Glen Elgin 2007 14 year old Watt Whisky

Posted 23 July 2021 by Matt / In Glen Elgin
The Dramble reviews Watt Whisky Glen Elgin 2007 14 year old

Bottle Name: Glen Elgin 2007

ABV: 51.3%
Distillery: Glen Elgin
Bottler: Watt Whisky
Region: Speyside Age: 14

A key contributor to myriad blended whiskies, the popularity of Glen Elgin is currently on the rise – something which no doubt the large tranche of indy releases over the past 3-4 years has assisted with. Watt Whisky’s Glen Elgin was distilled in 2007, matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled earlier this year. A bottle will set you back £64.95 from The Whisky Exchange (there’ll be one less there very shortly).

Nose: Immediately vibrant, animated and fruit-forward. Syrupy peaches and zesty orange joined fluffy meringue and powdered sugar. Crumbed biscuit is mixed with gentle pangs of cinnamon and nutmeg whist sweet mint adds an aside of welcome leafiness. Very appealing. Reduction offers up buns and pastries alongside bourbon biscuits and crumbly rock fudge.

Taste: The party continues. Tinned peaches and apricots join spongecake drizzled with sunflower oil, whilst dried mango slices develop into perfectly-judged spicing – cinnamon and tingle of pepper – alongside gloriously gloopy toffee. All perfectly lovely. Water reveals freshly slapped mint leaves together with a broader fruit salad including orchard fruits. The oak influence is more prominent, but still completely controlled throughout.

Finish: Medium with toasted oak, shaved coconut and lingering fruit sugars.

A pure, defined and outright delicious Glen Elgin – Watt Whisky have hit the jackpot with this super well-judged release that offers perfect poise throughout. Dilution is not required – but the weight of the Elgin spirit can still take it – and as such, experimentation is rewarded. Very easy to recommend – you can spend considerably more than this and not get anywhere near the quality.

Score: 88/100

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