For generations this little-known Speyside distillery has lent its distinctive flavour to one of the world’s most famous blends. Fortunately for all Scotch lovers, today Glen Elgin whisky’s honey-sweet character is available to sample in its own right. Glen Elgin is an unusually distinctive Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, from a little known traditional distillery, that finds its home 10 miles south of where the river Lossie exits to the sea. Founded at the end of the whisky boom in 1898, Glen Elgin was designed by the distillery architect Charles Doig of Elgin. Today, as the summer house-martins swoop among the worm tubs at the distillery on the edge of the Royal Burgh of Elgin, little seems to have changed in over a hundred years.
Glen Elgin 12 Year Old's aroma has some sweetness to it. Almonds, or marzipan? Some orange juice. Perhaps a trace of sawn wood. With water, Speyside esters, nut oil and buttery fat, prawn crackers, traces of fresh pears; a whiff of smoke or steam. This whisky is dense in character. It has a smooth to medium body with a pleasant mouthfeel. The flavours are Sweetish on the palate, then dryish, with some acidity between; all is well balanced. This whisky has a dryish, balanced finish.
This Glen Elgin works best served in a traditional whisky glass, neat or with a little water. The ‘fruitcake in a bottle’ needs a sweet partner that won’t overload the palate. We suggest vanilla cheesecake or warm creme brûlée.