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Glen Elgin 12 Year Old is one of those Speyside drams that seems to perfectly encapsulate the region. Something of a cult malt, this distillery enjoys a loyal following, and it’s easy to see why. Whilst the exact maturation of this whisky is something of a mystery, it does appear to show signs of Sherry cask aging, with this juice serving up heaps of fruit, oak and subtle spices around a core of toasted malt.
The last of the many distilleries to be built in Speyside during the boom of the 1890s, Glen Elgin was designed by the legendary architect Charles Doig. When Glen Elginwas finished, he made the famous prediction that it would be the last new distillery in Speyside for 50 years – which proved correct!
Glen Elgin has six stills, which run into six wooden worm tub condensers – usually a recipe for a thick, muscular spirit, but here the equipment is run in a way to retain lightness. Throughout its history, the distillery’s malt has been prized by blenders, with Glen Elgin particularly associated with the popular White Horse blend.
These days, we’re lucky enough to be able to taste this fantastic whisky as a single malt, with some critics and drinkers going as far as to acclaim it as Diageo’s best Speyside distillery. This 12 Year Old expression is the distillery’s signature, and an absolute beauty, illustrating everything it does well.
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Rich & sweet malt, unashamedly showing its barley origins. Delicate whiffs of juicy tart fruits - green apples and unripe pineapple. Light beeswax and dusty parchment paper.
Well rounded with more fruity notes continuing from the nose. Light hints of vanilla sponge cake, flowers, mocha and gingerbread add depth and intrigue.
A medium-long finish, boasting fruity notes that become more nutty-woody with roasted chestnuts and sandalwood. An oily sweetness lingers.