Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tasting: Maltbarn. No. 76. Glen Elgin - 22 yrs

I recently discovered the German Independent Bottler Maltbarn and have to admit, that I got a bit of a fling for their bottlings, if not to say a major crush. Actually this Glen Elgin is the fourth expression from Maltbarn that I’m reviewing here on SOWC, and the three previously bottles received a score of 79, 89 and 90 points on our 100 point scale, so I’m really looking forward to tasting this one.

Admittedly I have actually never tasted a whisky from Glen Elgin before, but maybe that’s not so shady after all, because currently Glen Elgin’s only official bottling is a 12 year old, the rest of the whisky being produced by Glen Elgin, makes for the key component in the White Horse blended whisky. But that’s the true beauty of the Indie Bottlers, they give us the opportunity to taste whiskies that we, under other circumstances, would never have had the opportunity to taste. This Glen Elgin carries a majestically 22 old age statement, distilled in 1995, bottled from a single bourbon cask, at 53,5 % Cask Strength, in Maltbarn’s traditional Non Chill-Filtered/No added colouring profile. 

The Glen Elgin distillery was founded in 1898 in the heart of Speyside by James Carle and former manager of Glenfarclas William Simpson, but only a short year after starting producing it was sold to Glen Elgin-Glenlivet Distillery Co Ltd but closed down aging a couple of months later. Through the next 60 years, the distillery changes hands a couple of times, finally being licensed to White Horse Distillers Ltd. – now a part of Diageo’s portfolio.

We have previously described the Independent Bottler; Maltbarn. Click here if you want to learn more!

Maltbarn. NO. 76
Glen Elgin – 22 yrs

Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
From A Single Cask
Non Chill-Filtered/No added colouring

Distillery: Glen Elgin
Bottler: Maltbarn
Region: Speyside
Age: 22 Years Old
Proof/ABV: 53,5%
Distilled: 1995
Dk price: $190USD/1199Dkk.  
Release: Limited 148 bottles release
Cask: Bourbon

Points: 89/100

Very accommodating nose, that despite its high abv at 53,5% doesn’t show signs of any unpleasant alcohol burn. Deep layers of honey, vanilla, toffee and some pleasant notes of muskmelon and clementine.  
Mouth coating, chewy, with and ancient oaky taste mixed with black peppercorns, grapefruit, citrus fruit and pipe tobacco. 

A very dry white wine finish that seems to stay with you forever or actually more like that unique pinewood flavor you find in Greek Retsina wine.

Overall impression:
Incredible balanced whisky that drinks amazingly well without a single drop of water. I dig it… I dig it, a hell of a lot

Review By: Hasse Berg
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This sample was graciously sent to me by for the purposes of this review.

Son of Winston Churchill has kindly been granted permission to use the photo in this review.