I’ve reviewed several of Yorkshire based Independent bottlers Claxtons releases before and always found them to be interesting and good value for money. Most notably my favourite has been a Bruichladdich Rioja Cask which I named as my Favourite Independent Bottling of 2016 and most recently I looked at their 19yo Glenrothes Sherry Bomb.
Here is a look at their recently released Glen Elgin 20yo Single Cask.
Glen Elgin distillery is located in Morayshire and is one of several distilleries that still use worm tub condensers, but unlike the heavy meaty styles of Mortlach and Benrinnes, a lighter spirit is produced by a combination of slow fermentations and higher stills.
This is the first time I have tried a Glen Elgin so it is great to tick off another Distillery from my list.
Glen Elgin 20yo, IB, Claxtons, 51.5% abv, Press Sample, 294 bottles only, (available here)
The nose is fruity, with dominant apricots and papaya. There is a little white pepper here but combines with icing sugar and some light wood notes for a pleasant nose indeed.
The palate has notes of white chocolate and soft vanilla but retains a light and floral feeling. The fruity element remains but in the form of pressed apples and there is a touch of elderflower here too. Its not heavy on the palate, quite the opposite, but retains a good complexity.
On the finish there is a flash of smoke and some mild oak lingers amidst some savoury notes.
This is a very delicate dram but yet has some decent complexity to it. Defiantly an aperitif rather than digestif as its soft flavours could too easily be lost in the aftermath of a meal. Its also very easy to wash it out with too much water. Anything over 50% I tend to add water to but I would reccomend this one without any, or at the very least a minimal amount. In the name of research I quite easily washed it out too far on my second analysis.