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Glen Elgin 1997 Cask Strength, G&M Connoisseurs Choice

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It's time to review the next Gordon & MacPhail sample that we received a few weeks ago. This one again is part of the new Connoisseurs Choice range. Today we review the 20yo Glen Elgin.

Last year we tasted a Glen Elgin 1998 from the old CC-range and we both were surprised about this nice whisky. That version was bottled at 46% and was aged for at least 15 years in refill sherry casks. 

The sample that fills our Glencairn now was distilled in October 1997. A firstfill sherry butt (cask 4331) was filled with the new make spirit and was carefully placed in the G&M warehouses. It laid there untill it was bottled in February at an age of 20 years. G&M chose to bottle this whisky at cask strength with an ABV of 55,7%. As Always without artificial coloring or the use of chillfiltration.

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Notes by Peter

  • Nose: Orange, sweet, raisins, cinnamon, ripe bananas, sherry and oak.
  • Taste: Oh..there's a lot of taste, orange, raisins, coffee, choclate, oak, red fruit, plums, spices and even some menthol.
  • Finish: A long sweet finish with sherry and spices.

This one is wonderful. I really love it!!

Notes by Jeroen

  • Nose: Smooth nose, milkchocolate raisins, tangerine peel, a hint of caramel and after some time ripe cherries appear
  • Taste: Creamy mouthfeel with some spicy cinnamon notes, a bit of a nutty influence, dried fruits, chocolate and cherries
  • Finish: A lovely finish, smooth and sweet with some dried fruits

 This 20yo whisky appears to be a decade older. Very well balanced, no overpowering sherry influence. Love it!

Thanks Gordon & MacPhail for this wonderful sample!

You can also read about the 1998 version if you click here.

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