Glen Elgin 1975 (Maltbarn)

We’ve seen a batch of Glen Elgin 1975 around 2010-2011 but as often with these gems, their supply faded away and they disappeared from the indie market. Now Maltbarn releases another cask, which was acquired in the same period but held back to be bottled for a special occasion.



Glen Elgin 1975 - MaltbarnGlen Elgin 40 yo 1975
(48,5%, Maltbarn 2015, 73 btl.)

Nose: lots of waxy notes at first. Polished oak and leather, until it starts growing wider and fruitier. Mainly orchard fruits: apples, gooseberries, citrus too. A little honey. There’s also a chalky touch and some mint, which make it fresher and younger than 40 years.

Mouth: same feeling. Oily texture, with a green fruitiness and a minerality which work well together. A fair dose of oak, with some ginger and green tea. Hints of banana. Some interesting herbal notes that I can’t really pinpoint. Traces of tobacco as well.

Finish: long, drier. A little chamomile? Herbal liqueurs?

While it’s not particularly better than the ones from 2010-2011, it’s still very good and managed to turn 40 without getting over-oaked. Well done. Around € 400.

Score: 90/100