am not usually one for rum casks but this one is very drinkable!

Glen Elgin 22 year old Cadenheads

Nose:

Ester notes, cherries, black forest gateau, mint leaves, spices, dark rum, vanilla

Palate:

Very sweet, spongecake, molasses, dark fruits, tea

Finish:

Lengthy, maintains the fruity notes

Colour:

Rosey amber

Texture:

Full bodied

Air:

Not a lot

Water:

Rum notes coming through stronger after water, really opens up the nose

Overall score and comments:

77/100 – I found this very drinkable, it has a fantastic dark rum flavour that balances nicely with the more familiar Speyside notes

Glen Elgin 22 year old Cadenheads

Nose:

Fruity, spicy, sweet rum, and a little cucumber

Palate:

Burnt Demerara sugar and spices.

Finish:

Slightly sour with rum notes at the end

Colour:

Maple syrup

Texture:

Medium/thick

Air:

Not a lot

Water:

Rounds off this dram very nicely. It brings all the flavours together

Overall score and comments:

69/100 – A braw dram that is fruity ad right up my street. Need to get myself a bottle of this!

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