A 16 year old Glen Elgin bottled under the rather exclusive and rare Managers' dram label - originally only distributed to friends and staff at the distillery.
Colour: mahogany/brownish. Nose: chocolate galore! Really, it’s just like when you open a chocolate bar. Also hints of mocha and ganache… Not much else, that is – yet? With water: yes, that works. It got rather earthy, leafy (Havana cigar, tea box) and even a tad peaty. Slight beefiness, hints of patchouli, walnuts… A very dry sherry it seems, and that’s pretty beautiful – should you not forget to add water. Mouth (neat): rather explosive and heavily concentrated, with a lot of sherry it seems (of the fruity kind) but it’s also a little too hot if you still need your palate before going to bed. So, with water again: it’s the best part. Crystallised oranges, gingerbread, plain ginger, liquorice and mint sweets, ‘spicy’ wine (mourvèdre, syrah)… Finish: long, even spicier. Superb tannins. Comments: water is obligatory here but then we have a beautiful whisky. As almost often with this series, we can’t say anything but ‘lucky DCL/UDV/Diageo managers!’ SGP:463 – 90 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||60.0%/ 70cl|