Glen Elgin 26yo (1984/2011) AD. Rattray

Simply Enjoyable

When this dram was made back in 1984, the sector was struggling with an acute crisis. But for Glen Elgin, as one of the most wanted constituent of Scotland’s favourite blends, it was business as usual.
Charles Doig’s last Speyside distillery might not be looker like her contemporaries, but they sure know how to make a tasty spirit here. Let’s see what AD. Rattray’s take on this classic is.

elginDescription: from distillation year ‘84 and matured for 26 years in a Bourbon hogshead (#2861).

Nose: a gentle fresh lemony nose, some oak tannins in the form of sawdust are mixed in. I can also detect a faint whiff of orange blossom, but the leading aroma is that of honeyed peaches with a rosemary touch.

Mouth: oily body, but grassy palate. Homologous with the nose this bouquet mostly consisting of subtle alcoholic stings, luscious honey, bitter grapefruit and tannins from the oak (One thing is sure, the 26 odd years in that Bourbon hogshead left their mark on this dram).

Finish: short and bitter, some notes of dried barley with just that bit of orange peel.


The Verdict: It is a great nose, but we’ve seen this before haven’t we?  
I really want to say more about this whisky, it is an easy yet powerful and tasty dram with a lot of fruity tannins, but not too complex. Let’s call it simple and enjoyable and leave it at that.
Score: 86

Nose: 23

Taste: 22
Finish: 20 Balance: 21
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house