A 15 year old whisky from Glen Elgin, one of the legendary Manager's Drams - a full proof sherry cask matured whisky that was originally produced for staff and friends of the distillery.
Yes it is a crazy idea to start a session with such a sherried monster, but I thought we'd do something different today, while taking our time. We already tried the 16 yo Manager's Dram bottled five years later in 1993 and loved it (WF 90). Colour: dark amber. Nose: oh sugar! This is emphatically sherried, totally avalanchesque and amazingly rich... And yet it's clean and straightforward, compact, focussed... Excuse me? Well, that would be chocolate ganache, cigars, old balsamico and glazed chestnuts. With water: absolutely superb. Orangettes and black chocolate with a few drops of truffle oil and very, very old balsamic vinegar and just a little pitch. Mouth (neat): BANG! It's as oily as oil (need a spoon), yet kind of silky and very elegant, with tons of bitter chocolate and some kind of salmiaky tobacco. You can't make much heavier than this, and yet it's not stuffing at all. Mysterious and amazing. With water: perfect, just perfect. Bitter oranges, chocolate, also more prunes this time, some liquorice, a wee touch of salt... Finish: extremely long and now slightly herbal to 'lift' it, which makes it even more perfect. A tad Jaegery in the aftertaste, which works very well. Peppermint. Comments: an utter beauty. The managers at SMD - Scottish Malt Distillers had it good (I think I write that every time, don't I?) SGP:572 - 94 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|Bottling Date||28 Jan 1988|
|ABV/ Volume||60.2%/ 75cl|