GLEN ELGIN 16, Cask Strength at 56.4%

Region: Speyside
Distillation Year: 1995
Bottling Year: 2012
ABV: 56.4%
Cask Type: Bourbon Cask

The Glen Elgin Distillery is located at Longmorn near Elgin and went into production in 1900. Water is drawn from springs near Millbuies Loch. The licence is held by White Horse Distillers Ltd, part of Diageo plc.

 Golden in colour, the nose has hints of perfume, barley sugar and cocoa. Bourbon sweetness combines with chocolate on the palate and the finish is smooth, lingering and full of chocolate and honey flavours. A great dram.

This bottling has been done at cask strength and without the whisky having been chill-filtered, thus retaining the full flavour of the bourbon cask in which it has been matured.

Independent review from Whiskyfun: 86 points

Four stars Colour: white wine.

Nose: you bet, this is almost totally naked, very close to the barley, with just a little smoke and a touch of wax and oil, then more cut grass. Pure, crystal-clean malt whisky from some great stills. With water: I wouldn't say it's the greatest swimmer ever but these added touches of lemonade and chalk are pleasant.

Mouth (neat): excellent mouth feel, this is almost plain beer, only at a much higher strength. There's even a feeling of hops. Also orange zests and a little honey to make it, well, sweeter. With water: very good, malt and grass and lemon with a touch of wax. Raw and natural.

Finish: long, all on malted barley, with only the slightest touch of oak.

Comments: does what it says on the label: "A honest bottle and a good friend" 'Robert Burns). SGP:342 - 86 points.

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