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Glen Elgin 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna

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@UisgebethaReview by @Uisgebetha

14th Jan 2015


Glen Elgin 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna
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Described on the label a single pot still malt whisky which is a bit odd, if factually correct. Seeing pot still there makes me think of Irish whiskey but this has typical Speyside malt characteristics.

A golden coloured dram with a subtle nectarous aroma, rose blossom, vanilla, orange and lemon citrus elements with sweetness to the fore.
A very balanced flavour profile with obviously some aspects of bourbon and sherry casks, but neither dominates the spirit. It might lack a distinctive character but it scores quite well with hints of dry sherry, vanilla, spice like cinnamon and coriander seeds, fruits including apricot and nectarines provide sweetness and there is a bit of dusty cardboard thrown in for good measure. The finish seems to carry more of the fruit and spice and is of moderate length.

This is a well crafted Speyside malt at this most commercial of ages to add to the list. If you like Balvenie you’ll like this, but for anyone looking for smoke or peat or anything unusual give this a miss.

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Uisgebetha commented

I should add the picture is wrong on this review, the whisky reviewed was the currently available distillery edition not the Flora and Fauna bottling.

9 years ago 0

hunggar commented

@Uisgebetha, thanks for the review. I like this one a lot, actually. For me it's quite distinctive, as the flavour profile has a very "roasted" appeal. Roasted barley, coffee, nuts, etc.

9 years ago 0