Aug 24, 2014

Single Cask Nation Glen Elgin 18yo...

Single Cask Nation Glen Elgin 18yo (54.9%): Yes, I am a lucky guy... This the second sample from Single Cask Nation in a week. I also admit that I did leave the sample I am most excited about as the last one to taste this week. I really want to have a grand finale this Sunday evening before I start to work tomorrow early morning for the new semester and season. It is a Glen Elgin... Owned by Diageo, situated in Speyside Glen Elgin distills mainly malts for the White Horse and Bell's blends. The reason why I am so excited about this dram is that the spirit inside the bottle spent its entire life of 18 years in a second fill ex-bourbon hogshead after it is distilled in November 1995. I love slow maturing ex-bourbon barrel whiskies... The cask was numbered as #1661 and yielded 277 bottles at cask strength. Color: Chardonnay, straw like with distinct legs on the glass. Nose: Here we go: Candle wax and St. Dalfour raspberry marmalade. Some natural herbal soap you regret not buying from your last Provence trip. French bon bons, lavender in a bag and rose petals. So odd that everything about this nose reminds me something French..! Water adds some citrusy aromas at the last minute: Lemon juice, lemon bars and lime slices. Palate: More fruity than floral on the palate: Red bartlett pears and definitely anise seeds (like the label suggests) especially after a few drops of water. Sambuca, peach flambe and young armagnac. Finish: Spicy and long... Powdered ginger, white pepper dust and spiced pear compote. Overall: I knew it... Great dram. Such an amazing journey in three movements: Floral nose, fruity palate and spicy finish. Everybody knows that I am a big fan of whiskies matured exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels and I admit that I do favor them but this bottle is a very solid example why I do that. So complex, layered, well aged but at the same time vibrant and fresh.. One of the highlights of this summer for me... Well done guys... (How much was a bottle..?)