Glen Elgin 2006, 14 year old – Adelphi

Glen Elgin 2006

Although Adelphi is fairly high on my list of good bottlers, I haven’t reviewed it for quite some time. The last was this Longmorn and that review even dates from the first quarter of 2018, so it was imperative to make some changes here. It is admittedly a Speysider again, but this time I have a Glen Elgin 2006 for you.

Although Glen Elgin may not be on everyone’s radar, partly because there are so few official bottlings, it is one to keep an eye on. Quite a few nice indie bottlings have been released, such as this Glen Elgin 1997 or this Glen Elgin 1995. Especially the combination of sherry cask and Glen Elgin seems to do very well and although I often have a preference for a bourbon cask, it is actually with Glen Elgin exactly the other way around.

Especially the bottlings from the mid-90s were very good, but now that these are more difficult to obtain and are also becoming more expensive, I thought it might be worth trying some younger stuff from Glen Elgin.

This Glen Elgin has matured in a refill sherry cask and is bottled at 52.7% ABV. Cask no. 802271.

Glen Elgin 2006 tasting notes:

Nose: dried fruits at first, such as figs and raisins. Then fresh oranges and lemons. But also tobacco leaves and a hint of leather. A scent of charred wood.

Taste: again the dried fruits. But then it goes towards sweet cherries. Caramel fudge and acacia honey. This all is followed by some spices, such as crushed black pepper, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Finish: mid-long. Peppery. Black tea, nutmeg and honey. A sugary sweetness later on.

Perhaps a little less complex and it has not the distinct Glen Elgin character as I am used to from the mid-90s Glen Elgins (it’s there, but less), but it’s certainly very tasteful.

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