Distillery: Glen Elgin
Whisky Type: Single Malt
Age: 18 Year Old
Maturation: From two batches, one using pombe yeast in ex-bodega casks & the other using the more conventional cerevisiae yeast in refill European oak butts.
Availability: 5,352 bottles released globally, 1 available at The Whisky Mill
Bottle Size: 700ml
Producing whisky in a Speyside distillery comes with a lot of expectation. Good thing is the team at Glen Elgin know just how to handle it - by producing amazing single malts like this 18-Year-Old bottle (1998). It’s unique in that it is made from two different yeasts, before being distilled in both sherry and European oak casks, an experimental process that has paid off in spades.
Flavour Profile: Nose
Inherently interesting, the opening is mild, sweet & rich, perhaps from the Pombe yeast. A tone of Greek yoghurt & honey ensues with delicious notes of violet & blackcurrant.
Flavour Profile: Palate
Still creamy & somewhat honeyed, a burst of sweetness prevails. Honeycomb, fresh apple & brown sugar characterise the mid palate as spice builds with a succulent array of clove, cinnamon & orange peel.
Flavour Profile: Finish
A medium length finish encompasses crunchy nut brittle & a dry anise laden spice. Wafts of wet campfire & dried apple dissipate into a lingering sweet oak conclusion.