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02 Feb 2012

Glen Elgin 1975 (Angel’s Choice)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Elgin

Here’s another one of these interesting 35 cl. Angel’s Choice releases by Malts of Scotland. It seems this Glen Elgin 1975 is only found in Belgium.


Glen Elgin 1975 Angel's ChoiceGlen Elgin 1975 (46,8%, Malts of Scotland ‘Angel’s Choice’ 2011, bourbon hogshead MoS 11024, 47 btl., 35 cl.)

Nose: great profile, very polished. Lots of furniture polish really. It takes a while to open up. Then it shows subdued yet elegant fruits (melon, yellow apple) and honey. There’s a soft herbal side to it as well: mint, heather and chamomile. Mouth: gentle and fruity at first (pear, citrus, apricot) but quickly gaining spiciness (pepper, liquorice). Some waxy notes and a little oak resin, sure. Finish: long, still pretty fruity with hints of herbal tea.

An excellent Speysider, totally in line with earlier Glen Elgin 1975. Plenty of fruits and herbs. Around € 90 (exactly 50% of what a full bottle would cost) so here’s an opportunity to experience this profile without breaking the bank.

Score: 88/100

Glen Elgin 1975 (Angel’s Choice) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-02-02
  • walter

    I am sure they are all excellent stuff.
    But this is my idea of it.
    How to make more money from one cask.
    Reduce the bottle size and increase the price.

  • Ruben

    Where exactly do you see the price increase? We’ve seen a handful of Glen Elgin 1975s before and they were already € 160 (WhF 2010), € 180 (TWA 2011) and € 190 (DD 2011). I haven’t checked all Angel’s Choices yet but I think they’re simply 50% of what a full bottle would cost.
    I agree (and regret) that the price of whisky in general is getting higher year by year, but I don’t think the 35cl bottles in itself are only a trick to make more money.



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