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Claxton’s The Single Cask Glen Elgin 1995 (20 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead 1609-1671/ Dist: Nov 1995 Btl: Oct 2016?/ Tasted: Nov 2016

Deep and honeyed aromas with hints of smoke, malt, sweet barley, apricot and gritty but soft coffee’d oak. With time the oak becomes wonderfully mature and displays that lovely effusive violety and sawdusty character, which really gives it a lift.

The palate opens with the oak – vanilla, toffee and sawdusty notes. The subtle citrus follows to balance the sweetness and it allows some lovely, juicy apricot and barley to come through on the middle. Long, slightly mouth-watering and remaining juicy with lingering violets, dusty oak and a little, drying, grippy tannins.


Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Elgin 1992 (21 year old) 51.5%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0051

An evocative nose of sweet barley and sawdusty oak. Lovely depth with hints of liquid Orange, cinnamon, straw and nutty honey. Quite fragrant and creamy with time.

The palate opens with some lightly syrup coated barley, apricot, sweet spice, coffee, almond and hints of bitter dark chocolate. Superb complexity of rich fruit. Lovely mineral finish with a mouth-watering sweet fruitiness and touch of sawdusty oak. Wow. Those herbal spices linger.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Elgin 1995 (21 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0413/ DL11596

Dist: Dec 1995 Btl: Mar 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

An intensely mineral and citric nose with subtle baked fruit notes and a touch of barley, straw and earth. The oak is pretty subtle but it has a lovely, mature, dusty edge and with time hints of violet and hyacinth appear. All told it’s wonderfully fresh and vibrant for its age.

The palate is as fresh and citric as the nose suggests with barley and lovely mature oak and baked fruit notes. Vibrant and edgy with a superb depth. Long and remaining citric and vibrant with a very mineral finish. The oak returns on the after-taste along with some sweeter barley and violets.

Mackillop’s Choice Glen Elgin 1990 (20 year old) 54.2%

Bourbon Cask/ Dist: 1990 Btl: June 2010/ Tasted: Aug 2012

Quite a rich, dense, fruit and slight sweet nose. Again quite alcoholic with some almost gristy barley, toffee, earth, spice, manure and a touch of peat. With time it becomes even denser, with the oak adding some crème brulee notes.

The palate is pleasantly fleshy and full with some creamy apricot and a touch of banana. Lightly tropical with grist, alcohol and a touch of drying tannin. The intrusive alcohol masks the finish but one can sense some juicy orange fruit waiting to be released by dilution.

With water that luscious orange note duly emerges along with a touch of honey and granulated sugar. Pleasntly sweet now the alcohol has diminished but still quite oily, earthy an manure. The palate is unfortunately a bit watery, which was a surprise. Yes there’s some pleasant candied orange but it has become a bit vague. There’s some spice but it’s body has gone south, although in saying that it does have quite an elegant finish.

Mackillops Choice Glen Elgin 1989 (25 year old?) 52.4%

Bourbon Cask 48/ Tasted: May 2014

A gorgeously, luscious an honeyed nose. Orange blossom honey mingles with white fruit and hints of buttery cashew nuts, plus a touch of citrus conserve. The oak adds a beautiful veneer of vanilla. Poised, evocative and lovely!

The palate is gentle and soft, opening with the toffee’d oak and barley. The light, floral honey emerges but the oak is definitely in the ascendance. A little citrus and the alcohol attempt to inject some freshness but again the oak is dominating. The citrus does eventually break through on the finish, but the oak has compromised the complexity that the nose showed.

James MacArthur Old Masters Glen Elgin 1995 (16 year old) 56.4%

Bourbon Cask 1660/ Dist: 1995 Btl: 2013/ Tasted: Dec 2013

Quite floral aromas of midnight violet, Satsuma and malt along with a light treacle note. Full and grainy with nippy spices, lightly sawdusty oak and a touch of cereal/ flax.  Giving it some time in the glass allows the aromas to deepen and begin to show more maturity and deliciously sawdusty oak.

The palate is soft and malty, liberally laden with dusty spices and sawdusty oak, which gives it a feeling of greater age. Tart and taught on the middle with apricot, straw and some light herbal notes. The finish is so juicy and mouth-watering with a hint of bittering oak and midnight violets.

Dilution emphasises the sweet tangerine/ Satsuma fruit, whilst the palate shows more juicy citrus and barley whilst brining out a touch more spices in the finish. However I feel there isn’t really the necessity for water.

James MacArthur Old Masters Glen Elgin 1991 (17 year old)

Sherry Cask 2598/ Dist: 1991 Btl: 2009/ Tasted: May 2010

Exceptionally clean, slightly leafy sherry cask. Plenty of robust coffee, liquorice and earthy-spices, mingle with pure molten honey. Very fruity with a delightful sweetness, a touch of malt and oak vanillins, spearmint and a slight perfumed/ floral note.

Delicately sherried, again a touch leafy with huge coffee grains marauding and the tannins building pleasantly. It becomes exceedingly leafy on the middle with that spearmint note appearing along with an undercurrent of earthy barley. A wonderfully clean cask with a slight botanical and bitter toffee finish.

With water the nose opens with a joyous sugar frosted tangerine/ satsuma melange. This citrus thread subdues the cask but it comes back with a spicy dark, liquorice/ toffee note. The palate is lighter and a touch more oilier, yet still robust. A wonderfully clean sherry cask.

Murray McDavid Glen Elgin 1991 (13 year old) 46.3%

Refill Sherry/ Dist: 1991 Btl Feb 2004/ Tasted: Nov 2005

A powerful, rich and fruity nose with earthy, sherry and vegetal overtones. A touch of menthol, creamy oak and sugarcoated fruits. Soft on the palate, full of rich, smooth, sherried fruit. Deep, viscous and balanced, surprisingly smoky (no hint of that on the nose!), a touch of peat, charcoal, earth and salt. Very long and very good.

Murray McDavid Glen Elgin 1991 (13 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist 1991 Btl: Sept 2004

A clean, youthful nose of perfumed white fruit along with a touch of salt and creamy oak. Pretty straightforward with a late tangerine note. The palate is light and opens with the American oak.

Like the nose the palate is somewhat straightforward but it has some pleasant peppery white fruit moments but the oak is the main theme. Good length with a salty, white chocolate finish.

Gordon & MacPhail ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ Glen Elgin 1995 (12 year old) 45%

Bourbon Cask/ Dist: 1995 Btl: 2007/ Tasted: July 2009

Delightfully grassy and citrusy nose with a touch of light earthy-peat and some orange fruit. Creamy/ buttery oak follows with a touch of white chocolate and late peppery spice. Lovely balance and complexity. Soft, smooth and honeyed on the palate. Delicate yet substantial and mouth filling with citrus, honey and a developing spice note. Long, crisp and piquant. Very nice with a touch of salt.

Gordon & MacPhails ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ Glen Elgin 1996 (14 year old) 43%

Refill Sherry/ Dist: Oct 1996 Btl: Oct 2010/ Tasted: June 2011

A huge nose of dusty and leafy sherry, with a distinct herbal dénouement. A gentle sherry monster, but definitely not one dimensional as it has a lovely honeyed depth and developing walnuts and spice notes.

The palate is soft and opens with some very fresh and slightly leafy sherry followed by toasted nuts and wood tannins. A piquant middle puts the breaks on the sugars and stops it overwhelming the palate. Seriously clean and deep with a lovely, waxy, honeyed finish and no shortage of playful spices. An exceptional sherried dram.

Gordon & MacPhail ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ Glen Elgin 1998 (16 year old) 46%

Refill Sherry/ Dist: 1998 Btl: 2014/ Re-Tasted: Feb 2018

The nose is quite dense with plenty of dusty oak and aromatic barley. The sherry is very subtle and adds a smidge of dried fruit. Late notes of honey, toffee and mature, baked apple.

The palate opens with the creamy vanilla and barley. Some gentle, mature dried fruit arrives along with a touch of spice. The oak becomes quite nutty and sawdusty on the middle, with a touch of white chocolate and minerals. Long, juicy and quite citric with lingering lemon, apricot and dried fruit.

Dewar Rattray Glen Elgin 1984 (25 year old) 45.2%

Bourbon Cask 2863/ Dist: 1984 Btl: 2009/ Tasted: Sept 2009

A nose redolent of sumptuous orange, tangerine, Satsuma and a bucket full of citrus fruit. Thearomas have a lovely perfume to them along with some buzzy cinnamon spices and gobs of mature honey – Absolutely stunning! Over time thearomas move into the fleshy yellow territory….. Oooh yes!

The soft, mature honey dances on the palate, viscous orange fruit with loads of soft spices set up a stunning middle of granity fruit. It’s a bit ephemeral by damn it’s a gorgeous fleeting moment. The length is superb all granity crisp with hay and grass notes. Oh and still the spices go on!

A drop of water isn’t really needed but it brings out a lovely perfumed edge to thearomas along with some coffee and a candied gloss. This is a superb old Spey in the Glen Grant/ Rothes mould. The alcohol stops it becoming flabby and a touch of granity hardness keeps it real…….. man!!

Dewar Rattray Glen Elgin 1984 (26 year old) 48.7%

Bourbon Cask 2861/ Dist: 1984 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: Oct 2011

A beautiful, gentle and subtly honeyed nose with hints of dried grass, black pepper and manure. Oooh the honey is veritably dripping in lusciousness now! Monumentally deep with a backdrop of some lovely sawdusty oak. With time hints of white peach, liquorice root and butter-cream emerge and a slight botanical note from the spirit is balanced by the honey/ creaminess. 

Soft and gentle on the palate. Again subtly honeyed which builds rather pleasantly. Flecks of soft spice and wood tannins show on the middle and there is just enough alcohol to offset the now rampaging honey. My ones palate is salivating! Lovely depth and a great length with an ever so slightly bittering out at the death, but overall the balance is superb.

Diageo Classic Malts Glen Elgin 12 year old 43%

Tasted: Apr 2010

A fresh, fruity nose of apricot and yellow fruit with herbal honey accents. Pleasant with a slight creaminess. The palate opens with a mountain of oak, which to be frank pummels any other flavours into submission and bitters out the finish. It’s all a bit dull. I wondered whether this was just a poor batch as the colour had an odd olive oil green tinge to it.