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08 Apr 2011

Glen Elgin 1975 (Whisky Agency)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Elgin

The Glen Elgin 1975 by Berry Bros came in second in the recent televoting tasting by Fulldram. Here’s another Glen Elgin 1975 recently bottled by The Whisky Agency in the Landscapes series.

 

Glen Elgin 1975 TWA LandscapesGlen Elgin 35 yo 1975 (51,5%, The Whisky
Agency ‘Landscapes’ 2011, ex-bourbon hogshead, 186 btl.)

Nose: in a way, this reminds me of malts bottled in the 60’s or 70’s. It shows a typical dustiness and faint yeasty notes, as well as hints of dried flowers and chamomile. You have to give it 15 minutes and then it really starts talking. Unripe fruits and heather. Slightly less fruity than the Berry Bros version, or rather on a deeper layer, but the slightly higher strength makes it more aromatic as well. More bee pollen. A little mint and lots of herbal tea. Mouth: punchy, quite malty at first but also fruitier than on the nose. Citrus, mint and a little verbena. Nice spices. Herbal tea again. A bit of wood in the background. Finish: quite long, sweet lemon at first and then some drying spices.

Great old-fashioned Speyside style, no big fruitiness but plenty of green / herbal notes. Around € 170. Still available in some places.

Score: 88/100

Glen Elgin 1975 (Whisky Agency) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-04-08

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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