ABV: 40 %
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mix of plums and sweet malt sitting in a quite small center. The whole is spirity and sharp at first impact. After a while the center part shifts towards black and red berries together with some baking spices. There’s a black liquorice and blueberry mix forming which is quite nice, but otherwise there’s just a vanilla note and a generic apple/pear fruitiness coming through from the background. This is a decent nose. The cover-up hides any metallic note, but it feels a bit sharp and underaged underneath.
Mouth: It starts out very mild but with a sharp lemon in the back. There are immidiate notes of malt, vanilla and spices coming through as well as a mix of some ripe and fresh fruits. There’s an undifinable note which seems to come from the casks which is rather unpleasant. There’s a nice oakiness floating around somewhere around the edges and there’s a not so nice bitterness in the back. The longer it’s kept in the mouth, the more the unpleasant notes take over.
Finish: There’s a short dip in flavour through the tranisition and it once again becomes sharp and spirity before it returns to the same flavour profile as before with ripe and fresh fruits mixed with baking spices. Everything dies down quite quickly and leaves a surprisingly nice oakiness with a hazelnuts quality to it. The late finish is certainly the best part of an otherwise bumpy journey. This is a budget whisky and it shines through throughout the journey. There are some good flavours to be found, but the cracks in the armour are apparent.
This version of the Elgin Classic is aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels and is finished in ex-Cabernet red wine casks.
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