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Glen Elgin appealed to me as a single malt by way of crazy logic. I seemed to enjoy it as a constituent of blends (such as Asyla from Compass Box), and thus was willing to give our local organized crime ring (LCBO) a hot cash injection for it.
The whisky itself, to me, is bipolar. I really have to sit down and concentrate on this one, and even that is no guarantee that I will pick up on the nuance on any particular occasion. On its good days, it's very good (89). On its bad days, it's closer to 76. My score in this review reflects its aggregate value over the course of tasting and reviewing.
Nose: light. Honey and tangerines, malt, green apple, and somewhat grassy. At times it can be subtle, sweet, and warming. At other time, flat and generic.
Palate: honey and citrus arrival, which subside as vanilla notes emerge followed by warming spice. I often found that the palate flattens out after the arrival, but occasionally I would pick up a nice spice-honey-apple note that would linger into the finish.
Finish: the finish always seemed nice. Prolonged citrus-spice.
This was a difficult dram with which to grapple - sometime it was quite nice and characterful, but for more than half of the tasting over the course of the bottle (8 months) it seemed mediocre with hints of brilliance.