A very tasty looking bottling from little known Speyside distillery Glen Elgin. This formed a part of the 2017 Special Releases Outturn.
Glen Elgin is known for its rather complex production, with uses clear wort, lengthy fermentation process, and trickle distillation which reduces sulphur, then counterbalanced through the use of worm tubs, adding a meaty, muscular quality. The result is a weighty spirit with a strong, fruity character.
This is a particularly interesting bottling, as it vats together two whiskies produced using different yeast strains. One spirit was made using Pombe and aged in former sherry casks, and the other using the more conventional cerevisiae yeast and aged in refill European oak butts.
The result is a deeply creamy Speyside whisky which leans towards the estery fruits. The dram serves up notes of vanilla custard, toffee, cinnamon spice, sugar, anise, dark oak, bananas, sultanas, prunes, mango, apple, some toasted nuts, and a slightly herbaceous edge.
Bottled at a natural cask strength of 54.8% ABV, and without chill filtration or colouration, this is one of the finest Glen Elgin bottlings you are likely to taste.